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Blue Skies Tomorrow: A Novel (Wings of Glory) Paperback – August 1, 2011
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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.
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A mother of three, Sundin lives in northern California. 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. Her novella in Where Treetops Glisten is a finalist in the 2015 Carol Awards, and her novel On Distant Shores was a double finalist for the 2014 Golden Scroll Awards. In 2011 she received the Writer of the Year Award from the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference. Please visit Sarah's website at http://www.sarahsundin.com
Top Customer Reviews
After reading The Sweetest Thing by Elizabeth Musser 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.Read more ›
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.
The interesting parts revolved around the secondary plot lines where the book followed Raymond Novak overseas and Helen to her job.
It was fascinating to read about the bigotry that minorities faced despite their contributions to the war, and I don't mean the bigotry that led to black men working in the kitchen - the bigotry in this book is much, much deeper. Down to the point where black men were actually prosecuted for what were basically non-issues.
Also interesting was the lack of interest in protecting a family of women who were abused by the father and son of the family. What was really irritating was watching a young person who knew certain situations were wrong accept the situations b/c she was prideful. Fear is one thing...it leads to irrationality, but pride should come before a fall, and despite Helen eventually rising above, she never really acknowledges what her problem was.
As you can see the interest and cumbersome aspects of the book were thoroughly intertwined. I read the entire volume, however, so I must have liked it more than I disliked it.
Disclosure: I received a review copy of this volume.
SARAH SUNDIN DIDN'T DO THAT! Book 1 was to die for, Book 2 caused my resurrection because I'd already died after Book 1. Book 3? I just might jump off a skyscraper and let a huge white sheet cascade behind me with a picture of the book cover and the words "READ IT" in huge block letters. (Although, I haven't figured out the landing part, so I'm putting the jump on hold for now).
One thing I've made unique about my book reviews is I don't write my own summary of the novel's contents. Why? Read the back cover. I like to write my THOUGHTS about the book. Blue Skies Tomorrow is no different, although I do need to set it up just a tad.
World War II is in full force when BST begins. Helen is a widow of a war hero with a very young son. Ray holds down the homefront supplies but feels as a man, courage requires more of him. Helen has horrific secrets. Ray has mortifying shame. By chapter two they're well on their way to a good love story. By chapter three, you know it is simply not going to work.
What made me give BST 5 stars?
Content. Sarah went places with this novel I did not expect. At all.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Probably the weakest of the series in my opinion, yet still a good story. Ray was my favorite from the beginning and is still one of my favorites.Published 3 months ago by Sarah
Ahh, the end of the third installment in this series. Oh how I enjoyed it! Well, sometimes my heart was squeezed and twisted as I read of the hero and heroine's misery - and oh... Read morePublished 4 months ago by LEMB
I have read all her books and I'm never disappointed! :) Loved it!Published 4 months ago by Katie Williams
Helen has always had a crush on Ray. But Ray is almost ten years older than her. When she got Polio, Ray would come visit her and read to her and play games with her. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
I was very impressed with the historical accuracy, especially the details pertaining to combat. This was an enjoyable read-inspirational without being cheesy.Published 6 months ago by chris
I very much enjoyed this series by Sarah Sundin. She's a gifted writer and brought the era of WWII to life with her realistic characters and vivid scene portrayals. Read morePublished 6 months ago by S. Edwards
Blue skies Tomorrow is a great story. Having been a stewardess in te 60s and a nurse, my late husband was a Col. In the Air Force . Read morePublished 7 months ago by patty baresel