With Every Letter, Wings of the Nightingale Series #1
Delightful Beginning to a New Series
HereÃ¢ÂÂs the deal: anonymous mail being sent between war nurses and soldiers. One of the nurses is a shy girl, whoÃ¢ÂÂs always been a little different and never had any good friends. One of the soldiers is liked well-enough, but has some real problems and a dark ancestry that shadows over his present life. With a story like thatÃ¢ÂÂ¦whatÃ¢ÂÂs not to love? I donÃ¢ÂÂt know, because I loved this book! It was a very unique concept, with the story told from both sides and the letters that were sent as well. A great setting, characters who were truly lovely, and just enough angst to make you want to find out what happens. Once I get a hard copy of this book, itÃ¢ÂÂll definitely be going on my keepers shelf! I canÃ¢ÂÂt wait for the next one, On Distant Shores, which I today discovered focuses on a favorite character from THIS book.
May 17, 2013
Oh.my.word. I am SO glad I didn't give up on this
Goodness, I think it's the first time this happens to me. JUST finished With Every Letter and boy a few days ago, I didn't believe that I would even be writing a positive review about it. I didn't believe that I would finish it.
Let me give you not the not so good part, then we'll get to the good one.
I really did not like the book at first sight. In fact I remember being on p. 120 and deciding to just forget about it all.
1) Things were moving at a REALLY slow pace. Too slow, in my opinion.
2) It's been a while since I studied WW2 so I was a bit confused about a lot of the historical facts. I have a general knowledge of the War, but I believe that for this book a more in-depth knowledge is required. Not to mention that the unfamiliar military language and context added to my confusion. (The author did her research well though!)
3) The characters frustrated me! Too self-conscious with VERY low self-esteem. They were the kind that you'd want to shake and say 'Come on! Don't think of yourself that way, you're worth more! Mellie was too shy to the point that I found her to be a bit childish at some points and Tom just would not take matters into his hands as the leader of his platoon and would just keep smiling, when clearly, his men were lazy and people were telling him that things were just not right. I understood their reasons for acting the way they were but I was still frustrated.
HOWEVER. I started to flip through the pages and I realized that there were some surprising twists coming up. So I skimmed and skipped some parts, read the ones the ones that I found interesting- and they were many from that point on.. I was glued in! There was drama, humour, and the characters started to come alive and I found myself so eager to know how the story ended.
It was good! It was really good.
The characters matured and evolved and things started to change. Mellie almost left me with the impression that she was a bit selfish... right until she changed her mind before, ahem, the meeting. ( Don't want to giveaway anything.) Faith flowed easily and beautifully in the story and be still my heart the romance was SO lovely!!
I'm so glad to be giving this four stars. My first read from Sarah Sundin and I'm curious about the next one in this series.
January 23, 2013
I really love SundinÃ¢ÂÂs books. TheyÃ¢ÂÂre all set during World War II and the best description I can come up with to describe them is Ã¢ÂÂthe greatest generation.Ã¢ÂÂ TheyÃ¢ÂÂre great stories, but it also feels like IÃ¢ÂÂm reading a tribute to the amazing men and women and the brave sacrifices they made to give us the gift of freedom that we enjoy today.
December 27, 2012
Masterpiece of historical romance
When I read Sarah's first book, A Distant Melody, I considered it one of the best books I had ever read. But she just keeps getting better! Readers who pick up With Every Letter with high expectations will not be disappointed. The characters are unique and well-developed. Both the hero and heroine start out with huge obstacles that threaten to interfere not just with romance, but with their ability to relate to the rest of the world, for the rest of their lives. The stakes are high personally, but also in terms of their contributions to the war effort. Both of them are in positions to save or lose many lives. The research for this novel alone is mind-boggling, as I discovered as I was whisked all over northern Africa. With Every Letter is another home run for Sarah Sundin. If you are interested in World War 2 history, you simply must read this tale. It's sure to satisfy lovers of historical fiction and historical romance everywhere.
~Jocelyn Green, author Wedded to War
November 19, 2012