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A Memory Between Us (Wings of Glory Series #2)

A Memory Between Us (Wings of Glory Series #2)

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by Sarah Sundin

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Major Jack Novak has never failed to meet a challenge--until he meets army nurse Lieutenant Ruth Doherty. When Jack lands in the army hospital after a plane crash, he makes winning Ruth's heart a top priority mission. But he has his work cut out for him. Not only is Ruth focused on her work in order to support her orphaned siblings back home, she carries a shameful


Major Jack Novak has never failed to meet a challenge--until he meets army nurse Lieutenant Ruth Doherty. When Jack lands in the army hospital after a plane crash, he makes winning Ruth's heart a top priority mission. But he has his work cut out for him. Not only is Ruth focused on her work in order to support her orphaned siblings back home, she carries a shameful secret that keeps her from giving her heart to any man. Can Jack break down her defenses? Or are they destined to go their separate ways?

A Memory Between Us is the second 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 , #2
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8.80(w) x 11.04(h) x 1.04(d)

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A Novel


Copyright © 2010 Sarah Sundin
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ISBN: 978-0-8007-3422-0

Chapter One

2nd Evacuation Hospital; Diddington, Huntingdonshire, England

March 3, 1943

Lt. Penelope Ruth Doherty braced open the window and drank in cool air to settle her stomach. "There, gentlemen. Isn't it nice to have fresh air in here?"

In the bed next to the window, Lieutenant Lumley snorted. "Ma'am, I'm from Arizona. To me, this soggy English air is more lethal than Nazi bullets."

Ruth smiled at her patient, who had broken an ankle when his P-38 Lightning crashed on landing. "Good air circulation is important for wound healing." And for clearing the nauseating smell of breakfast sausage from the tin can of a ward.

"Say, Red, you know what would heal my wounds?" The new patient, Lieutenant Holmes, pointed to his lips and dropped Ruth a wink.

Ruth gave him a sweet smile. "You'd like another dose of castor oil?"

"And it's Lieutenant Doherty to you." Ruth's medic, Technical Sergeant Giovanni, set his supply tray next to Lieutenant Holmes's bed. "Now, time to swab your wounds." A German shell had filled the navigator's back with shrapnel.

"Besides, her hair is more auburn than red." Lieutenant Lumley's gaze had a softer cast than usual. Thank goodness, he was due to be discharged.

"I'll be back with the morning meds." Ruth passed one of the potbellied coal stoves in the aisle.

"Ouch!" Lieutenant Holmes cried out.

"Whatza matter? Does it sting the widdle baby?" Sergeant Giovanni's voice oozed fake sympathy.

"Better not be iodine. Makes my throat swell up something fierce."

Ruth's feet stopped along with her heart, and she slowly turned to her medic. Sergeant Giovanni's burly face stretched long in horror. Of course he was using iodine.

Anaphylaxis. She needed to act quickly without alerting her patient, keep a level head, and control her emotions as she had been trained. Panic would make his condition worse.

She returned to Lieutenant Holmes's bed and put on her cheeriest smile and voice. "What would feel good on those wounds would be a nice rinse with cool water. Sergeant, would you please fetch Dr. Sinclair? I'd like to discuss Lieutenant Lumley's discharge with him." She locked her gaze on her medic. "Now," she mouthed.

"Sure thing, boss." The sergeant strode for the door.

Ruth grabbed towels from the drawer in the bedside table and braced them on either side of her patient's torso, and then gently poured water over the brown stains and dabbed them with another towel. Too late, but she wanted to reduce the amount of iodine in the poor man's system. "Now, doesn't that feel nice?"

"I'd rather have a kiss."

"And I'd rather have a million dollars, but neither is going to happen."

"I don't know about that. I can feel that kiss already. My lips are all tingly."

Ruth's hand tightened on the towel. He was going into anaphylaxis, but where was Dr. Sinclair? Only he could give the adrenaline needed to save this man's life. "Excuse me. I'll be right back."

At a fast clip, Ruth went to the medication room, where Lt. Harriet Marshall was completing her narcotic count from the end of her night shift. "Excuse me. I need to get some adrenaline and morphine. Lieutenant Holmes is going into anaphylaxis."

Harriet's elfin face blanched. "Oh no. Thank goodness Dr. Sinclair is on the ward."

"Not yet." Ruth grabbed a tray and put two sterilized syringes on top.

"So-so why are you already getting the meds?"

"I want to be ready when he comes. I can't waste any time." One vial of adrenaline.

"But he hasn't ordered them yet."

Ruth leveled a look at the girl. "I know the treatment for anaphylaxis."

"That-that's presumptuous of you. You'll make the doctor angry."

Ruth pulled a vial of morphine. "I don't care about the doctor's feelings; I care about my patient's life." She ignored Harriet's gasp and returned to Lieutenant Holmes's bedside.

He stared up at her with wild eyes. "My throat-it itches, it's swelling up. Was that iodine?"

"Yes, sir, it was, but Dr. Sinclair is on his way." She gave him her most soothing smile. "Now, let's get you in a more comfortable position." Ruth patted his back dry and helped him roll over.

Lieutenant Holmes clawed at his throat. "I can't-I can't breathe." Red hives dotted his fair skin.

"Sure, you can breathe. Stay very calm. Very calm, and think about something else. Where are you from, Lieutenant?"

"New-Hampshire." His chest heaved out the words.

Ruth filled a syringe with adrenaline. "So you're used to this cold weather, unlike Arizona over there. Me too. I'm from Chicago. In fact, this must feel warm and balmy to you."

The patient's only response was a series of raspy, labored breaths. Where on earth was that doctor? "Lord, help me," she whispered.

Ruth pulled up a dose of morphine and chattered about the way the snow filled the streets of her slum and made them look clean for a change, until the thaw made them look worse than ever. But as Lieutenant Holmes gasped for air, all she could see were Pa's last breaths as the blood clot settled in his lungs and Ma's wheezes as she wasted away with pneumonia.

As a nursing student, she couldn't help her parents, and now as a nurse, she couldn't help this young man. She glanced at the clock on the wall. If Dr. Sinclair didn't come in the next sixty seconds, she'd give the adrenaline herself.

And lose her position? As the oldest of seven, she had a responsibility to her brothers and sisters. How could they get by without her support?

Images of those beloved faces swam before her-her purpose, her joy. Why did it always have to be this way? Why did she have to choose between doing the right thing and protecting her family?

Dr. Sinclair burst through the door, his white lab coat flying, and Ruth let out a deep sigh.

"Lieutenant Doherty, get me some adrenaline."

"Right here, sir." She handed him the syringe.

He stared at it. "Three two-hundredths of a grain?"

"Yes, sir."

His jaw jutted forward, but he administered the dose and followed it with morphine.

Within the course of an hour, they had stabilized Lieutenant Holmes. Ruth cleansed his wounds, replaced his dressings, and changed the wet bedding. Then she took the empty syringes and vials back to the medication room, where she dropped the syringes into a pan filled with blue green bichloride of mercury solution.

"I suppose I should be mad at you." Dr. Sinclair leaned his tall frame against the open door.

Ruth shook the pan until the syringes were submerged. "My job is to care for the patient."

"And to anticipate my needs. I'm flattered."

"Don't be. I know proper treatment."

"You should have been a physician."

Ruth shook her head. If he only knew what she had to do to scrape up money for nursing school. "Too smart for that."

His chuckles drew nearer, and Ruth stiffened. She didn't feel like fending off another pass from this man.

"I know this great restaurant-"

Ruth turned and glared at him. "How would your wife feel if she heard you talk like this?"

Dr. Sinclair lifted one salt-and-pepper eyebrow. "Come on, Ruth. There's a war on. All the rules have changed. Besides, you talk one way, but I see it in your eyes. You're just like me."

Ruth clamped her teeth together. "No, sir. I'm not."

"Heart of iron." He thumped his fist on his chest. "You have one too."

She stared into his chilly blue eyes, and the cold seeped down to her toes. How did he get so close to the truth? Long ago she'd clamped an iron shell around her heart and nothing and no one could pry it loose, but deep inside, the tender flesh still beat.

"Come on, Ruth." His gaze settled on her mouth. "Just one kiss. I can't resist those lips one day longer. You must be a great kisser."

Her insides shrank into a squirming mass. She had listened to Eddie Reynolds when he told her she was the best kisser in the whole eighth grade, with that great boyish grin and that sheet of brown hair flopping over one eye, but she would not listen to this poor excuse for a physician.

Dr. Sinclair put his hand on her waist.

Ruth's lungs collapsed under the weight of memories. She slapped away his arm. "Don't touch me. Don't ever touch me."

"Oh, come on-"

Ruth shouldered past him and out onto the ward. Her breath returned in little bursts, and white sparkles appeared before her eyes. She made her way down the long semicylinder of the ward. "Sergeant Giovanni, I need-I need a short break. I'll be right back."

"Good time to do it while the doc's here."

Ruth grabbed her blue cape from the hook by the front door and stepped outside. After she swung her cape around her shoulders, she braced her hands on her knees and forced slow, even breaths.

She couldn't work with Dr. Sinclair, but what could she do? Should she talk to the chief nurse? Would it do any good?

Ruth straightened up. Her vision was clear and so was her course of action. A discreet talk with the chief and a transfer to another ward. She just needed to get away.

She marched down the muddy road flanked by the corrugated tin Nissen huts that served as wards and into the administration building. Lt. Vera Benson's door stood open, and Ruth stepped inside.

The chief nurse held a phone to her ear. Ruth backed up to exit, but Lieutenant Benson motioned for her to sit down.

"I'm so sorry, Agnes. Already? Three nurses PWOP?" She arched a strawberry blonde eyebrow at Ruth.

Pregnant Without Permission-the easiest way for a nurse to be relieved from her commitment to the military.

"Yes, that does create a problem. I'll see what I can do. We don't have our full contingent of nurses here either, but I'll talk to the girls."

Lieutenant Benson hung up the phone. "Now, how can I help you, Lieutenant Doherty?"

"Was that another hos-I'm sorry. It's none of my business."

Lieutenant Benson tilted her head and smiled. "I invited you to eavesdrop, and yes, it's our business. The 12th Evac is setting up in Suffolk. Horribly short-staffed. Even more so than we are."

"I'll transfer, ma'am."

The chief tilted her head in the other direction. "Excuse me?"

A smile floated up Ruth's face. How often did a solution come so quickly, so neatly? If she didn't know better, she'd think God was on her side. "Please, ma'am. A transfer is just what I need."


Excerpted from A MEMORY BETWEEN US by SARAH SUNDIN Copyright © 2010 by Sarah Sundin . Excerpted by permission.
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Meet the Author

Sarah Sundin is the author of A Distant Melody. Her great-uncle flew with the US Eighth Air Force in England during WWII. Sarah lives in California with her husband and three children.

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Memory Between Us 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
MarB1 More than 1 year ago
This is book two in the Wings of Glory series about the Novak brothers who serve as bomber pilots in WWII. Most of this story takes place in England. In this second book we meet Major Jack Novak, pilot on a B-17 bomber plane. When Jack gets injured and lands in the hospital, he meets Army Nurse Lieutenant Ruth Doherty. Jack is determined to win Ruth's heart. But Ruth is not interested in men. Eventually they become friends, but Ruth cannot give more of herself to Jack, because of something awful that happened to her 8 years ago. Jack also has fears from his past. Both Jack and Ruth let their fears control their actions and it drives them apart. Can they let go of their fears and give it all in God's hands? Or will their own need to be in control keep them separated? Sarah writes so beautifully that I imagined myself in the B-17 together with Jack and his crew. I also went trough the training for Flying Nurse with Ruth. That was tough, I think I never would have made it! Although the subjects in this book were pretty tough, there was much to learn from Jack and Ruth about love, faith, and forgiveness.
ChristysBookBlog More than 1 year ago
A Memory Between Us by Sarah Sundin is the second book in the Wings of Glory series about fighter pilots in World War II. Jack Novak knows he's good at flying planes and leading his squadron of men in England; he's never faced a battle he lost, until he meets Ruth Doherty. Ruth, an army nurse, is well-known for keeping men at arm's length. Her terrible secret wars with her attraction to Jack.She keeps such a wall around her heart that the only friend she has on the base is May. May and Jack's best friend Charlie quickly hit it off, but they are separated by a terrible mistake Jack makes to save his pride. Ruth's need to financially support her younger siblings at home forces her to take a higher paying and higher risk job as a flight nurse, but the worst risk may come from those she is supposed to be working with, rather than Nazi guns. Sundin has written a beautiful and epic love story. Filled with historical detail and plenty of slang, the reader feels transported to WWII. Ruth's secret is terrible and tragic, and the scene when Jack confronts her with it brought tears to my eyes. The story has action, romance, drama, and faith- what more could a reader ask for?
CarolJo 4 days ago
I'm not usually a big fan of WWII books but Sarah Sundin writes great stories about World War II! I feel like I've learned more about the war through fiction books that I ever did in school! Pilot Major Jack Novak and army nurse Lieutenant Ruth Doherty are both strong protagonists who learn to put their trust in God not their skills. I won a copy of A Memory Between Us on Best Reads Blogspot. This is my honest opinion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Absolutely loved this trilogy of love, courage & faith set during WWll. Written with great attention to detail and lots of heart! Highly recommend all of Sarah Sundins books!!
MT_Amy More than 1 year ago
Great read!
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I enjoyed the story and writing style. There was a surprising amount of detailed information about flying missions in B-17s during WWII.
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25jump More than 1 year ago
This book is about the middle brother, who seems to be able to do just about anything with little effort. Women always seem to fall for him until he meets one who does not fall for him. He will conspire to win her over, but when he learns her secret, he is gone. You will love the story and how everything comes together. God has a plan for each of us in His own time and way.
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This book was absolutely gripping. From start to finish it only took me two days, I just could not put it down. It was amazing to see how the characters developed and changed throughout the war. It was also nice to see their relationships with God through the story. It a wonderful book, just like the first one.
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KeliGwyn More than 1 year ago
Sarah Sundin has done it again. If you thought her debut novel, A Distant Melody, was good, you'll love A Memory Between Us. It's as good or even better. Sundin's latest story is set in and above Europe at the height of WWII. Her gripping tale had my heart pounding as I turned the pages with a speed that rivaled the props on her hero's B-17. And talk about a hero. Talented bomber pilot Major Jack Novak is an awesome mix of ability, bravery, and confidence-a little too much confidence at times, which threatens to cost him dearly. Army nurse Lieutenant Ruth Dougherty is a strong heroine with a fragile core, totally likable, but a bit too self-reliant at times, until situations cause her to turn to the Lord for her protection. Sundin has created characters with incredible depth, an action-packed story, and an accurate yet tastefully portrayed depiction of war-torn Europe. I wasn't a real fan of WWII romance until I read Sundin's work, but she's changed all that. I'll read anything she writes because I'm guaranteed an emotionally satisfying experience from this gifted storyteller.
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VicG More than 1 year ago
I had the privilege of interviewing Sarah Sundin, on our radio show "Kingdom Highlights", for her new book, "A Memory Between Us" Book Two in the Wings Of Glory series published by Revell. In her new book, Ms. Sundin returns us to England in 1943 where we are re-introduced to LT. Ruth Doherty (who we met briefly in the first book, which you do not need to read to enjoy this one but you should because it is equally terrific). Ruth is a nurse who has a strict policy of not dating. Major Jack Novak is an American B-17 bombers and is hit by shrapnel during a bombing run and is assigned to Ruth's ward for his convalesence. "A Memory Between Us" 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 Ruth and Jack takes top priority as each of them has an event in their lives that has marked them and has caused a rift between them and God. Now God is trying to undo the damage that the first event caused so that their relationship with Him can be healed and then the relationship between them can truly begin. Ms. Sundin really knows how to make a scene come alive. I told her in the interview that there is one scene that is so real that you feel emotionally drained after it is finished. The supporting characters are just great you fall in love with Charlie and May and root for them as much as Jack and Ruth. Ms. Sundin has done it again and I recommend this book highly. If you missed the interview for "A Memory Between Us" and would like to listen to it please go to Kingdom Highlights where it is available On Demand. To listen to 24 Christian music please visit our internet radio station Kingdom Airwaves 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 September 2010 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
Jocelyn_Green More than 1 year ago
Sarah Sundin is one of my favorite historical fiction authors! I love this book for several reasons. The characters are well-rounded, multi-dimensional, and the author lets us see glimpses of the past which makes them who they are today. Aviation and army nursing history comes alive in this book. Even if you're not a "history buff" you will find it fascinating. The plot is well-paced. It twists and turns in all the right places, and just when you think a neat and tidy resolution is around the corner, a new development keeps you guessing and turning the pages. Finally, it's a World War 2 romance. That's enough for me!
LovenGod More than 1 year ago
A Memory Between Us is a awesome book of the redemptive power of God! I loved the first book in this series and was absolutely amazed at this story. A beautiful young nurse, Ruth Doherty with a no nonsense approach to life, and a no dating rule, finds herself in the sites of the great Jack Novak. He is convinced no matter what she says, he can make her fall in love with him. What he doesn't know, is that behind that frigid countenance is a young woman who is shattered and convinced she is so broken and that no one would ever want her if they knew her truly. Jack, a pilot/pastor is so full of himself that he cannot see that pride has taken a stronghold over his life. His friend Charlie, tries to tell him, but to no avail. Only when his pride causes him to make a call that ends up costing the lives of twenty plus, including Charlie, does Jack wake up and face the facts. Unfortunately this awakening also comes with the truth about the beautiful young nurse. His rejection and condemnation breaks her heart, but the war must go on, and so must she. Will God heal Ruth's brokenness, will Jack realize that his condemnation is not of God? Will they come through this war intact, physically, emotionally and spiritually. A beautiful love story, Sarah Sundin truly has blessed us with the telling of this wonderful story. A book you will NOT want to miss! 432 pages US $14.99 5 stars Available September 2010 where your favorite Revell books are sold. This book was provided for review purposes only.
onedesertrose More than 1 year ago
A Memory Between Us by Sarah Sundin, the sequel to A Distant Melody, begins during WWII, March 3, 1943. Lt. Penelope Ruth Doherty, R.N., aka, Ruth, is tending to the wounded at 2nd Evacuation Hospital, Huntingdonshire, England. Being a beautiful redhead, she is constantly having to ignore the woof whistles from the wounded men. It's here that she meets Major Jack Novak. Major Jack Novak, injured in his tush by enemy flak, is different from the other men, and a touch of innocent romance begins to bud between them. However, difficult times from Ruth's past makes it hard for her to commit to a relationship, especially during the war. Yet Major Novak makes her his 'second mission' while serving. This is my first book by Sarah, and I was pleasantly surprised by all the intricacies of the story. Her clarity of war maneuvers, actual air battle scenes, intricate medical care, the underlying planning throughout the war, and the delicacy of romantic scenes and interactions are phenomenal. Whether following the men on their dangerous and deadly missions or dealing with romance, her book kept me engaged and captivated. The development of her characters build throughout the story line. We learn more and more of each one, particularly understanding the fears of both Ruth and Jack, which tend to undermine their relationship. Will Jack set aside his pride and listen to his friends? Can Ruth open her heart once more? Follow along, as Sarah discloses the secrets of both. Sarah's underlying message of trusting in the Lord brings out the true nature of each character in a manner that challenges you to confront your own faith. How much do you trust the Lord for your everyday circumstances, as well as eternal life? This book was provided by Donna from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, in exchange for my honest opinion.
SharonALavy More than 1 year ago
Although this is book two of Wings of Glory each book stands alone. Sarah is a master storyteller and I was not easily able to put the book down once I started reading it. Ruth at first comes across as cold because of the shield she has built to keep from getting hurt or distracted from her duty towards her siblings. Ruth's roommate Mae knew they needed each other's friendship and she did not give up. I appreciate the thread between Ruth and Mae because I believe in the importance of friendships between women.
kittycrochettwo More than 1 year ago
A Memory Between Us is set in England in 1943. Its a WWII historical fiction that is rich with detail, believable characters, and a story that gives us a glimpse of the wars aviation history. Jack Novak is a cocky self assured pilot, he has always loved to fly and enjoys being in the military.He has two other brothers that are military men as well, one just being sent home due to an injury. Back at home in California his dad is a preacher, and it has just been expected that Jack will become a minister as well. When Jack is injured during a maneuver he lands in a military hospital where he meets Lt. Ruth Doherty a nurse at the hospital. She has had a difficult life, with both parents deceased, she sends all her money home to support her younger brothers and sisters. She has problems in her past that makes her determined to keep all men at arms length, but her kind and compassionate spirit soon has Jack falling for her. Will the issues she has hidden in her past keep them apart, or can Jack find a way to win her heart? This was a very fast paced story rich with such details about the war that you can really envision Jack as he pilots his plane and the sheer determination he felt when he needed to get the job done, and the pain and anguish when he felt as if he let a friend down. When Jack and Charlie take Ruth and May up for their flight and show them around you feel as if your right there with them. I really enjoyed the secondary characters and their stories, when I read May's backstory my heart broke for her and when Ruth realized how simular their backgrounds were she finally let May in, and finally has a friend. I really enjoyed the little lessons from the bible we are given thruout this book, I particularly enjoyed Ruch comparing Jack to Boaz. Even though this book is the second in the Wings Of Glory series this is a totally stand alone novel, even though I didn't read the first one I had no problem getting right into this story. An intriguing story filled with emotion. I can't wait to read the next book in this amazing series!
CarlaStewart More than 1 year ago
As I anticipated the release of Book 2 of the Wings of Glory Series, I didn't see how Sarah could possibly live up to her debut novel, A Distant Melody, but she did. She skillfully portrays Major Jack Novak as a man who is driven to succeed both in his military career as a WWII pilot and in his desire to win the heart of Lieutenant Ruth Doherty, the Army nurse who cares for him when his plane crashes. Ruth's determination to forget her past and care for her orphaned siblings, though, is her top priority, and she is not swayed by the major's relentless pursuit. The chemistry that sparks between them is authentic and tender, warm and witty. There is an indefinable quality to Sarah's story telling. She drew me in with her meticulous detail of the medical world Ruth inhabits, the British setting, historical context (the chapter on D-Day had me biting my nails), and Jack's life as a decorated pilot. Novels that have this sort of magical "it" are hard to find, but this one is a treasure. I give it a high recommendation.