Friday, September 16, 2011

Blue Skies Tomorrow by Sarah Sundin (Review)



  • Paperback: 427 pages

  • Publisher: Revell; Original edition (August 1, 2011)

  • ISBN-13: 978-0800734237

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    In a time of peril, can they find the courage to confront their fears and embrace a love that lasts?
    When her husband becomes a casualty of the war in the Pacific, Helen Carlisle throws herself into volunteering for the war effort to conceal her feelings. But keeping up appearances as the grieving widow of a hometown hero is taking its toll. Soon something is going to give.

    Lt. Raymond Novak prefers the pulpit to the cockpit. His stateside job training B-17 pilots allows him the luxury of a personal life–and a convenient excuse to ignore his deepest fear. When the beautiful Helen catches his eye and captures his heart, he is determined to win her hand.

    But when Ray and Helen are called upon to step out in faith and put their reputations and their lives on the line, can they meet the challenges that face them? And can their young love survive until blue skies return?

    Filled with drama, daring, and all the romance of the WWII era, Blue Skies Tomorrow is the captivating
     final book in the popular Wings of Glory series.

    Sure to live up to the high praise of the previous books in the Wings of Glory series, Blue Skies Tomorrow completes the story of the U.S. Eighth Air Force in World War II, covering the infamous Port Chicago Explosion, which occurred close to Antioch, Calif., where Helen and the Novaks live, to victory in Europe.

    "Both Helen and Ray learn about true courage and how to do the right thing no matter the cost," says Sundin. "They both find they're subconsciously trying to earn God's grace through good works and have to deal with that.

    "I hope readers will see how they, too, can find courage in the Lord and the strength to face whatever life throws at them."
    My Review:
    I really enjoyed reading this Christian Historical fiction book. It is the third in the series and I really liked all the books. I recommend reading them in order because you find out what happens to the other characters in each book. This book focused mainly on Ray Novak and Helen. The book is well written and believable. The author does a good job of balancing historical detail. I was drawn into Ray and Helen's stories. Helen is a victim of Polio and spousal abuse. In the 1940s it was still a thing to keep hidden. She feels a lot of guilt over her husband dying in the war because she was so happy to be free of his abuse. She loved Ray as a child. Ray feels the call to be a minister but with a war on a lot of people make him feel bad about not being on the front lines so he volunteers to fly overseas. The book held my attention through all the twists and turns. I really felt for Helen and Ray. I don't want to ruin the ending but it was a satisfying conclusion to the whole series. I can't wait to read another book by this author. :)
     
     
     
    Sarah Sundin is the author of A Distant Melody and A Memory Between Us. Her great-uncle flew with the US Eighth Air Force in England during WWII. Sarah lives in California with her husband and three children.
     
    Available August 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

    Thank you Donna at Revell for my review copy.

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