Saturday, September 28, 2013

On Distant Shores by Sarah Sundin



On Distant Shores

She has done it again! I have read every one of Sarah’s novels and loved them all!

Let’s begin with the summary of this second of the “Wings of Nightingale” series:

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?

And now, my review:

Every single time I pick up one of Sarah’s novels I think two things: 1) I’m not a WWII buff, but Sarah always makes this fiction genre so interesting it doesn’t matter, and 2) I will find what I call life-changing nuggets.

Sarah writes with such wisdom, dropping poignant truths into reader’s lives. Without being preachy, Sarah takes readers through relatable theme and helps us apply understanding to our own struggles. That’s a trademark of her novels. 

Her prose keeps me reading, and her characters keep me coming back to the novel until I’ve devoured it. And then, when I’m finished reading, I miss these people. 

On the constructive side, there was a little much where Hutch’s whining was concerned. And we seemed to spend a lot of time on his symptoms. Then, the reversal seemed too easy. But, somehow, I still respected him and rooted for him as the hero. That's the sign of a good writer.

I liked how Georgie had to learn to stand up for herself and make her own decisions, though only one person was holding her to that challenge.

Several twists kept this story from being predictable. Another winner for Sarah! Can’t wait for her next novel to release.

Highly recommended!

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2 comments:

Sarah Sundin said...

Annette - thank you so much for the lovely review! I'm glad you enjoyed Hutch & Georgie's story!

Annette M. Irby said...

My pleasure, Sarah. Can't wait for the next one! Your research makes the stories live.