After reading A Distant Melody, A Memory Between Us, and Blue Skies Tomorrow by Sarah Sundin, I could not wait to read her newest book With Every Letter: Wings of the Nightingale series. Lt. Philomela “Mellie” Blake has spent the past 23 years of her life caring for others, yet she has never been able to create a friendship with another person. While on expeditions with her father, she was always taking on the role of Nurse for others, so she pursued that career and became a Nurse in the military. When the opportunity arose for flight nurses, Mellie jumped at the chance. Lt. Tom MacGilliver, on the other hand, seems to be surrounded by people, yet he puts up a facade of happiness as a way to hide his past from those around him. His life was lived with a smile on his face as a way of letting others know he was nothing like his father, a convicted murderer. As with Mellie, he has never had a true friend. When they become involved in an anonymous letter-writing military campaign, they become pen-pals and they both get the first real friend of their lives. As both are stationed in Algeria, they inevitably meet one another. While Mellie knows who Tom is, he has a little harder time learning that Mellie is really his pen-pal.
I loved this book and seeing the relationship between Tom and Mellie develop. I think books set in WWII always get my attention, so it’s no surprise I could not put this book down. I also liked hearing about WWII from the side of a Flight Nurse, which was an experimental program at the time. There was the perfect balance of facts, romance, and faith in this book to make it a must-read. The secondary characters were people I found myself wanting to be friends with, so I was rooting for Mellie to create a friendship with them. I cannot wait to read more books in the Wings of the Nightingale Series!
Available September 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
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