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A Distant Melody (Wings of Glory Series #1)

A Distant Melody (Wings of Glory Series #1)

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by Sarah Sundin, Baker Publishing Group Staff

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Never pretty enough to please her gorgeous mother, Allie will do anything to gain her approval—even marry a man she doesn't love. 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 at a wedding and their love of music draws them together,


Never pretty enough to please her gorgeous mother, Allie will do anything to gain her approval—even marry a man she doesn't love. 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 at a wedding and their love of music draws them together, prompting them to 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?
A Distant Melody is the first book in the WINGS OF GLORY series, which follows the three Novak brothers, B-17 bomber pilots with the US Eighth Air Force stationed in England during World War II.

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Baker Publishing Group
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Wings of Glory Series , #1
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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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Distant Melody 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 136 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this series! This book is my favorite in the series-learned lots more about ww2!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Ladydi8 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Penelope-C More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great story... very well written.
booksandwindows More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
TalleyRoss More than 1 year ago
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.
CherylBolen More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful, beautifully researched book, as is her first book in the series. Definitely an author to watch.
Grannie2Cheyenne More than 1 year ago
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 *****
Katelyn Boggs More than 1 year ago
i cherished this love story. i read the entire book in one day. i cant wait for the next book in the series!u
SJT22 12 months ago
The title is perfect for the book. It rings with nostalgia about the period: big band, world war, love, grief and sadness. I loved the characters and the story was touching. Recommend it, but the reader would do well to keep in mind the language and accent as well as the flavor of the era. The author did a fabulous job of making all of the characters sound like the traditional black and white movies of the 40's.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book, it is easy to read and is full of real life scenarios in our walk as believers. The characters of this book are so well developed
HaysWilliams More than 1 year ago
A Distant Melody by Sarah Sundin is one of the best love stories I have ever read. Finding a book that has great characters, spins a wonderful story, and presents examples of true Christian living is always a delight. And this book has all of that. Allie and Walt will win your heart and keep you turning those pages until you finish, and then you’ll wish the story would keep going and going.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
OMG Iloved this book i finished it in a day i couldnt put it down and im fourteen i loved it, it was a little hard forme to understand who was talking sometimes but its awsome it make you feel aall sorts of omotions like anger, and then happieness, and then butterflya i just loved it sooooooo much liveforjesus:D
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This is such a great book.  I loved all the characters. 
MT_Amy More than 1 year ago
Loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I truly enjoyed this book. It was a quick read. Threferances to the Bible and Following the life of a way of christian ways. Thank you
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kept my interest....a good vacation, plane ride read.
MissBethBC More than 1 year ago
New to me author alert!! I really enjoyed reading Sundin's, A Distant Melody.   As a kid I had a fantastic Cherry Ames collection and I remember several of those stories being set during wartime.    As a teen, I was enamoured with Emilie Loring's books as well and many of them were wartime romances.   So I guess it was only natural that I would read something written by Sarah Sundin. I didn't realize however that she was such a Christian writer.    This 422 pg historical romance also included  Walt and Allie's struggle to follow God through obedience and there was a lot of scripture included with those pages.   I for one do not mind the scriptual references and I think there are many who feel the same way, but I know there are those that do not appreciate it, so be forewarned.   However, if you want a truly sweet romance set against a World War II back drop, when life was slower albeit not so gentle, this could warm the cockles of your heart.    It certainly did mine!  Her characters certainly earned a place in my heart and I have often thought, I should have been born in the forties rather than the fifties.   The only problem with the storyline was Allie's unbelievably unloving parents.   But they needed to be what they were to make the story quite believable, and to set the stage for Allie's growing discontent with her lifestyle.    Yes, she grew to listen to that wee still voice that led her and guided her, as did Walt. Definitely a love story from a different place and time and quite enjoyable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago