With Every Letter by Sarah Sundin is a great example of why I enjoy reading historical Christian fiction. There are many reasons why I like this genre, and this novel in particular, but the aspect I love the most is learning new things about different times in history. Before reading this book, I had no idea there were flight nurses in World War II.
In With Every Letter, Mellie Blake aspires to become a flight nurse, but even if the government finally approves this new position for females, her lack of social skills may hinder her from being allowed to join the crew of flight nurses. Will she learn to be a friend before time runs out?
It was very interesting to learn not only that these flight nurses existed but also of some of the difficulties they faced. The main problem was they were entering a man's domain: the front lines of war. Bravery wasn't the issue; the women wanted to serve their country just like the men they longed to nurse back to health. They men's mindset toward having "dames" that close to the battles was the problem. Was it because they feared the ladies would be hurt or that they'd be a distraction? Probably a bit (or a lot) of both. Though the men thought nurses belonged in the military hospitals, I'm sure those who needed the nurses' in-flight care quickly learned to appreciate that the ladies were so close at hand.
I can hardly wait to see what I'll learn when I read the second book in Sarah Sundin's Wings of the Nightingale series.
Such an interesting book. I just could not keep it down until I finished it. Reminded me of the Sovereignty of God and the fact that his ways are different but in the end, if we allow him take charge of our lives, he works things out beautifully- much beyond our expectations just like he did for the main Characters- Tom and Mellie.
God knows what is best for each of his children and he has plans for them as well.
This is the first book in the Wings of the Nightingale series and it was hard for me to set down. The author did a great job of making me feel like I was back in the 1940's during wartime.
The characters are so well-written, with deep backgrounds and lots of insecurities. Mellie was extremely self-conscious, timid, and unsure of how to make friends. Tom was falsely cheerful and afraid to let go of his emotions at all, for fear that he would turn out like his father. His timidity did grate on my nerves through the story, but I was glad when he finally was able to figure out how to be the man that God made him to be.
I love how these two met by being anonymous pen pals. It is exactly what they needed in order to open up to each other and fall in love. This is such a sweet story and so well done. I am now working my way through the series and am really enjoying all of these characters.