Saturday, August 31, 2013

On Distant Shores by Sarah Sundin

When Sarah Sundin comes out with a new novel I am over the top excited to receive my copy. Her newest, "On Distant Shores", will not disappoint. Sarah is the master when it comes to Historical Fiction. Why? She brings us not only a story, but an accurate depiction of the time. Here in her second installment of, "Wings Of The Nightingale Series", we again find ourselves going back in time to WWII. In this new addition to the series we get a close up look at Georgie and Hutch.

The Characters are charming and real. I adored Hutch and Georgie. Both have sweet lives back home, miles away from the war, and dream of the day when they can return to those they love. But that perfect picture of home continues to change. 

Georgie and Hutch form a friendship and they find that they have much in common. Which brings great comfort to them in a place that is so unsure. 

I have been swept away with these stories of flight nurses. I have learned such a great deal from Sarah's writing and has given me a new love for diving in and learning more about these brave women. Sarah writes of the bonds these women share. We see their deepest fears and just how their faith plays a part in them taking flight. Their sacrifices and courage shine through these pages as Sarah brings these characters to life. 

I have shared that Georgie is a flight nurse, but Hutch is a pharmacist. I can tell you I have never thought about pharmacists in the wars before. This opened my eyes in so many ways. There is so much to this novel and I don't want to share so much I give away gems that only you should discover on your own. 

Once you begin reading you see how the cover photo is very telling of the story. These pages hold such rich romance. I love how Sarah lets the story breath in it's own time. She weaves this story in perfect time and gives the reader time to fall in love with the characters. 

I would encourage you to read the first in the series, "With Every Letter", before grabbing up this one. Although it could be a stand alone, much would be missed without the first in the series. 

This wonderful novel was a gift from Revell for sharing my review with you. 

Sarah Sundin is the author of 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. 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.


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