Saturday, October 13, 2012

With Every Letter | Sarah Sundin | Book Review & Giveaway

With Every Letter
by Sarah Sundin

{ About This Book }

As part of a morale-building program, World War II flight nurse Lt. Mellie Blake begins an anonymous correspondence with Army engineer Lt. Tom MacGilliver in North Africa. As their letters crisscross the Atlantic, they develop a deep friendship. But when they're both transferred to Algeria, will their future be held hostage by the past—or will they reveal their identities?

Lt. Mellie Blake is a nurse serving in the 802nd Medical Squadron, Air Evacuation, Transport. As part of a morale building program, she reluctantly enters into an anonymous correspondence with Lt. Tom MacGilliver, an officer in the 908th Engineer Aviation Battalion in North Africa. As their letters crisscross the Atlantic, Tom and Mellie develop a unique friendship despite not knowing the other's true identity. When both are transferred to Algeria, the two are poised to meet face to face for the first time. Will they overcome their fears and reveal who they are, or will their future be held hostage to their past? And can they learn to trust God and embrace the gift of love he offers them? Combining excellent research and attention to detail with a flair for romance, Sarah Sundin brings to life the perilous challenges of WWII aviation, nursing, and true love.

{ My Thoughts On This Book }

With Every Letter is the first book in Sarah's new Wings Of The Nightingale series, set during WWII. Sarah Sundin once again marries the grand sweep of history to the fine detail of a faith based romantic novel, and this book is by far my favorite of hers to date!

The heroine struggles to relate to her fellow nurses, and with self-image issues. The hero hides the deep pain of a childhood full of rejection and misplaced blame behind a bright shiny smile. Both fear that no one could even look past their preconceptions to see the real person beneath...until an anonymous letter writing program designed boost troop morale brings them together at the heart.

The lies we tell ourselves are always more damaging than the lies others tells us about ourselves. Mellie and Tom learn this the hard way, almost missing the love of a lifetime in their individual quests for self-preservation. This is a story that will reach behind your masks, and poke you where it hurts. If you are honest with yourself, as these characters were in the end, you will likely come face to face with a little change of your own while reading this book.

I recommend this book, and all of Sarah's books, to anyone and everyone!

Be sure to check out my review of Sarah's previous book, Blue Skies Tomorrow, here.

{ About The Author }

Sarah Sundin is the author of With Every Letter, the first book in the Wings of the Nightingale series from Revell, and also the Wings of Glory series (A Distant Melody, A Memory Between Us, and Blue Skies Tomorrow). In 2011, A Memory Between Us was a finalist in the Inspirational Reader's Choice Awards and Sarah received the Writer of the Year Award at the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference. Sarah lives in northern California with her husband and three children. When she isn’t ferrying kids to tennis and karate, she works on-call as a hospital pharmacist and teaches Sunday school and women’s Bible studies.

You can connect with Sarah on her website and Facebook.

Be sure to check out the interview I did with Sarah last summer, here.

{ Buy This Book }

You can purchase your own copy of With Every Letter for $9.99 here.

{ Win This Book }

Sarah has kindly offered to give away a copy of her new book, With Every Letter, to one lucky Our Little Bit Of Wonderful reader! You must be a resident of either the United States or of Canada, and at least 18 years old to win this giveaway. Sarah Sundin will ship the book to the winner once they are confirmed (you will have 48 hours to respond to the winner's email or we will pick a new winner), and Our Little Bit Of Wonderful is not responsible for prize fulfillment. This offer VOID where prohibited by law.

{ Disclosure }

I received a copy of this book from Baker Publishing Group in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and may differ from the opinions of others. This post is in compliance with FTC regulations. Learn more on my PR and Disclosure pages.


  1. Alena - thank you so much for the lovely review! I'm glad you enjoyed Tom & Mellie's story.

    1. I'm glad you enjoyed my review! Thanks for giving me the opportunity to read it, and for sponsoring a giveaway for my readers. You're the best! Congratulations on your new book *smiles*

  2. I love her Wings of Glory Series. I have three reasons why I loved this series. The first being, I love WWII and I myself write WWII historical fiction. Second, I was able to relate to Walter and his family because I'm a pastor's kid. Third, I was also able to relate to Ally because I feel like I'm not beautiful and don't always fit in where I live. I'd love to own this series. Gabrielle at mysterylover93[at]yahoo [dot] com.

  3. I would like to read "A Distant Melody" because that is the first book in the series and I haven't read it yet. Even if I read a book that is not that first of a series, I like to go back and read the rest in the proper order!

    Please enter me.

    1. I'm like you - I like to read a series in order. A Distant Melody is the first book in the Wings of Glory series - which is now complete (all 3 books are published). This novel, With Every Letter, is the first book in a new series, Wings of the Nightingale.

    2. Hi Tickmenot :) I'm just checking in to make sure that you know that to enter you must complete the entries on the Rafflecopter form above. There are 2 mandatory entries for this one - you must "like" 2 Facebook pages - and then other entries including answering questions in comments will show up and you can do those for extra entries if you like. If you already know all that, sorry for being redundant. I just wanted to check since you said "Please enter me." Have a good day, and good luck! :)

      Sarah, I am excited to read the next books in the series - this one was great! :)

  4. This is such a great book!!! Can't wait to read the rest of the series!

  5. I really want to read "A Distant Melody." You have to start at the beginning of a series right? =)


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