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.
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 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.
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 Gift, Remembering 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