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?
I has been more than six months since Sarah Sundin’s first release, A Distant Melody, came out and I had the pleasure of reading. (See my glowing review here.) In that time, I’d spread the word of her stellar storytelling skills and witty writing. But in that time, I’d also forgotten what a true delight it is to read Sundin’s writing.
Sundin’s story is an effortless read and a pure delight. Like A Distant Melody, A Memory Between Us is rich in historical detail and riveting emotion. The reader is just along for the ride and what a ride it is!
Lt. Ruth Doherty is a stout-hearted, fiery heroine with a dark past that unravels throughout the book. She’s stuck between her duty to her family and those around her who take advantage of her dedication. While she struggles to make amends for past sins, she meets wall after wall. All of the situations are believable and heart-wrenching. Sundin shares the amazing story of Army nurses serving in a violent war.
On the other hand, Major Jack Novak is the confident fly boy looking forward to the next challenge and the next mission. He struggles with his own pride and faith in finding God’s path for his life. His devotion to Ruth sends both he and Ruth for a loop.
Sundin’s writing is witty and delightful. We see so many dimensions of the lives of the pilots and nurses in World War II in this book and Sundin does true honor to those who served. Entertaining, gripping and at times, delightfully surprising, A Memory Between Us is one that will make you swoon. (Moon…June…babooon…)
PS – Visit Sarah’s website and blog here – she has fascinating information about her research and the final book in the Wings of Glory trilogy!