Lisa Franco: My Dearest Darling

Wednesday, October 19, 2022 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm


Join us as we welcome local author Lisa Franco to the bookshop to talk about her new book My Dearest Darling on Wednesday October 19th from 6:30 - 7:30pm. 

To order a signed copy of the book, click HERE.


Christmas Eve, 1946

"All my love, my thoughts, my dreams, and my hopes are with you tonight, dearest. Could I but hop on a star and glide to where you are. If only for a moment- a moment of beauty and love that would cause all the separating miles and hours to pale and fade away. No stars for rent. sweetheart, but I'll be around in my own special dream boat sometime between now and the dawn."

- Lt. Donald Edgar Storey, United States Navy, to his wife, Margery

U.S. naval officer Donald Storey was not just fighting for his country in World War Il-he was fighting to come home to his love, Margery. The letters the couple wrote to each other became their lifeline, providing comfort in a time of constant uncertainty.

In Lisa Franco's My Dearest Darling: Letters of Love in Wartime, Donald's and Margery's intimate correspondence not only offers a heartwarming account of their romance and personal sacrifices, but also shines a light on historical events as they unfolded overseas and at home. Franco stumbled upon the lost letters during a fateful stop at an antique shop. What started as a curiosity became, with each subsequent letter, an obsession with finding the couple's family, learning their history, and ultimately, discovering what happened to them after the war. With their family's help, as well as other historical resources, Franco maps the couple's life during their five-year-long separation and ensures that no aspect of this enduring love story is left behind.

MY DEAREST DARLING chronicles the couple’s early courtship while Donald was a midshipman at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, their marriage, rare and brief reunions, the birth of their first child, and Donald’s eventual return home to civilian life after serving on three different vessels—and, with the assistance of their three children who are now in their 70’s, it includes an epilogue explaining what happened to Donald and Margery in the post-war years—Donald’s job, their home and community life in Fairfield, Connecticut, their retirement years on Cape Cod, Donald’s death from Alzheimer’s disease and Margery’s death ten years later, and the generations they left behind. By the end of the book, readers with a love of history and romance will feel a true connection to Donald and Margery, and learn how this war, and the circumstances surrounding it, shaped the lives of two young people who were mad about each other.


Lisa Franco has been telling people’s stories for more than four decades. As a writer/producer for the ABC television affiliate WTNH 8 in New Haven, Connecticut, she earned multiple Emmy nominations and journalism awards for her documentaries. She also served as public affairs director for the station before she became the state communications director for one of the largest nonprofit organizations in the country.

While Lisa’s background includes marketing, media relations, and public relations, these days she is a freelance writer and owner of Over the Moon Vintage, an online collectibles shop.

Lisa’s parents were members of the Greatest Generation, and her father, Nino Maurizi, was a World War II Army Air Corps veteran. She attributes this to her interest in the war and the loving relationships that developed during that period in our history.

Lisa and her husband, Joe, live in Connecticut and Cape Cod and are the proud parents of their sixth rescue dog, Maggie. 

Event address: 
Titcomb's Bookshop
432 Route 6A
East Sandwich, MA 02537