Saturday, September 3, 2011

Review of A Distant Melody by Sarah Sundin

Rating: 4 Stars
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Synopsis from Revell: Never pretty enough to please her gorgeous mother, Allie will do anything to gain her approval--even marry a man she doesn't love. While Allie has nearly resigned herself to that fate, Lt. Walter Novak--fearless in the cockpit but hopeless with women takes his last furlough at home in California before being shipped overseas.

Walt and Allie meet and begin a correspondence that will change their lives. As letters fly between Walt's muddy bomber base in England and Allie's mansion in an orange grove, their friendship binds them together. But can they untangle the secrets, commitments, and expectations that keep them apart?

Book 1 in the Wings of Glory series, A Distant Melody is an exciting and tender story of love, courage, and sacrifice during World War II.

Review: I read A Memory Betweeen Us last year, so I already knew the basic story between Walt and Allie in A Distant Melody.  Both Walt and Allie are likable characters that I connected with much more easily than Jack and Ruth in Book 2 of the series. I enjoyed seeing the friendship and innocent love grow and develop between Walt and Allie, and I understood their insecurities and doubts. The first half and second half of the novel when Walt is at home moved at a steadier pace than the middle portion when Walt is fighting overseas.  Sarah Sundin captures the danger and intensity of the war without graphic details or violence.  The action is exciting, but at times I found myself lost in the technical details of planes and flight maneuvers. I have been impressed with the abundance of details that Sundin included in A Distant Melody and A Memory Between Us, which shows her passion for writing and researching World War II and building inspirational novels around historical facts. 

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