Thursday, September 3, 2015

"On Distant Shores" by Sarah Sundin

About the Book

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?

This book was published in August 2013
This was a well loved library book that was used to review

My Review

“On Distant Shores” by Sarah Sundin is the second book in her 'Wings of the Nightingale' series and a book that had me holding my breath more times that I dare count.

Like “With Every Letter” this is a story that takes place in the middle of a war and on the front lines almost.  And like “With Every Letter” this has battle scenes, scenes with injuries, and other nightmares of war without going into too many details.  However, even without the details the emotions where there so richly written that it was hard not to feel all of the emotions that would go with the events.  With all that was happening it was so hard to put down the book.  There are moments, not as often as with the first book, that really were overly detailed but that didn't distract from the book this time around.

This is a story of change.  Not change like the first book and maybe growth is a better term.  Yes, I think growth is more what this story is about.  Growth in so many ways that is for sure and to watch the growth that was happening was truly remarkable.

The romance was unbelievable, and I don't mean that it was hard to believe, but that it was incredible.  It was not a simple romance but with all the hurdles that had to be overcome it was hard not to wonder how it was going to work out, after all with all good romances have struggles and this had a ton of struggles to overcome.  Things are not exactly fair for either of them and they have so many choices to make in life as well.

Again I can't really describe Georgie or Hutch because if I do that then I will be giving something away in the story that makes it so wonderful.  They each have choices to make, that will change how their lives will go on.  One is treated unfairly, but then again in the Army things don't go the way they should, and this is a great example of that.  The other one is suffering from pressure from outside to do something they are not all that sure about.

I hope all who read this book enjoys it as much as I did.