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In Perfect Time: A Novel
     

In Perfect Time: A Novel

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by Sarah Sundin
 

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Bold, sophisticated, and flirtatious, Army Air Force flight nurse Lt. Kay Jobson collects hearts wherever she flies, leaving men pining in airfields all across Europe. So how can ruggedly handsome C-47 pilot Lt. Roger Cooper be all but immune to her considerable charms? In fact, he seems to do everything he can to avoid her.

Still, as they cross the skies between

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Bold, sophisticated, and flirtatious, Army Air Force flight nurse Lt. Kay Jobson collects hearts wherever she flies, leaving men pining in airfields all across Europe. So how can ruggedly handsome C-47 pilot Lt. Roger Cooper be all but immune to her considerable charms? In fact, he seems to do everything he can to avoid her.

Still, as they cross the skies between Italy and southern France, evacuating the wounded and delivering paratroopers and supplies, every beat of their hearts draws them closer to where they don't want to go. Can they confront the fears and misunderstandings in their pasts?

Sarah Sundin seamlessly weaves together emotion, action, and sweet romance into a tale that transcends time and calls us to believe in the power of love.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
06/09/2014
Sundin (With Every Letter) excels at well-researched historical detail. The third novel in the Wings of the Nightingale series takes readers to the European front during the last months of WWII with such accurate depictions of culture and setting that we are fully immersed in the times as well as in the story. Beautiful, flirtatious flight nurse Lt. Kay Jobson wants to be a chief nurse so she can escape her charlatan preacher father forever, but her reputation blocks her. Handsome C-47 pilot Lt. Roger Cooper has dreams too, but his supervisor considers him irresponsible. When they meet, she’s searching for purpose, while he’s in need of self-forgiveness. He gives her his beloved Bible and the hope of redemption. Unfortunately, her fiery ways tempt him. As they work together more and more closely, their divergent needs create a cycle of attraction and resistance until, caught behind enemy lines, they must decide how badly they want their dreams to come true, and whether they can help each other achieve them.. The strength of relationships forged in war and the apprehension of God in times of trouble infuse this well-crafted novel with substance and light. Agent: Rachel Kent, Books & Such Literary Management. (Aug.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780800720834
Publisher:
Baker Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/05/2014
Series:
Wings of the Nightingale Series , #3
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
252,073
Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 5.50(h) x 1.10(d)

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In Perfect Time

A Novel


By Sarah Sundin

Revell

Copyright © 2014 Sarah Sundin
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-0-8007-2083-4


CHAPTER 1

Over the Mediterranean March 25, 1944

For Lt. Kay Jobson, flight nursing meant more than physical care. It meant reconnecting a broken soldier with the shards of his humanity.

Kay assessed her planeload of patients en route from Italy to Tunisia. A restless lot, downhearted. That wouldn't do.

She headed to the front of the C-47 cargo plane, past six men confined to litters and eleven in seats along the sides of the fuselage. The soldiers had been wounded on the battered beachhead at Anzio or in one of the many bloody failed attempts to take Cassino. "Say, fellows, what do you think about the '44 baseball season? Starts soon, doesn't it?"

"Yeah, it does." Seated to her left, Sergeant Logan gave her a don't-worry-your-pretty-little-head look.

She knelt beside the patient and took his wrist to measure his pulse. What was more fun—showing o$ what lay inside her pretty little head or shocking people? "Do you think the Cardinals can come back from their World Series loss?"

"Um, sure." One bushy eyebrow sprang high. "But I'm a Tigers fan myself."

Kay rolled her eyes. "Hal Newhouser might be a great pitcher, but the Cards have Stan Musial, and he batted .357 last season. Mark my words, they'll take the whole shebang this year."

Logan's mouth opened and closed around nonexistent words.

Kay tapped him under the chin. "I don't just follow the game, I play it. If I weren't a nurse, I'd be the star of one of those girls' teams."

"Well, I'll be."

Swishing her hair over her shoulder, Kay turned to the rest of the patients. "So, boys, who do you like this year?"

Over the roar of the twin engines, the men called out their favorite teams and players and stats.

After Kay noted Logan's vital signs, she scooted over to the next patient, a die-hard fan of the Philadelphia Athletics despite their dismal showing in '43. Friendly arguments arced through the stuffy air of the plane, and Kay smiled, her goal accomplished.

She loved everything about this job—the glamour of flight, the challenge of nursing, and the game of lifting spirits. Now she just needed to sweet-talk chief nurse Lt. Cora Lambert into recommending her for the Army Air Forces' chief nurse training program.

If only she could have an in-flight emergency to highlight her skills.

All the fun stuff happened to her friends. Mellie Blake put down a riot and dealt with medical trauma. And three days ago, Georgie Taylor evacuated an entire flight full of patients after her C-47 ditched in the Mediterranean. Kay could hardly be jealous of her friends' crises, but why couldn't a little adventure come her way?

"Improving morale again?" A deep voice rumbled behind her. Lt. Grant Klein, the pilot of the C-47 and one of her boyfriends.

"Always." She tilted a smile to him. "Shouldn't you be flying this bird?"

"Singleton's got it under control. I wanted to talk." His name and dark good looks used to remind her of Cary Grant, but a little flight time together had dimmed the resemblance in her eyes.

"I'd love to talk, but I'm busy."

"Come on. Let Dabrowski finish. Just give me a minute."

Rarely did she give in, but she handed the flight manifest to her surgical technician. "Sergeant Dabrowski, please take vitals while I slap some sense into our pilot."

"Sure thing."

Kay took her time leading Grant to the back of the plane. She straightened her gray-blue service jacket, tucked in loose blankets, and lit a patient's cigarette since no one required oxygen. Grant's purpose in this conversation was obvious—and futile.

Sure enough, at the back of the plane, Grant leaned one hand against the fuselage behind Kay. "Are you free tonight?"

"Sorry. I have a date."

"But I haven't seen you in forever."

Kay leveled her gaze at him. "It's Saturday. We went dancing on Wednesday."

"It feels like forever." He coiled a strand of her hair around his finger, strawberry blonde around tan, and he leaned in for a kiss.

Although his kisses were delicious, she planted her hand on his chest. "Not in front of the patients. You know that."

"I also know I need time with you."

"Not tonight. It's Harry's turn, and he hasn't seen me in two weeks."

Grant's eyes narrowed. "You'd rather go out with a dentist than with me?"

"He's a swell dancer and a lot of fun."

"And I'm not?"

Oh brother. She stepped to the side and opened the medical chest to get the meds for the litter patients. "Of course you are, but you know how—"

"Come on, baby. I miss you. I never get much time with you."

That was the idea. Kay pulled out the aspirin bottle. Maybe she should take a tablet herself. "When we started dating, right up front I told you how it would be. I date five or six fellows at a time. I'm not going to change."

"I don't want you to change. You're perfect. But I don't want to share you anymore. And I want ..." He cleared his throat.

She faced him, dread slowing her movement and stealing her speech. This wasn't the kind of in-flight crisis she wanted.

He coughed into his fist, then gave her a silken gaze. "It's time we ... it's time we got closer."

Kay's chest tightened. He'd never been pushy, always a gentleman, but now it was over. "I don't —"

He stepped nearer, his eyes smoky. "You told me when it was time ..."

"It isn't time."

His forehead crumpled into accordion pleats. "But, baby, we've been seeing each other almost a year. How much longer?

When will it be time?"

It never would. When you gave a man your body, you gave him control of your soul. Kay had never fallen into that trap, and she never would. "I need to get back to work."

He grasped her hand. "How much longer?" She wiggled her fingers out of his grip. "I don't know."

"What about the other fellows? That dentist? Is that why you're so eager to see him?"

"That is none of your business."

"I'll say it's my business. You're my—"

"It isn't your business, and I'm not your anything." Kay planted her fists on her hips. "We're no longer dating."

"What?"

"We're no longer dating." She kept her voice calm and low. "I told you from the beginning—no commitment, no pressure. You just broke both rules. That's the end of it."

His mouth stretched wide, like a dog aiming to bite something.

She flipped up her hand. "Don't make a scene. It wouldn't make a di$erence anyhow."

His gaze darted over her head and down the aisle of the plane, where over a dozen patients would relish a scene. A snarl rose in his throat. "Who do you think you are, you little—"

"Don't. I've heard it all before anyway." She marched down the aisle to her tech. "How are we doing, Sergeant?"

Dabrowski handed her the flight manifest, and she listened to his report on the patients, asked the right questions, and made the proper notations. More importantly, she kept her hands and voice from shaking. Even when Grant stormed past.

Yes, she'd heard it all before. Floozy. Tart. Tease.

Her father's voice barked in her mind's ear. Irredeemable little sinner.

Kay sucked in air through her nostrils and knelt beside the patient in the lower litter on the right. "How are you doing, Private?"

Control. Only control silenced the voice.

* * *

Sorrento, Italy

"Wake up, Coop. You're dreaming."

Lt. Roger Cooper opened one eye, breath chuffing. Yes, he could breathe. He wasn't trapped underwater in a sinking C-47, sinking because he never should have flown that day. A better pilot would have convinced his squadron commander to abort the mission.

Yes, he lay on his stomach on the beach at Sorrento. The scent of saltwater and sand filled his nostrils. His one open eye registered a sideways view of sheer white cliffs and tile-roofed homes, of the blue Bay of Naples and beyond that—Mount Vesuvius, still smoking from the eruption that brought down his plane. His cheek slipped on his crossed forearms, sweat moistening the leather sleeves of his flight jacket.

Roger kicked to the right and hit his copilot, Lt. Bill Shelby. "Come on, we take a dive in the drink, spend the night at sea, get interrogated for two days straight, finally get a day of rest, and you interrupt my beauty sleep."

"Hey!" Shell grabbed his skinny leg where Roger had kicked him. "You sounded like my dog, twitching and whimpering."

"What do you expect? I was chasing bunnies."

Technical Sergeant Gene Pettas let out a low whistle. "I know what I'd like to chase."

Roger rested his chin on his forearms and followed his radioman-navigator's gaze down the beach. A trio of Italian girls sauntered along, skirts ru&ing around shapely legs, dark eyes surveying the four American flyboys, full lips curving in appreciation.

"One for each of us." Pettas pushed himself up to sitting. "Except old married man Shell here."

The tallest, prettiest girl targeted Roger. His dark red hair attracted too much attention in Italy. She paused and lifted an inviting smile. A dangerous smile.

Roger prayed for strength and turned away. "Leave me out of this. They're nothing but trouble."

Sergeant Fulton Whitaker, the flight engineer, flicked the back of Roger's head. "Ah, you say that about everything in a skirt."

He rubbed his scalp. "'Cause it's true. Dames are trouble."

"C'mon, Whit." Pettas got to his feet. "Let's go get us some trouble. No fun with these two monks anyway."

One more flick to Roger's head, and Whit left too.

"Man alive." Roger winced and rubbed his head—again. "Everyone's beating me up today."

"Says the man who got nominated for the Distinguished Flying Cross." Shell sat cross-legged on the blanket, and a breeze lifted his wispy pale blond hair.

"Yeah." The word soured in his mouth. Only the US Army Air Forces gave a man a medal for getting out of a situation he never should have gotten into in the first place. He could have killed fifteen people that day. And he got a medal.

"At least I'm finally getting my own plane."

"About time." His best friend was an excellent pilot, better than Roger, but his small stature and quiet personality made him almost invisible in the 64th Troop Carrier Group. Getting trapped on Roger's crew hadn't helped either. "My new copilot will have big shoes to fill."

Shell stretched one leg in front of him and wiggled his foot—about a size seven. "Only if he's twelve years old."

"You kidding? I had bigger feet than that when I was born."

"Yep. They grow them large and stupid on the farm."

"Ain't that the truth?" Roger grinned, then pushed himself up to sitting, naptime over. He rolled his shoulders and gazed around. The midday sun gave o$ no heat, and Roger kept his flight jacket zipped.

"Say, Coop, you have any candy? Gum?" Shell nodded in the direction Pettas and Whitaker had gone in search of trouble.

Four Italian boys made their way up the beach, laughing and pushing each other and picking stuff up off the sand—shells or rocks or whatever. Any minute now they'd spot the airmen and beg them for goodies.

A smile warmed Roger's face more than the sun did. "Can't spare any gum, but I've got a Mars bar. Here, give me your book."

"My book? No, you don't." Shell reached for it.

Roger grabbed it first and slipped out his drumsticks from inside his jacket. "It's for a good cause."

"You have no respect for the written word."

"What do you expect from a dumb farm boy?" He set the book on the blanket in front of him and rapped out a neat set of paradiddles.

Sure enough, the boys, about six to ten years old, looked his way. Brothers or cousins most likely.

Roger beckoned them with a grin, breaking the language barrier.

The kids ran over, sand shooting out behind their bare feet. They'd get candy, but first they'd get a show.

Roger twirled one drumstick around his fingers, then broke into a triple stroke roll, smooth and even, building up to a frenzy and ending with a tap to Shelby's head.

His friend cussed and scooted out of the way. "Should have known better."

"That's for waking me."

The boys giggled and gathered around. The littlest patted his own head, an irresistible invitation. Roger motioned for his four new cymbals to sit in a semicircle around him, with the tallest kid to his left, his "hi-hat."

Roger returned to his triple stroke roll, accented with light taps to hi-hat boy's head. The other kids squealed and patted their heads, and Roger obliged them. Then he returned to the book and switched things up to a ratamacue, nice and easy.

His eyes drifted shut, and the rhythm took over, flowing through his arms and sticks and soul. Thank goodness the Lord had given him one thing to be good at.

That's why he practiced every single day, all forty rudiments, over and over. Not easy when he'd only managed to stuff a single tom-tom in his barracks bag. He hadn't played on a full drum set in ages, but he wouldn't let that stop him.

If the Allies ever won this war, he'd go home and audition for the big bands. No more rinky-dink house bands for him.

His right foot worked an imaginary pedal for a bass drum, and he picked up the pace, swinging the rhythm.

The boys murmured in Italian, squirming in expectation.

Roger's eyes popped open. He shot them a mischievous grin, then tapped out a frenzied but gentle pattern on the four little heads. The boys ducked and shrieked with delight.

He laid the sticks in parallel on the book, lowered his chin to signal the end, then stuck out his hand to the oldest boy. "Gum, per favore ? Gum?"

All four laughed at the role reversal.

"What do you have, Shell?" Roger dug the Mars bar from the pocket of his jacket, a bit squished from his nap, but boys didn't care about things like that.

"A Hershey bar." He handed it to the smallest boy and mimed breaking it in half.

"Grazie, signore! Grazie!" Eyes bright, the boys divided the candy and scampered away down the beach.

"The Pied Drummer strikes again."

Roger laughed and returned his drumsticks to his jacket, his fingers still tingling with the rhythm.

"Say, if this drumming thing doesn't work out, you should be a teacher. You're great with kids."

His hand clenched around the sticks, right over his heart. It skipped a beat. His laugh came out stiff. "Why would I want to be stuck in a school all day? Hated school."

Hated it because of dull teachers who made lessons as tasty as chalk. He'd sit and watch and think how he'd make the lesson engaging with color and humor and flash.

Countless appointments with the principal's paddle showed him color and humor and flash did not belong in the classroom.

But the big bands welcomed it.


(Continues...)

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Meet the Author

Sarah Sundin is the author of With Every Letter, On Distant Shores, and the Wings of Glory series. In 2011, A Memory Between Us was a finalist in the Inspirational Reader's Choice Awards, and Sarah received the Writer of the Year Award at the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference. A graduate of UC San Francisco School of Pharmacy, she works on call as a hospital pharmacist. During WWII, her grandfather served as a pharmacist's mate (medic) in the Navy and her great-uncle flew with the US Eighth Air Force in England. Sarah lives in California, with her husband and three children. Visit www.sarahsundin.com for more information.

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In Perfect Time: A Novel 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 41 reviews.
Shivani2 6 months ago
What caught my eye about this book was the description on the back. I love reading books that take place during a war period because they're so much more different and real than other books. This book had that, and combined it with a romance element, and it was a fantastic read. Kay was a likable character. She had flaws and problems within herself and in her home life, and it's something that most people can relate to and empathize with. She wasn't the most perfect girl, but she eventually grew up throughout the book and became a stupendous leader. It really makes you appreciate flight attendants and pilots a lot more. The romance that was happening in this novel was far more than cute. It was on a sentimental level, which made it even more meaningful. The book never seemed cliche or over dramatic. My only small problem I had while reading was that I thought the book was a little to long. I loved all the scenes and things that happened, but I feel like it could've been cut short a little, so then the reader's mind would be captured the entire time. Overall, a solid romance book! I gave this book a 4 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was such an amazing read. I loved it from start to finish. It not only challenged the characters' relationship but also my own relationship with God. Sundin creates a heartwrenching story that reminds the reader of God's plan for each person. I highly suggest reading this series.
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obnurse_connie More than 1 year ago
I love this series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I looked forward to this new book in the series and was not disappointed. Excellent story writing and background history. I only wish Sarah would write more!
reniegenie More than 1 year ago
My absolute favorite of the Wings of the Nightingale series! The romantic tension, the war time dangers, and engaging characters kept me turning the pages until I arrived at the fulfilling ending. The depths of Kay's character was hinted at in book 1 and book 2, so I was thrilled to find that she was the heroine of book 3 of the series. I'd have to say she's my favorite Nightingale with her strength, sass, and smarts - her struggles with her Christ-given identity and the lies she believed before her redemption are very believable; I found myself was cheering her on from the beginning. Sometimes I wanted to knock Roger upside the head, but that goes for any man really. This a great ending to a fabulous series!
AnneMarieG1 More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book! The writing is pitch-perfect, the characters are well-developed and the story line is intriguing, interesting, and really held my attention. This is the first book I've read by this author and I had to wonder why I haven't found her sooner! Although this book is part of a series, it stands up on its own.; so if you haven't read the other books in the series (like me) you won't need the other books as background, so feel free to dive right in. I definitely recommend this book, and I can't wait to read the other books in the series. 
samanthas9498 More than 1 year ago
Kay Jobson seems to have the perfect life; beautiful, stunning, multiple temporary relationships; however inside, with a past full of nothing but lies, she is broken and falling apart. Meet Lt. Roger Cooper – he seems to be the perfect Christian guy; however that couldn’t be more wrong, as he has been beat down from everything he’s ever dreamed of. Both have hurtful pasts, but together, through the Gospel, the begin to heal. And unlike many Christian fiction novels, Kay and Roger’s lives don’t get easier – they get harder. In the Winter of 1944/1945, the two go on a mission in France and Italy that tests their relationship with God – and with each other. I am more of a WWII-buff than a romance buff; but Sarah Sundin manages to find a really nice balance between WWII/romance/Christian without either of them being too overwhelming. I don’t want to give too much of the on-your-feet plot setting away; but there is quite a bit of WWII involved – specifically in the middle, as Roger and Kay – separated but on the same mission – are running from the Nazis with Italian partisans. I felt like I was with Roger – in hiding, barely breathing; or with Kay, running to safety in the opposite direction to successfully carry out their mission. I felt the characters were very human; not too courageous, but not cowardly This is the third in a trilogy about WWII flight nurses, with Kay’s best friends being the featured protagonists of the other novels. The stories lap together neatly; without being too cluttered, or too awkward. And, this book works fine as a stand-alone – I never felt lost or trying to figure out who-is-who. Discussion questions are in the back, and provoke interesting thought. Sarah Sundin’s World War II novels have taken the Christian fiction world by storm. You can find out more about Sarah and each of her books on her website. You can also follow her on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest - where you can find more about her inspiration for this novel, and her other WWII novels. Overall, a very wonderfully balanced book with something for everyone. I would definitely recommend it, and I can’t wait to read the other two novels in the trilogy! Thank you Sarah, for bringing classic WWII history back to life with a modern and Christian twist! Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affected my review.
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RachaelPhillipsauthor More than 1 year ago
Having read With Every Letter and On Distant Shores, I eagerly anticipated Sarah Sundin’s third book in the Wings of the Nightingale series, In Perfect Time. As usual, Sundin’s exquisite attention to World War II detail alone rivets a history lover, and her plot made the book impossible to put down. But her characters in this story were exceptional. Lt. Kay Jobson, the nurse of every military man’s dreams, battles her attraction to C-47 pilot Lt. Roger Cooper, who refuses to give up his life goals for a pretty face and gorgeous figure. Surrounded by combat, the two conduct their own private war against the best thing that ever happened to either. Given a choice, I would not have read In Perfect Time during an eternal flight delay, stuck in an angry wasp nest of an airport with nonstop announcements echoing off its soulless walls. But even if you find yourself reading the book in your favorite nook, you won’t notice the difference. Because you will be caught up in the story, as I was.
amybooksy More than 1 year ago
In Perfect Time was probably my favorite of the series. In this installment, Kay and Roger are the main characters. I have to admit that I have not been crazy about Kay in the first two books. But I have enjoyed her in this book. I love catching up with the past main characters, as well. I highly recommend this book, series, and author. Five stars
Jocelyn_Green More than 1 year ago
Best in this series! When you read a Sarah Sundin book, you can count on the history being accurate, the characters well-developed, and the story compelling. I've never been disappointed by a single book she's written, but I think In Perfect Time has a slight edge over the others in this series. All three are definitely worth the read, but this one is my favorite. Sarah Sundin is the queen of World War 2 fiction. ~Jocelyn Green, author of Yankee in Atlanta
KarenFromOregon More than 1 year ago
Every time I open one of Sarah Sundin’s World War II romances, I know I’m in for a treat. In Perfect Time is the third in a series, but Sundin is an expert at making each story stand alone. It astonished me how she overlapped the stories slightly, so you can actually recognize scenes from previous books and realize you’re now viewing them through another person’s eyes and experiences. Sarah Sundin is a master of research, weaving historical facts and technical detail into the stories in a way that lifts the characters and plots rather than bogging them down. I don’t want to give away too much of the storyline of In Perfect Time, but I appreciated how she worked the hair-raising adventure of a group of real life flight nurses into this book. And there is a sweet, sweet moment at the end that actually made me choke up. I’m NOT the kind of person who typically cries at books and movies, so this was quite a feat. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the Publisher in exchange for my honest review.
MaryMcCT More than 1 year ago
Characters with backgrounds that bred insecurity, airplane adventures that make you hold your breath, combined with the vicissitudes of World War 11 create a story to keep a reader turning pages late into the night. Get a hold of a copy of In Perfect Time by Sarah Sundin to enjoy romance that flounders between tenderness and misunderstanding in a critical time in our nation’s history brought alive on the pages.
iblog4books More than 1 year ago
In Perfect Time is the third and final book in the Wings of the Nightingale series. What an incredible read it is! This series follows a group of female flight nurses in World War II. I love how each book builds on the last. (You don't have to read them in order, but I would definitely recommend that you do!) By the time I got to the end of this book, I felt like the characters were friends, and I was so sad to turn the last page. There are three things that really have hooked me on Sarah Sundin's books. First, she gives readers characters that are interesting, realistic, and emotional. Even though her stories are set during WWII, I feel like I can relate to the people. Second, she makes history come to life. For whatever reason, there aren't a ton of books set during WWII. It's a fascinating period in history, and I love reading about it. Sundin brings interesting and sometimes obscure facts and features them in her books. I've totally enjoyed reading about female flight nurses during this series! Plus, I felt like I was in the midst of the action throughout this book in particular. Finally (and most importantly to me), faith is always a central theme throughout her books. She definitely doesn't do "cheesy" but God is a primary focus of the characters. I appreciate how she handles this and weaves it throughout fairly effortlessly. I'm in a phase right now where I'm not as interested in historical fiction as I've been in the past. BUT I knew I had to read In Perfect Time. I mean, it's the final book in the series after all! Sundin wrapped up the series beautifully and gave Kay and Roger a beautiful story. I highly recommend this series and look forward to reading whatever she gives us next! [5 stars] I received a free copy of this book from the publisher through Litfuse Publicity in exchange for my fair and honest review.
Wanda_Barefoot More than 1 year ago
"You can imagine how shocked he was to have a daughter like me. Irredeemable." ~Kay Lt. Kay Jobson might have believed she was irredeemable but her character was the perfect depiction of a Nightingale. In-flight nurses were invaluable during the war. Not only for their excellent care but for their effectiveness in keeping the morale of the wounded built up. I so fell in love with Kay's character. She was lovable, flirty, in high demand by the soldiers but very chaste. She knew the limits she should let a man go and she stuck to it. She loved fun and she was such a fun character but she had her insecurities, too. She kept a rag doll named Sissy her mom had made for her when she was a child. She was also a strong and determined woman with a father that was a fire and brimstone preacher. In the beginning, she really clashed with the hero, Roger Cooper. Roger was a C-47 pilot and a drummer with aspirations of playing in a big band. He loved God and carried a Bible that was given to him by a very good friend but he also had a past. Kay called him a fuddy duddy but it wasn't long before she saw Roger in a new light. I love war torn stories and my very favorites are centered around WWII. This is my first book by Sarah Sundin and I can honestly say it's one of my all-time favorite WWII romances. I haven't read the previous books in this series and I didn't gave to I order to follow this story but I am looking forward to going back and reading them. Sarah created such believable and lovable characters and her knowledge of the war, flying and nursing is testimony to the research that went into writing this book. The story is so engaging I felt like I was a part of it and I certainly hated to see it end. It's wrapped in a thin cloak of inspirational overtones that doesn't make the reader feel as if religion is being forced on them but sprinkled lightly. As Kay mentioned in the story, there are three types of religious people. Those that have a can of white paint and try to slather it on you, those that don't get huffy if you turn it down, and those that think you hold a can of black paint and want to slather it all over them. This book is the perfect balance of romance, drama and Christianity. I can honestly guarantee you can't read just one book in this series. You'll want to read them all. Sarah Sundin has created the perfect WWII romance series. I can't wait to read more of her books and she is now on my list of favorite authors. I highly recommend this book to anyone that loves historical romance and especially those set in the WWII era. This is a must read! Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review and no monetary compensation was received.
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
In Perfect Time is the third book in the Wings of the Nightingale Series, and I have enjoyed them all. The books are written in as if we are the eyes of three different women and seeing the same events, each one the same but not. Of course there are a lot of different things that happen, as we all have our own lives. Oh how I loved this and all of the books, we relive WWII through the eyes of these people. We learn so many facts about the invasions, and what happened during this time, that we have either forgotten or didn’t know. These should be a must read for all Americans, the sacrifices made by these individuals that made our country free, if not for them we all might be speaking German? This book deals with a couple that may never end up together; they have so many insecurities, each from their upbringing. Hard to believe how parents can treat one child so different that they threat their others, great examples here. One has accepted the Grace of God, and forgiveness, or has he. The other is struggling with God, and her upbringing, of being raised in hypocritical religious family. The book wraps up everything, so sweetly, but always with a bid to drama, and uneasiness. I wish we could continue on in their lives, do they fulfill their dreams? Will these couples we have come to love, end up with the American dream? Or will they even make it out of this war alive? Come along and enjoy this wonderful historical read you won’t be disappointed. I received this book through Litfuse Publicity Book Tours, and was not required to give a positive review.
JoHuddleston More than 1 year ago
Sarah Sundin is a superb storyteller. In this novel she writes about a sweet romance between flight nurse Lt. Kay Jobson and pilot Lt. Roger Cooper during World War II. Even though Kay has every other military man pining for her, Roger resists her—outwardly. Both Kay and Roger have lingering hurts from the past and have difficulty believing they deserve each other. Misunderstandings and the risks of war pull them apart yet push them together. The reader will want to find out if Kay and Roger get past their secrets with like minds about their relationship.
Lane_Hill_House More than 1 year ago
Monday, August 18, 2014 In Perfect Time by Sarah Sundin, © 2014 Wings of the Nightingale series, Book 3 Lieutenant Kay Jobson longs to go to the chief nurses' school when her flight nursing is over. Her supervising officer tells her that she is not taken seriously by the other nurses because of all the men she dates. Kay sees it as being in control ~ until she meets a man who is not responsive to her wiles. Because of her home life, she does not want any part of God. Because of Lieutenant Roger Cooper's past and home life, he does. Both are apprehensive of each other. Both are amazing and it is revealed as stresses turn them to purposes they both desire. Truth not lies. Roger gives Kay his Bible with all of his notes written inside along the margins. Infrequently they are in the same place. Kay has questions and Roger gives her his military and home addresses to write for his response. The author has written events so clearly you can identify with their thoughts and feelings. As a C-47 pilot, Roger is responsible for his carrier and those aboard. I like how Kay comes to terms with the changes in her life, while others are unsure of her turnabout. When the flight team bonds because of urgency, they become a true unit. What is important comes to the surface. This final story brings the series together, realizing the strength they have obtained and the future they have in perfect time. ***Thank you to Litfuse Publicity Group and Revell for sending me a copy of In Perfect Time by Sarah Sundin to review. This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.***
millstreetreader More than 1 year ago
I truly enjoyed With Every Letter and On Distant Shores, Sarah Sundin's earlier books about a group of transport nurses operating in the Italian theater.  Packed with the action of army hospitals, airfields, and those temporary tents that became everyone's homes, these books also offer believable stories of faith growing amidt danger.  Now Sundin has completed the series with Lt. Kay Jobson's story in the new book In Perfect Time. For years Kay had hidden behind a "play girl" game of flirtation.  Juggling multiple boyfriends at once, Kay actually kept everyone at bay, ending all relationships before they really started.  She never wanted anyone to get too close.  While she had bonded with nurses Mellie and Georgie, despite their strong Christian faith, she wanted nothing to do with the outspoken Christian pilot Lt. Roger Cooper.  She had enough of the "holier than thou" attitude from her judgmental family while growing up.  A simple Bible verse was enough to make all her father's condemnations echo over and over again in her memory. Little does Kay know that Roger hears similar past voices, his recent acceptance of his Savior only beginning to block out all the damage done by the years of put downs. The need to do their dangerous jobs competently compels both to shield their hurts and vulnerabilities, resulting in a very bumpy start to their friendship.  Neither can see any possibilities of it developing anything beyond a civil acceptance of the other.  In Perfect Time can easily be read as a stand alone book, but readers will get a better understanding of the transport nurses and their role in WWII if all three books are read. Only by reading all three books are you able to connect the story of friendship that is an underlying theme throughout the series.  Of the three books, I think In Perfect Time does the best job of blending a story of faith with a story of romance in an authentic wartime setting.  Sarah Sundin has done her research and it shines through in the smallest of details.  I received a copy of this book for review purposes from LITFUSE.
JCMorrows More than 1 year ago
One word describes this book: WOW! Just… WOW! From page 1, you will be hooked! I’ve never been a fan of WWII era books but this one has made me into one! Sarah Sundin will take hold of your heartstrings even while she’s got you on the seat of your pants – just waiting for an explosion! I’m no WWII buff but the scenes read spot-on to me and the descriptions are wonderful. It’s like you can hear the engines drowning out everything around you! Or the salty sea air… And the characters… ooh the characters! There are whole worlds underneath the exterior of our Lt. Kay Jobson. She is a woman in control… or is she? And Lt. Roger Cooper is just as complex and complicated! They say opposites attract but similar personalities rub each other the wrong way. And oh how the sparks do fly! Now of course, I’m dying to get books 1 & 2 so I can read more of this amazing series! And I hope to see many more wonderful books from Sarah Sundin! You have made a fan out of me! I received this book free in exchange for an honest review!
PianoLady831 More than 1 year ago
Simply stated, I enjoyed everything about In Perfect Time - and the whole Wings of the Nightingale series, for that matter. World War II fiction is a genre I've only started reading recently, and Sarah Sundin deserves a lot of the credit. While In Perfect Time can stand alone, characters and setting continue throughout and reading the whole series will give a much deeper reading experience. The previous books are With Every Letter and On Distant Shores. This is an especially appealing series because World War II flight nurses were courageous pioneers - and while they didn't receive badges and medals, they risked their lives in dangerous operations. Sarah's writing exhibits extensive knowledge of historical events and locations, yet this never slows or overpowers the narrative.  Set in the Mediterranean Theater of Operations, with a focus on war-torn Italy and southern France, Sarah has the ability to make readers feel like they are actually in the scenes with the way she blends the serious and fun times. We experience everything from an emergency landing behind enemy lines and the courage of partisans, to the big bands and U.S. war bond tour. Opening in March 1944, In Perfect Time reunites us with Mellie, Tom, Georgie and John from the first two books, but the focus is on Lt. Kay Jobson and Lt. Roger Cooper. Something I especially appreciate about Sarah's writing is the depth she gives her characters. "For Lt. Kay Jobson, flight nursing . . . meant reconnecting a broken soldier with the shards of his humanity." With these opening words, we get a glimpse of Kay's heart for the wounded, a sharp contrast to the surface image she creates with her flirtatious dating of several men at the same time. She's bold and confident, driven to stay in control no matter what - but her bold façade masks deep hurts. Roger, a C-47 pilot who ferries supplies and paratroopers throughout the Mediterranean, is biding his time until he can become a big band drummer. Both Kay and Roger are appealing and vulnerable characters who have bought into the lies and put-downs received from their families through the years - Kay, that she was irredeemable, and Roger, that he would never amount to anything. As happens in real life, these factors effected their relationships and job performance. Christian fiction should inspire readers, and that is exactly what In Perfect Time did for me. One of my favorite parts was when Roger followed God's prompting and gave his Bible filled with personal notes to Kay. Being so attuned to God that we can sense His prompting and then be willing to follow it - that's something I think many of us strive for. And being open enough to share a painful past because it just might be what someone needs to hear. Readers will find the spiritual journeys of Roger and Kay very moving. Romance fans will not be disappointed, for while Roger and Kay's story is tender and sweet, the chemistry between them is great. In Perfect Time brings the storylines of Mellie & Tom, Georgie & John, Kay & Roger to a beautiful conclusion - and while many authors tend to rush their endings, Sarah gives one of the most satisfying conclusions I've ever read. Highly recommended. Thank you to Revell for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. 
Diana0 More than 1 year ago
In Perfect Time By Sarah Sundin In Perfect Time is the final book in Sarah Sundin’s, Wings of the Nightingale series. I enjoy Sarah's books. I like that they are Historical Christian Romance I don't have to worry about opening one of Sarah's books. Beautiful Army nurse Kay Jobson has it all the looks that turns all men's heads. Well except one pilot Lt Roger Cooper. Kay can't stand it cause she isn't catching him. Roger is devoted to God and Kay had lost her faith in God because of her parents. Story of love and forgiveness. Can the two come together and follow the path God has for them.. Wonderful book. This book would be great for readers who like history, and Christian romance. I was given this book by Revell for my own honest opinion.
J_Augustine More than 1 year ago
WWII fiction at its best! With the 70th anniversary of so many important WWII events currently going on there has been a surge of interest, and with it has come a host of novels set in that era. Sarah Sundin's are some of the best! The story pulled me in from the very beginning and wouldn't let me go until the last page. Sarah Sundin knows her craft well. She managed to make me care about a heroine who is polar opposite of me. I agonized with Kay every time Roger pushed her away. And sometimes I just wanted to give them both a good shake when they needed it! The characters pull the reader into their world, making you think about them even when you have to lay the book aside for awhile, and gosh was that hard to do! In Perfect Time is a story full of emotion, new faith, forgiveness, and love. There is also plenty of danger and adventure, from the plane being downed over enemy territory to planes racing down a narrow canyon. One of the things that really stood out to me in this book is that the face that people often show isn't the real person. Smiles and flirting can cover great pain and a multitude of past hurts. In Perfect Time is an edge-of-your-seat ride through one of the most fascinating times in history that will leave wanting to read more and sorry when you turn that last page. Fans of historical fiction and WWII are in for a BIG treat with this book! (I received a copy of this book from RevellReads in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.)
Fitzysmom More than 1 year ago
In the third installment of the Wings of the Nightengale series Sarah Sundin has once again brought a fabulous World War II story to life. I enjoyed the first two books in the series, but I think that this one is my favorite. In Perfect Time is the story of Lt. Kay Jobson and Lt. Roger Cooper. If you've read the previous books in the series you are already acquainted with these two. Kay is a flight nurse that has a fast reputation. Roger is a pilot and seems to go out of his way to avoid the lovely and vivacious Kay. The tension between the two just adds to the delicious build up of the blossoming romance. Roger has big regrets in his life, but he has found Jesus and is clinging to that saving faith with everything he has. He originally sees Kay as a stumbling block to be avoided at all costs. In truth Kay herself needs to meet Jesus on a personal level. When she does, just grab the Kleenex box because you'll need it. Another lovely thing about this book is that we get to catch up with some wonderful people from the former books. If you've read the first two books you'll be delighted to find out what Tom, Mellie, Hutch, and Georgie have been up to. It's always bittersweet to come to the ending of a series but I have not only been entertained by these books but I've also come away from them feeling like I learned just a bit more about this time in history. Sarah does a great job of mixing in facts about the events without boring you to tears.  If you enjoy historical fiction with a twist of romance I think you'll enjoy this series and particularly this book. My recommendation would be to indulge yourself by reading the series in order, With Every Letter, On Distant Shores, and finally In Perfect Time. Each of the books in the series were designed to be either read as a stand alone or in the series . . . I say go for the series!  I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.