About the book:
Lt. Raymond Novak prefers the pulpit to the cockpit, but at least his stateside job training B-17 pilots allows him the luxury of a personal life. As he courts Helen Carlisle, a young war widow and mother who conceals her pain under a frenzy of volunteer work, the sparks of their romance set a fire that flings them both into peril. After Ray leaves to fly a combat mission at the peak of the air war over Europe, Helen takes a job in a dangerous munitions yard and confronts an even graver menace in her own home. Will they find the courage to face their challenges? And can their young love survive until blue skies return?
Sarah Sundin received the 2011 Writer of the Year Award from the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference, and her second novel A Memory Between Us is a finalist for an Inspirational Readers' Choice Award. Her stories are inspired by her great-uncle who flew with the U.S. Eighth Air Force in England during World War II. Sarah lives in California with her husband and three children. Visit with Sarah online at www.sarahsundin.com.
As far as historical fiction goes, WWI- or WWII-era books are not my first choice. (Just ask my husband how I feel about war movies… most likely he will say, “That is the only type of movie that I can’t get her to watch with me!”)
Author Sarah Sundin has made me wonder if I have been missing out on a fascinating time period for historical fiction.
I really enjoyed this novel. The characters went through so much growth, and I was rooting for them every step of the way. Helen was relatable as a woman who felt she needed to keep up appearances and not burden anyone with her problems or her fears, even with people who cared about her. Ray’s story, with his quest to show courage, showed what it truly means to be a hero. You can tell I like a book when I am cheering and/or yelling at the book as I read it! Helen’s in-laws made me so angry (and thankful for my own wonderful in-laws!), but Ray’s story had me cheering out loud! J
Although I have not read the first two novels in this “Wings of Glory” series (I just didn’t have time to get to them before this blog tour post needed to be completed), I was still able to follow this story well. The only things I had a hard time with were keeping up with all of the characters and some of the technical details. (I really need to just make a list of characters when I start reading a book!) The book would introduce a character named “Betty,” and then later she would be referred to as “Mrs. Anello,” and I would have already forgotten that she was “Betty Anello!” But, I read so many books that it is really not so much an issue with the book as with my brain not being able to hold it all! I also got a little bogged down at times with the ‘technical war talk.’ It was hard for me to visualize what was happening during the battle scenes with Ray. When I read those sections, I just kept thinking that my husband would be more interested in this than I was. However, if I ever get a little downtime in my book review schedule, I definitely want to go back and read those first two books.
I may not turn into a WWII-era historical fiction fan, but Blue Skies Tomorrow has opened my eyes to how enjoyable this genre of novel can be.
I will give Blue Skies Tomorrow by Sarah Sundin ... 4 BookWorms
The Contest:To celebrate the release of Blue Skies Tomorrow, the final installment of the Wings of Glory series, Sarah is giving one lucky winner A Vintage Kindle Prize Package!
One winner will receive:
* Kindle with Wi-Fi
* Handmade vintage apron for you and a friend (see a photo here)
* Blue Skies Tomorrow (for Kindle)
To enter just click one of the icons below. But, hurry, giveaway ends on 9/10. Winner will be announced on 9/12 at Sarah Sundin's blog. Details and official rules can be found when entering the contest.
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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revel Publishing and LitFuse Publicity. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this is accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."