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Book and Cover Review of "With Every Letter" by Sarah Sundin

 

Book Review

In book one of her new Wings of the Nightingale series, Sarah Sundin has delivered yet another WWII era classic piece of fiction. An unlikely friendship develops between a seemingly friendless flight nurse and an equally friendless Lt. in an Engineer core.  The anonymity of their relationship via mailed letters appeals to them both in the beginning.  Sundin has done her research, weaving her knowledge of WWII history, medicine and the human spirit into a beautiful story celebrating life, friendship and the beauty of a romance that defies the odds.

This book gave you an inside look at what it was like to be among the first trained flight nurses during WWII. Just like in the work places back home, they were not always welcomed into routines previously fulfilled only by men. It additionally covers the fears involved with taking on leadership roles in a time of war – even by talented and capable men.

This book will likely appeal more to women than men, but anyone who is a WWII history nut will find it to be an entertaining read.

Cover Review

I have noticed an emerging trend of dividing the book cover into two sections, either with the title area or a hard edge. I’m personally hoping it’s a passing craze. It bothers me a little that the heroine seems to be floating in the sky looking down on the serene scene of the bridge below the title area. The model is beautiful, though slightly less of mixed international heritage than I pictured when reading the story, but her dress medical nurses uniform would attract historical readers to the novel when spotted on the shelf.

The red area around the title does draw attention, but clearly separates the two areas and does not tie into any other element on the cover. In my opinion, this new style of cover lacks unity/harmony compared to previous cover trends. The clouds in both photos on the front cover, and on the back cover is the only harmonious element uniting it as a whole. However, I do feel the cover will carry out its goal. It will appeal to historical romance readers – particularly women who are fans of reading stories of the WWII era.

*Available September 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group. The additional information below was provided by the publisher.

 

With Every Letter

By Sarah Sundin

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.  In the first of the Wings of the Nightingale series, Sundin introduces us to some of those who courageously served in this dangerous time.

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?

Sarah Sundin is the author of A Distant MelodyA Memory Between Us, and Blue Skies Tomorrow. 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. Sarah lives in California with her husband and three children.

Praise for Sarah Sundin and With Every Letter:

“I love the nostalgia and drama of the WWII era. No one takes me back there better than Sarah Sundin. With Every Letter is a beautiful love story and has everything you want in a novel: romance, suspense, and characters you care about from the very first page. A marvelous beginning for her new series. I can’t wait to read the next book.”—Dan Walsh, award-winning and bestselling author of The Unfinished GiftRemembering Christmas, and The Discovery

Praise for Blue Skies Tomorrow:

“A great read for those who love romance, WWII-era settings, or just satisfying stories.”—RT Book Reviews on Blue Skies Tomorrow

“A captivating story that offers an unflinching look at the ‘good old days’ that weren’t always so good—and assurance that even when times are hard, God is faithful.”—Crosswalk on Blue Skies Tomorrow

 

 

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Book & Cover Review of "A Memory Between Us" by Sarah Sundin

Memory Between Us, A: A Novel (Wings of Glory)
Book Review
At first glance, the plot may sound overly familiar – a cocky WWII pilot falls for a stunningly beautiful army nurse and she resists his advances. But in A Memory Between Us by author Sarah Sundin, there is much more at stake than a war-torn romance. Lieutenant Ruth Doherty is fleeing from more than one secret in her past, and desperately trying to financially support a struggling and separated family of siblings back home in the states. But will temptation lead her down old paths, with whispered reasonings?

Similarly, Major Jack Novak, won’t back down from making the pretty nurse fall for him, even when it is so obviously not what she wants, and possibly not what she needs. Will Jack let his pride get in the way of actually being in love, or becoming the best leader his fellow airmen really need him to be?

This well told story is actually book two in author Sarah Sundin’s series entitled Wings of Glory, published by Revell. I have not read book one, and that did not seem to be a factor in my enjoyment of the story.  I didn’t feel like I had jumped into the middle of the storyline.  This title was enjoyable, filled with true internal struggles, as well as wonderful detail on WWII nursing and aviation life. The author masterfully wove the story and historic detail together to make a very enjoyable book.

Book Cover Review
The cover photo used for this book perfectly fits with the writing inside. The background of an older Euro-style neighborhood … the WWII dress uniforms … even the teasing smile on the faces of the young couple match well with the voices given to the main characters in this novel.  It’s obvious that there is connection, and at least a happy friendship between the two people, but the stiff arm-hold also hints that there is some romantic tension/conflict as well. The choice to show them walking arm in arm instead of in each others arms is (I’m betting) intentional. The character of Ruth Doherty is not that of a young woman pining for love. Jack is bound for much turbulence when trying to woo her heart.

The spine also sports the head shot of the beautiful nurse on the front cover, and with the figures wearing WWII uniforms both the spine and front cover will draw historical readers to pick it up off of the shelves.  The back cover is a little less impressive.  It matches in color and style with the rest of the cover, but largely leaves blank space for text. The tiny plane on the back cover would not draw enough attention on it’s own. Assuming that this book will largely be first seen from the front or the spine, I think this book will still reach its intended audience of Christian historical readers.

* Available September 2010 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group. The Book & Cover Reviewer received a free copy of this book without the guarantee of a positive review.

** American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) posted an interview with the author about this series that is very interesting http://www.acfw.com/featuredauthor.shtml