About the author: She enjoys writing about the drama and romance of the World War II era. Sarah is the author of ten novels, including the The Sea Before Us and the Waves of Freedom series (Through Waters Deep, Anchor in the Storm, and When Tides Turn).
A mother of three, Sundin lives in northern California, works on-call as a hospital pharmacist, and enjoys speaking to community, church, and writers’ groups. Her novels When Tides Turn and Through Waters Deep were both named to Booklist’s 101 Best Romance Novels of the Past 10 Years. Through Waters Deep was a 2016 Carol Award Finalist and won the INSPY Award, and her novella in Where Treetops Glisten was a finalist in the 2015 Carol Awards. In 2011 she received the Writer of the Year Award from the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference. Please visit Sarah at http://www.sarahsundin.com, on Facebook at SarahSundinAuthor, and on Twitter at @sarahsundin.
A Distant Melody
Never pretty enough to please her gorgeous mother, Allie will do anything to gain her approval–even marry a man she doesn’t love. Lt. Walter Novak–fearless in the cockpit but hopeless with women–takes his last furlough at home in California before being shipped overseas. Walt and Allie meet at a wedding and their love of music draws them together, prompting them to begin a correspondence that will change their lives. As letters fly between Walt’s muddy bomber base in England and Allie’s mansion in an orange grove, their friendship binds them together. But can they untangle the secrets, commitments, and expectations that keep them apart?
A Distant Melody is the first book in the WINGS OF GLORY series, which follows the three Novak brothers, B-17 bomber pilots with the US Eighth Air Force stationed in England during World War II.
My thoughts: Wow, a love story set in WW II, complete with combat over Europe with B-17 Fortresses of the 8th Air Force. The author knows the B-17, especially one named “Flossie’s Fort,” and weaves a wonderful story. She offers Discussion Questions at the end, and WW II information on her website: sarahsundin.com.
A Memory Between Us
Major Jack Novak has never failed to meet a challenge–until he meets army nurse Lieutenant Ruth Doherty. When Jack lands in the army hospital after a plane crash, he makes winning Ruth’s heart a top priority mission. But he has his work cut out for him. Not only is Ruth focused on her work in order to support her orphaned siblings back home, she carries a shameful secret that keeps her from giving her heart to any man. Can Jack break down her defenses? Or are they destined to go their separate ways?
A Memory Between Us is the second book in the WINGS OF GLORY series, which follows the three Novak brothers, B-17 bomber pilots with the US Eighth Air Force stationed in England during World War II.
My thoughts: A tension-filled story about another Novak brother in combat and working through difficult personal histories that weaves both together, including D-Day, in a wonderfully satisfying book. (Especially since I was two days old when D-Day occurred, and because my Dad also flew sleek B-17s while waiting for enough B-29s to come off the production lines.) Attached is a B-17 pilot’s “jump and tuck” to get into the cockpit area. I’ve only done it backwards–came out that way.
Blue Skies Tomorrow
Lt. Raymond Novak prefers the pulpit to the cockpit, but at least his stateside job training B-17 pilots allows him the luxury of a personal life. As he courts Helen Carlisle, a young war widow and mother who conceals her pain under a frenzy of volunteer work, the sparks of their romance set a fire that flings them both into peril. After Ray leaves to fly a combat mission at the peak of the air war over Europe, Helen takes a job in a dangerous munitions yard and confronts an even graver menace in her own home. Will they find the courage to face their challenges? And can their young love survive until blue skies return?
Filled with daring and romance, Blue Skies Tomorrow will capture readers’ hearts.
My thoughts: This historical fiction follows the oldest of the three Novak brothers who served as pilots in WWII. Ray Novak is unsure of his bravery, but eventually is shot down and steals a German Me 262! Meanwhile in California, a widow deals with the ghosts of who she’d married and the secrets of his family. Dealing with racial injustice is also part of the satisfying story.
These all sound very interesting novels to read. I shall look out for them.
Love historical fiction. These look like the set would make a great gift for a daughter who also loves historical fiction. Thanks for the share!
Thank you for the lovely review, Joy! I’m so glad you enjoyed the Novak boys and their stories!
Thank you, Sarah! I’m working on the Wilson brothers and their stories–they were my mother’s brothers. https://joynealkidney.com/2017/03/14/lest-we-forget/