Title: With Every Letter
Series: Wings of the Nightingale
Author: Sarah Sundin
Published: September 1, 2012
Lt. Nellie Blake is looking forward to beginning her training as a flight nurse. However, she is not looking forward to writing an anonymous letter to a man she never met, even if it is to build morale among the men. Being weird and shy means that she’s a loner who just wants some friends, but has no idea how to get them. Maybe this letter thing won’t be so bad after all. Maybe she can have a friend after all.
Lt. Tom MacGilliver, an officer stationed in North Africa, welcomes the anonymous correspondence. Without his pen pal knowing his very infamous namesake he can finally fully open up and let someone see the real him, not the him he tries to hide behind smiles and jokes. As he struggles with being a leader and not turning out like his father, he finds that he is very attracted to his pen pal and begins to want to see her as her.
As their friendship grows, so does the affection and attraction for each other. But with paths so different yet so alike, both wonder if it’s worth it to meet in person and face utter rejection. With pasts ruling their lives and a delicate friendship, both must make a decision that could change their lives forever. All they have to do is take the plunge into the unknown, sounds easy right?
Will Mellie and Tom ever meet in person or will they chicken out? If they do meet will they face an overwhelming attraction or will they face utter rejection? Will Mellie ever gain friends or will she be a loner forever? Will Tom ever gain control of his platoon or will he forever be considered a friend instead of a leader?
Having read a book by Sarah Sundin, I had an idea of what to expect, but she went above and beyond her previous books and created a story that made me fall in love with the characters, and genre all over again. Sarah Sundin is one of my favorite WWII genre authors because she has a true passion for the era and it shows in every page of her books, making this genre an easy favorite of most if not all readers. In fact, this is one of my favorite genres because of her.
This author’s history is spot on and her attention to detail is perfect, making the reader feel like their in the trenches with Tom and his platoon or in the air-vac helicopter with Mellie and her crew. This book also taught me a few things about this iconic war, which I always love, and made me wish for a time machine so that I can be one of the courageous people that nurses and fought for the cause. Very few books that I’ve read have made me crave the invention of time travel and for that this author has solidified her spot as my favorite author in this genre.
The romance in this novel was probably very tricky to formulate, but it didn’t show. It’s easy to see that two people of the opposite sex would fall in love after six plus months of sharing your heart and soul on paper. This author navigated smoothly what should’ve been a clunky romance and created something that I will definitely remember for years to come. It was uniquely sweet and extremely romantic, making me want a romance similar to this one.
I liked the characters in this book as well. I didn’t feel like they were too shallow or abnormally deep. They drew me in and made me want to find out what made them tick, including the “mean girls”. The author managed to create an enemy that I didn’t feel outright dislike for them. Don’t get me wrong I hated how they treated Mellie but I couldn’t help but think that there was something else behind the mean girl act. Never before has that ever really happened to me and I absolutely loved it.
This author captured my heart with her previous works but she managed to steal it completely with this one. I absolutely cannot wait to see who else gets to fall in love in this series and I can’t wait to see how she is going to do it. Also, I can’t express how ecstatic I am that it was a series. If it had been a stand alone I would’ve been sorely disappointed. This author will truly capture your heart and never let it go as she spins tales that touches on the romantic in all of us.
Overall, fantastic book that made me really love this genre again. It will capture the heart of almost any reader. I highly recommend this for anyone who loves books in this genre and want an emotional and touching book. I give this book a four and a half out of five.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell in exchange for this review. All opinions expressed are mine.*