Smorgasbord Book Promotions – New Book on the Shelves – What Leora Never Knew: A Granddaughter’s Quest for Answers (Leora’s Stories) by Joy Neal Kidney

Delighted to share the news of the latest release by Joy Neal Kidney in her biographical family based series. What Leora Never Knew: A Granddaughter’s Quest for Answers (Leora’s Stories)

About the book

Five brothers served. Only two came home.

What Leora Never Knew: A Granddaughter’s Quest for Answers is Joy Neal Kidney’s journey of research and remembrance, and the companion book to Leora’s Letters: The Story of Love and Loss for an Iowa Family During World War II.

Joy Neal Kidney’s new book, What Leora Never Knew: A Granddaughter’s Quest for Answers, masterfully captures the essence of “The Greatest Generation” through her family lens. – John Busbee, The Culture Buzz

We must never forget these young men who served our nation and who paid the ultimate sacrifice with their lives. – Steve Snyder, author of Shot Down: The True Story of Pilot Howard Snyder and the Crew of the B-17 Susan Ruth

What Leora Never Knew is a part of the Leora’s Stories series, published jointly with Joy Neal Kidney and Legacy Press Books.

Head over to buy the book: Amazon US – And: Amazon UK

Also by Joy Neal Kidney

One of the recent reviews for Leora’s Early Years

“Leora’s Early Years” is an excellent read for young and old alike. Joy Neal Kidney shows readers what life was like many years ago – during the 1800’s. How families survived back then is amazing. She lets readers see how they – moms, pa’s and kids – worked together. Older children helped with the younger ones, young boys and girls worked in the fields, milked cows, took care of the other animals – and Leora tended to her chickens and sold eggs. How the women survived back then with bearing so many children, moving around from farm to farm, keeping up with all they had to do – and without the conveniences we have today – is unbelievable.

Joy Neal Kidney brings to life her ancestors as they moved around in Guthrie County and beyond during the 1800’s, the days of the horse and buggy, the one-room school house, and the love they shared in working together to make everything possible during their lives.

Joy Neal Kidney is to be admired for preserving the family stories and pictures from the early days, putting them all together in this great book, and giving all of us the opportunity to read and see everything in this great book, “Leora’s Earl Years.” I give it a five -star rating. 

Read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon US – And: Amazon UK – More reviews: Goodreads – Website: Joy Neal Kidney – Facebook: Joy Neal Kidney Author – Twitter: @JoyNealKidney – Instagram: Joy Neal Kidney

About Joy Neal Kidney

Joy Neal Kidney is the oldest granddaughter of Leora Wilson, who lost three sons during WWII and was widowed, all during a three-year period. Through the decades, Joy helped take Memorial Day bouquets to the graves of those three young uncles, not knowing that only one of them is buried there–until decades later, after the death of her courageous little Grandma Leora.

Joy became a writer in order to tell her stories.

She and her husband, Guy (an Air Force Veteran of the Vietnam War and retired Air Traffic Controller) live in central Iowa. Their son is married and they live out-of-state with a small daughter named Kate.

A graduate of the University of Northern Iowa, Joy has lived with fibromyalgia for two dozen years, giving her plenty of home-bound days to write blog posts and books, working with research from decades earlier.

All of the “Leora books” tell stories about world and national events reaching into the American Heartland–westward expansion, two world wars, pandemics, how mental health issues were handled, the Great Depression, and surviving great personal losses. But they are hopeful as well.

Thank you for dropping in today and I hope you will be leaving with some books.. Sally.



  1. Joy, Congratulations on all this!!
    You won’t believe this, but I am getting your new posts in the Notifications. Not yet on the Reader page, but this is an improvement!!

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