On Distant Shores is the second book in the Wings of the Nightingale series. I love how we get to continue this WWII saga with the characters I grew to love in the first book. I enjoyed getting to know Georgie more and meeting her special someone, Hutch.
The plot for this story is wonderful. Both Hutch and Georgie already have special people in their lives. Both of their love interests are back stateside and I respect how Hutch and Georgie are true to them, even when they do feel an attraction toward each other. I really enjoyed watching how Georgie and Hutch’s stories with their special people back home played out, and the way things worked to bring Georgie and Hutch together.
The huge obstacle to overcome in this novel is that Hutch is a pharmacist and is not allowed to be an officer. He is not even supposed to address officers by their first name, let alone date one! This causes a lot of bitterness to grow in Hutch and threatens the relationships that are important to him. It was hard to read about how he was treated, but even harder to read about his reactions to the treatment. The change God wrought in both of these characters was really amazing! I went from totally frustrated about Hutch’s situation, to feeling a sense of calm and trust in God. It was kind of funny how much I got wrapped up in Hutch’s sense of injustice!
This series is just so great. It really brings WWII to life for me. I love the geographical and historical details that are made so interesting because of the great storylines. And I really enjoy the author’s notes at the end of the book that give more information behind the story. My heart broke for the real person of Robert Knecht and for the Army nurse he was secretly engaged to.
I have already begun reading book three in the series and am loving it as well. These are such enjoyable and complex stories. (5 stars)
You can read my review of the first book in the Wings of the Nightingale series, With Every Letter, here.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
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?
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.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Sarah Sundin enjoys writing about the drama and romance of the World War II era. The Wings of the Nightingale series (With Every Letter, 2012, On Distant Shores, August 2013, and In Perfect Time, August 2014) follows three World War II flight nurses as they find love, friendship, and peril in the skies and on the shores of the Mediterranean. The Wings of Glory series (A Distant Melody, A Memory Between Us, and Blue Skies Tomorrow) follows three brothers who are B-17 bomber pilots during World War II.
Sundin lives in northern California with her husband, three children, an antisocial cat, and a yellow lab bent on destroying her writing career. When she isn’t driving kids to tennis and karate, she works on-call as a hospital pharmacist and teaches Sunday school and women’s Bible studies. She belongs to American Christian Fiction Writers, Christian Authors Network, and Advanced Writers and Speakers Association. In 2011 she received the Writer of the Year Award from the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference. A Memory Between Us was a finalist in the Inspirational Readers Choice Awards and was featured on Booklist’s Top Ten Inspirational Fiction List for 2010.