About A Distant Melody
Never pretty enough to please her gorgeous mother, Allie will do anything to gain her approval--even marry a man she doesn't love. Lt. Walter Novak--fearless in the cockpit but hopeless with women--takes his last furlough at home in California before being shipped overseas. Walt and Allie meet at a wedding and their love of music draws them together, prompting them to begin a correspondence that will change their lives. As letters fly between Walt's muddy bomber base in England and Allie's mansion in an orange grove, their friendship binds them together. But can they untangle the secrets, commitments, and expectations that keep them apart? A Distant Melody is the first book in the WINGS OF GLORY series, which follows the three Novak brothers, B-17 bomber pilots with the US Eighth Air Force stationed in England during World War II.
Sarah Sundin is a brand new author and this is her debut novel, a historical fiction romance. Well, let me tell you, I am sold on this woman's potential and cannot wait to read more from her!
I absolutely loved this book!
The first thing I loved about the book was that, despite the picture on the cover, the two main characters are not both gorgeous people that all the other men and women are swooning over. That's something that I find rather irritating about some other novels - the main female character is always gorgeous but too humble to even know how beautiful she is, blah, blah, blah. A little realism is nice once in awhile. No, they are not ugly, but they aren't both model material and I like that.
The characters are believable, the history is interesting, the relationships are realistic and the storyline is riveting.
It's not just a fluff piece either. Issues such as personal sacrifice vs obedience are explored and characters grow and change throughout the book.
Two thumbs way up!
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