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?
Oh, where do I begin? First off, in full disclosure, Sarah Sundin completely won me over with both A Distant Melody and A Memory Between Us. Really, I’m positive she can do no wrong.
That said, this book catapulted her to a new level of awe and respect, in my opinion.
The stories of Helen and Ray are not what you’d expect in a historical romance. Sundin pushes the borders and confronts real, hard-hitting issues that we tend to forget. Issues like domestic violence, racism and true heroism.
At times, Helen’s story was hard for me to read. It felt so real, and I cared so much for the character that it tore at my heart. This only further attests to Sundin’s brilliant writing.
As with her other two novels, the book reads effortlessly and is full of period details that will lift you out of your home and plunk you down in 1944 Antioch, California. (Which I thoroughly enjoyed visiting.) You’ll even feel the chill and thrill of flying those infamous B17s with the Novak boys.
Sundin had me guessing up until the very last page and it was wonderful to see the characters of the first two books back in action, with all their unforgettable quirks.
The entire Wings of Glory series will surprise, delight and draw you in like none other. You’ll laugh, cry and beg for more. At least, I’m here and now publicly pleading you, Sarah, to write your next series, fast! 😉 Please.
The legally required statement…I was provided a copy of this book in the hopes that I’d read it and perhaps write a review. This in no way affected my opinion of the book. As I said – I was already biased to start.