Will a chance meeting in a time of war change her life forever?
Never pretty enough to please her gorgeous mother, Allie will do anything to gain her approval - even marry a man she doesn't love. While Allie has nearly resigned herself to that fate, Lt. Walter Novak - fearless in the cockpit but hopeless with women - takes his last furlough at home in California before being shipped overseas.
Walt and Allie meet and begin a correspondence that will change their lives. As letters fly between Walt's muddy bomber base in England and Allie's mansion in an orange grove, their friendship binds them together. But can they untangle the secrets, commitments, and expectations that keep them apart?
Book 1 in the Wings of Glory series, A Distant Melody is an exciting and tender story of love, courage, and sacrifice during World War II.
FROM MY PERSPECTIVE:
New to me author alert!! I really enjoyed reading Sundin's, A Distant Melody. As a kid I had a fantastic Cherry Ames collection and I remember several of those stories being set during wartime. As a teen, I was enamoured with Emilie Loring's books as well and many of them were wartime romances. So I guess it was only natural that I would read something written by Sarah Sundin.
I didn't realize however that she was such a Christian writer. This 422 pg historical romance also included Walt and Allie's struggle to follow God through obedience and there was a lot of scripture included with those pages. I for one do not mind the scriptual references and I think there are many who feel the same way, but I know there are those that do not appreciate it, so be forewarned. However, if you want a truly sweet romance set against a World War II back drop, when life was slower albeit not so gentle, this could warm the cockles of your heart. It certainly did mine!
Her characters certainly earned a place in my heart and I have often thought, I should have been born in the forties rather than the fifties. The only problem with the storyline was Allie's unbelievably unloving parents. But they needed to be what they were to make the story quite believable, and to set the stage for Allie's growing discontent with her lifestyle. Yes, she grew to listen to that wee still voice that led her and guided her, as did Walt.
Definitely a love story from a different place and time and quite enjoyable.
I rated this book a 4 Wink read.