Friday, February 28, 2014

On Distant Shores by Sarah Sundin | RE:View

It's the 1940s in the middle of WWII. Lt. Georgie Taylor, who has more fears than a bushel of apples her honey back home grows, meets up with Sgt. John "Hutch" Hutchinson in the beautiful, but war torn countryside of Sicily, Italy. Hutch is on the verge of becoming one of the Army's first pharmacy offices and is pining away for his sweetheart back in the states. As their paths repeatedly cross, their friendship grows in a beautiful and strengthening way that, unknown to them, is preparing them for the difficult future.

It's no secret that I love all things related to WWII and On Distant Shores is not an exception. Sundin's descriptions had me ducking when bombs flew overhead and cheering as advancements were made. Her characters had a genuine, homey quality to them. I enjoyed how Georgie and Hutch's friendship drew out the best in each other.

There are strong Christian themes and opinions plainly stated in the book and I definitely appreciate Sundin's candor about the spiritual issues. Occasionally, I did feel as if some of the conversations about God were a little too "convenient" given the circumstances, but it wasn't very distracting. The overall romance was also wonderfully done and appropriate to the time period in addition to being perfectly sweet.

I'd definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves historical Christian fiction or Christian romance. Sundin's historical details are excellent! You will find yourself trapped in a world where fears are real and lives are on the line, but love is the brightest light in the midst of it all.

Purchase On Distant Shores (here)and make sure you read With Every Letter (book #1 in this series) and keep an eye out for In Perfect Time (book #2). You can pre-order it on Amazon today!

Book Description:
(Description taken from Sundin's website)
Homesick flight nurse Lt. Georgie Taylor arrives in Sicily and strikes up a friendship with Sgt. John Hutchinson, who longs to become one of the Army's first pharmacy officers. When Georgie and Hutch's lives back home fall apart, can they weather the hurt and betrayal? Or will the pressures of war destroy the fragile connection they've made?
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I received a free copy of this book for review purposes, but was under no obligation to read the book or post a review. I do so under my own motivation and the opinions I have expressed in this review are honest and entirely my own.