Blue Skies Tomorrow (Wings of Glory Series #3)

Blue Skies Tomorrow (Wings of Glory Series #3)

by Sarah Sundin

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Lt. Raymond Novak prefers the pulpit to the cockpit, but at least his stateside job training B-17 pilots allows him the luxury of a personal life. As he courts Helen Carlisle, a young war widow and mother who conceals her pain under a frenzy of volunteer work, the sparks of their romance set a fire that flings them both into peril. After Ray leaves to fly a combat mission at the peak of the air war over Europe, Helen takes a job in a dangerous munitions yard and confronts an even graver menace in her own home. Will they find the courage to face their challenges? And can their young love survive until blue skies return?

Filled with daring and romance, Blue Skies Tomorrow will capture readers' hearts.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781441232717
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/01/2011
Series: Wings of Glory Series , #3
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 112,382
File size: 848 KB

About the Author

Sarah Sundin is the author of A Distant Melody and A Memory Between Us. Her great-uncle flew with the US Eighth Air Force in England during WWII. Sarah lives in California with her husband and three children.
Sarah Sundin is the author of The Sea Before Us, as well as the Waves of Freedom, Wings of the Nightingale, and Wings of Glory series. Her novels have received starred reviews from Booklist and Library Journal. Her popular Through Waters Deep was a Carol Award finalist, and both Through Waters Deep and When Tides Turn were named on Booklist's "101 Best Romance Novels of the Last 10 Years." Sarah lives in Northern California, where she works on-call as a hospital pharmacist. Visit for more information.

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Distant Melody 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 163 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The era in which this story occurs plus the cover of the book first caught my attention. It was well written, with an excellent devlopment of characters, historical descriptions, and plot. I enjoyed this christian romance. Of the many christian fiction books I have read, this is a top pick for me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book in two days only because I got a late start on the first. I don't know if it was the time period of WWII, the story, or the characters that was the best. The time period was a perfect choice, the story kept moving forward, and the characters changed through out the whole book. I also loved the involvement of God and scripture verses. This is just an all around excellent book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this series! This book is my favorite in the series-learned lots more about ww2!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It has been a while since i have read such a good book. I was quiet young during World War 2, but I remember it well. This was such a good story and was well written. I could feel the pain the people were going through. It was a book for every one. No hot steamy scenes. The romance was so sweet and a true picture of a time when our morals were so different than they are today. I would like to read more of her books.
Ladydi8 More than 1 year ago
This was an awesome read! True romance, tender love, historical moments in history for the background of a truly beautiful love story. This book reminded me of the way they used to make movies, and I wish they still made them today.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
War is so sad and this story brings back memories of all the families who prayed and sacrificed during WWII. I'm 80 yrs. old and I remember all the rationing, the collecting of papers, cans, rubber, etc. It brought back all the sacrifices Americans made for our soliders, unity, country and patriotism.
Penelope-C More than 1 year ago
A Distant Melody is a masterfully documented Christian historical love story set in WWII. I was taken on several missions with Bomber pilot, Walt Novak and his crew. Intertwined in the story an unlikely love develops between Walt, the son of a preacher, and Allie Miller, a daughter of wealth. The author takes you on a riveting journey, keeping you guessing until the end, if they will confess the truth of their love for each other. Will the trail of lies harm or hurt them in the end? What will each of them sacrifice in order to follow God's will? A bit of a surprise ending. I found the book hard to put down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great story... very well written.
booksandwindows More than 1 year ago
Summary: A Distant Melody follows the journeys of Allie Miller and Walt Novak during World War II.  Allie is in an unhappy relationship, and Walt is tongue-tied around single women.  They meet at a mutual friend’s wedding and quickly become friends.  Allie and Walt share a love for music and God.  When they part ways, they promise to write, as Walt is flying planes in the war, and Allie goes home to a life she is not content with. My thoughts: I have so much to say, but again I must say I loved this book.  It was a wonderful story of two people who meet and quickly become important to one another.  Allie and Walt meet on a train and have a somewhat awkward conversation before realizing they are both headed to the same place. During their conversation, Walt says, “I guess silence is a truthful solution to a dilemma” (21). This later becomes a subtle theme throughout the novel.  Is silence really truthful? What if silence just perpetuates a lie? After a week together, Walt and Allie correspond through letters and become close friends and confidants of one another.  As the story progresses, they lead separate lives, in which they each tell lies that cause problems for themselves and each other.  Will they be able to tell the truth?  Will they decide to work through the lies and forgive? Will they obey God? The theme of obedience to God is central to the characters’ development.  Will they change their ways and do what God asks of them? When we meet Allie, she is not content with how things are in her life, but she is not doing much about it.  As the story progresses, Allie becomes stronger and takes action in her life.  Instead of letting things happen to her, she takes control of her life.  Walt’s character development was also exciting to watch.  After making a mistake, we watch as what he has done eats away at him.  He deals with guilt, punishment, and the need to accept forgiveness.  These characters are beautiful people who grow and mature by the end of the book.  I find myself wishing I knew Allie. I feel like she would be a wonderful friend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book was okay. It wasn't a waste of time - but the romance story was totally predictable. If you're looking for something light and airy this would be the book.
TalleyRoss More than 1 year ago
A Distant Melody was a good story with a weak ending and some sappy and cliche writing. There were moments when I was very captivated by the characters and the story, to the point of tears, and I didn't want to stop reading. I really liked, both Walt and Allie. I thought Sundin did a fine job, particularly with Walt, in conveying emotions and the stress of war. Sometimes I was lost as she described what was happening in battle, but never lost the adrenalin that pilots must have felt during their bombing missions. I liked how the camaraderie developed between Walt and his crew. I did find it hard to believe the relationship between Allie and her parents. But I could let that go for the sake of the story and because I realize that when you read a historical fiction you still approach it with 21st century sensibilities. For the most part, I liked the Christian element of the story. I did think it got to be just a but preachy toward the end. The music metaphor that ran threw the story sometimes worked, sometimes seemed like the writer intruding on the story. And unfortunately, the ending became a bit tedious and then trite. I am picky in how I like my romances to end. Yes, I want them happy, but I most enjoy those that can do so without all the schmaltzy, cliche reconciliations and proposals.
CherylBolen More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful, beautifully researched book, as is her first book in the series. Definitely an author to watch.
Grannie2Cheyenne More than 1 year ago
I waited anxiously for the 3rd book in the Wings Of Glory Series to come out. Blue Skies Tomorrow, was worth the wait. Wish there were more to come. I rate this book a 5 *****
Katelyn Boggs More than 1 year ago
i cherished this love story. i read the entire book in one day. i cant wait for the next book in the series!u
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Read it in one sitting. Loved it!
sesquius More than 1 year ago
I will have to admit, the cover of the book is what drew me into selecting this book to read.  That in addition to the cover story, it promised to draw me in. And it did, for the first few chapters. The woman on the cover seems strong and determined, but the girl in the book is a mismatch of what I hoped to read about. She has a fiancé she doesn't want, who she is engaged to marry because that is what her family wishes. Yet, she has this pilot she has met who has captured her interest. So within the pages we have the story of the two of them flying back and forth. I was hoping more of a focus on Allie, but instead we had it also on Walt. Both characters just seemed too "good". I wanted to like them, but instead I found myself flipping as fast I as I could through the chapters to see how it ended. It ended okay, although I think I just yearned for more depth in the book and less of a preaching aspect. Which can be done. This read more like a Grace Livingston Hill book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really appreciate not having to censor my reading material. And, how many books bring conviction along with the storyline? Thank you.....
cherryblossommj on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is one of the better whole novels that I have read in a while. This is a historical romance that has all of the elements that one's heart looks for and while at the same time bringing forth events of a war time past that are true and hard to accept. Usually I am not a fan of war time novels, but this one captures my heart. In a similar manner as the films Pearl Harbor and Hanover Street except with a moral conscious. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and cannot wait for the sequel A Memory Between Us come this fall.It starts with the cover being pure dreamy that just makes your heart sigh. Then from page one I was in love with the character of Allie and soon after Walt. Watching how romance blossomed and watch the confusion of their hearts and yearning for explanation for the other was pleasantly painful. Each chapter brought me begging for me. Sarah Sundin wrote an incredible heart rending story and I highly recommend it. Sundin is now on my favorite authors list.*Thanks to Donna Hausler of Revell Books for providing a copy for review.*
ReviewsbyMolly on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Sarah Sundin has a new fan---me!!! I absolutely adored this book. It was humorous, romantic, sad, and filled with God through out the whole story. It even has a bit of a suspenseful twist to it, making this a book that immediately pulled me in.I did not want to put this book done for anything! I wanted to turn page after page until I got the very last one to find out what happened to Allie, Baxter and the lovable Walt Novak! Although, I must say, I was not fond of Baxter. He wasn't charming at all! But Allie and Walt and their friends, they all captured my heart, and helped me to over look the not so charming Baxter! I really loved the WWII era that Sundin used to create this story. I love WWII movies, so I knew this book wouldn't disappoint. I loved how Sundin was very detailed with the descriptions in this book. Along with the wonderful characters that I mentioned above, Sarah Sundin also adds a wonderful, strong message of being honest. She shows that honesty is the most important factor in a friendship, or a romance for that matter! Between that message and God, this was a beautifully written, 5 star historical novel that will be permenantly on my shelf as the start of a great series collection! It has something for everyone, so grab a copy today, sit back and get ready for an adverturous flight back in time--you'll be glad you did! I can't wait for Wings of Glory #2--A Memory Between Us, due out September 2010!
MichelleSutton on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Wonderful story that is full of romance and intrigue. This book is lengthy (over 400 pages) but I read it quickly and it didn't drag or slump anywhere. It was hard to put down and has a great message about truthfulness in it. I loved the characters, too. Highly recommend this one!
knittingmomof3 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
From my blog...A Distant Melody is the first novel in Sarah Sundin's Wings of Glory series and what an extraordinary beginning. Sundin takes the reader back to the 1940s with her masterful command of lyrical prose and strong characters.Allie Miller is taking her first trip north, a trip she is looking forward to, to her friend Betty's wedding. Alone without the disapproving eye of her mother or her boyfriend Baxter Hicks, her parents adore him and expect Allie to marry him. In the same station, Lt. Walter Novak is departing for his last furlough home and is happy to soon be heading off to fly, to be useful, yet like Allie he feels as though he does not measure up. Walter and Allie meet on the train and soon learn they are going to the same city. Allie and Walter are drawn together during the delightful week leading up Betty's wedding, and Allie assumes Walter knows about Baxter and thinks she is only risking her heart. Allie and Walter stay in contact through letters and their relationship continues to flourish, as do their lives. Allie begins to emerge into her own, but will she be able to grow or marry Baxter to please her parents? Buried secrets and mystery surround them both which lends toward a sweet and delightful plot which allows the reader to view the war from both sides of the ocean and what struggles each faced during those difficult years. A Distant Melody makes for a delightful, intriguing, and at times emotional read, which is rich with historical details, delightful characters and emotionally charged from fun and innocent flirtations to the grim realities of war. I would recommend A Distant Melody to anyone, especially those interested in historical novels, for Sundin has definitely done her research and takes the reader back to the time and climate of the 40's. A Distant Melody would be an excellent choice for a discussion group.
fredamans on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a fabulous love story, that I didn't think would pull me in like it did. I knew I would enjoy the story, who doesn't enjoy a good love story, but I had no idea I would care about the characters after reading it.For a debut novel, Sarah has out done herself! I can't wait to read the second and third novels. I am so eager to continue this story, and learn more about the characters.This is one of those stories, where you think the couple will never get together, and then they finally do, and you want nothing but to keep reading.A great tale, and even better movie in my head. Yeah I should mention, this would be a great book to adapt a film from. Notebook was a hit, and so should A Distant Melody!On my recommendation list, FOR SURE!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book and loved the history.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So happy to have another really good author who knows how to write a really good story and God is always at the center! Thank you Sarah Sundun!