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Mellie Blake, a pioneering WWII flight nurse, does not fit in. Try as she might, her childhood spent in the jungle with her father has made it impossible for her to make friends, much less draw the affection of a good man. So when a chance to correspond anonymously with an army engineer comes along, Mellie proceeds, but with trepidation. Lieutenant Tom MacGilliver also values this anonymous correspondence because he feels unable to shake the stigma of his father’s criminal sins and, like Mellie, assumes that for him, love, marriage, and family are not possible. When these two misfits find each other amid the ravages of war, a true love story begins to unfold, requiring both of them to let down their guard and learn to trust in ways that neither has been able to before. By telling this redemptive wartime tale of love primarily from the perspective of a young flight nurse, talented historical-fiction and romance author Sundin (Blue Skies Tomorrow, 2011) offers a unique perspective on the lives of military women during this time period. --Elizabeth Ponder

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They know everything about each other--except their real names.

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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Product Details

  • Series: Wings of the Nightingale (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 425 pages
  • Publisher: Revell (September 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0800720814
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800720810
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (734 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #412,366 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Wow! What a great book! I honored to receive an advance copy and literally couldn't put it down. I was immediately drawn into the story line, as well as the lives, thoughts and hopes of the characters. Sarah's research is impeccable, and in addition to loving the great story, I learned a great deal about flight nurses and engineers in WWII. (And yes, the soldiers did wear shoes at the start of the war, rather than the combat boots we think of today.)

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.

Bottom Line:

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!
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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.*
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By Chels on September 29, 2012
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If a reader is looking for a love story filled with action and intrigue, then this is the perfect book. The author sets the scene with a war-torn country. World War II has sunk its teeth into America and Americans are beginning to feel the ravages. Lt. Mellie Blake has joined a program aimed at boosting morale. Her character will be instantly likable; her generosity and easy donation of time and effort will help form a bond between her and the reader. One wouldn't think a romance could develop in such a difficult time, but Mellie's letters to Lt. Tom slowly build up a relationship that might just end in romance.

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*
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Sarah Sundin's books always take me on such a sweeping, emotional journey...I'm left nearly breathless as the two characters come together through an epic, romantic love story. And that's the trait that Sundin keeps up in With Every Letter.

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.
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