Lieutenant Kay Jobson longs to go to the chief nurses' school when her flight nursing is over. Her supervising officer tells her that she is not taken seriously by the other nurses because of all the men she dates. Kay sees it as being in control ~ until she meets a man who is not responsive to her wiles. Because of her home life, she does not want any part of God. Because of Lieutenant Roger Cooper's past and home life, he does. Both are apprehensive of each other. Both are amazing and it is revealed as stresses turn them to purposes they both desire. Truth not lies. Roger gives Kay his Bible with all of his notes written inside along the margins. Infrequently they are in the same place. Kay has questions and Roger gives her his military and home addresses to write for his response.
The author has written events so clearly you can identify with their thoughts and feelings. As a C-47 pilot, Roger is responsible for his carrier and those aboard. I like how Kay comes to terms with the changes in her life, while others are unsure of her turnabout. When the flight team bonds because of urgency, they become a true unit. What is important comes to the surface.
This final story brings the series together, realizing the strength they have obtained and the future they have in perfect time.
***Thank you to Litfuse Publicity Group and Revell for sending me a copy of In Perfect Time by Sarah Sundin to review. This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.***
Wonderful conclusion to Wings of the Nightingale series
August 16, 2014
Simply stated, I enjoyed everything about In Perfect Time - and the whole Wings of the Nightingale series, for that matter. World War II fiction is a genre I've only started reading recently, and Sarah Sundin deserves a lot of the credit. While In Perfect Time can stand alone, characters and setting continue throughout and reading the whole series will give a much deeper reading experience. The previous books are With Every Letter and On Distant Shores.
This is an especially appealing series because World War II flight nurses were courageous pioneers - and while they didn't receive badges and medals, they risked their lives in dangerous operations. Sarah's writing exhibits extensive knowledge of historical events and locations, yet this never slows or overpowers the narrative.
Set in the Mediterranean Theater of Operations, with a focus on war-torn Italy and southern France, Sarah has the ability to make readers feel like they are actually in the scenes with the way she blends the serious and fun times. We experience everything from an emergency landing behind enemy lines and the courage of partisans, to the big bands and U.S. war bond tour. Opening in March 1944, In Perfect Time reunites us with Mellie, Tom, Georgie and John from the first two books, but the focus is on Lt. Kay Jobson and Lt. Roger Cooper.
Something I especially appreciate about Sarah's writing is the depth she gives her characters. "For Lt. Kay Jobson, flight nursing . . . meant reconnecting a broken soldier with the shards of his humanity." With these opening words, we get a glimpse of Kay's heart for the wounded, a sharp contrast to the surface image she creates with her flirtatious dating of several men at the same time. She's bold and confident, driven to stay in control no matter what - but her bold faade masks deep hurts. Roger, a C-47 pilot who ferries supplies and paratroopers throughout the Mediterranean, is biding his time until he can become a big band drummer. Both Kay and Roger are appealing and vulnerable characters who have bought into the lies and put-downs received from their families through the years - Kay, that she was irredeemable, and Roger, that he would never amount to anything. As happens in real life, these factors effected their relationships and job performance.
Christian fiction should inspire readers, and that is exactly what In Perfect Time did for me. One of my favorite parts was when Roger followed God's prompting and gave his Bible filled with personal notes to Kay. Being so attuned to God that we can sense His prompting and then be willing to follow it - that's something I think many of us strive for. And being open enough to share a painful past because it just might be what someone needs to hear. Readers will find the spiritual journeys of Roger and Kay very moving.
Romance fans will not be disappointed, for while Roger and Kay's story is tender and sweet, the chemistry between them is great. In Perfect Time brings the storylines of Mellie & Tom, Georgie & John, Kay & Roger to a beautiful conclusion - and while many authors tend to rush their endings, Sarah gives one of the most satisfying conclusions I've ever read. Highly recommended.
Thank you to Revell for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
In Perfect Time is the final book in Sarah Sundins, Wings of the Nightingale series. I enjoy Sarah's books. I like that they are Historical Christian Romance I don't have to worry about opening one of Sarah's books. Beautiful Army nurse Kay Jobson has it all the looks that turns all men's heads. Well except one pilot Lt Roger Cooper. Kay can't stand it cause she isn't catching him. Roger is devoted to God and Kay had lost her faith in God because of her parents. Story of love and forgiveness. Can the two come together and follow the path God has for them.. Wonderful book.
This book would be great for readers who like history, and Christian romance.
I was given this book by Revell for my own honest opinion.
I enjoyed the adventure and intrigue of Lt. Roger Coopers flights in this particular novel. It kept me wanting to turn the pages. A couple of flights are based on true WWII flights, which my husband found hard to believe when I relayed information to him. Hes a skeptic though and a war buff so he likes the facts and the flights were pretty amazing feats so thats why he was a doubter at first.
This particular books theme centered on the fact that God loves sinners no matter what they have done. We are all redeemable and do not need to earn forgiveness but to accept it as the gift it is.
In Perfect Time provided me with the back stories of a couple of characters featured in the first two books. It was nice to finally learn more about them and what made them tick, as well as the follow-up story of some of the other characters.
I even enjoyed the romantic side of the book this time. It was realistic, romantic, humorous and heart-breaking all rolled into one.
There was an underlying theme of parents who do not display confidence in their childrens talents and abilities. For me this was sad to read about, it made me feel sorry for the characters and question if I am expressing my belief in my children so they know that I truly believe in them and what they are capable of doing with their lives. The characters in this book only learned in adulthood what should have been impressed on them in childhood you are talented, you are worthy, you are capable and you can do anything you put your mind to. Every parent should instill self-belief into their children, especially if the child does not have it in themselves. What a responsibility we have as parents!
I give In Perfect Time two thumbs up and recommend it to all history lovers.
Faith and Family Reviews received a copy of this book for the purpose of writing a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
With the 70th anniversary of so many important WWII events currently going on there has been a surge of interest, and with it has come a host of novels set in that era. Sarah Sundin's are some of the best! The story pulled me in from the very beginning and wouldn't let me go until the last page.
Sarah Sundin knows her craft well. She managed to make me care about a heroine who is polar opposite of me. I agonized with Kay every time Roger pushed her away. And sometimes I just wanted to give them both a good shake when they needed it! The characters pull the reader into their world, making you think about them even when you have to lay the book aside for awhile, and gosh was that hard to do!
In Perfect Time is a story full of emotion, new faith, forgiveness, and love. There is also plenty of danger and adventure, from the plane being downed over enemy territory to planes racing down a narrow canyon.
One of the things that really stood out to me in this book is that the face that people often show isn't the real person. Smiles and flirting can cover great pain and a multitude of past hurts.
In Perfect Time is an edge-of-your-seat ride through one of the most fascinating times in history that will leave wanting to read more and sorry when you turn that last page. Fans of historical fiction and WWII are in for a BIG treat with this book!
(I received a copy of this book from RevellReads in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.)