23 August 2013

On Distant Shores by Sarah Sundin, Book review And GIVEAWAY

Publisher: Revell (August 1, 2013)
ISBN-13: 978-0800720827


Caught between the war raging around them and the battles within, two souls long for peace---and a love that remains true.

Lt. Georgiana Taylor has everything she could want. A boyfriend back home, a loving family, and a challenging job as a flight nurse. But in July 1943, Georgie's cozy life gets more complicated when she meets pharmacist Sgt. John Hutchinson.

Hutch resents the lack of respect he gets as a noncommissioned serviceman and hates how the war keeps him from his fiancée. While Georgie and Hutch share a love of the starry night skies over Sicily, their lives back home are falling apart. Can they weather the hurt and betrayal? Or will the pressures of war destroy the fragile connection they've made?

With her signature attention to detail and her talent for bringing characters together, Sarah Sundin weaves an exciting tale of emotion, action, and romance that will leave you wanting more.

(Temple of Hera)

Here are my thoughts:

Two thumbs up to Sarah Sundin for giving us yet another memorable WW2 love story with irresistible characters you'll not soon forget! If anything this one tops even her previous novels and that is something!

'On Distant Shores' will take you right into the War theater, you'll hear the shells sweeping by, feel the heat of incendiary bombs and inhale the dust. Never one to miss sharing a bit of archeology and a good dose of faith, Sarah's novels should not be missed!

This is July 1943, the Italians have surrendered and the Allied Forces are digging in whilst the Germans fight back with all their might. Any victory is acquired by sheer desperation and supplies are often trickling in, as we discover for mere aspirin! 

Sarah Sundin has become a master storyteller of unforgettable WW2 romances set amidst the hardship of the front lines and we love her for it! These were times when tomorrow was uncertain and any little joy was to be grasped with both hands.

LT Georgiana Taylor hails from sweet Virginia and finds her flight nurse responsibilities more than she can handle. Her family is pressuring her to return home, marry her boyfriend of 9 years, have babies and hang curtains in her new home. 
Meeting NCO Hutchinson, a pharmacist in the US Army, changes everything and Georgiana is soon smitten. Of course Hutch is engaged and Georgiana herself has committed herself to the love of nice guy if a little on the dull side.

Hutch's skills as a pharmacist are very much needed in an army constantly on the move but this does not earn him the respect he craves above all and not even his best friend Bergie can breach the gap as fraternization betwixt enlisted men and officers is forbidden. Hutch is desperate to earn a commission which means he wouldn't have to put up with the aggravation caused by petty officers unwilling to recognize the need for his skills.

I wouldn't forgive myself if I told you all the little bits I love about this story (albeit I'll share Bergie is one of my favourite characters!), suffice to say Sarah manages to grab you attention and never lets go. Her penmanship is so vivid it matters little if you are male or female reader, you will not be able to put down the novel until the end! As a fan, I always wish for a few more chapters but I know Sarah will grant that wish in 2014 with her next title 'In Perfect Time'.

Be sure to check out her 'Wings Of Glory' series and 'With Every Letter, the first novel in her 'Wings of the Nightingale' series! 
And don't miss her acknowledgements and Discussion Questions perfect for your reading group!

5 STARS!!!

(Vickers Armstrong Warwick Air-Sea rescue)

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About the Author:

Meet Sarah: Sarah Sundin is the author of "With Every Letter" and the Wings of Glory series. In 2011, A "Memory Between Us" was a finalist in the Inspirational Reader's Choice Awards, and Sarah received the Writer of the Year Award at the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference.

A graduate of UC San Francisco School of Pharmacy, she works on call as a hospital pharmacist. During WWII, her grandfather served as a pharmacist's mate (medic) in the Navy and her great-uncle flew with the US Eighth Air Force in England. 

Vist her website (HERE)

Sarah Sundin is celebrating the release of her latest novel,  
On Distant Shores, with a Romantic Weekend Getaway giveaway!


  One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A $200 Visa Cash Card (good for a perfect couple's getaway)
  • With Every Letter and On Distant Shores by Sarah Sundin
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on September 2nd. Winner will be announced September 3rd at the "On Distant Shores" Author Chat Party on Facebook
During the party Sarah will be hosting a book chat, testing your trivia skills, announcing the winner of the Weekend Getaway, and giving away a ton of books, gift certificates, and more. 
Oh, and she'll also be giving party goers an exclusive look at the next book in the Wings of the Nightingale series.

So grab your copy of On Distant Shores and join Sarah on the evening of September 3rd for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven’t read the book, don’t let that stop you from coming!)



I received a paperback copy of this title from LITFUSE as part of their blogger review program . I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC 16 CFR, Part 255 'Guides concerning the use of endorsements and testimonials in advertising. I was not asked to write a positive review and all opinions expressed are entirely my own. 


  1. Noelle - thank you so much for the lovely review - and the pictures too! How appropriate! I'm so glad you enjoyed Hutch & Georgie's story - and Bergie too. He made me laugh.

  2. Very nice of you to stop by Sarah! We hope to hear more about Bergie and Lillian, and Kay too!
    God bless,

  3. I like the sound of this one very much. This is an era that I find very interesting, so definitely one for me to read. I have just been checking Amazon to see if it is available in the UK, and Sarah Sundin gets very positive reviews on their site too.

    1. Sarah gets better every time! Her stories entice men as well as women (ex-RAF flyboy does not mind being caught with her novels and that's something!)
      It is also an era I am found of! Must be the nostalgia it creates...
      All the best Dear and thanks for stopping by!


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