On Distant Shores (Wings of the Nightingale Series #2)

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Lt. Georgiana Taylor has everything she could want. A comfortable boyfriend back home, a loving family, and a challenging job as a flight nurse. But in July 1943, Georgie's cozy life gets decidedly more complicated when she meets pharmacist Sgt. John Hutchinson. Hutch resents the lack of respect he gets as a noncommissioned serviceman and hates how the war keeps him from his fiancée. While Georgie and Hutch share a love of the starry night skies over Sicily, their lives back home are falling apart. Can they ...
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Overview

Lt. Georgiana Taylor has everything she could want. A comfortable boyfriend back home, a loving family, and a challenging job as a flight nurse. But in July 1943, Georgie's cozy life gets decidedly more complicated when she meets pharmacist Sgt. John Hutchinson. Hutch resents the lack of respect he gets as a noncommissioned serviceman and hates how the war keeps him from his fiancée. While Georgie and Hutch share a love of the starry night skies over Sicily, their lives back home are falling apart. Can they weather the hurt and betrayal? Or will the pressures of war destroy the fragile connection they've made?

With her signature attention to detail and her talent for bringing characters together, Sarah Sundin pens another exciting tale in her series featuring WWII flight nurses. Fans new and old will find in On Distant Shores the perfect combination of emotion, action, and romance.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780800720827
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 8/1/2013
  • Series: Wings of the Nightingale Series, #2
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 313,595
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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Sarah Sundin is the author of With Every Letter 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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  • Posted March 15, 2015

    Great series!

    This is my go-to author for a relaxing read after a rough day. Love this author's style and this series!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 23, 2014

    What I love about Sarah Sundin's characters are they are all so.

    What I love about Sarah Sundin's characters are they are all so... real. They have character flaws, challenges in their faith, and personalties that are rich & complex. On Distant Shores does not disappoint with it's romance tension weaved effortlessly into historic realism. I can't say that Georgie is one of my favorite heroines, but the growth she experiences through the book is commendable and empowering. Hutch's melancholy personality and the weaknesses of such a personality (frustrations, introvert tendencies, obsessive attention to detail) I totally identified with and was rooting for him the entire time. This is a great story about finding yourself, separate from anyone else other than God, and the complexities of relationships that challenge you, encourage you, and help you grow. I'm looking forward to reading the next installment of Wings of the Nightingale.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted January 2, 2015

    Heart-warming WWII romance

    A thoroughly enjoyable series.

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  • Posted August 12, 2014

    On Distant Shores is the second book in the Wings of the Nightin

    On Distant Shores is the second book in the Wings of the Nightingale series. I love how we get to continue this WWII saga with the characters I grew to love in the first book. I enjoyed getting to know Georgie more and meeting her special someone, Hutch.

    The plot for this story is wonderful. Both Hutch and Georgie already have special people in their lives. Both of their love interests are back stateside and I respect how Hutch and Georgie are true to them, even when they do feel an attraction toward each other. I really enjoyed watching how Georgie and Hutch’s stories with their special people back home played out, and the way things worked to bring Georgie and Hutch together.

    The huge obstacle to overcome in this novel is that Hutch is a pharmacist and is not allowed to be an officer. He is not even supposed to address officers by their first name, let alone date one! This causes a lot of bitterness to grow in Hutch and threatens the relationships that are important to him. It was hard to read about how he was treated, but even harder to read about his reactions to the treatment. The change God wrought in both of these characters was really amazing! I went from totally frustrated about Hutch’s situation, to feeling a sense of calm and trust in God. It was kind of funny how much I got wrapped up in Hutch’s sense of injustice!

    This series is just so great. It really brings WWII to life for me. I love the geographical and historical details that are made so interesting because of the great storylines. And I really enjoy the author’s notes at the end of the book that give more information behind the story. My heart broke for the real person of Robert Knecht and for the Army nurse he was secretly engaged to.

    I have already begun reading book three in the series and am loving it as well. These are such enjoyable and complex stories.

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  • Posted February 21, 2014

    Sarah Sundin's Wings of The Nightingale is my favorite series of

    Sarah Sundin's Wings of The Nightingale is my favorite series of novels of the World War II era. Steeped in history , she nevertheless manages very well to bring color to a time of history that is usually shown in grays and browns. This novel is the second in her series, but is quite able to be a stand alone book. You do meet the same characters as you did in her With every Letter, although this one follows Lt. Georgiana Taylor (better known as Georgie) and Sgt. John Hutchinson (known as Hutch through most of the story), Rose, Mellie and the others are still there.
    The battles fought are not only against nations, but in the heart of the people. Sarah has many subplots and issues that are dealt with in a very timely manner, which makes reading this book enjoyable. I hope that this is not the conclusion of this series, as I am looking forward to finding out what happens to the characters. I give 5 stars to this novel, and recommend you read it, even though war might not be your preferred reading.




    I received this book free from Chris at LitfusePublicityGroup and Revell Publishing in exchange for an honest review. A positive critique was not required. The opinions are my own.
     

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  • Posted January 3, 2014

     On Distant Shores is a beautiful work of art.  Having had an un

     On Distant Shores is a beautiful work of art.  Having had an uncle who was killed in Normandy, France during WWII at the age of 19, this book was very emotional and gripping to me.   It truly made the whole experience come to life for me.  I felt like I was actually there alongside these dedicated young nurses and servicemen.  I have always longed to visit Italy and I am sure many of the young people serving did also, but this was a totally different way to see the world.  When they are thrown into the lives and arms of other people, it is easier to imagine the turmoil experienced by many.   
    I received a copy of this book from netgalley and the publishers in exchange for my honest review.   

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  • Posted December 27, 2013

    One of the best things about this book for me? The fact that I c

    One of the best things about this book for me? The fact that I closed it reflecting that the heroine, Georgie, and I would’ve been good friends in real life. She appealed to me a lot as a character, and while I don’t have the same struggles she has, I understood her well and yeah – we would’ve been friends. She’s lovely! John/Hutch wasn’t bad, though I didn’t find myself falling in love with him. There are a lot of details packed into this book, and they all added to the historical/realistic feel overall. There was enough action to keep the story, but not let it get rushed. Another highlight? Seeing Tom and Mellie, from “With Every Letter”! Good book, and I’m glad I bought it.

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  • Posted September 27, 2013

    I've devoured every one of Sarah Sundin's WWII romances (five bo

    I've devoured every one of Sarah Sundin's WWII romances (five books, now) because she has a gift for pulling you into her characters' lives until you feel as if you are walking in their shoes. Her current series, Wings of the Nightingale, tells the stories of three flight nurses, the brave women responsible for evacuating wounded soldiers to safety. Moving from place to place around the Mediterranean, Sundin's descriptions bring the locations to life and make the war deeply personal.

    I instantly fell in love with Georgie, sympathizing with how her bubbly personality covered a lack of confidence in her abilities. The author's personal background in pharmacy created a distinctive air of reality to Hutch, as she layered in details of his work alongside the tender romance developing between the characters. 

    Though On Distant Shores is the second book in the series, I was impressed how this novel overlapped the first book (With Every Letter), so you actually experience several events from different characters' perspectives. That was a fun bonus for the reader, and makes reading the books out-of-sequence a non-issue. 

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  • Posted September 13, 2013

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    In On Distant Shores, Sarah Sundin takes the reader with detaile

    In On Distant Shores, Sarah Sundin takes the reader with detailed accuracy to cities of the Mediterranean area during World War II. Lt. Georgie Taylor is a flight nurse. She has a boyfriend back home and loves her work. She meets Sgt. John Hutchinson, a pharmacist, who has a fiancé back home. Because she’s a nurse it’s natural that Georgie comes to his pharmacy. As their friendship grows so do complications. He’s a noncommissioned soldier, she’s a commissioned officer and the military doesn’t permit the two groups to socialize together. How can they be together in the face of military protocol? Characterization is strong and romantic tension keeps you turning pages.

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  • Posted September 9, 2013

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    WILL THIS NIGHTINGALE FIND HER WINGS? If ever I have the privil

    WILL THIS NIGHTINGALE FIND HER WINGS?

    If ever I have the privilege of interviewing Ms Sarah Sundin, my first question would ask why she is so interested in WWII history.  Ms Sundin obviously has researched this topic at length and retains the knowledge of what she learned.  I admire her courage for such an undertaking so exemplary of combining fiction writing around actual historic events.  Amazing, is that I assume she was born long after WWII had ended…..while I was born before the war began.  Family members served during the war, including one who spent 36 months in a prison camp.   Also, as the wife of a military officer, now retired – I could easily relate to many military terms.  All these things added to my enjoyment of Saran Sundin’s story about Georgie, Hutch and all the surrounding cast




    Lt Georgiana (Georgie) Taylor flew out of her comfortable home nest in Virginia when she became a flight nurse persuaded by her best friend Rose to join along with her.  Georgie had little confidence in herself becoming a nurse and Ms Sundin writes Georgie’s naïveté very well into her character.  This flaw would be a crux to Georgie and could possibly end her career.  Lt Taylor’s parents, family and fiancé’ Ward were set against Georgie’s plans, and were constant deterrents to her making decisions on her own.  Will Georgie ever reach a time when she learns to stand on her own?




    Sgt John Hutchinson, a pharmacist also left a fiancé’ back home, appeared just as his unit landed in Sicily.  His biggest resentment is that he gets little respect as a non-commissioned officer.  His best friend Capt. Nels Bergstron is with the same unit, however they cannot fraternize as friends because of the military stipulation that frowns on those relationships.  “Hutch” becomes consumed with his desire that the Pharmacy Corps be formed – he feels his college degree in pharmacy should entitle pharmacists to be commissioned as officers in the military.   He undertakes this mission with the help of his father and gets close to reaching this goal – the answer if he reaches it or not is included in Ms Sundin’s story.  Hutch is knowledgeable of astronomy which piqued my fascination with the story, as it carries mysterious importance regarding Hutch’s future decisions.




    The story flows very well as the chapters about Georgie and Hutch weave back and forth throughout.  Plenty of the writing will bring tears, so have a box of tissues handy.  You’ll laugh at the hilarious antics between the characters and wonder about each character’s history that brought them into Ms Sundin’s story.  Some of the drama might shock you, but you can realize the true hardships and trauma of being in war through Sarah Sundin’s vivid descriptions that played in my mind like a movie.  Romance is always around and the emphasis is placed on how Georgie and Hutch overcome obstacles that first prevent their romance from developing – like each being engaged to another, dreams of the future when the war ends and then -  secretly meeting because of the fraternization policy.  And keep that box of tissues around to weep over casualties, tender moments, and open hearts – this is quite a beautiful story of love and relationships of many kinds.  You’ll enjoy the Biblical references that help bring this story together.  It goes to prove that wars can be the worst of times, and the best of times when we depend on the Lord for strength and wisdom to show the way.   The story was explicit that Georgie and Hutch followed their own Christians principles which was very uplifting.  Both set a sweet example of showing compassion for those who have lost everything because of political dissension between countries.




    On Distant Shores is my first read from author Sarah Sundin, and it won’t be my last.  My gratitude goes to Ms Sundin for writing the truth in fiction as though God whispered it all in her ear.  That’s the way her words came across to me, at least.  Ms Sundin has taken us through a sentimental journey…and I’m truly sentimental over this wonderful story……sounds like quotes from WWII songs.  Thank you for On Distant Shores, Sarah Sundin….until we meet again….




    I received this book free from the publisher through the Litfuse Group book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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  • Posted August 30, 2013

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    Another great captivating read by Sarah Sundin, she does not dis

    Another great captivating read by Sarah Sundin, she does not disappoint! We are able to look at some of the things that happened in the first book, but from another view point.
    With this book we are in Italy, and I felt the bombs hitting the shore. Sarah had me right in the middle of the war in this story. This is Lt. Georgiana Taylor's story, and also Sgt. John Hutchinson. Fraternizing with an officer is not allowed. Never mind that John has more education than most of the other officers, they think the Pharmacy Corp is below them. Huh? Anyway Hutch and his Dad Stateside wage a battle to make Pharmacists Officers. Hard to have a romance when you are not allowed to be together...not even hold hands.
    Both Georgie and Hutch are engaged to other people when they meet, and both are aware each is off limits. We also have another engaging character in this book...a child Lucia, a seven year old, orphan, who was injured by an Army truck.
    Come along on another great adventure, one with God's hand on each of them. Be ready for a lot of war time action, with a bit of romance thrown in. Catch up with Georgie's friends from the first book, and if you haven't read it, be sure to treat yourself!
    I for one cannot wait until the next book it out! Thanks for sharing your gifts Sarah!

    I received this book through Litfuse Publicity Book Tours, and was not required to give a positive review.

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  • Posted August 28, 2013

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    On Distant Shores by Sarah Sundin continues the action, heartbre

    On Distant Shores by Sarah Sundin continues the action, heartbreak, and romance of World War II in this second book in the Wings of the Nightingale series. Set in the Mediterranean Theater of Operations and spanning the months between July 1943 and April 1944, this exciting novel captured my interest and emotions from the very first page.

    Sarah Sundin is a consummate author, whose passion and knowledge of the World War II era shine through on every page. Her attention to historical detail, combined with the ability to create interesting characters and an inspiring narrative, are amazing. Sarah's books are automatic reads for me.

    The Wings of the Nightingales series skillfully tells the stories of six flight nurses, "mercy on wings" - their efforts to be allowed to serve in this way, the danger they faced, the strong bond of friendship they shared, and their personal struggles as well. On Distant Shores picks up where the first story, With Every Letter, left off and I enjoyed being reunited with beloved characters.

    Sarah has the ability to create characters who are real and that readers can identify with. Georgie is one of six nurses in the 802nd Medical Air Evacuation Transport Squadron. She's an extrovert who adores people, loves to plan parties, and cares for the outcast. As the pampered baby of her wealthy Virginia family, she has always let other people guide her, and fears that she may be in over her head with the squadron. But Georgie gradually comes to realize that rather than aiming for safety, her goal should be "for strength to stand in an unsafe world."

    Technical Sergeant John Hutchinson (Hutch), with the 93rd Evacuation Hospital, is frustrated at having to enter the Army without a commission in order to practice pharmacy, and seeks to be accepted into the Pharmacy Corp recently approved by Congress. The situation of pharmacists in mobile hospitals during the war is a very interesting theme and Sarah has done her research well.

    Spiritual insights are beautifully woven into these characters' lives. Knowing that some people don't want her to change, while others don't believe she can change, Georgie tells Hutch: "You're the only one who sees me as I really am and believes I can become the woman I should be." And Hutch needs to find contentment outside the recognition that he so bitterly craves.

    Character strengths of Georgie and Hutch are shown in two situations that I especially loved. When patients don't want to be evacuated on the same flight with a wounded soldier because of his skin color, Georgie rises above southern prejudice and says, "I don't care what color they are, as long as they fight for freedom." The other is Hutch's love and care for the adorable Lucia, an injured war orphan.

    On Distant Shores combines the beauty of the Italian countryside with the realism of war, catching the reader emotionally with the lives of these courageous men and women who fight for freedom. I highly recommend this novel to all readers.

    “Whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men.”
    Colossians 3:23

    The final book in the Wings of the Nightingale series, In Perfect Time, will be released in August 2014.

    This book was provided by Litfuse Publicity and Revell Publishing in exchange for my honest review.

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  • Posted August 27, 2013

    Another fantastic WWII story from Sarah Sundin! Georgie was a h

    Another fantastic WWII story from Sarah Sundin!

    Georgie was a highlight in With Every Letter and I couldn't wait to learn more about her. I love her kind heart. Without it, she and Rose would have missed out on a great friendship with Mellie, who we met in the first book. Though she'd let other people make decisions for her all her life, Georgie found herself ready for a change.

    There was a little overlap between the first and this one, but a very minor one at that, and it didn't affect Georgie's story at all. As always, Sundin's writing is excellent and smooth. The journeys she put these characters on were not easy. However, on the flip side, our journey isn't either. Watching Georgie and Hutch grow through the course of the story felt like the most natural thing. Nothing happened too fast or too slow.

    It was effortless to get lost in the era and world Georgie and Hutch found themselves in. I love the WWII era. The relationships, the faith, the common hope for a better future. One of my favorite scenes is set on Christmas day with Georgie on a flight. She led the men in carols and Christmas cheer, despite the war going on around them. You don't see or hear things like that any more. The scene is a highlight for me. Speaking of highlights I'll note real quick that Lucia is a big one. I hope we see her again! She was absolutely adorable!

    Previous fans of Sundin's work will not be disappointed by her latest release. I loved following Georgie and Hutch through their struggles and I loved diving into their worlds for a time. I look forward to getting to know Kay better in the next book. Perhaps I'll finally have my questions answered.

    Available August 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

    I received this book from Revell in return for an honest review of my opinions, which I have done. Thanks!

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  • Posted August 26, 2013

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    ON DISTANT SHORES by Sarah Sundin is another exciting Inspiratio

    ON DISTANT SHORES by Sarah Sundin is another exciting Inspirational Historical Romance (World War II) set in 1943. #2 in the "Wings of the Nightingale" series, but can be read as a stand alone. See, "With Every Letter". This story does have alternating points of view between the characters,but this only adds character and realization to the story. Join Lt. Georgiana Taylor, a flight nurse and Sgt. John Hutchinson, a Pharmacist on a journey of hurt,betrayal,faith,healing,forgiveness,struggles, the effects of war and love. What a whirlwind tender love story among the turmoil of Germans, tradegy and war. You will be carried away to Army hospitals,airfields,battles,and other places all over the Mediterranean along with the characters. Ms. Sundin has an act with her storytelling of making the reader feel her characters hurt and pain as well as their joys and triumphs. If you enjoy stories of World War II than you will enjoy "On Distant Shores". For a great love story with Ms. Sundin's feel of World War II, her well-researched World War II story,an absorbing tale of love and a romantic read,pick up "On Distant Shores",you will not be disappointed. Through turmoil and war can love really survive? A must read for any historical romance readers, those who enjoy World War II era stories and anyone who enjoys a great read. I would highly recommend this title! I can hardly wait to read the last book in this series, which I understand will be Lt. Kay Jobson and Lit. Roger Cooper's story. Received for an honest review from the publisher.

    “Available August 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”

    RATING: 4.5

    HEAT RATING: SWEET

    REVIEWED BY: AprilR, Review courtesy of My Book Addiction and More

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  • Posted August 25, 2013

    Lieutenant Georgiana Taylor is looking forward to the end of Wor

    Lieutenant Georgiana Taylor is looking forward to the end of World War II, for she’ll be able to return to her boyfriend in the states and build the life she’s always dreamed of. Sergeant John Hutchinson is anxious to return to his fiancée in the states and get on with his life as well. Their positions, Georgie’s as a flight nurse and John’s as a pharmacist throws them together often. They find they enjoy common interests and build a careful friendship. Unexpected changes arise on the home front for them both which yields further challenges. What happens next? I’ll never tell, but if you enjoy historical fiction, you just might enjoy their story.

    I appreciate that On Distant Shores, Book Two in the Wings of the Nightingale series, stands alone. Readers do not need to read the first book to understand what’s happening. It is another success “story” to Sarah Sundin’s credit. Her attention to historical detail is wonderful; it adds layers to the plot that you don’t often see. This, along with realistic, likeable characters, offers a great reading experience. I’m now looking forward to Book Three!

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  • Posted August 24, 2013

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    Sarah Sundin in her new book, ¿On Distant Shores¿ Book Two in th

    Sarah Sundin in her new book, “On Distant Shores” Book Two in the Wings of the Nightingale series published by Revell takes us into the lives of Georgiana Taylor and  John Hutchinson.




    From the back cover:  Caught between the war raging around them and the battles within, two souls long for peace–and a love that remains true.




    Lt. Georgiana Taylor has everything she could want. A boyfriend back home, a loving family, and a challenging job as a flight nurse. But in July 1943, Georgie’s cozy life gets more complicated when she meets pharmacist Sgt. John Hutchinson.




    Hutch resents the lack of respect he gets as a noncommissioned serviceman and hates how the war keeps him from his fiancée. While Georgie and Hutch share a love of the starry night skies over Sicily, their lives back home are falling apart. Can they weather the hurt and betrayal? Or will the pressures of war destroy the fragile connection they’ve made?




    With her signature attention to detail and her talent for bringing characters together, Sarah Sundin weaves an exciting tale of emotion, action, and romance that will leave you wanting more.




    I enjoy stories about World War II.  It was a tragic time yet there was always hope as well.  Into this era Ms. Sundin has given us a new appreciation for pharmacists and flight nurses!  I never knew that these men and women had such critical roles.  I like history and, even though she won’t admit it, I think Sarah Sundin is secretly a historian.  It is her attention to details that help draw you into the story as well, of course, as her marvelous characters.  Ms. Sundin makes you feel as though you are there in every battle, experiencing every life threatening moment and feeling intense relief when it is finished.  Back to the characters, both Georgiana Taylor and  John Hutchinson are presented in such a real manner that you feel as though they are friends of yours and when the book eventually ends you are sorry to see them go.  “On Distant Shores” is an exciting book.  However, as exciting as the story is the romance between Georgiana and  John takes top priority as each of them deals with their individual issues.  ”On Distant Shores” deals with themes of forgiveness and restoration as only God can produce.  Ms. Sundin has done it again and I recommend this book highly.  I am so looking forward to book three in this series.




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    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group.   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.”

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  • Posted August 21, 2013

    In the last few years, I have discovered Sarah Sundin¿s books, a

    In the last few years, I have discovered Sarah Sundin’s books, and she has quickly made her way to the top of my favorite authors’ list. I continue to enjoy each book she writes, and I always know when I pick up one of her novels, I will be reading a story of substance that is well worth my time. I love how she crafts each character to have their own unique personality, flaws, and experiences they must go through in order to experience growth.

    On Distant Shores is no different.

    On the very first page of this book, Georgie makes a comment on how the interior of the C-47 cargo plane is full of drab khaki and needed a little “magenta or tangerine or violet” (9). Georgie’s personality jumped off the page and I instantly liked her.  When Georgie meets Hutch, they become quick friends, as Georgie takes him under her wing.

    I really enjoyed watching Georgie and Hutch become friends through their mutual interest in stargazing, as they talked under the night sky and shared about life and home.  They challenge each other – for Georgie to learn to make her own decisions and for Hutch to be content with his position- so they can grow in the midst of the challenges they each face.

    Georgie struggles to make her own decisions, but Hutch sees her for who she can be, who God wants her to be. He encourages her and believes she can become who she really is. When Georgie’s life is affected by the first real tragedy of her life, she is motivated to make that change and move forward.  The tragedy she faces fuels her passion to do what God has for her and to follow his will for her life. It pushes her to grow and look to God for guidance. Likewise, Georgie supports Hutch and believes that he can also reach his goal.

    What I enjoyed most about Georgie and Hutch’s relationship was that they saw the best in each other, they challenged each other, and they both desired to be who God wanted them to be.  They were a good balance for each other, as Georgie was talkative and outgoing, whereas Hutch was quiet and thoughtful. Overall, Sundin takes us on a wonderful journey through the ups and downs of Georgie and Hutch’s lives in the midst of war.

    At the heart of this novel, Georgie and Hutch learn to set goals, face their fears, and, ultimately, look to God for answers so they could grow into the people God intended them to be.  They learn that peace can only be found when we are following God’s will for our lives, and not our own.

    *Thank you to Litfuse and Revell for providing a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.*

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  • Posted August 20, 2013

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    Sarah Sundin is a favorite author, I admit. Her attention to det

    Sarah Sundin is a favorite author, I admit. Her attention to detail is always amazing. Her latest novel which takes place during World War II features a flight nurse, Georgie Taylor, who signed up on a lark with her best friend while she was waiting to get hitched, and pharmacist John Hutchinson, who was drafted before he could enlist in officer’s training school and carries a medium-sized chip on his shoulder for being a medical professional who’s treated like a roadie.

    Both the American soldiers face their worst fears under dangerous combat situations. Will they buckle or overcome? When the pair meet, she’s engaged and longing for home, unsure she’s really cut out for wartime service, yet reluctant to simply quit. He’s engaged as well, a practical situation, although he regretted not tying the knot before he shipped out. Georgie and Hutch encourage each other to be more than what they’ve been told they are, to reach for loftier goals, but for the right reasons.

    When, through tragedy and adverse situations, they meet again, they are unencumbered by their intendeds and they are free to give in to their feelings for each other. The mechanisms of others, misunderstandings and more tragedy cause them to wonder if their feelings are the sum of their fears.

    I could hear the music to South Pacific in the background while I read, though of course this story takes place on the western front: gorgeous European settings, Sicily, Greece, Italy, and so forth. The camaraderie, the fun, the dark places and self-discovery each soldier must face were well-drawn. Although I appreciate the depth of research, sometimes it felt as though Sundin stuck in facts simply because she’d discovered a cool detail. I personally like that because I’m a history nerd, but others may skim over it.

    I like characters who have to grow, reach out for help, and learn to trust, no matter the setting. Those who enjoy detailed historical situations, particularly World War Two-era medical corps stories, will find a great story in On Distant Shores.


    “Available August 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”

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  • Posted August 20, 2013

    Civil War era fiction used to be my favorite historical romance

    Civil War era fiction used to be my favorite historical romance reading, but Sarah Sundin has changed that with her potent, tender World War II series. Her latest offering, On Distant Shores, Book Two of the Wings of the Nightingale series, only adds to my addiction.

    The life-or-death demands of wartime crises overwhelm a caring flight nurse, Georgiana Taylor. Georgie meets a dedicated pharmacist, Sergeant John Hutchinson, and they struggle with mutual attraction, as they are engaged to other people. Hutch resents the Army’s refusal to recognize him and his colleagues as officers. The fact that Georgie is a lieutenant keeps them apart and rankles in Hutch’s soul. With excruciating wartime challenges, as well as romantic complications, will Georgie and Hutch find themselves on shores so distant from each other that their love never has a chance?

    As in her Wings of Glory series, Sundin’s attention to historical detail shines in On Distant Shores. Her expertise as a practicing pharmacist opens a window for readers into a world largely unexplored by World War II fiction.

    Regular readers of Sundin’s writing will especially appreciate the vivid contrast between Georgie’s friendly Southern-belle personality and that of Lieutenant Mellie Blake, the efficient heroine of Book One, With Every Letter, whose biggest challenge was her inability to connect with fellow nurses and commanding officers. In On Distant Shores, Sundin weaves the two stories together skillfully, giving readers a double treat.

    Revell Publishing kindly provided me with a copy of this book for evaluation purposes, but the company did not provide this review, which is entirely m

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    Posted August 20, 2013

    Overseas dangers and conflicts during World War 11 complicate th

    Overseas dangers and conflicts during World War 11 complicate the lives of young flight nurses and challenge the pharmacies that try to meet the needs of the wounded in Sarah Sundin’s novel, On Distant Shores. The reader can’t turn the pages fast enough to see how characters serving on foreign soil manage the crush of expectations and hopes for romance in a world turned upside down. Sarah leads her readers into amazing adventures which demand questioning the status quo and opening up to new directions.

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