On Distant Shores, Wings of the Nightengale Series #2
I had waited forever to read this book. It was good. I liked the setting and the main characters most of the time. On Distant Shores also had a good theme about how one should do everything to honor God. Now I have to wait almost a whole year for the third book in the series to come out!
October 21, 2013
I'm in love with Georgie and Hutch!
I've devoured every one of Sarah Sundin's WWII romances (five books, now) because she has a gift for pulling you into her characters' lives until you feel as if you are walking in their shoes. Her current series, Wings of the Nightingale, tells the stories of three flight nurses, the brave women responsible for evacuating wounded soldiers to safety. Moving from place to place around the Mediterranean, Sundin's descriptions bring the locations to life and make the war deeply personal.
I instantly fell in love with Georgie, sympathizing with how her bubbly personality covered a lack of confidence in her abilities. The author's personal background in pharmacy created a distinctive air of reality to Hutch, as she layered in details of his work alongside the tender romance developing between the characters.
Though On Distant Shores is the second book in the series, I was impressed how this novel overlapped the first book (With Every Letter), so you actually experience several events from different characters' perspectives. That was a fun bonus for the reader, and makes reading the books out-of-sequence a non-issue.
September 27, 2013
In On Distant Shores, Sarah Sundin takes the reader with detailed accuracy to cities of the Mediterranean area during World War II. Lt. Georgie Taylor is a flight nurse. She has a boyfriend back home and loves her work. She meets Sgt. John Hutchinson, a pharmacist, who has a fiancÃÂ© back home. Because sheÃ¢ÂÂs a nurse itÃ¢ÂÂs natural that Georgie comes to his pharmacy. As their friendship grows so do complications. HeÃ¢ÂÂs a noncommissioned soldier, sheÃ¢ÂÂs a commissioned officer and the military doesnÃ¢ÂÂt permit the two groups to socialize together. How can they be together in the face of military protocol? Characterization is strong and romantic tension keeps you turning pages.
September 13, 2013
"On Distant Shores" Review
I really enjoyed the first book in this series Ã¢ÂÂ With Every Letter Ã¢ÂÂ so I was looking forward to this next offering from an author Sarah Sundin.
The story starts off a little bit earlier than when the previous novel ended, which was a neat twist that I didnÃ¢ÂÂt expect. It was nice to sort of rewind a bit and catch up with some of the characters from the first book and to get more of a running start into GeorgieÃ¢ÂÂs story.
As with the first book in the series, On Distant Shores was very well-written and had a seamless flow to it. You can tell that the author definitely does her research Ã¢ÂÂ about WWII as well as the pharmacy/medical details. Being a chemistry/biology nerd myself, I really liked the pharmacy aspect of the book. I felt so sorry for Hutch that he wasnÃ¢ÂÂt able to be a commissioned officer even though he had a degree and practiced a medical profession such as pharmacy. This made for a unique storyline within the background of the war.
I also liked the growth that the two main characters experienced throughout the book, especially Georgie. It was so interesting to see how she discovered that everyone else in her life was making her decisions for her and how staying in her safe little comfortable world was hindering her relationship with God and her relationships with others. I thought the characters in this novel were just so relatable and believable. Their conversations were realistic, as were their emotions and doubts and fears. As I said, Hutch and Georgie both experienced significant growth in their faith throughout the novel which was encouraging and thought-provoking. And although the romance between the two was a bit predictable, I was still rooting for them.
Even though I did enjoy the various plotlines in this novel, it was much more heart-wrenching than the first one in the series. I actually had to put it down a couple of times and come back to it later. The part that was the most emotional, however, was a necessary plot point in the book, and it was handled well. It just took me a while to get through it.
With her characteristic writing style and attention to historical details, Sarah Sundin has another winner in her Wings of the Nightingale series with On Distant Shores, and I look forward to reading KayÃ¢ÂÂs story in the next one.
September 9, 2013