Friday, August 16, 2013

One of Sundin's Best! ~ On Distant Shores by Sarah Sundin ~ Review

I fell in love with this story. From the sweeping Italian countryside, to the romance blooming in the hearts of the main characters, to the brilliance of a World War II backdrop, “On Distant Shores” is one of those sagas that reads like a movie: bright and vibrant in the mind’s eye.
While a tumultuous time of war and horror, I have always enjoyed a well-written WWII novel. There is something about the era, the romance and the driving force behind the character’s action, while romanticized, is also incredibly compelling. Descriptions take you smack-dab into the middle of a WWII pharmacists’ world. I understood the thrills and frustrations and fears of being a nurse aboard an aircraft in the middle of enemy air. When done right, it is so spectacular; and this book was definitely done right!
I loved how I was truly taken into the heart of these characters. You know their fears, joys and struggles and visibly watch them change upon the page. Everything that is a part of who they are affects their daily lives in a symbiotic dance that is so much fun for a reader.
I loved every bit of reading this book and it didn’t last nearly long enough. A perfect summer historical that took me across the ocean and through the air into the beautiful Italian countryside and even more compelling main characters.

This review is my honest opinion. Thanks to the publishers through Litfuse publicity for my copy to review.  

More about the novel...

Lt. Georgiana Taylor has everything she could want. A comfortable boyfriend back home, a loving family, and a challenging job as a flight nurse. But in July 1943, Georgie’s cozy life gets decidedly more complicated when she meets pharmacist Sgt. John Hutchinson. Hutch resents the lack of respect he gets as a noncommissioned serviceman and hates how the war keeps him from his fiancĂ©e. While Georgie and Hutch share a love of the starry night skies over Sicily, their lives back home are falling apart. Can they weather the hurt and betrayal? Or will the pressures of war destroy the fragile connection they’ve made?

"With her signature attention to detail and her talent for bringing characters together, Sarah Sundin pens another exciting tale in her series featuring WWII flight nurses. Fans new and old will find in On Distant Shores the perfect combination of emotion, action, and romance.

*~*~*CONTEST INFO!*~*~*

Sarah Sundin is celebrating the release of her latest novel, On Distant Shores, with a Romantic Weekend Getaway giveaway!

  One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A $200 Visa Cash Card (good for a perfect couple's getaway)
  • With Every Letter and On Distant Shores by Sarah Sundin
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on September 2nd. Winner will be announced September 3rd at the "On Distant Shores" Author Chat Party on Facebook. During the party Sarah will be hosting a book chat, testing your trivia skills, announcing the winner of the Weekend Getaway, and giving away a ton of books, gift certificates, and more. Oh, and she'll also be giving party goers an exclusive look at the next book in the Wings of the Nightingale series.

So grab your copy of On Distant Shores and join Sarah on the evening of September 3rd for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven’t read the book, don’t let that stop you from coming!)



  1. Great review! I have this one in my pile, waiting for me to get to it. Can't wait!!

    On a funnier note, September 3rd is my birthday. What are the odds? lol!

    1. This is a great historical, so don't let it languish on your stack too long. ;-) And I agree with Sarah, you need to enter her contest!! :D

    2. I'm getting closer to it! :) Just entered.

  2. Casey - thank you so much for your lovely review! I'm thrilled that you enjoyed Hutch & Georgie's story so much.

    Rosie - I hope you enjoy it. And if Sept. 3 is your B-Day, I'm thinking you'd better enter that contest :)

    1. Thank YOU for writing such a great book!

    2. I'm sure I'll enjoy it, Sarah. :D Oh, I will!


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