A Distant Melody, Wings of Glory Series #1 - eBook
Great WWII story
This is one of the best Christian historical romances I've read lately. I wasn't sure I wanted to read it because it was supposed to involve a correspondence between the hero & heroine for much of the story, which meant they'd be apart a good while (a no-no in a romance). But the author made up for this by having such a good development to their friendship/relationship in the first third of the book. One of Sundin's strengths is excellent dialogue between the hero and heroine. Their wit was so catching, you could just feel the growing chemistry between two shy people. When they were apart, there was such interesting stuff going on and good interactions among the secondary characters, which made up for the separation of the two main characters. The World War II details, especially about flying, were so well done and authentic-sounding. There were quite a few laugh-out-loud moments for me, and one tear jerking one (reading Walt's grandfather's letter to him). I look forward to reading the other two books in this series.
June 8, 2012
A Distant Melody is set during World War II.
Allie Miller is the daughter of wealthy parents. They arranged a marriage with a man she doesnÃ¢ÂÂt love. She hopes to get the approval of her mother with this marriage. So far she could never please her mother.
When Allie is on her best friendÃ¢ÂÂs wedding, she meets Walter Novak. He is the first person who seems to understand her.
Walter Novak is a pilot in the Army Air Force and flies a bomber plane B17. Shortly he has to leave for England.
Walt is hopeless with women. But Allie is the first woman he can talk to and have fun with. Allie stays for a week with her friend and after the marriage sheÃ¢ÂÂs going home again. Walt has fallen hard for Allie and when she returns home they share addresses and promise to write each other.
Walt leaves for England and is fighting against the Germans. His crew respects him, but he told a little white lie to earn their respect.
Through their letters Walt and Allie get to know each other and fall in love. But Allie still has her boyfriend and soon is engaged to him. But Allie is unhappy. SheÃ¢ÂÂs willing to marry Baxter, but the Lord shows her that she canÃ¢ÂÂt marry an unbeliever. Will she obey the Lord, or will she please her parents?
Allie is praying for Walt and his crew. When they are in trouble the Lord wakes her at night to pray.
Walt is falling more for Allie with every letter he receives from her. He decides he canÃ¢ÂÂt love a woman who is soon to marry another man. ItÃ¢ÂÂs best to stop writing and Walt tells another lie in his last letter to Allie. Allie is devastated by WaltÃ¢ÂÂs news. Soon she wakes up again in the middle of the night and must pray for Walt. ItÃ¢ÂÂs the last time that the Lord awakens her to pray. What happened that night to Walt? Can Walt tell Allie about his lie before itÃ¢ÂÂs too late?
This book was a nice surprise! Never before have I read a WWII book so very well written. I loved the historical accuracy, the growing love between Walt and Allie, to read about the normal life in the US during the war and the hard life for Walt and his crew in Europe. I learned rich lessons from reading about sacrifice and obedience.
I simply fell in love with this book and IÃ¢ÂÂm looking forward to read the other books in this series: A Memory Between Us and Blue Skies Tomorrow.
November 22, 2011
I agree with all the other reviews a really great book, couldn't put it down. I loved the setting WW2, the characters.Can't wait to read the next two books.
January 6, 2011
I have read both books and really enjoyed both books. I can relate to the setting of each books and to the timing. Am looking forward to future books written by this new author.
September 25, 2010