Monday, September 3, 2012

I was Captivated With Every Letter!

With Every Letter
(Wings of the Nightingale)
Sarah Sundin
ISBN: 978-0800720810
September 2012/425 pages/$14.99

They knew everything about each other--except their real names.

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.


Sarah Sundin is the author of With Every Letter, the first book in the Wings of the Nightingale series from Revell, and also the Wings of Glory series (A Distant Melody, A 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. Sarah lives in northern California with her husband and three children. When she isn’t ferrying kids to tennis and karate, she works on-call as a hospital pharmacist and teaches Sunday school and women’s Bible studies.

Visit her website to learn more about her and her books.


Sarah Sundin's first series put her on my must-read list of authors, and when I saw she was writing about the nurses in World War II, I was even more eager to get this book! With Every Letter is historical romance at its best. Sundin uses the setting and circumstances of the war to infuse realistic drama and fervor into the story without bogging the reader down with excessive historical details. I ached for both Mellie and Tom and the emotional scars that each bore from their childhood. Sundin beautifully intertwines the friendship forged with every letter and the difficult personal challenges and growth they experience as they serve their country, weaving a beautiful message of faith throughout this touching novel. I highly recommend this book and am already anticipating the next one, On Distant Shores, which will be released early next summer!

Special bonus on Sarah Sundin's website: Click the Maps link and when the World War II map comes up, click to expand it. Virtual "push pins" show various sites of the war mentioned in this novel. Clicking on each pin will bring up an actual historical photo from WWII, along with a quote from the book relating to that picture. Seeing actual pictures of the evacuation flights with the strapped in patients really brought this novel to life!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell Books and Litfuse Pulicity as part of their blogger review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."


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Sarah Sundin said...

Linda - thank you so much for the lovely review! I'm so glad you liked Tom & Mellie's story. And I'm glad you enjoyed the map too! I'm thrilled with what my website designer pulled together from my fragmented idea.

Jan said...

I really want to read that one. :)