On Distant Shores by Sarah Sundin
Wings of the Nightingale, Book 2
*Thank you to Litfuse and Revell for providing a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.*
Summary: (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 fiancée. 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.
In the last few years, I have discovered Sarah Sundin’s books, and she has quickly made her way to the top of my favorite authors’ list. I continue to enjoy each book she writes, and I always know when I pick up one of her novels, I will be reading a story of substance that is well worth my time. I love how she crafts each character to have their own unique personality, flaws, and experiences they must go through in order to experience growth.
On Distant Shores is no different.
On the very first page of this book, Georgie makes a comment on how the interior of the C-47 cargo plane is full of drab khaki and needed a little “magenta or tangerine or violet” (9). Georgie’s personality jumped off the page and I instantly liked her. When Georgie meets Hutch, they become quick friends, as Georgie takes him under her wing.
I really enjoyed watching Georgie and Hutch become friends through their mutual interest in stargazing, as they talked under the night sky and shared about life and home. They challenge each other – for Georgie to learn to make her own decisions and for Hutch to be content with his position- so they can grow in the midst of the challenges they each face.
Georgie struggles to make her own decisions, but Hutch sees her for who she can be, who God wants her to be. He encourages her and believes she can become who she really is. When Georgie’s life is affected by the first real tragedy of her life, she is motivated to make that change and move forward. The tragedy she faces fuels her passion to do what God has for her and to follow his will for her life. It pushes her to grow and look to God for guidance. Likewise, Georgie supports Hutch and believes that he can also reach his goal.
What I enjoyed most about Georgie and Hutch’s relationship was that they saw the best in each other, they challenged each other, and they both desired to be who God wanted them to be. They were a good balance for each other, as Georgie was talkative and outgoing, whereas Hutch was quiet and thoughtful. Overall, Sundin takes us on a wonderful journey through the ups and downs of Georgie and Hutch’s lives in the midst of war.
At the heart of this novel, Georgie and Hutch learn to set goals, face their fears, and, ultimately, look to God for answers so they could grow into the people God intended them to be. They learn that peace can only be found when we are following God’s will for our lives, and not our own.
Rating: 5 stars
One grand prize winner will receive:
- A $200 Visa Cash Card (good for a perfect couple’s getaway)
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Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on September 2nd. Winner will be announced September 3rd at the “On Distant Shores” Author Chat Party on Facebook. During the party Sarah will be hosting a book chat, testing your trivia skills, announcing the winner of the Weekend Getaway, and giving away a ton of books, gift certificates, and more. Oh, and she’ll also be giving party goers an exclusive look at the next book in the Wings of the Nightingale series.
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