Sunday, 25 April 2010

A Distant Melody by Sarah Sundin

Allie Miller comes from privilege yet lacks the acceptance of her wealthy family. Attempting to gain their approval, Allie agrees to marry the man of her parent's choosing even though she does not love him. When she attends a dear friend's wedding, Allie meets Walter Novak, a pilot about to ship out for his first assignment against the Nazi war machine, and in him she finds a kindred spirit.

Walt has always been awkward around women but with Allie he can be himself. Their friendship established, Allie and Walt agree to write as he leaves for Europe, yet Allie has kept her engagement to herself and Walt starts keeping secrets of his own.
When truth comes to light, what price will they pay for their dishonesty?

Sarah Sundin is a debut author? Pinch me, please! A Distant Melody reads like the work of an experienced and talented writer, capturing my attention from the first page until the final word. Historical accuracy, complex characterisation and an intriguing plot reveal Sarah's natural talent for story and her love of history. Refreshing in so many ways, not the least being Allie and Walt's struggle with their homely appearance and their families' expectations of their futures. Dealing with issues of integrity and honesty in matters of faith and the heart, against the backdrop of World War II, A Distant Melody is an exceptional novel from an author who can mix it with the best of them. Jack Novak's story in A Memory Between can't come soon enough!

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With thanks to Revell & Litfuse Publicity for my review copy

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scrappy quilter said...

Look forward to reading this one.

Ronie Kendig said...

I've been really curious about this one too. Now, with your review, I can't wait to dig in. Thanks, Rel!

Keli Gwyn said...

Historicals are my favorite reads, but I've not been a big fan of those set during WWII. Sarah has converted me. A Distant Melody is a wonderful story with characters I loved. Walter and Allie aren't perfect, and that makes it easier for me to relate to them. Like me, they are works in progress. I love their journeys in faith as well as their romance. I was a bit hesitant to read the story since I didn't know how I'd react to the war scenes. Even though we're in the cockpit with Walter, Sarah does a great job depicting the scenes tastefully. I sped through the book and highly recommend it.

Renee (SteelerGirl83) said...

I'm with Rel and Keli this is one of the best books I've read this year and I could NOT believe this was her debut novel! It was sooo good!

XOXO~ Renee

Juju at Tales of said...

Oh wow. Gorgeous review. I must read it.

Sarah Sundin said...

Thanks, everyone! And thanks, Rel, for posting this. I'm truly honored by this review.

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