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  • Posted September 25, 2011

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    More of Sundin's Character's Readers Love - 3.75 Stars

    Not Quite a 4 star for me - I liked the earlier two books better but this one is still up there and having the earlier characters return definitely kept it in the running.

    Ray and Helen must both face the what-ifs of life head on in order to continue to build their lives as they envision them. The things they thought they'd never have to choose are forced into their consciousness and they must acknowledge the shameful reality that others have chosen to sweep into apparent invisibility by ignoring. With God's illumination and strength getting out of the darkness others have created by their choices will make better people of them and a better world for others. Faith, strength and a willingness to see what others refuse to recognize as hurtful and evil though difficult at first will prove to be the best thing for Helen and her son Jay-Jay in the long run. Ray's support and encouragement along the way is the best help she could have from human sources. Once again Sundin brings readers back to her beloved characters from Antioch and intersperses scenes with characters we have come to know from previous books though they are far from home on the battlefields of Europe's WWI theatre protecting our freedom and that of the western world. As usual she keeps readers wondering when or if these men and women will make it back to the comforts of home much less their current home base in England when mishaps and misunderstandings leave them in places and circumstances they never dreamed they would land. For readers new to Sundin's Wings of Glory trilogy I suggest starting with the first book, A Distant Melody, to familiarize yourself with Antioch and the characters. Although each book focuses on a different couple the series does build on itself as it goes and reads much better in order from first to last. Thanks to Revell for a review copy.

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  • Posted September 18, 2011

    WW2 drama

    This is book three of a series but I hadn't read the first two books and didn't find it a problem. It could be read like a single book. I enjoyed the story. I haven't read alot of books around WW2 so found this interesting. I know alot about the war from the Australian side but not as much from the American side and the Air Force. Without giving anything away in this book I felt for Helen in the story her husband died a war Hero and his family have almost made a shrine to him and do not want her to move on. She wants her own life for her and her son we learn more about her story as the book goes on. Ray doesn't want to fight but loves flying but we see him head over to England for a combat mission. He has fallen for Helen but there are issues to be dealt with. This book deals with issues of low self esteem, guilt, and dealing with fears. I found this book riveting and made me think for days after reading this book. Excellent book.

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  • Posted September 14, 2011

    Best in the series!

    This book could not be any better. It is easily one of my favorite novels I have read in the last year. Here's why:

    There is tension from the very first sentence, making it hard to stop turning the pages.
    The dilemmas for Helen and Ray are so intriguing, so believable, and yet so heart-wrenching, you just cannot help but love these characters!
    The dilagoue is smart, not cheesy. Loved it.
    It covers an aspect of World War 2 I hadn't read much about before, and I've read quite a bit about World War 2.
    It deals with a very difficult, more common than we'd like to admit, problem for women. I can't tell you what that problem is because I don't want to give anything away!
    By the end of the book, both characters have changed, grown, evolved in remarkably redeeming ways.
    The "Christian" part of this book is woven in beautifully. In fact, sometimes the most powerful inspiration came from symbolism that was not explicitly explained. But it was the understatement that made it so beautiful. Sarah doesn't preach, and she doesn't have to. The story itself is full of hope and redemption, and the characters' transparency in their own faith journeys speaks volumes.
    It's high on entertainment value! If you like to read to escape, this is your book. You'll be lost in the story world for sure.

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  • Posted September 10, 2011

    Captivating story and meticulous historical detail

    Readers who enjoyed Sarah Sundin's excellent WWII offerings, A Distant Melody and A Memory Between Us, will find the third book of the series, Blue Skies Tomorrow, equally or even more memorable. Helen Carlisle, who lost her young husband in the war, struggles with single parenthood, extreme family pressures, and nightmares from the past and present. Lt. Raymond Novak, the third of three brothers featured in the series, dreams of preaching the Gospel, but shame and deep fears battle inside him, conflicts as frightening as the war around him. When the two fall in love, nothing seems less likely than blue skies. With their lives often in peril, Helen and Ray, like many WWII couples, face challenges with no easy answers. Readers will find the book thought-provoking, as well as entertaining. Sundin deals extensively with key women's issues during this era through Helen and other female characters, yet portrays Ray and her other strong male characters with realism. An exacting historian, Sundin's military and cultural details of this period enhance every page. I have thoroughly enjoyed this series and look forward to more offerings from this gifted author.

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  • Posted September 4, 2011

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    Beautifully written

    I can't stop thinking how beautifully written this story is. It had a slow start and I was wondering if I would be disappointed with it. I wasn't. The action picked up halfway and the story had a sweet ending. This book is definitely my favorite August read.

    I have this habit of reading a page here, there, and then piecing the whole story together. I couldn't do that with Blue Skies Tomorrow. There was a reason behind every action by every character and reading the book page by page was vital to understanding the story. I was reading the text as fast as I could to find out the ending. Not surprisingly, I completed this book in slightly more than three hours (it is 423 pages long)

    Blue Skies Tomorrow is the last book in the Wings of Glory series. The first two books is about Ray's brothers, Walt and Jack. I have not read the first two books, but since the romance stories of Walt and Jack is given a minor inclusion in Blue Skies Tomorrow, I am interested in how Sundin blends these three stories in three different books together without making any of these books a must-read for a reader to understand the story.

    French and German is used in the story. I wished there was a glossary of French and German terms included in the book. As someone who doesn't know French and German, I had to type the foreign language words in Google Translate just to find their meanings.

    I liked the well-researched facts contained in this novel. The descriptions of the fighter aircraft and the way they are piloted showed that plenty of research was put into this novel. An event that happened during war time in Port Chicago, the place where Helen worked for awhile, was real. To add on to it, more than 10 people in the story are real. This well-mixed elements of fact and fiction made this story a pleasant read for me as I like reading general knowledge in fictional stories.

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  • Posted September 4, 2011

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    In a time of war, will two hearts find a way to confront their fears and embrace a love that lasts?

    Poor Ray Novak! He'll never feel like he'll measure up to the men his two brothers, Jack and Walt are, especially when his father and grandfather drops subtle hints, unaware how those are perceived by Ray.

    Jack and Walt have been serving in the war effort in England in the U.S. Eighth Air Force, as fighter pilots. Now that Walt was injured his knowledge of planes is serving the Allied forces well as an engineer. Jack remains in charge of the US troops and their deployment missions as pilots in England.

    However, Ray is afraid. He isn't prepared to deal with combat missions when he has been spending his time training men as pilots. Now that they want to use the training positions as rewards for pilots returning from combat missions, Ray's been assigned to supplies. Not a very glorified position considering his younger brothers military careers. Even though he feels his calling is to God's pulpit, he can't help fight the feelings battling within.

    Helen Carlisle has spent the last year as a grieving widow for her husband who was a casualty of the war in the Pacific. Left with her son, Jay-Jay, Helen is trying to find a way to deal with her inner demons that are keeping her prisoner. Living in a house that she rents from the Carlisle's, she will do whatever she can to prevent the memory of her husband, Jim from being tarnished as a war hero in town.

    When Helen has a bike accident while running errands as a Red Cross Volunteer, Ray Novak is there to rescue her as her knight in shining armor. Confused by her feelings she has had for Ray as a child, writing stories about Sir Raymond, rescuing the Princess Helen, she finds a real friendship in him now that they have grown up.

    During the time they spend together, they find they care for one another more than just friends would, and despite her strong feelings for Ray, Helen is being asked by the Carlisle's to pursue a relationship with Vic Llewellyn instead. Yet despite her attempts to tell Vic she isn't interested, he maintains a constant vigil in asking Helen for a date. The last thing Helen imagines is marrying Vic Llewellyn. Imagine, Helen Llewellyn???

    I received Blue Skies Tomorrow by Susan Sundin, compliments of Litfuse Publicity for my honest review, and being a huge WWII fan, I couldn't wait to see how this one would play out. It will not disappoint. Helen hide a huge secret that if exposed will change how the town will see it's hero changed and she wants to provide her son, Jay-Jay with a great father figure. It's only when this secret rises to involve more than Helen, that it must be brought into the light of God's truth for all to see.

    What will the town think of Helen? Will she be able to protect her son, Jay-Jay from the most prominent family in town the Carlisle's? Will she be able to find the love of a man, who can love her despite all the pain she holds inside? Well, you'll just need to pick up the latest in the Wings of Glory series, Blue Skies Tomorrow, which is book three. Hands down, I LOVED every moment of it. Like a full-length movie that is so good your sad when the final credits roll, so you'll be when you turn the final page. Sarah Sundin does a great job engaging the reader from being a pilot of a B-17 bomber in England flying dangerous combat missions, to living at home, fundraising and running blood drives amid the shortages cause by the war efforts and living off ration books. I award this book a full 5 out of 5 stars!

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  • Posted September 1, 2011

    Fantastic WWII novel

    Calling all World War II fans. Sarah Sundin is back with another fantastic installment in her Wings of Glory series. Blue Skies Tomorrow focuses on the third brother, Lt. Ray Novak. A pilot like his brothers, Ray has been an instructor, but now he can't do that anymore because the army is saving those slights for those returning from the war. He's not sure he likes his new assignment, but it allows him to spend time at home where he reacquaints himself with a neighbor girl Helen Carlisle. The widow of the town hero, Helen has lost herself in the battle to live up to everybody's expectations of her.

    She's lived a nightmare and in her quest to establish a life for herself and her young son, she's trapped in the quagmire of being the grieving widow. Too bad she's not really sad, especially now that Ray's back in town.

    The story is richly woven with the feel of the era. I love Sarah's books
    because she gets the details right. The characters are richly drawn and fully fleshed. I could feel the dilemmas and battles facing Helen and Ray. I experienced their struggles to the extent I wanted to grab Helen and take her to coffee so we could straighten out a few things. Most of all, I love the way the story illustrates that we must let go of the past and people's roles they thrust on us. We have to step into the freedom that God has for us...risky and scary as that proposition often feels.

    If you love rich, multi-layered historicals that ring with authenticity, then you must read this book.

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  • Posted August 30, 2011

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    Fighting for the Future!

    My Review:

    Sarah Sundin's book, Blue Skies Tomorrow, is her best book yet! Set in late 1944 Antioch, CA, and Bury St. Edwards Airfield, Suffolk, Sarah rolls out what appears to be an ambivalent romance due to entangled, horrific secrets and dangerous war missions.

    Helen Carlisle lost her husband as a casualty of the war in the Pacific. She throws herself into war efforts' volunteering while trying to conceal her true feelings.

    Lt. Raymond Novak is stationed in Antioch, pushing paperwork after being relieved of his pilot training position because he had not served overseas, all the while wanting to be in the ministry. He's considered a coward because of his fear of serving overseas.

    Novak and Carlyle meet and sparks fly, with a passion that needed to be controlled. However, it's an on-again, off again relationship for reasons unknown to Novak, so he joins the Air Force overseas, thinking she, too, sees him as a coward.

    If you love to read about war efforts and strategic missions during WWII, Sarah has it all in her book. It's fast-paced, with danger from all directions. The flow of the story keeps you turning the pages. Your heart is wrapped up in the personal accounts of the servicemen engaged in battle, with twists that endanger the men just when you think all is going well.

    While Novak is gone, Helen has to decide if she'll wait for him or be romanced by other men; that is, when her former father-in-law allows her to! That home life is another aspect that will keep your heart pumped with multiple feelings!

    Sarah outdid herself with the romantic tension, war missions, faith issues, and Helen's home situation. There are several twists that you don't see coming and they explode in ways you wouldn't imagine. Can Helen and Ray overcome the berating and dangerous obstacles, or will another steal Helen's heart before he gets a chance to? Will his faith in God overcome what he needs to engage in?

    This is the third book of Sarah's Wings of Glory series. The first being A Distant Melody and the second A Memory Between Us. They stand alone, but you will want to read all three! Again, Blue Skies Tomorrow is the best of the three for me!

    This book was provided by Donna Hausler, Publicity Assistant at Baker Publishing in exchange for my honest review. No monetary compensation was exchanged.

    "Available August 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group."

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  • Posted August 27, 2011

    Blue Skies Tomorrow

    My Review

    Helen Carlisle is now a widow, after her husband was killed in the military. But she wasn't the grieving widow everyone thought she was. In fact, she was glad her husband was gone, because of his abuse, which no one would ever believe. That is until Ray came upon the scene, and he figured it out, to which Helen denied that anything bad happened between she and Jim. No one could find out about the abuse, because Jim was so nice and sweet around everyone else, not one would believe Helen. She was just a cripple after all, and the way she stumbled around caused all of her accidents, so Jim told everyone.

    This is my first book by Sarah Sundin, I haven't read the other books in this series, but I still enjoyed this one! I like that the author deals with spousal abuse in this book, something that truly needs to be dealt with. And just like in the book, the abuser blames the one he's abusing. Helen was blessed that Ray found out, but then he left her for a while, not helping. And it was a double blessing when she found a way to leave her in-laws house and the abuse from Jim's father. I hope anyone reading this book that is dealing with an abusive situation will realize that there is help, and go find it!

    I also liked Ray and Helen. Ray was so gracious and kind, wanting to help Helen, even if she didn't want his help at first. He loved the Lord, which was evident in the way he lived. Helen was so sweet, and she wanted to raise her son the right way, not abusing the women in his life. Her self confidence was trampled on more than once by jerks that call themselves men. But I am glad there was a happy ending, and Helen was able to have a happy life, away from abuse and critical, hateful things said about her handicap condition.

    This book was provided by Revell Publishers in exchange for an honest review. I was not required or expected to write a positive review. The opinions in this review are mine only.

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  • Posted August 26, 2011

    Loved this book!

    ABOUT THE BOOK (Back Cover)
    When her husband becomes a casualty of the war in the Pacific, Helen Carlisle throws herself into volunteering for the war effort to conceal her feelings. But keeping up appearances as the grieving widow of a hometown hero is taking its toll. Soon something is going to give.

    Lt. Raymond Novak prefers the pulpit to the cockpit. His statesided job training B-17 pilots allows him the luxury of a personal life - and a convenient excuse to ignore his deepest fear. When the beautiful Helen catches his eye and captures his heart, he is determined to win her hand.

    But when Ray and Helen are called upon to step out in faith and put their reputations and their lives on the line, can they meet the challenges that face them? And can their young love survive until blue skies return?

    Filled with drama, daring, and all the romance of the WWII era, Blue Skies Tomorrow is the captivating final book in the popular Wings of Glory Series.

    I have loved this series and am sad to see it come to an end, this is a stand a lone story with a twist to the plot that made me feel anger down to the tips of my toes, but that was a good thing! I enjoy the unexpected in a book, otherwise it can tend to lolly gag around, and this book was entertaining the entire way through. Ray has to endure quite a bit to find his true self and to feel worthy and Helen has to endure a lot of pain before she can free herself of the demons in her past, together they make a strong and lovable couple.

    If you have enjoyed the other books in this series I think you'll like this book as well. If you haven't read any of them yet, what are you waiting for?!!!

    *I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for review from Revell, a Division of Baker Publishing

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  • Posted August 25, 2011

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    My Favorite of the Series!

    'Blue Skies Tomorrow' deals with some very difficult issues and I think that Saran Sundin did a great job of writing about them. As with her other books ('A Distant Melody' and 'A Memory Between Us') the main characters have lessons to learn and fears to overcome. This story starts a little bit before where 'A Memory Between Us' ends and I really enjoyed reading about some of the happier moments of that book from a different perspective. I remember while reading 'A Distant Melody' how bad I felt for Helen when her husband Jim died, leaving her all alone to raise their infant son. However, after reading this book and knowing what Jim did to her, I now feel relieved that he is no longer around to hurt her anymore. Helen had polio as a child and so she has a slight limp, which Jim used as an excuse for all of Helen's injuries. When Ray was mentioned in the previous books, I remember that I wanted to know more about him. His background story is sad but in a different way. He was engaged twice but both times it was broken off by the women he was engaged to, leaving him to feel a distrust of women. Ray's family doubts whether he will ever get married and in this book you learn that Ray is beginning to have his doubts about it as well. Like both of his younger brothers, Ray is a pilot; but unlike his brothers, he has never been in combat. He has chosen to stay stateside as a flight instructor, but when the Army makes it a requirement that all instructors have at least one tour of duty, Ray has to choose between a desk job or go to war. Ray takes the desk job, but when he feels that everyone thinks that he is a coward for not going into combat, himself included, he decides to go. This will test Ray like he has never been tested before. The only thing that I remember not liking about this book was all the details of the planes. Almost every time a plane was mentioned, there would be a very detailed description of it - I found the repetitiveness of that quite boring. However, I thought that the rest of the story more than made up for it. 'Blue Skies Tomorrow' is a wonderful conclusion to the 'Wings of Glory' series. I will miss this family greatly, but what a way to end! While I enjoyed all three books in the series, there was something about this book that I especially enjoyed. I highly recommend this book, but strongly suggest that you read this series in order so that some of the key details aren't revealed to you beforehand. I received a copy of this book to review from LitFuse. I did not receive any compensation other than the book. I was not required to give a positive review, but only asked to share my opinion of the book, which I have done.

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  • Posted August 23, 2011

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    Romance And A WWII Flying Adventure Equal A Great Read!

    Sarah Sundin in her new book, "Blue Skies Tomorrow" Book Three in the Wings Of Glory series published by Revell takes us back to 1944 and World War II.

    In her new book, Ms. Sundin tells the story of Lt. Raymond Novak, the eldest of the Novak brothers. Ray has stayed stateside training B-17 pilots which also allows him to continue preaching. He meets Helen Carlisle, a widow, and sparks instantly ignite. However, Helen has a past that she is trying to conceal and Ray has a fear that he would rather ignore. The story envelops you as you rapidly flip the pages hoping this romance is going to work out.

    "Blue Skies Tomorrow" is an exciting book. Ms. Sundin takes us on bombing runs that make us feel as though we are in the cockpit with the characters and we feel the bullets hitting the plane and the roar of the engines. As exciting as the story is the romance between Helen and Ray takes top priority as each of them deals with their individual issues. Ray is not a coward but feels that he is and his friends reinforce that image. What God has to bring him through to break him of those thoughts is amazing. Ms. Sundin seems to understand how a man feels and accurately portrays the struggles of men and their identity. The same holds true for Helen as she has to deal with her own insecurities that only God can heal her of. Ms. Sundin has done it again and I recommend this book highly.

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    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

    "Available August 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group."

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  • Posted August 22, 2011

    Everything a Historical Novel Should Be!

    Blue Skies Tomorrow is in my opinion everything that a book should be. The emotional depth, the romance, the plot, the action, and adventure, this book is in my opinion everything that a historical novel should be.

    The plot alone makes this book stand out, I could go on and on for hours about how well done this book was plotted out. The historic settings were rich, and authentic. The history was woven into the story with great care. I think Ms. Sundin got the balance perfectly. The writing and dialog were excellent, I lost myself in the story. There were no over done, mind boggling descriptions, or unwieldy words that can at times jog me from the spell of a story. The focus was wholly on the story and conveying it in a straightforward and natural manner, that swept me back to another time and place.

    The characters were so realistic in all their raw emotions. The whole cast shone, not just the main characters, Helen and Ray. I really liked Esther Jones, who though a character with a small role, stood out as a strong woman who loved her husband and stood for what was right.

    This book had me on the edge of my seat, staying up way past midnight to find out what would happen next. There were times when I was sure that there was no way out, but Ms. Sundin surprised me many times over. I kept telling myself, "I'll go to sleep when I find a stopping place." The only problem was that there weren't any "stopping places!"

    Overall, this was one of the best historical fiction books that I have read in a long time. There were some violent scenes that had to do with Helen's troubled past, and Ray being a soldier in WWII, so that's just a heads up. Also I wanted to say that I haven't read the first two books in the series (but I plan to in the future), and I found this to be a stand alone novel that could be easily picked up out of order and fully enjoyed. I really enjoyed this book, and I hope that you decide to give it a shot. It's worth it! Thanks so much :)

    ISBN: 978-0-8007-3423-7

    "Available August 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group."

    Thanks so much to Donna Hausler and Revell Publishing company for providing this book to me free of charge in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Posted August 21, 2011


    BLUE SKIES TOMORROW by Sarah Sundin is an exciting inspirational historical romance set in 1944 Antioch, California,England and France. It is the third in the "Wings of Glory" but can be read as a stand alone. See "A Distant Melody" and "A Memory Between US". This story is of Lt. Raymond Novak,the elderest Novak brother and Helen Carlisle. It is the final story in "Wings of Glory" trilogy. It has secrets, spousal abuse,danger,faith,love,romance, forgivenesee,healing,courage,second chances,daring,drama,challenges, fear,and the drama of WWII era. Helen,is a volunteer in the war effort,is a widow,hides the fact her deceased husband beat on her,has a two year old son,had polio has a child which left her crippled,and is falling in her love with her childhood hero. Lt. Raymond Novak (Ray),is a trainer for B-17 pilots,would prefer to be in the pulpit instead of in a cockpit,feels everyone looks down on him, feels he is a coward for not going to the front,Helen captures his heart and his determined to win her heart. He decides to go to England to fly instead, of teach,endures being shot down by enemy gunfire,left for dead and comes home a hero in more ways than one. This is a fast paced,action filled story of love,faith,believing in God's purpose for your life and the meaning of true love. "Blue Skies Tomorrow" is a wonderful finale to the "Wings of Glory" trilogy. This story also gives updates to the main characters Walt and Allie,and Jack and Ruth from the previous two "Wings of Glory".If will appear to all historical,romance, history buffs, and WWII,readers. This author writes with vivid details,you feel you are in the cockpit as these great planes plummet to the ground.A must read. This book was received for the purpose of review from the publisher. Details can be found at Revell,a division of Baker Publishing Group and My Book Addiction Reviews.
    **Available August 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell,a division of Baker Publishing Group**

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  • Posted August 14, 2011

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    A WWII Romance with Hope, Healing, and Heart

    Spending time with a Sarah Sundin novel is a treat far sweeter than the sugar rationed during WWII. Her masterful storytelling, development of flawed but lovable characters, and rich historical detail combine to create emotionally satisfying stories that I have great difficulty putting down. Such was definitely the case with Blue Skies Tomorrow, the final book in Sundin's Wings of Glory series. I lost sleep and let chores slide so I could savor the story of the oldest of the Novak brothers. Gentle Ray, a godly man who wants nothing more than to serve the Lord behind the pulpit, must face his biggest fears. The same is true of war widow Helen Carlisle, a victim of family secrets. Battles are waged in war-torn Europe as Ray seeks to slay his personal dragon and on the home front in Antioch, California as Helen deals with tragedies and trials. Sundin does an admirable job addressing the difficult topics of domestic abuse and prejudice, doing so with tact and compassion. Equally commendable is her realistic but tasteful depiction of the horrors of war. Sundin fans will enjoy the cameo appearances of memorable characters from the first two books in the series but mourn the fact that our time with the Novak family has come to an end. I am eager for Sundin's new series and hope she's writing very fast.

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