As their letters crisscross the Atlantic, Tom and Mellie develop a unique friendship despite not knowing the other’s true identity. When both are transferred to Algeria, the two are poised to meet face-to-face for the first time. Will they overcome their fears and reveal who they are, or will their future be held hostage by their pasts?
Combining a flair for romance with excellent research and attention to detail, Sarah Sundin vividly brings to life the perilous challenges of WWII aviation, nursing–and true love.
My take: I had extremely high hopes for With Every Letter—after all, I'd named Sundin's last book, Blue Skies Tomorrow, my favorite book of 2011! Sundin did not disappoint, and With Every Letter was just as wonderful as I'd hoped.
What I love most about Sundin's writing is not the meticulously researched, put-you-right-in-the-action narration or the heartwarming romance (though both of those aspects help make her books stand out). My favorite aspect of her writing is her characterization. In With Every Letter, everyone—everyone—is flawed. Mellie and Tom, though wonderful, are far from perfect ... and that makes them seem all the more realistic. They also both change dramatically, though believably, throughout the course of the book. All of the characters seem like people I could really meet, and that believability added to my enjoyment of the novel.
I also love that the plot takes a cue from the old Jimmy Stewart movie The Shop Around the Corner, which is the precursor to one of my favorite movies ever, You've Got Mail. If you enjoyed either of those movies (and really, what woman hasn't?), you're sure to love this book.
I wish With Every Letter didn't have to end, and I can't wait for Sundin's next entry in the Wings of the Nightingale series! 5 enthusiastic stars!
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About the author: Sarah Sundin received the 2011 Writer of the Year Award from the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference, and her second novel A Memory Between Us is a finalist for an Inspirational Readers’ Choice Award. Her stories are inspired by her great-uncle who flew with the U.S. Eighth Air Force in England during World War II. Sarah lives in California with her husband and three children.
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