A Distant Melody is the debut novel in the new World War II-era series from Sarah Sundin, Wings of Glory.
In a Distant Melody, readers meet two young Americans, about to be separated by an ocean during World War II:
Never pretty enough to please her gorgeous mother, Allie will do anything to gain her approval -- even marry a man she doesn't love. 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 at a wedding and their love of music draws them together, prompting them to 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?
A Distant Melody is the first book in the Wings of Glory series, which follows the three Novak brothers, B-17 bomber pilots with the US Eighth Air Force stationed in England during World War II.
Sarah Sundin is an on-call hospital pharmacist and holds a BS in chemistry from UCLA and a doctorate in pharmacy from UC San Francisco. Her great-uncle flew with the US Eighth Air Force in England during WWII. Sarah lives in California with her husband and three children. This is her first novel.
**Available March 2010 at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group**
I really enjoyed it. It was well-written, and the story was attention-catching.
The way that Allie & Walt handle things show that they are human (and therefore make mistakes), but also show that they seek to glorify God in their lives.
I thought it was good that they both encouraged one another to seek God and to make their lives align with God's will.
There was the tiniest mention of homosexuality, but not in a way that it condoned it.
I would recommend this to people of all ages, and did in fact recommend it to my Mum who loved it!
***This review copy was provided by Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group***