Monday, August 12, 2013

On Distant Shores-Sarah Sundin

On Distant Shores

Sarah Sundin

Revell, Aug 1 2013, $14.99

ISBN: 9780800720827

In 1943, 802nd Air Evacuation Flight Nurse Lieutenant Georgiana Taylor feels inadequate as she struggles to take care of her patients while flying between Northern Africa and Sicily. She thinks of her loving but worried family and her boyfriend Ward Manville back home in Charlottesville, Virginia who all believes that she is in over her head; while Georgie knows that only her BFF Rose Danilovich enabled her to graduate from nursing school.

In Gela, Sicily Technical Sergeant John Hutchinson angrily resents the way the officers treat him with disdain for being an NCO and worse a pharmacist grunt rather than a trained medical expert who knows how to mix ingredients safely. He wants to go home to marry Phyllis Chilton and open up a pharmacy in New York.

When Georgie and Hutch meet during an explosive night in Gela, they share an evening like no one has performed for either of them. However, she has her high school sweetheart waiting for her in Virginia and he has his fiancé waiting for him in New York.

In some ways a coming of age novel, the second Wings of the Nightingale WWII drama (see With Every Letter) is a fabulous historical with the focus on providing frontline combat medicine to the injured; as readers learn the perils of flight nursing and makeshift pharmacy in 1943-44. The romantic subplot adds depth to the engaging storyline as both have civilians back home while the military frown on fraternizing between an enlisted and an officer. Fans will enjoy On Distant Shores and want to read Sarah Sundin’s WWII Wings of Glory saga (A Distant Melody, A Memory Between Us, and Blue Skies Tomorrow).

Harriet Klausner

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