Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Lt. Mellie Blake is looking forward to beginning her training as a flight nurse. She is not looking forward to writing a letter to a man she’s never met–even if it is anonymous and part of a morale-building program. Lt. Tom MacGilliver, an officer stationed in North Africa, welcomes the idea of an anonymous correspondence–he’s been trying to escape his infamous name for years.
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 by their pasts?
Combining a flair for romance with excellent research and attention to detail, Sarah Sundin vividly brings to life the perilous challenges of WWII aviation, nursing–and true love.
About Sarah: Sarah Sundin received the 2011 Writer of the Year Award from the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference, and her second novel A Memory Between Us is a finalist for an Inspirational Readers’ Choice Award. Her stories are inspired by her great-uncle who flew with the U.S. Eighth Air Force in England during World War II. Sarah lives in California with her husband and three children. Find out more about Sarah at http://www.sarahsundin.com/.
Review: I have toted this book around with me for a few weeks now. I think the thickness was a little daunting and I didn't want to get too wrapped up into it when I knew I wouldn't have time to finish it up. Well I finally broke down and cracked it open and guess what...I got sucked in and ended up reading the entire book in an afternoon. Thankfully the weather was nice and my children played outside while I sat engrossed in Sarah Sundin's With Every Letter.
I'm not sure what kept me so interested, whether it was mysteriousness of the characters or how easy the pages were to get through. The story was unfolding right before me. I was taken back in time and allowed to be part of these characters lives if even for a brief few months. Of course I don't want to give anything away because you need to check this book out for yourself. Some of the things I liked about Sarah's writing was the back and forth between the two main characters lives. At the beginning of each chapter you were told where you were and what the date was. This helped to keep track of the main characters.
I found it interesting that from the cover depiction I had the impression that Mellie was a beautiful nurse while throughout the entire book she is doubtful of her beauty and doesn't know why anyone would want to be her friend let alone fall in love with her. Maybe this is because she didn't have many people in her life telling her she was pretty as her mom died when she was a toddler and she spent a lot of time alone without the company of friends.
Sarah Sundin provides discussion questions at the end of With Every Letter giving the reader some things to think about as well as making it a great candidate for a book club. I'm hoping since this is part of a series that we will continue to be invited to spend time with Millie and Tom as their relationship develops.
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Buy it: You can purchase With Every Letter: A Novel (Wings of the Nightingale) online or at a book retailer near you.
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