Thursday, March 18, 2010

A Distant Melody by Sarah Sundin


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.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Sarah Sundin is an on-call hospital pharmacist and holds a BS in chemistry from UCLA and a doctorate in pharmacy from UC San Francisco. Her great-uncle flew with the US Eighth Air Force in England during WWII. Sarah lives in California with her husband and three children. This is her first novel.
For more info please visit her website at http://www.sarahsundin.com/!



Here is my review of this incredible WWII romance:

First of all, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Sarah Sundin and her publisher for sending me a copy of "A Distant Melody" to review for them. I have always been grateful for this generosity, and I am trying to improve at being consistent in taking the time to thank these wonderfully giving individuals in a public forum. I really appreciate your time, effort and expense in making a reviewer copy available to me.

“A Distant Melody” is one of the most beautiful books I’ve read in quite a while. Sarah Sundin paints a picture of romance and friendship and discovery of what is meant to be in this novel that is promised as the first book in the Wings of Glory series. Our leading lady, Allie, has gone to northern California to be in a college friend’s wedding. On the train, she meets Walter, a soldier with a huge heart. When they learn that they are to be partnered at the wedding, an easy friendship forms. But Allie can’t help but feel that she is “settling” for her fiancĂ© back home when her heart beats faster over Walter.

Walter is a pilot on furlough for 30 days. He is completely paralyzed around women unless they are spoken for, so when he notices Allie on the train with a little girl in her lap, an effortless dialog begins. Surprisingly, it continues when he learns that she isn’t the girl’s mother as he suspected, but instead she is to be his partner in the wedding he will stand in at the end of the week. For the first time in his life, Walter sees hope for his future – as Allie’s husband.

Sigh… This book grabbed my imagination from the very first page. I could smell the oranges. I could feel the tension between Walter and Allie. I laughed and found myself smiling as I read. I was absolutely captivated by the exchange of letters between these two while Walter was overseas and their lives changed. I CANNOT WAIT FOR BOOK TWO IN THIS SERIES!!!!!

1 comment:

Sarah Sundin said...

Thank you so much for your lovely review, Stacey! Somehow Google alerts passed this one up - thank goodness Revell sent me the link today. I'm so glad you enjoyed Walt & Allie's story!