Lt Georgiana Taylor is in the first group of nurses trained for flight duty. She meets Hutch and they become friends but have to be careful. Hutch is a pharmacist but in WWII they were enlisted and looked down on by the medical staff. Hutch and Georgiana both have left sweethearts back home. They are both looking forward to when they will be home and can marry who they left behind. However, everything doesn't always go according to plan. Meet Georgiana's friends, her flight crew, some of the patients. Be with her as she tries to conquer her fear - oh no, not telling of what. You need to read the book and find out. If you haven't read the first book in the series you can still read this as a stand alone. Sarah Sundin is detailed and accurate of her portrayal of WWII. My father served over 30 yrs in the army, he was in WWII, Korea & Viet Nam. His only complaint - I didn't buy a copy with big enough print. He's 87 yrs old. Even my husband likes Sarah's books.
I bought this book and no one asked me to leave a review. This is my honest opinion on this book. Sarah's books are terrific.
It is a historical romance set during WWII at a time in which pharmacists were not taken as serious on the battle field or at home for that matter, as their profession is today. This book is about the fear, indecisiveness and timidity of a flight nurse named Georgina and the pride of an enlisted pharmacist, named Hutch. It is also about their struggles within the system.
Did you know pharmacists were not respected by many during WWII? Did you know a pharmacist could not be an officer in the army, therefore could not fraternize with officers? I learned a lot in this book.
Georgina and Hutch were put in many crisis situations and had to know how to deal with them. Like anyone tested under extreme pressure, each of them struggled yet grew in character.
I liked how Georgina found a "new you". She learned how to make decisions for herself and be the best she could be despite the opinions of close friends and family, which were quite the opposite of what God wanted her to become during her time as a flight nurse. She was able to face her fears and insecurities and actually conquer them. Ever have people you love doubt you and your decisions? Were you strong enough to advance forward in spite of their doubts? It takes a lot of strength and trust in God to do so, after all loved ones are people we trust and usually know us best. However, God knows us even better than they do.
Hutch also discovered a "new" person within himself, but he had to put away an uglier side of himself before he could fully become the "new" Hutch. God had to humble him to the point of a servant in order for Hutch to realize being in the Pharmacy Corps was a worthy goal but did not define who he was as a person. He had to learn to be all he could be in the position he was in and be content not to be in the Pharmacy Corps if that is what God deemed best for that time.
I liked the growth of the characters and learning more about the professions of flight nurses and pharmacists_but I found myself a little bored, whether that was because I didn't get to read the book at a leisurely pace and felt rushed to get it read to get my review done on time or if it's because I have read too many novels and am bored with the same old same old. I will say there were a couple of surprises in the storyline and overall it was a decent read but I'm not sure it's a book I'd read it again. For that reason I only give it a thumbs up.
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Sarah Sundin is masterful at capturing the special WWII era. On Distant Shores is the latest foray into that generation...and with another flight nurse. Her depictions of flight nurses has convinced my daughter that is the career for her. And in this one her hero is a pharmacist -- a job Sarah fills when she isn't writing. Read this book and you will find rich characters, a setting you can see and touch, and a story that winds its way into your heart. All while reading about the Greatest Generation.
Another great captivating read by Sarah Sundin, she does not disappoint! We are able to look at some of the things that happened in the first book, but from another view point.
With this book we are in Italy, and I felt the bombs hitting the shore. Sarah had me right in the middle of the war in this story. This is Lt. Georgiana Taylor's story, and also Sgt. John Hutchinson. Fraternizing with an officer is not allowed. Never mind that John has more education than most of the other officers, they think the Pharmacy Corp is below them. Huh? Anyway Hutch and his Dad Stateside wage a battle to make Pharmacists Officers. Hard to have a romance when you are not allowed to be together...not even hold hands.
Both Georgie and Hutch are engaged to other people when they meet, and both are aware each is off limits. We also have another engaging character in this book...a child Lucia, a seven year old, orphan, who was injured by an Army truck.
Come along on another great adventure, one with God's hand on each of them. Be ready for a lot of war time action, with a bit of romance thrown in. Catch up with Georgie's friends from the first book, and if you haven't read it, be sure to treat yourself!
I for one cannot wait until the next book it out! Thanks for sharing your gifts Sarah!
I received this book through Litfuse Publicity Book Tours, and was not required to give a positive review.
I haven't read a book by Sarah Sundin yet that I haven't loved. This one is no exception. While over 400 pages, I still devoured it. She is a master at storytelling and always has an interesting slant to things. In this case the hero was a pharmacist hoping to earn the recognition he felt his profession deserved. The heroine battled fear that often paralyzed her. She was also dealing with emotions surrounding the loss of a friend, and thus, her reason for being there as a flight nurse. I really liked Hutch, the hero. He had his issues, but what man doesn't struggle with human weakness, like the tendency to become proud? He also sounded pretty dreamy. I loved the way his inner dialog sounded so masculine.
This story pulled me in and held my attention to the end. The facts about pharmaceutical compounds and how the hero created medicines was all quite fascinating. The characters had natural emotions and genuine spiritual struggles. Nothing felt stifled or sterilized. The whole issue of rank had to jab at poor Hutch's masculinity. A secondary character, Lucia, was delight to get to know through her interactions with the hero and heroine. I could see why they were so fond of that sweet girl. Georgie, the heroine, had spunk and probably blossomed the most in this story. I admired her wanting to break free from the dependency that her family and the southern culture encouraged. She had guts that emerged from her trials. She had to change the way she thought about herself. It was a great example of God's perspective renewing our minds.
All in all, this was a fabulous story. I was emotionally engaged and loved watching the characters grow stronger in their faith through their many trials. I think one of the things I enjoy most about Sarah's books are the different ways she slides faith-related issues into the story so naturally. They never feel forced or like they were inserted as an afterthought. The author did a great job in the way she showed humility bringing peace and pride bringing nothing but bitterness and discontentment in this novel. Great job! I can't wait to read the third book in this series.