Lt. Mellie Blake is a nurse serving in the 802nd Medical Squadron, Air Evacuation, Transport. As part of a morale building program, she reluctantly enters into an anonymous correspondence with Lt. Tom MacGilliver, an officer in the 908th Engineer Aviation Battalion in North Africa. As their letters crisscross the Atlantic, Tom and Mellie develop a unique friendship despite not knowing the other's true identity. When both are transferred to Algeria, the two are poised to meet face to face for the first time. Will they overcome their fears and reveal who they are, or will their future be held hostage to their past? And can they learn to trust God and embrace the gift of love he offers them?
Combining excellent research and attention to detail with a flair for romance, Sarah Sundin brings to life the perilous challenges of WWII aviation, nursing, and true love.
'With Every Letter', Book 1 in Sarah Sundin's newest series 'Wings of the Nightingale' clinches her as one of the very best Christian authors in Historical Romance genre!
As we have learned to expect from this best selling author each of her novels surpasses the last one!
Her three previous novels in the 'Wings of Glory' included 'A distant Melody' (see review here), 'A Memory Between Us' (see review here) and 'Blue Skies Tomorrow' (see review here) were stunning in their historical details and emotional dramas.
I consider it a blessing she now presents us another great story which is sure to delight her audience everywhere.
In 'With Every Letter' Sarah clearly demonstrates you can still experience the emotional drama we remember from books and movies such as 'Best Years of our Lives', Casablanca, Mrs. Miniver and countless other WWII era reenactments! I am at a loss to explain why we feel this powerful attraction for a period which is remembered as full of danger and certainly heightened emotions but for some of us, it cannot be denied!
Tom and his Annie/Mellie reminds us that with God all is possible of course. Intended to build morale during war, a letter exchange betwixt the troops and volunteers brings these two people together with one rule: they cannot reveal their identities.
Letters become a vivid link between Tom and Annie, each letter allowing them to share their most private emotions and seek counsel from the other.
A skilled engineer Tom is a people person who never truly reveals his inner thoughts because of his past. His leadership is challenged time and time again on the front and he must earn his men' respect or see himself sent back to the Sates.
Annie/Mellie does not know how to deal with her fellow nurses but due to her unusual upbringing she can handle any man and situation. Her exotic physique, sort of an orchid instead of a rose, makes her an oddity in her group yet she desperately wants to fit in. In fact her job as a flying nurse demands it!
Will they ever meet and share openly their true feelings?
Their course is not the easiest one but with faith anything is possible and Sarah Sundin's excellent penmanship will make a believer from the hardest soul. With her meticulous details this author gives a carefully researched plot and we can follow our heroes throughout the war theater, feeling their distress and emotions along the way. Wait until you meet Sesame (and no, I will not tell you about this lovely little fellow just read and enjoy!)
With Every Letter will certainly speak to all of us who have written countless letters during war and peacetime to the troops bringing a little of home to those who are still fighting for freedom.
I found this novel to be a beautiful love story with just the right amount of suspense to make any of us dream yet again (man or woman, just ask ex-RAF hubby!)!
Sarah absolutely excells in this novel and since I cannot give up the plot, it remains for me to say this is a story certain to make you feel again the throes of love no matter your age!
How does she do it, again and again?
May we expect to hear more from Tom and Annie in the future? I certainly hope so!
5 Stars because there is no higher rating but worth much more for the warm feelings she gives us!
Thank you Sarah and please keep on writing! God speed!
About the Author:
Sarah Sundin followed an unusual career path for a novelist, receiving a bachelor's in chemistry from UCLA and a doctorate in pharmacy from UC San Francisco. She now lives in northern California with her husband, three children, an antisocial cat, and a yellow lab determined to eat her manuscripts. When not driving kids to soccer and tennis, she works on-call as a hospital pharmacist and teaches women's Bible studies and fourth- and fifth-grade Sunday school. She has been writing since 2000 and belongs to American Christian Fiction Writers and Christian Authors Network. She is also the author of the Wings of Glory series.
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