Sunday, September 1, 2013

"on distant shores" by sarah sundin

About the book (from the back cover): Caught between the war raging around them and the battles within, two souls long for peace—and a love that remains true.

Lt. Georgiana Taylor has everything she could want. A boyfriend back home, a loving family, and a challenging job as a flight nurse. But in July 1943, Georgie's cozy life gets 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?

With her signature attention to detail and her talent for bringing characters together, Sarah Sundin weaves an exciting tale of emotion, action, and romance that will leave you wanting more.

My take: Two years ago, I read Blue Skies Tomorrow, my first Sarah Sundin novel. I absolutely devoured it, and I even named it my favorite book of 2011. One year ago, I read Sundin's With Every Letter. Once again, I was captivated, and it made my list of favorite books of 2012. I eagerly anticipated the release of On Distant Shores—and now that I've read it, I can confidently say that it will make my top 10 list for 2013!

Sundin's writing draws me in in a way that few authors can. I love her subject matter—World War II—and she fills her novels with historical details that could be boring but are instead captivating. Take this novel, for instance. She writes about the plight of pharmacy in the Army in a way that made me want to storm Washington and demand fair treatment for pharmacists. (Of course, this happened in the 1940's, so things have since been righted.)

I also love the way she writes romance. Georgie and Hutch's romance was so fun to watch develop, and their trials seemed very realistic, not contrived. I cared about Georgie and Hutch as individuals, too—so it wasn't only about the romance. Also, readers of With Every Letter will be happy to watch Tom & Mellie's story continue, but the novel can be enjoyed without having first read With Every Letter.

Sundin has become a must-read author for me ... I just wish I didn't always have to wait a year between releases!

My rating: 5 stars (plus more!)

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Read my reviews of Sundin's With Every Letter and Blue Skies Tomorrow.

About the author: Sarah Sundin is the author of With Every Letter and the Wings of Glory series. In 2011, A Memory Between Us was a finalist in the Inspirational Reader's Choice Awards, and Sarah received the Writer of the Year Award at the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference. A graduate of UC San Francisco School of Pharmacy, she works on call as a hospital pharmacist. During WWII, her grandfather served as a pharmacist's mate (medic) in the Navy and her great-uncle flew with the US Eighth Air Force in England. Sarah lives in California with her husband and three children. Visit for more information.

About the giveaway: Sarah Sundin is celebrating the release of her latest novel, On Distant Shores, with a Romantic Weekend Getaway giveaway!

  One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A $200 Visa Cash Card (good for a perfect couple's getaway)
  • With Every Letter and On Distant Shores by Sarah Sundin
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on September 2nd. Winner will be announced September 3rd at the "On Distant Shores" Author Chat Party on Facebook. During the party Sarah will be hosting a book chat, testing your trivia skills, announcing the winner of the Weekend Getaway, and giving away a ton of books, gift certificates, and more. Oh, and she'll also be giving party goers an exclusive look at the next book in the Wings of the Nightingale series.

So grab your copy of On Distant Shores and join Sarah on the evening of September 3rd for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven’t read the book, don’t let that stop you from coming!)


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Also, some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

1 comment:

  1. Becky - thank you so much for the wonderful review! I'm so glad you enjoyed Hutch & Georgie's story!!

    By the way, I certainly wish I could write faster than 1 book a year :)


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