Thursday, August 15, 2013

On Distant Shores by Sarah Sundin

Lt. Georgiana Taylor has everything she could want. A boyfriend back home, a loving family, and a challenging job as a flight nurse. But in July 1943, Georgie's cozy life gets more complicated when she meets pharmacist Sgt. John Hutchinson.
Hutch resents the lack of respect he gets as a noncommissioned serviceman and hates how the war keeps him from his fiancée. While Georgie and Hutch share a love of the starry night skies over Sicily, their lives back home are falling apart. Can they weather the hurt and betrayal? Or will the pressures of war destroy the fragile connection they've made?
With her signature attention to detail and her talent for bringing characters together, Sarah Sundin weaves an exciting tale of emotion, action, and romance that will leave you wanting more.
 
Here's my review of this wonderful novel:

First of all, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Sarah Sundin and her publisher for sending me a copy of "On Distant Shores" 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 latest Wings of the Nightingale novel, “On Distant Shores” is a beautiful story that challenged me to grow and educated me about the plight of the Army pharmacist during World War II. Georgie is a nervous nurse with a fiancé back home in Virginia. Hutch is a pharmacist, and therefore an enlisted man. He is frustrated with his own fiancée in New York and the Army’s attitude toward pharmacists. Their attraction is deniable until they find themselves without significant others. But can their love survive other seemingly insurmountable problems?

One thing I adored about this novel is how Ms. Sundin overlapped the action of this book with her previous novel, “With Every Letter”. At first I was confused by the references to situations that I thought already occurred. Then I discovered the author’s brilliance! She also brings an authenticity to her stories through the use of factual historical happenings. Her scenes with a particular Tuskegee Airman brought tears to my eyes.

There was even a bit of Bible study included if you look up the verses that the characters reference. I also gained insight and understanding into Abraham and Isaac claiming that their wives were their sisters! Thank you, Ms. Sundin for putting this concept into perspective by illustrating the Army’s policies against fraternization.

This is a wonderful weekend read that will have you contemplating long after the last page has turned!

1 comment:

Sarah Sundin said...

Stacy - thank you so much for the lovely review! I'm so glad you enjoyed Hutch & Georgie's story.