Helen is a strange combination of fiction editor and web strategist. That’s because she loves fiction and the internet – and analytics! A former business analyst and IT support manager, Helen now spends her time parenting her three children as well as running her editing and web agency businesses. As a book reviewer and fiction editor, her one true love and specialty is Christian romance fiction.
A Distant Melody was Sarah’s debut novel, and the first in the Wings of Glory trilogy about three brothers.
I wasn’t sure what I felt like reading the other day as I scanned my bookshelf. But then I saw I hadn’t yet read this book, I decided now was the time. And I was totally hooked within the first two chapters.
In this first book we meet Walt Novak, the youngest brother, as he finishes his flight training and is posted to England. But before leaving for his posting, he spends a week in his home town of Antioch where he meets Allie and life is never the same again.
Allie is trapped by her parents’ plans and under pressure due to societal expectations. Her week spent in Antioch for a friend’s wedding is an unexpected breath of fresh air and returning home a dismal prospect.
Allie and Walt are ordinary people, but Sarah has brought them to life and made them extremely likeable and endearing. It’s so easy to identify with their insecurities and get emotionally involved with their plights. And with a war back drop and the inevitable tragedies that follow, I was in tears on more than on occasion.
Both characters are forced into difficult situations and have to make gusty decisions. This adds to the authenticity of the story. There is a delightfully real, but happy, ending for the characters.
I loved this book. This is my third Sarah Sundin book and I have to say, she’s now officially one of my favourite authors. And she has totally sold me on WWII fiction!
If you haven’t already tried Sarah’s books, give this one a go – particularly since right now, it’s FREE for Kindle. Please check price before downloading!