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Product Details

  • Series: Wings of Glory (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Revell; Original edition (August 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0800734238
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800734237
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (126 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #400,275 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In a time of peril, can they find the courage to confront their fears and embrace a love that lasts?

When her husband becomes a casualty of the war in the Pacific, Helen Carlisle throws herself into volunteering for the war effort to conceal her feelings. But keeping up appearances as the grieving widow of a hometown hero is taking its toll. Soon something is going to give.

Lt. Raymond Novak prefers the pulpit to the cockpit. His stateside job training B-17 pilots allows him the luxury of a personal life--and a convenient excuse to ignore his deepest fear. When the beautiful Helen catches his eye and captures his heart, he is determined to win her hand.

But when Ray and Helen are called upon to step out in faith and put their reputations and their lives on the line, can they meet the challenges that face them? And can their young love survive until blue skies return?

Filled with drama, daring, and all the romance of the WWII era, Blue Skies Tomorrow is the captivating final book in the popular Wings of Glory series.

Sarah Sundin is the author of A Distant Melody and A Memory Between Us. Her great-uncle flew with the US Eighth Air Force in England during WWII. Sarah lives in California with her husband and three children.

About the Author

Sarah Sundin is the author of A Distant Melody and A Memory Between Us. Her great-uncle flew with the U.S. Eighth Air Force in England during W.W.I.I. . Sarah lives in California with her husband and three children.

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Sarah Sundin enjoys writing about the drama and romance of the World War II era. The Wings of the Nightingale series (With Every Letter, 2012, On Distant Shores, August 2013, and In Perfect Time, August 2014) follows three World War II flight nurses as they find love, friendship, and peril in the skies and on the shores of the Mediterranean. The Wings of Glory series (A Distant Melody, A Memory Between Us, and Blue Skies Tomorrow) follows three brothers who are B-17 bomber pilots during World War II.

Sundin lives in northern California with her husband, three children, an antisocial cat, and a yellow lab bent on destroying her writing career. When she isn't driving kids to tennis and karate, she works on-call as a hospital pharmacist and teaches Sunday school and women's Bible studies. She belongs to American Christian Fiction Writers, Christian Authors Network, and Advanced Writers and Speakers Association. In 2011 she received the Writer of the Year Award from the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference. A Memory Between Us was a finalist in the Inspirational Readers Choice Awards and was featured on Booklist's Top Ten Inspirational Fiction List for 2010. Please visit Sarah's website at http://www.sarahsundin.com

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Blue Skies Tomorrow is a stunning conclusion to Sarah Sundin's Wings of Glory Series.
Carla Stewart
Sarah Sundin brings the readers into to story where you feel part of the characters worlds.
Beth Milinski
I thoroughly enjoyed the book and didn't want to put it down and I was sad when it ended.
Athena Hall

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By keptfree on August 29, 2011
Format: Paperback
The best part is the ending. I didn't enjoy the third book in the Wings of Glory series as much as I did the first two. Maybe it's because I don't enjoy reading such heavy material during my times of leisure. I felt the social ills that consumed the story created a sense of tension and unease most of the time I was reading.

The story begins with widowed Helen Carlisle dealing ineffectively with her young son`s temper tantrums. But it doesn't end there. Other than Lt. Novak, most of the people in Helen's life are a disappointment to her and some are actually harmful. Eventually, she learns to stand up for herself, but it takes a long time.

I also felt some of the situations were too unbelievable; especially, the section after Lt. Raymond Novak`s return from his final mission.

Blue Skies Tomorrow is a heavy story. I felt like I needed a respite from my reading--times of normalcy where nothing dramatic and harmful was happening.

I know I'm in the minority in my rating for Blue Skies Tomorrow, but I have to be honest in how the story affected me. I encourage you to read it and form your own opinion.

If you have teenage or younger daughters, I encourage you to read Blue Skies Tomorrow before giving it to them to read. This will give you the opportunity to discuss some of the issues and bad behaviors of the characters before she reads it. I made the mistake of telling my daughter she could read it before I did; based on my enjoyment of the first two books in the series. This one dealt with issues she has never been exposed to. That's not necessarily bad, but I would have preferred knowing ahead of time so I could make a more informed decision.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bill Garrison VINE VOICE on July 10, 2012
Format: Paperback
BLUE SKIES TOMORROW, by Sarah Sundin, is a historical romance set in World War II that tells the story of Helen Carlisle, widow trapped in a situation she can't control, and Ray Novak, a man afraid to face his fears. The novel also captures the sacrifice made on the home front and the horrors faced in battle as men lost their lives daily. The novel is a true page-turner as Helen and Ray face incredible tragedy as they try and get back together.

The novel opens with Ray and Helen immediately being attracted to each other. Ray is the oldest of three brothers, and working stateside for the military because of his religious objection to armed conflict. But, Ray wonders deep down if he is just a coward. Helen lost her husband Jim two years ago in the war, and his now raising her son under the oppressive watch of Jim's parents.

This is a historical romance, but there are a lot more secrets to be revealed as you read along. The external conflicts faced by both Helen and Ray while they are apart in the novel are both powerful and thrilling. As a Christian novel, the spiritual lives of the characters flow naturally out of the events of the novel, and it never feels preachy.

This novel isn't perfect. WHY? I loved this novel and gave it five stars, but stumbled a bit when trying to keep all the characters straight. This is the third novel in a series, and I haven't read the first two, so I probably missed a lot there. For example, it felt like there was more to the story than Ray objecting to fighting in the war because he was a pastor. I mentioned above how much I loved the external conflict that kept Ray and Helen apart, but the same can't be said for the internal conflict.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Anne TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 12, 2011
Format: Paperback
Earlier this summer we had one Saturday that was a bit of a summer "snow day" for my family. The weather outside was unbearably hot so we all stayed inside. I picked up Blue Skies Tomorrow and settled down into one of our lazyboys for a long read.

After reading The Sweetest Thing by Ann Moser recently and greatly enjoying it, I thought I would give another historical Christian fiction book a whirl. The Sweetest Thing had elements of romance in the story, but it is not what I would call a "Christian Romance". Blue Skies Tomorrow by Sarah Sundin is a Christian romance. It is the third book in her Wings of Glory series, but it can easily be read as a stand alone novel.

Storyline: Helen's husband, Jim, died two years earlier in WWII. She lives in a home owned by her father in law and receives a monthly stipend from him that comes from her husband's life insurance (that he named his parents custodians of). Early on in the story, you get clues that Helen acts the part of the grieving widow but does not have the feelings of one. You learn why as the story goes along. The reasons why are at the core of this story. Ray Novak is an old childhood friend of Helen. He returns from flight instructor school. His desire is to be a pastor, but knows he must serve in the armed forces during the war. His two brothers are also serving. The story primarily focuses on their romance and the journey of their coming together, apart, and then...

Writing: This story is written fine. I was discussing with my husband this weekend how the choice of words tells you a lot about the focus of the author in the story. Here's are two examples of Ms. Sundin's writing:
"Ray reached into a blue glass bowl and popped a strawberry into his mouth.
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