About the book: Bold, sophisticated, and flirtatious, Army Air Force flight nurse Lt. Kay Jobson collects hearts wherever she flies, leaving men pining in airfields all across Europe. So how can ruggedly handsome C-47 pilot Lt. Roger Cooper be all but immune to her considerable charms? In fact, he seems to do everything he can to avoid her.
Still, as they cross the skies between Italy and southern France, evacuating the wounded and delivering paratroopers and supplies, every beat of their hearts draws them closer to where they don't want to go.
Can they confront the fears and misunderstandings in their pasts?
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About the author: Sarah Sundin is the author of With Every Letter and the Wings of Glory series. 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. A graduate of UC San Francisco School of Pharmacy, she works on call as a hospital pharmacist. During WWII, her grandfather served as a pharmacist's mate (medic) in the Navy and her great-uncle flew with the US Eighth Air Force in England. Sarah lives in California with her husband and three children.
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Army Air Force flight nurse Lt. Kay Jobson is bold, confident, and willing to take on whatever this horrid war throws her way. With a string of beaus in almost every airfield in Europe, Kay is surprised when pilot Lt. Roger Cooper rebuffs her attempts to get his attention.
Lt. Roger Cooper is doing what most every pilot in the war is doing – biding his time until he can rack up enough missions to earn a trip home for good. Roger dreams of playing drums for one of the hottest big bands in the U.S., and if he can impress his CO enough, he might just get the chance. But Kay Jobson is a distraction every which way he turns, and Roger is eventually drawn to her.
Can Roger and Kay put aside the fears and mistakes of their pasts to open their hearts to a bright and blessed future?
In Perfect Time is book three in the “Wings of the Nightingale” series by Sarah Sundin.
Having gotten to know Kay in the previous two books in this series, I was very excited to read her story in this novel. Each book in this series could probably be read by itself easily enough, but they really do build on each other and are much more enjoyable when taken as a complete series.
The best thing by far about this novel was the historical aspect. Ms. Sundin has a knack for giving as much historical detail as possible without any of it becoming boring or confusing. As in the previous novels in this series, I was completely fascinated by the historical details of World War Two and the experiences of the pilots and the flight nurses of this era. It was so interesting to see how much the flight nurses contributed to so many different aspects of the war. Their relationships with each other were also interesting and really contributed well to create an emotionally in-depth and historically accurate fiction novel.
I thought that the two main characters in this novel made an intriguing couple. Kay and Roger had backgrounds that were a bit stereotypical, but the characters were still engaging. I absolutely loved how you could see that God was orchestrating everything about their relationship. When I look back on the relationship between my husband and me, I can see so many times where there was just no doubt that God was putting us into each other’s paths, and it was neat to see something similar in this novel. It was also really neat to go back and see Mellie and Tom and Georgie and Hutch and to continue to follow them during the war and a bit after.
Even though I liked the romance between Kay and Roger, it got to be way too drawn out towards the end. I as the reader knew what was ultimately going to happen between these two, and I got a bit tired of the back and forth as the story progressed.
Another thing that was really good about this book was how the characters experienced so much growth over the course of the novel. I especially liked how Roger becomes more and more confident in himself and his abilities and how he is finally able to clearly see in himself what others have seen all along. His decision about his career at the end of the novel was deeply satisfying, and it was a stand-out part of the book for me. I also liked that his character played the drums – that was a unique twist.
Normally I don’t enjoy reading stories – even historical fiction ones – that take place during a war, but Sarah Sundin has a way of writing that displays the truth about war without going into so much detail that it becomes miserable and grisly. There were many times during In Perfect Time when the characters were in grave danger and the horrors of war were displayed. But at no time was there a feeling of hopelessness or a lack of faith in a God who is in control even in the midst of a terrible war. This is what makes this series stand out from other books that I have read about WWII. They are historically accurate without being unnecessarily graphic. They are informative while still being enjoyable. And they ultimately turn to faith in Christ as a source of comfort during any war we may be facing.
I will give In Perfect Time … 4 BookWorms.
In Perfect Time
by Sarah Sundin
"Wings of the Nightingale" #3
Publication date: August 5, 2014
Read my reviews of the previous two novels in this series here - With Every Letter and On Distant Shores.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell Publishers. 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."
Don’t miss Sarah Sundin‘s hot-off-the-press novel, In Perfect Time. Publishers Weekly gives it an enthusiastic thumbs up: “Sundin excels at well-researched historical detail . . . with such accurate depictions of culture and setting that we are fully immersed in the times as well as in the story. The strength of relationships forged in war and the apprehension of God in times of trouble infuse this well-crafted novel with substance and light.”
Sarah is celebrating the release of her book with a fun giveaway!
One grand prize winner will receive:
- A Kindle HDX
- The Wings of the Nightingale Series (With Every Letter, On Distant Shores, and In Perfect Time)