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With Every Letter: A Novel (Wings of the Nightingale) (Volume 1) Paperback – September 1, 2012
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Lt. Mellie Blake is looking forward to beginning her training as a flight nurse. She is not looking forward to writing a letter to a man she's never met--even if it is anonymous and part of a morale-building program. Lt. Tom MacGilliver, an officer stationed in North Africa, welcomes the idea of an anonymous correspondence--he's been trying to escape his infamous name for years.
As their letters crisscross the Atlantic, Tom and Mellie develop a unique friendship despite not knowing the other's true identity. When both are transferred to Algeria, the two are poised to meet face-to-face for the first time. Will they overcome their fears and reveal who they are, or will their future be held hostage by their pasts?
Combining a flair for romance with excellent research and attention to detail, Sarah Sundin vividly brings to life the perilous challenges of WWII aviation, nursing--and true love.
"I love the nostalgia and drama of the WWII era. No one takes me back there better than Sarah Sundin. With Every Letter is a beautiful love story and has everything you want in a novel: romance, suspense, and characters you care about from the very first page. A marvelous beginning for her new series. I can't wait to read the next book."--Dan Walsh, award-winning and bestselling author of The Discovery
Sarah Sundin is the author of A Distant Melody, A Memory Between Us, and Blue Skies Tomorrow. In 2011, A Memory Between Us was a finalist in the Inspirational Reader's Choice Awards, and Sarah received the Writer of the Year Award at the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference. A graduate of UC San Francisco School of Pharmacy, she works on-call as a hospital pharmacist. During WWII, her grandfather served as a pharmacist's mate (medic) in the Navy and her great-uncle flew with the US Eighth Air Force in England. Sarah lives in California with her husband and three children.
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Top Customer Reviews
I found myself grabbing every spare minute to read this book. Husband brushing teeth = five more minutes of reading time. Waiting for appointment = 15 more minutes of reading time. I was really, really tempted to resort to my childhood trick of reading under the covers with a flashlight, but I think husband would've noticed & complained! :>)
Thisbook spoke to my very soul. Its themes of forgiveness and restoration brought great lessons without hitting the reader over the head with them. With Every Letter is an excellent example of how two people struggle to overcome their respective upbringings, come through victorious and find love in the process.
Note to Sarah: Write faster!
Note to Revell: Publish her faster!
Can't wait to read the second one in the series! And since this was my first time reading Sarah's work, I immediately got her first three books for my Kindle!
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.*
The letters provided the reader with both a way to get to know the characters better and a suspenseful build-up towards the eventual romance. The history is rich in this book, the author clearly did her research. The scenes are easy to picture and the reader will feel as if he/she is experiencing what the characters are going through. The romance is sweet and almost simple, but the simplicity adds more than any convoluted Romeo/Juliet scene could. Tom's character is gallant and brave, he is the picture of a perfect hero. Combined with Mellie's kindness, the two make quite the pair. Between the rich history and cute romance, this book is recommended to adult readers.
*Complimentary copy received for review, this in no way affects my opinion*
The whole idea behind With Every Letter was so special, unique, and sweet. When the world is crazy with war and the people in their life don't understand them, Mellie Blake and Tom MacGilliver write each other anonymously and find a kindred spirit in each other. And that friendship eventually blossoms into love...but they both try to keep it hidden from the other. While I don't suffer from a painful shyness or left with a black mark from my father's legacy, Sundin wrote in such a realistic, moving way that I easily connected with both of them.
I really loved getting to learn about the life of being a flight nurse. What a challenging job--but one that is also very fulfilling as Mellie was able to bless countless soldiers by both easing their pain and lightening their hearts in some small way. And not only to soldiers, but to dogs--my favorite scene was when Sesame needed stitching. That whole scene is mixed with humor, tension, and repressed longing...making it very unforgettable!
If you at all enjoy the WWII era or are interested in expounding your knowledge of this time, then Sarah Sundin is the author to go to! All four of the books she has written are exceptionally written and woven with a wonderful, emotional love story that you won't soon forget! I completely enjoyed every moment I spent reading With Every Letter!
I reviewed this book for Revell via Litfuse. It was not required that I give a positive review, but solely to express my own thoughts and opinions of this book, which I have done.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Absolutely love this book! It's a library copy.
I was living in the story right along with Tom and Mellie. Read more
This book was an easy ready. The story line carried well throughout the book. At times it was difficult for me to put down. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Amazon Customer
I really enjoyed this book. I thought it was very well written! I had a difficult time putting it down!Published 11 days ago by S. Ball
Good story, but went felt like the author stretched out the female lead character's decision in the book. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Parsnips
I regret that this gem sat so long in my book list before I got around to reading it. I have thoroughly enjoyed this trip back to WWII. Read morePublished 12 days ago by andi
As a nurse and the daughter and daughter-in-law of WWII veterans who served overseas, I really enjoyed this book. The story was well-done. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Duchess
This was the first book I have read by Sarah Sundin and I loved it. Although I checked some violence and some sexual content, it was not in the least bit graphic or offensive. Read morePublished 28 days ago by linda symth
I enjoyed reading this book with the background of the engineer Corp and the nursing. Also nice that it showed some of the conflict of being culturally different than others and... Read morePublished 29 days ago by LifeRegeneration