This might be the year of the new author for me, as the book I’m about to tell you about is written by Sarah Sundin, another new-to-me author. And if you read many of my reviews on my blog, then you know I only tell you about the books I consider worth sharing. A Distant Melody definitely makes the cut!
A uniform might not make a gentleman, but kindness and good manners did.
Book Description from Amazon
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.
What I Thought
The beginning of the story was sweet and drew me in as I learned more about Allie and Walt. As the story went deeper, their personal struggles made them very real and relatable, and their battle to follow God no matter the personal cost was both encouraging and heart-warming.
The cast of characters surrounding them was varied — from delightful to emotional to unsympathetic. The descriptions of many of the events occurring within the time period were clearly well researched, and I felt like the author had some personal knowledge of it, like she’d listened to the stories of relatives that had lived through it.
The author was also careful to include the tragedies that many faced during the War. From the rationing endured within the States to the high casualties of those fighting the War, the main characters face a lot during the story.
Even though this is the first in a series, Allie and Walt’s story was sufficiently complete. While I look forward to continuing on with the series and learning more about Walt’s brothers, I do not feel cheated or like I must continue on to merely find out what happens to Walt and Allie.
The Bottom Line – 5 stars
The author packs a lot into this 400 page book, and I consider it worth every moment I spent within its pages. It contains several concepts that Christians should consider more deeply. If you enjoy historical romance, I recommend giving this book a try.
About the Author
Between writing and driving kids to tennis and karate, I work on-call as a hospital pharmacist and teach Sunday school and women’s Bible studies. I enjoy speaking to school, community, women’s, historical, and church groups.
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DISCLOSURE: I purchased this book on my own and was not asked by the author or publisher for a review. The opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”