Sarah Sundin writes the best WWII dramas of any I've read!
Two outcasts connect through anonymous letters filled with encouragement and friendship in the midst of WWII.
Ms. Sundin writes a historical novel that has it all, emotion, well researched history, and friendship.
I was surprised with how much I connected with the characters, especially Mellie. She struggled to connect with people, and people often mistook her shy awkwardness for conceit and aloofness. In her character I saw myself. I guess I just really liked Mellie, because she was so much like me, and she wasn't a blond-haired, blue-eyed girl, but had a different ethnic backround.
With this book I wasn't sure at first if I would be drawn in, because the main characters don't meet till much later in the book. But I truly felt that they were able to connect through their letters to each other. And I ended up loving the plot!
The characters grew in so many ways, and they had to take leaps of faith and go outside of their comfort zones. Both of the characters had to fight to not let what other people thought of them to define them, and I was cheering for both of them the whole way through! Many of the side characters surprised me and I loved this touching story of friendship.
The historical details are very precise and I can tell that Ms. Sundin put alot of work into the researching of this book.
Overall there wasn't anything that I didn't love about With Every Letter, there were so many little details that Ms. Sundin brought together beautifully, and some were very poignant. And I just loved both Mellie and Tom and how they faced their struggles in a very realistic way, and how they grew in their faith. With Every Letter is a well woven tale of love and friendship, and I highly recommend it!
"Available September 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group."
I received this book from the publisher in return for an honest review. Thank you!
I love books about romance during WWII, especially when the characters are as well drawn as Sarah's are. That war was a great part of my childhood. I was five when it began and nine when it ended. Sarah Sundin's books bring back so many memories_some good, some not so good. Her stories have captured my heart and I look forward to each one.
In her new series, Sarah has once again written a love story to grip and hold your heart. Set in WWII, she captures the spirit and determination of the "Greatest Generation" as they endure the hardships the war brings into their lives. Mixed with suspense and characters you will come to love, this is a love story you don't want to miss. Tom and Mellie's friendship begins with letters sent across the Atlantic with the writer's not knowing the other's identity. Then they meet face to face for the first time in Algeria of all places. With her attention to detail, Sundin brings to life this time of uncertainty as Tom and Mellie face the challenge of overcoming their fears and facing the future without the bondage of their pasts. This is definitely a book you don't want to miss.
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.
*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" is a pleasure-filled journey set in a historically rich period: WWII. I adore the concept of this novel: two people, exchanging letters fall in love, but have never met, all set against the backdrop of a time rife with turmoil.
The plot is unique and takes the reader on a series of twists that only make the book more of a discovery to read. With the first in a new series of three, I'm eager to learn what is coming up next.
I thought the theme of friendship a bit overdone at times. It felt too strongly overt for many of the moments of character growth, however when looked upon as a whole, the journey of the characters is one marked with the learning of accepting and giving forgiveness more than anything else.
The characters certainly make their share of mistakes, but I found I truly cared for these two people. They are surrounded by a time that demands everything from them. I found their determination inspiring. The romance, is of course, my favorite plot element_and I don't think disappoints. I loved the moments of "dancing", in more than just the implied idea. ;-)
A great start to a new series_I'm looking forward to what's next.
This review is my honest opinion. Thanks to the publishers for my copy to review through Litfuse.
I haven't read any of Sarah Sundin's previous novels, but I've heard great things about them, and I was looking forward to reading her new release, With Every Letter.
The concept to the story was intriguing to me (two people writing anonymous letters to each other) and, I have to say, I loved the "letters" in With Every Letter.
The characters were wonderful! My favorites being Tom, Mellie, and Clint. Mellie's character was very shy and I could relate to that because I am typically shy and (like her) I hope to overcome that. :) I felt kind of bad for Tom and all he had to deal with from a child on (not going into specifics). And Clint, well, I just loved how he acted when he met Rose....he made me laugh.
I loved the story and would have given With Every Letter 5 stars, but, at times, I found it hard to follow because of some of the words used (regarding the military aspect)...this may have only been a problem with me, though.
I also loved how mercy was a big part of With Every Letter. Mellie was a great example of not only showing mercy to your friends, but also to your enemies.
Overall, I loved With Every Letter and recommend it if you enjoy historical romances set around WWII. It was great and I look forward to reading book two in the Wings of Nightingale series.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book for my review. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.*