Saturday, August 31, 2013

On Distant Shores - Wings of the Nightingale 2 by Sarah Sundin

Cover Art  This is a wonderful story about a flight nurse and a pharmacist who meet during World War II.  Lt. Georgiana Taylor is a flight nurse only because she followed her best friend into it.  She can't wait to finish her service so she can go home and marry her long-time boyfriend.  She feels like she's not cut out to be a flight nurse and almost everyone wants her to return home anyway.  When she meets pharmacist Sgt. John Hutchinson, she decides to befriend him and help the quiet man become more sociable, since he's engaged to a woman even more reserved than he is.  They aren't supposed to fraternize, however, because she's an officer and he's only an enlisted man.  Since he chose to serve as a pharmacist, he wasn't able to be an officer, but he's hoping that will soon change.  When tragedy strikes, will Georgie finally be able to go home and will she want to?  Everything seems to go wrong for Hutch, but how will he respond?

I really enjoyed this well-written story that brought these characters and the war to life.  I like the different perspective the pharmacist's view gave and couldn't imagine how frustrating it would have been to be in Hutch's shoes.  I was introduced to these characters in the first book, which I absolutely loved, so it was fun to see them take center stage this time while still letting us see Tom and Mellie's relationship from the first book progress.  The romance was sweet and I loved how both characters grow so much because of each other.  I was pretty frustrated with Hutch, though I could understand his attitude.  The themes of overcoming bitterness, making decisions, following God's will, and doing your work for the Lord are important ones and some I needed a reminder of.  Both men and women would appreciate this story and I'm definitely looking forward to her next one!

I received this book free from Revell in exchange for an honest review.

Available August 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

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