Tuesday, October 23, 2012
With Every Letter by Sarah Sundin
As a morale-building campaign inspired by the movie "The Shop Around the Corner", Mellie is forced into writing a letter to Tom, a man she's never met, though it helps that it's anonymous for them both. Mellie offers encouragement, prayer, and a listening ear, and he offers the same back to her. So begins months of writing and growing as they offer advice to each other, pray for each other, and fall for each other. Mellie is then stationed near him; how will they react to each other in person and will they have the strength to overcome their fears and admit who they really are?
I loved this book. It was my first one by Sarah Sundin, though she does have another trilogy set during World War II, which I now can't wait to read! Her writing was wonderful, the characters so detailed and real I found myself rooting for them both in the difficult circumstances they each found themselves in, and the romance very well done. I think a guy could find a lot to like as well, with the backdrop of World War II and the jobs they both perform. I learned a lot about flight nursing and engineering in the context of the war. We get both of their perspectives, which I love. "You've Got Mail," my favorite movie, is based on "The Shop Around the Corner," and I love the plot line of two people falling in love through letters (or email!) before they ever meet. This is definitely a keeper!