A Distant Melody (Wings of Glory Series #1)

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Will a chance meeting in a time of war change her life forever?

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 ...

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Overview

Will a chance meeting in a time of war change her life forever?

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.

"Sarah Sundin is an extraordinarily gifted storyteller who puts the reader in the cockpit of B-17 bombers as easily as she crafts an achingly emotional World War II romance. This is not only the best World War II love story I've ever read, but it may be the best book I've ever read."—Cheryl Bolen, Holt Medallion Winner, Best Historical

Sarah Sundin is an on-call hospital pharmacist and holds a BS in chemistry from UCLA and a doctorate in pharmacy from UC San Francisco. Her great-uncle flew with the US Eighth Air Force in England during WWII. Sarah lives in California with her husband and three children. This is her debut novel.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780800734213
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/1/2010
  • Series: Wings of Glory Series , #1
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 330,112
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Sarah Sundin is an on-call hospital pharmacist and holds a BS in chemistry from UCLA and a doctorate in pharmacy from UC San Francisco. Her great-uncle flew with the US Eighth Air Force in England during WWII. Sarah lives in Antioch, California with her husband and three children. This is her first novel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2012

    BusyMom5

    The era in which this story occurs plus the cover of the book first caught my attention. It was well written, with an excellent devlopment of characters, historical descriptions, and plot. I enjoyed this christian romance. Of the many christian fiction books I have read, this is a top pick for me.





    11 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2011

    Incredible!!!

    I read this book in two days only because I got a late start on the first. I don't know if it was the time period of WWII, the story, or the characters that was the best. The time period was a perfect choice, the story kept moving forward, and the characters changed through out the whole book. I also loved the involvement of God and scripture verses. This is just an all around excellent book!

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2012

    Best!!

    Loved this series! This book is my favorite in the series-learned lots more about ww2!

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2014

    Very good

    It has been a while since i have read such a good book. I was quiet young during World War 2, but I remember it well. This was such a good story and was well written. I could feel the pain the people were going through. It was a book for every one. No hot steamy scenes. The romance was so sweet and a true picture of a time when our morals were so different than they are today. I would like to read more of her books.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 8, 2014

    more from this reviewer

    Loved it!!!

    This was an awesome read! True romance, tender love, historical moments in history for the background of a truly beautiful love story. This book reminded me of the way they used to make movies, and I wish they still made them today.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 16, 2013

    A Distant Melody is a masterfully documented Christian historica

    A Distant Melody is a masterfully documented Christian historical love story set in WWII. I was taken on several missions with Bomber pilot, Walt Novak and his crew. Intertwined in the story an unlikely love develops between Walt, the son of a preacher, and Allie Miller, a daughter of wealth. The author takes you on a riveting journey, keeping you guessing until the end, if they will confess the truth of their love for each other. Will the trail of lies harm or hurt them in the end? What will each of them sacrifice in order to follow God's will? A bit of a surprise ending. I found the book hard to put down.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2012

    Excellent read

    A great story... very well written.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 28, 2012

    A Distant Melody was a good story with a weak ending and some sa

    A Distant Melody was a good story with a weak ending and some sappy and cliche writing.

    There were moments when I was very captivated by the characters and the story, to the point of tears, and I didn't want to stop reading. I really liked, both Walt and Allie. I thought Sundin did a fine job, particularly with Walt, in conveying emotions and the stress of war. Sometimes I was lost as she described what was happening in battle, but never lost the adrenalin that pilots must have felt during their bombing missions. I liked how the camaraderie developed between Walt and his crew.

    I did find it hard to believe the relationship between Allie and her parents. But I could let that go for the sake of the story and because I realize that when you read a historical fiction you still approach it with 21st century sensibilities.

    For the most part, I liked the Christian element of the story. I did think it got to be just a but preachy toward the end.

    The music metaphor that ran threw the story sometimes worked, sometimes seemed like the writer intruding on the story.

    And unfortunately, the ending became a bit tedious and then trite. I am picky in how I like my romances to end. Yes, I want them happy, but I most enjoy those that can do so without all the schmaltzy, cliche reconciliations and proposals.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2014

    Clever story line of two shy people.

    War is so sad and this story brings back memories of all the families who prayed and sacrificed during WWII. I'm 80 yrs. old and I remember all the rationing, the collecting of papers, cans, rubber, etc. It brought back all the sacrifices Americans made for our soliders, unity, country and patriotism.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 10, 2013

    Summary: A Distant Melody follows the journeys of Allie Miller a

    Summary:
    A Distant Melody follows the journeys of Allie Miller and Walt Novak during World War II.  Allie is in an unhappy relationship, and Walt is tongue-tied around single women.  They meet at a mutual friend’s wedding and quickly become friends.  Allie and Walt share a love for music and God.  When they part ways, they promise to write, as Walt is flying planes in the war, and Allie goes home to a life she is not content with.
    My thoughts:
    I have so much to say, but again I must say I loved this book.  It was a wonderful story of two people who meet and quickly become important to one another.  Allie and Walt meet on a train and have a somewhat awkward conversation before realizing they are both headed to the same place.
    During their conversation, Walt says, “I guess silence is a truthful solution to a dilemma” (21).
    This later becomes a subtle theme throughout the novel.  Is silence really truthful? What if silence just perpetuates a lie?
    After a week together, Walt and Allie correspond through letters and become close friends and confidants of one another.  As the story progresses, they lead separate lives, in which they each tell lies that cause problems for themselves and each other.  Will they be able to tell the truth?  Will they decide to work through the lies and forgive? Will they obey God?
    The theme of obedience to God is central to the characters’ development.  Will they change their ways and do what God asks of them? When we meet Allie, she is not content with how things are in her life, but she is not doing much about it.  As the story progresses, Allie becomes stronger and takes action in her life.  Instead of letting things happen to her, she takes control of her life.  Walt’s character development was also exciting to watch.  After making a mistake, we watch as what he has done eats away at him.  He deals with guilt, punishment, and the need to accept forgiveness.  These characters are beautiful people who grow and mature by the end of the book.  I find myself wishing I knew Allie. I feel like she would be a wonderful friend.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2012

    Predictable

    The book was okay. It wasn't a waste of time - but the romance story was totally predictable. If you're looking for something light and airy this would be the book.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 20, 2012

    This is a wonderful, beautifully researched book, as is her firs

    This is a wonderful, beautifully researched book, as is her first book in the series. Definitely an author to watch.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 8, 2012

    This is one of the best Christian historical romances I've read

    This is one of the best Christian historical romances I've read lately. I wasn't sure I wanted to read it because it was supposed to involve a correspondence between the hero & heroine for much of the story, which meant they'd be apart a good while (a no-no in a romance). But the author made up for this by having such a good development to their friendship/relationship in the first third of the book. One of Sundin's strengths is excellent dialogue between the hero and heroine. Their wit was so catching, you could just feel the growing chemistry between two shy people. When they were apart, there was such interesting stuff going on and good interactions among the secondary characters, which made up for the separation of the two main characters. The World War II details, especially about flying, were so well done and authentic-sounding. There were quite a few laugh-out-loud moments for me, and one tear jerking one (reading Walt's grandfather's letter to him). I look forward to reading the other two books in this series.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 5, 2011

    Great Series... A MUST read.

    I waited anxiously for the 3rd book in the Wings Of Glory Series to come out. Blue Skies Tomorrow, was worth the wait. Wish there were more to come. I rate this book a 5 *****

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 16, 2011

    great book!

    i cherished this love story. i read the entire book in one day. i cant wait for the next book in the series!u

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2014

    good story

    I loved the story, but thought it was a little long and drawn out at the end, but was worth continuing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2014

    Click!

    Highly recommend. No sex scenes. No bad language. Perfectly good clean Christian book. Good for any age

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2014

    Love this Book! Very clean book!

    This is a great book for teens and adults. It is a very clean book. This book is about a character named Allie Miller who falls in love with a war pilot named Walt Novak although her parents have set up an arranged marriage for her. The ending can be cheesy but overall a great book. I will for sure be buying the next books and would recommend this book to people who like a clean and classy love story.

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  • Posted June 11, 2014

    very well written

    I really enjoyed this book. The story line was great. For a first book, this one is a winner.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2014

    Great

    Wonderful story with good life lessons. I highly recommend!

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