Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Blue Skies Tomorrow by Sarah Sundin

Lt. Ray Novak prefers to follow his calling into ministry rather than the cockpit. But his current position offers him the luxury of a personal life since he is stateside training B-17 pilots. His interest in Helen, the young war widow, grows, but he knows she is hiding a painful past under a frenzy of volunteer work. Ray is called to fly a European combat mission at the peak of the air war. Their romance is tense because Helen is afraid, but Ray cannot help because he is in Europe. As Helen tries to make ends meet and confronts the past, Ray encounters a deadly enemy of his own. Will they find the courage to face their challenges? Will the truth come out? Will hope and redemption ring true for Helen?

The great era of World War II in Blue Skies Tomorrow is brought to life by Sundin in this emotion-packed novel.

Here is my review of this wonderful work of historical fiction:

First of all, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Sarah Sundin and her publisher for sending me a copy of "Blue Skies Tomorrow" to review for them. I am truly grateful for this generosity. I really appreciate the time, effort and expense it takes to make a reviewer copy available to me.

Sarah Sundin’s “Blue Skies Tomorrow”, Book Three in the Wings of Glory series, is an outstanding read. This incredible work of romantic historical fiction takes the reader back in time to WWII California. Ray Novak has just been demoted. As a flight trainer with no combat experience, his job was given to a pilot with combat experience and Ray was shipped back to Antioch, California to fill a desk job. What he doesn’t realize is that, even though he doesn’t consider himself to be a hero, he has always been a hero to Helen Carlisle.

Helen is trapped playing the role of a grieving war widow. Trying to raise her son alone and at the mercy of her in-laws who believe she should mourn their son forever, Helen is torn when she learns that Ray Novak cares for her. How can she give herself fully to this romance that she desperately wants with the whole town watching and secrets tearing her apart?

This emotionally charged love story takes me to a seemingly simpler time, but has taught me that things weren’t so different then. They just weren’t talked about. This story led me to confront some deeply rooted issues with prayer. It also entertained me and made me appreciate my Grandparents’ and Great-Grandparents’ contributions to my life. This is an incredible work of historical fiction that is soaked in godly principles and timeless issues. I strongly recommend this terrific read.

1 comment:

Sarah Sundin said...

Stacey - thank you so much for the lovely review! I'm so glad you enjoyed Ray & Helen's story.