Even though it is essentially a stand-alone novel, the characters from the first book With Every Letter overlap into On Distant Shores – for that reason, as well as that it’s a lovely read, I recommend reading With Every Letter first. Here’s a link to my review.
Lt. Geogiana Taylor followed her best friend Rose to become a flight nurse during WWII. But she can’t help but feel she’s not up to the task.
Back home she has her longtime sweetheart waiting for her, a family that yearns for her return, and the comfort of not having men’s lives in her hands any longer.
In July of 1943, Georgie is still struggling to do her job as unto the Lord when she meets pharmacist Sgt. John Hutchinson.
His warm smile and shy ways are endearing to her. He’s also struggling – though determined to utilize his knowledge and education as a pharmacist he resents the lack of respect he receives as a non-commissioned officer. Just like Georgie, he has a fiancé waiting for his return as well – but he wants to return with a level of dignity he feels he’s missing in his current position.
But as Georgie and Hutch’s friendship grows, their lives at home begin to fall apart…
With Every Letter swept me in the era of WWII, and so did On Distant Shores!
Sarah Sundin expertly weaves a historical tale with enough fantastic, accurate detail and stakes to make everything feel very real – and has enough emotion and character depth to make you care about what’s happening.
I love the believable period dialogue and banter! Nothing feels overwrought, overdramatic, or forced. There’s a naturalness to On Distant Shores that makes the pages fly and my imagination land squarely in 1943. The characters have recognizable flaws that make them real.
On Distant Shores is romantic, inspiring, and soaked in WWII era life. It has great moments of personal growth and pivotal moments of recognizing the difference between man’s goals and God’s.
This is a truly effecting and touching novel! I cannot wait to read the third when it comes out!!!
*Available August 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
*I received a copy of On Distant Shores from the Baker Publishing Group. Their generosity in no way influenced, nor sought to influence, my opinion of the novel.