The Wings of Nightingale series by Sarah Sundin continues with “On Distant Shores,” the second book in the three book series. Sarah shares her talent of Christian historical fiction with yet another page-turning World War II-era romance. Purchase a copy here!
Sarah visited “A Writer’s Purpose” about a year ago when I wrote a post about her Wings of Glory series. This time around I received a free copy of her latest novel to review and share with you all. To celebrate the release of “On Distant Shores” Sarah is offering a weekend getaway giveaway (contest ends Sept. 2!). The winner will be announced Sept. 3 at Sarah’s Facebook party! Click on the image below to enter!
In her trademark fashion, Sarah develops her characters to allow her readers to relate to their success and struggles. Lt. Georgie Taylor and Sgt. John Hutchinson become friends while stationed in Sicily. Georgie is a flight nurse who longs for the comfort of home and feels unsuited for her duty while Hutch is an enlisted pharmacist determined to become one of the Army’s first pharmacy officers.
The two friends become each other’s encouragement and support as they strive to fulfill God’s calling for them as both of their lives back home start to fall apart. But obsession and false idols shake up their relationship and lessons in humility humble both her characters and readers.
“On Distant Shores” is a must read for fans of WWII-era historical fiction, because Sarah knows the era so well. I asked Sarah a few questions about some of her WWII-era favorites:
Q and A with Sarah Sundin
Q: What is your favorite song from the era?
A: I love “String of Pearls” by Glenn Miller. It’s so romantic and really evokes the era to me.
Q: Favorite plane?
A: I’m very fond of the B-17 Flying Fortress — not only does it have graceful lines, but it was a reliable bomber and very rugged. It could withstand lots of damage and bring its crew safely home.
Q: Favorite military uniform?
A: I do love the Army Air Force pilot’s uniform — the khaki and olive drab, the leather flight jacket, and the “crush” cap. But I also love the naval officers’ uniforms and the WAVES uniforms — blue is my favorite color, and the designs are smart.Q: Favorite historical event?
A: Favorite? How about most interesting to me? That depends on what I’m researching at the time. Right now I’m doing research for my next series about the Battle of the Atlantic in 1941, before the U.S. was actually at war — but our ships were escorting British convoys and battling U-boats. Really interesting.
Q: Favorite movie about WWII?
A: It’s a tie between “The Longest Day” (for combat) and “Mrs. Miniver” (for the home front).
Q: Favorite book about WWII (fiction or non-fiction)?
A: I read Herman Wouk’s The Winds of War when I was in college and couldn’t put it down, which was bad because I was reading it during midterms. He covered areas of the was through one family, and I was riveted.