On Distant Shores, Wings of the Nightingale Series #2Sarah SundinRevell / 2013 / Trade Paperback$11.99 Retail:5 Stars Out Of 5 35 Reviews
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Karen LangeKentuckyAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A Great Read!August 25, 2013Karen LangeKentuckyAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Lieutenant Georgiana Taylor is looking forward to the end of World War II, for she'll be able to return to her boyfriend in the states and build the life she's always dreamed of. Sergeant John Hutchinson is anxious to return to his fiancÃÂ©e in the states and get on with his life as well. Their positions, Georgie's as a flight nurse and John's as a pharmacist throws them together often. They find they enjoy common interests and build a careful friendship. Unexpected changes arise on the home front for them both which yields further challenges. What happens next? I'll never tell, but if you enjoy historical fiction, you just might enjoy their story.
I appreciate that On Distant Shores, Book Two in the Wings of the Nightingale series, stands alone. Readers do not need to read the first book to understand what's happening. It is another success "story" to Sarah Sundin's credit. Her attention to historical detail is wonderful; it adds layers to the plot that you don't often see. This, along with realistic, likeable characters, offers a great reading experience. I'm now looking forward to Book Three!
Virginiaupstate NYAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5ExcellentAugust 24, 2013Virginiaupstate NYAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Flight nurse Georgie meets pharmacist Hutch, who is treated badly by other military personnel due to his profession. Both have sweethearts at home and vow to only have a friendship with each other. I loved this book and couldn't put it down. The setting was beautiful and the entire storyline was interesting. I'm looking forward to the last book in the series, coming next year.
VicsMediaRoomIrvine, CAAge: 55-65Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5WWII, Pharmacists, Flight Nurses and RomanceAugust 24, 2013VicsMediaRoomIrvine, CAAge: 55-65Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Sarah Sundin in her new book, "On Distant Shores" Book Two in the Wings of the Nightingale series published by Revell takes us into the lives of Georgiana Taylor and John Hutchinson.
From the back cover: Caught between the war raging around them and the battles within, two souls long for peace-and a love that remains true.
Lt. Georgiana Taylor has everything she could want. A boyfriend back home, a loving family, and a challenging job as a flight nurse. But in July 1943, Georgie's cozy life gets more complicated when she meets pharmacist Sgt. John Hutchinson.
Hutch resents the lack of respect he gets as a noncommissioned serviceman and hates how the war keeps him from his fiancÃÂ©e. While Georgie and Hutch share a love of the starry night skies over Sicily, their lives back home are falling apart. Can they weather the hurt and betrayal? Or will the pressures of war destroy the fragile connection they've made?
With her signature attention to detail and her talent for bringing characters together, Sarah Sundin weaves an exciting tale of emotion, action, and romance that will leave you wanting more.
I enjoy stories about World War II. It was a tragic time yet there was always hope as well. Into this era Ms. Sundin has given us a new appreciation for pharmacists and flight nurses! I never knew that these men and women had such critical roles. I like history and, even though she won't admit it, I think Sarah Sundin is secretly a historian. It is her attention to details that help draw you into the story as well, of course, as her marvelous characters. Ms. Sundin makes you feel as though you are there in every battle, experiencing every life threatening moment and feeling intense relief when it is finished. Back to the characters, both Georgiana Taylor and John Hutchinson are presented in such a real manner that you feel as though they are friends of yours and when the book eventually ends you are sorry to see them go. "On Distant Shores" is an exciting book. However, as exciting as the story is the romance between Georgiana and John takes top priority as each of them deals with their individual issues. "On Distant Shores" deals with themes of forgiveness and restoration as only God can produce. Ms. Sundin has done it again and I recommend this book highly. I am so looking forward to book three in this series.
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Author RachaelIndianaAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Sundin's newest book an excellent WWII read!August 20, 2013Author RachaelIndianaAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Civil War era fiction used to be my favorite historical romance reading, but Sarah Sundin has changed that with her potent, tender World War II series. Her latest offering, On Distant Shores, Book Two of the Wings of the Nightingale series, only adds to my addiction.
The life-or-death demands of wartime crises overwhelm a caring flight nurse, Georgiana Taylor. Georgie meets a dedicated pharmacist, Sergeant John Hutchinson, and they struggle with mutual attraction, as they are engaged to other people. Hutch resents the Army's refusal to recognize him and his colleagues as officers. The fact that Georgie is a lieutenant keeps them apart and rankles in Hutch's soul. With excruciating wartime challenges, as well as romantic complications, will Georgie and Hutch find themselves on shores so distant from each other that their love never has a chance?
As in her Wings of Glory series, Sundin's attention to historical detail shines in On Distant Shores. Her expertise as a practicing pharmacist opens a window for readers into a world largely unexplored by World War II fiction.
Regular readers of Sundin's writing will especially appreciate the vivid contrast between Georgie's friendly Southern-belle personality and that of Lieutenant Mellie Blake, the efficient heroine of Book One, With Every Letter, whose biggest challenge was her inability to connect with fellow nurses and commanding officers. In On Distant Shores, Sundin weaves the two stories together skillfully, giving readers a double treat.
Revell Publishing kindly provided me with a copy of this book for evaluation purposes, but the company did not provide this review, which is entirely my own.
An Old Fashioned GirlMinnesotaAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Solid plot, solid messageAugust 19, 2013An Old Fashioned GirlMinnesotaAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The second novel of Sarah Sundin's "Wings of the Nightingale" series, "On Distant Shores," focuses on flight nurse Lieutenant Georgianna Taylor and pharmacist Sergeant John Hutchinson. Since both have a fiancÃÂ© back in the States while many friends are pairing up, they form a friendship in Italy while trying to remain true to their loves back home, in spite of the fact that as an officer and an enlisted man, they should not be fraternizing. Even after months of practice in Africa before the invasion of Sicily and Italy, Georgie still isn't sure she has what it takes to be a flight nurse - she only joined for the sake of her best friend who wanted to be one. Hutch enlisted in the army so that he could use his pharmacy degree rather than taking an officer position where he couldn't - pharmacists, unlike doctors, could not practice as an officer, as there was no Pharmacy Corps yet - but his striving to be respected as a pharmacist festers in bitterness the longer he must wait to see results.
While Georgie is a very loving and caring person, as the baby of the family, she has never really had to make decisions, since there are always people willing to make them for her - which is basically how she ended up a flight nurse anyway. While her family, fiancÃÂ©, and friends want what is best for her, they never really let her decide for herself what is best. Hutch challenges her to look to God and make decisions based on what He wants, not what all the other people in her life want. God gives us wise and godly people in our lives to help hold us accountable, but we cannot rely on them to make decisions for us - God gave us free will for a purpose.
While Hutch was following God's will when he enlisted so that he could practice pharmacy and be an example for the nation on why trained pharmacists are needed as officers, he loses sight of God in the process and becomes obsessed with the desire for respect. He has a degree, so he deserves to be respected; he holds the life of any man receiving medication in his hands, so he deserves respect. However, he fails to respect his officers, his men, and even his friends, and in the process, he loses their respect also. It is so easy to lose sight of God in the process of following His will - the moment the goal becomes more important than God is the moment things start to go wrong.
My one complaint about this novel is that in his pursuit of being chosen as a Pharmacy Corps officer, Hutch becomes unbearably grouchy, and it is really hard to like someone with a continuously bad attitude. Otherwise I enjoyed getting to know the characters better after their introduction in "With Every Letter," though there were some tough spots to get through. I cried so much during it - war involves death, and no one involved can be immune to the heartache. The message is, as usual, strong and relevant, the history fascinating, and the plot well-written. 5 out of 5 stars