Title: With Every Letter
Series: Wings of the Nightingale #1
Author: Sarah Sundin
Summary: 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?
My Thoughts: This is a really good story, and one of the least depressing World War II books I’ve ever read. I appreciate that I can read a WWII book without ending up depressed for days! I found myself enjoying most of the characters, and pulling for Mellie and Tom.
The story is told in third person, and alternates between Mellie and Tom. Watching them get to know each other and eventually come to love each other is a lot of fun. Especially when Mellie shows her new friends her scrapbook. Isn’t it just like God to start a girl praying for someone she never expects to meet, only to find later that he’s the one God has for her? That part was just so fun to read.
I said I liked most characters, because there are some typical “mean girls” in this book. Of course there are. You have the socially awkward girl who gets picked on by the popular girls simply for being different. There also are a few less-than-nice guys over on Tom’s side of the equation. These unkind people were the ones I didn’t like. The rest, well, are great. Mellie is a sweetheart, although I must admit that she drove me a little nuts at times. Her self-esteem is so low that she’s just never quite happy with herself. She’s ugly (she thinks). She’s unlovable (she thinks). She’s a square peg trying to fit into a round hole (again, she thinks). This leads her to believe that there’s no way Tom could love her if they lose the anonymity – even though the first time they meet on the job, she figures out that he’s her anonymous penpal.
Tom is great, too. The poor guy does everything he can to avoid being like his infamous father, making him a cowardly doormat. He doesn’t want to have to kill anyone, and that almost costs him his job. Despite this, he’s a really kind, caring man. I half expected him to get upset when he finds out how long Mellie knew he was her anonymous penpal. I think his reaction just shows his character.
In addition to romance, this is a story about mercy, love, and forgiveness. It shows how if you do the right thing by God, He can turn it around and work it to your favor in ways you’d never expect. It’s an uplifting story with a lot of heart.
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About the Author: Sarah Sundin received the 2011 Writer of the Year Award from the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference, and her second novel A Memory Between Us is a finalist for an Inspirational Readers’ Choice Award. Her stories are inspired by her great-uncle who flew with the U.S. Eighth Air Force in England during World War II. Sarah lives in California with her husband and three children.
Find out more about Sarah at http://www.sarahsundin.com/.
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