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In Perfect Time

Renee Ann Smith —  August 19, 2014 — 4 Comments

Sarah Sundin’s novels always remind me why we call the men & women of World War II,
“The Greatest Generation.”

Her most recent book, In Perfect Time, tells the story of flight nurse Kay Jobson and C-47 pilot Roger Cooper, who work together in Italy and southern France to evacuate the wounded and deliver paratroopers and supplies. They are hard-working, courageous, and quick-thinking. In their down-time, Roger entertains the local kids by playing the drums on any available surface, dreams of auditioning for a Glen Miller type big band, and stays far away from girls. And beautiful, high-spirited Kay, who can’t seem to break through Roger’s quiet reserve, appreciates him from afar.

Of course, we readers can see that Roger and Kay would be perfect for each other, but these characters have personal issues to work through before they can become a real team. Both Kay and Roger are damaged by families who did not cherish them—and even deemed them worthless. After years of being told they would never measure up, they are haunted by their parents’ hateful words.

Kay and Roger help each other wage powerful inner battles to overcome the negative messages of their youth and see themselves as God sees them. Their personal struggles and growth—set against the backdrop of the fierce fighting around them—make this a riveting, romantic story.

What I liked best . . .

  • How Sarah brings the World War II settings to life
  • The great dynamic between Roger & Kay
  • Roger’s marked up old Bible
  • Catching up with Georgie and Mellie (from previous books in this series)
  • A beautiful scene where an old hymn works truth & healing in Kay’s heart
  • The action—an especially harrowing capture
  • The USO war bonds tour
  • The Nightingale Sisters
  • The sweetly satisfying ending
  • How much my students love these books, as well!

My favorite quotes . . .

Sarah Sundin In Perfect Time“I think the heartbeat itself is a drum message from God. With every beat, He sends His message. His life, His love. His life, His love.”
~Lt. Roger Cooper, In Perfect Time by Sarah Sundin~

In Perfect Time Sarah Sundin

“Something warm and light stirred in her soul. Her earthly father scorned her, but her heavenly Father—oh, what He had done for her. He loved her, forgave her sins, and gave her gifts too numerous to count.”
~Lt. Kay Cooper, In Perfect Time by Sarah Sundin~

What you should do next . . .

BUY THE BOOK: Take “A Sentimental Journey” today! All you have to do is follow this link to purchase In Perfect Time for yourself. ***Thanks to Litfuse and Sarah Sundin for providing a copy for me to review.

ENTER THE GIVEAWAY: Click on the graphic below to enter Sarah Sundin’s contest to win a Kindle HDX!

Sarah Sundin Litfuse Kindle contest

READ: Follow this link to check out Sarah Sundin’s previous novels.

WATCH: Follow this link to check out some great World War II movies.

So has this put you “In the Mood” to re-visit the heroes & heroines of the Greatest Generation through books or movies?
Then my job here is done!

Thanks for stopping by today. Blessings, friends!

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Update: The end of this contest will come and go while I’m out of town. But I promise to email a winner on Monday! Blessings!

Part Shop Around the Corner and part Cherry Ames Flight Nurse, With Every Letter tells the story of two lonely people who find love—even though they haven’t met face-to-face.

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Set during World War II, the story focuses on Lt. Mellie Blake, a young woman supporting the war effort as a flight nurse, and Lt. Tom MacGilliver, an engineer doing his duty in North Africa. Though these two are brave and competent before their coworkers, they are both guarding inner vulnerabilities resulting from painful rejections in their pasts.

Mellie and Tom have learned the hard way to hide who they really are. Each believes he/she will never find that special someone who will cherish unconditionally. But even so, as anonymous pen pals, they pour out their hearts to each other. Though each can only imagine what the other looks like, with every letter they write, Tom and Mellie fall more and more deeply in love. When the time comes for them to meet, they must risk revealing all. Is their faith strong enough to see them through? . . . I could tell, but that would spoil it for you!

So Proudly We Hail

As I’ve said before, I should have been born in the 40′s. I love the clothes, the music, the movies.  And whenever I want to make a quick visit to this time period, I know I can count on author Sarah Sundin to take me there. Her latest novel reminds me of several classics: Of course, The Shop Around the Corner, where Jimmy Stewart woos his sweetheart as her secret pen pal. Also,  So Proudly We Hail, a movie about nurses serving in the South Pacific, and Cherry Ames, Flight Nurse, a favorite book from my childhood. Thanks, Sarah, not only for bringing to mind such great old stories but also for providing another wonderful drama to add to my growing list of ’40’s favorites!

Now that you’re eager to read With Every Letter, here are two ways you can get your hands on this book.  (1) I ended up with two copies. So I’m offering my extra to one lucky reader. (US only) Just leave a comment on this post to be included. (List bonus entries in that one comment.) Contest ends Thursday, September 20th. (2) Or follow this link to purchase the book. ***Thanks to Litfuse Publicity for providing the book for me to review.

Bonus Entries:

Follow this link to Sarah’s Kindle Fire or Nook Giveaway!

About the author: 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 was 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.

You can connect with Sarah at her website www.sarahsundin.com and at her Facebook author page.

This week I’m linking with The Weekend Whatever Link Up.

Love the clothes!

UPDATE: A winner of the August Amazon Gift Card Giveaway has been emailed! Congrats, Renee C!

I should have been born in the 40’s. I love the clothes, the music, the movies. Yes, it was a harrowing period in our history. But a world at war laid bare the issues most important in life, and the times invited people to rise to new challenges. Those who did astounded themselves, and the world, by what they were able to accomplish. They are now called The Greatest Generation.

When I want to visit the 40’s time period, I know I can count on author Sarah Sundin to take me there. Sarah captures the essence of those years in her three-book series, Wings of Glory. This trilogy follows the lives of the Novak brothers, Jack, Walt, and Ray. The last book, Blue Skies Tomorrow, tells Ray’s story.

Ray has a preacher’s heart. He loves nothing better than to teach, counsel, and comfort the folks God brings his way. When lovely Helen Carlisle crosses his path, he is drawn to her sweet spirit and tender heart. Helen, a war widow struggling to raise a young son, blossoms under Ray’s love and attention. However, their time together is cut short when Ray volunteers to give up his stateside assignment and fly bombing missions.

Both Ray and Helen end up fighting the important battles God brings to their separate journeys. Both, in their own way, find themselves pretending to be people they’re not in an effort to survive. And both surprise themselves as they discover the depths of courage God is able to draw from within them. The drama of each character’s story kept me turning pages until the heartwarming, supremely satisfying conclusion.

I often share how the books I read remind me of movies I’ve enjoyed. Many stories in the inspirational market remind me of old movies. Some would say what Christian books and old movies have in common is that they bypass real life to show a sanitized version of truth.

I disagree. I think these genres do take on tough problems and real life situations. But the writers do it with subtlety, restraint, and grace—as Sarah Sundin does.

Want to see what I mean? Follow this link to purchase Blue Skies Tomorrow for yourself. You’ll find yourself humming Glen Miller tunes, styling your hair with pin curls, and wishing your town had an old-fashioned soda fountain.

Sarah Sundin

You can find Sarah Sundin at this link. She writes a great blog where she shares devotionals and interesting tidbits from World War II history.

***Available August 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group. Thanks to Revell for providing a copy of the book for me to review.

from The Best Years of Our Lives

Sarah’s series brings to mind some of my favorite classics—especially The Best Years of Our Lives, an academy award winner about three servicemen trying to piece their lives together after they return home from World War II. The movie has a tender scene where a wounded veteran (played by real life wounded vet Harold Russell) tries to convince his fiancee that he’s no longer worthy of her because of his injuries. But she won’t have it and sticks until he gives in and marries her!

Giveaway: This post is an August Giveaway Post! I’m giving away a $10 Amazon Gift Card at the end of the month. All you have to do to enter is leave a comment below.

Here’s a fun extra, a recipe from the days of rationing . . .

Butterless, Eggless, Milkless Cake from 1940’s
1 c. Brown sugar, firmly packed
1 1/4 c. Water
1/3 c. Vegetable shortening or lard
2/3 c. Raisins
1/2 teasp. Nutmeg
2 teasp. Cinnamon
1/2 teasp. Powdered cloves
1 teasp. Salt
1 teasp. Baking soda
2 teasp. Water
2 c. Sifted all-purpose flour
1 teasp. Baking powder
Boil brown sugar, 1 1/4 c. Water, shortening, raisins, and spices together for 3 min. Cool. Add salt and baking soda which has been dissolved in 2 teasp. Water. Gradually add the flour and baking powder which have been sifted together, beating smooth after each addition. Bake in a greased and floured 8″X8″X2″ pan in a moderate oven of 325 degrees F. About 50 minutes or until done. Needs no frosting.
The Good Housekeeping Cook Book, New edition, completely revised 1944 [Farrar & Rinehart:New York] 1944 (p. 698)

Blog Sense

Renee Ann Smith —  October 11, 2010 — 1 Comment

Maybe some of you are interested in what’s going on in the blogging world, but you don’t have time to search it out for yourselves. If so, this post is for you! I’d like to bring to your attention some of the great reads and resources that are available through blogs. Take a few minutes to visit these sites. (If you’re reading this by e-mail, you’ll probably have to come to the site to follow these links, but you’ll be glad you did!)

Encouraging Readings
Follow this link to read God as My Restorer by Sharon Hinck.

This original fable by Max Lucado touched my heart. It’s a quick read. Follow this link to read Finding Father Benjamin: A Fable by Max Lucado.

Devotional Thoughts Combined with a Dash of History Follow this link for history buff Laura Frantz’s inspirational thoughts. (You can find her books here: The Frontiersman’s Daughter and Courting Morrow Little.)

Follow this link for author Sarah Sundin’s blog, which combines inspirational thoughts with a This Day in World War II section. (You can find her books here: A Distant Melody and A Memory Between Us)

Book Giveaways
Check out some of these great book giveaways. All you have to do is leave a comment to enter the various drawings.

Follow this link for The Amish Way: 10-Book Giveaway.

A high school senior named Carman keeps a list of Christian Book Giveaways on her blog of the same name. Follow this link to view the latest giveaways. (If you leave a comment on her main blog, tell her Renee Ann sent you!)

Free E-books
When I was looking up an old devotional I remembered enjoying, I found it at Manybooks.net. Follow this link to browse a site filled with many categories of e-books, which you can download for free.

All Giveaways
The internet is filled with other great giveaways. Follow this link to browse Giveaway Scout, a site which list giveaways in various categories, such as fashion, home & garden, jewelry, and, of course, books.