On Distant Shores

Sarah Sundin
Revell (2013)
ISBN: 9780800720827
Reviewed by Tamra LeValley for Reader Views (10/13)


We begin Sarah Sundin’s novel “On Distant Shores” by meeting a woman named Georgiana - who has been pampered her entire life, but has decided to follow her best friend to war to become a flight nurse. Her fear of death and lack of confidence has paralyzed her into inaction when she is most needed. Her family and fiancé want her to come home so they can "take" care of her again and she won't have to think for herself. A man named Hutch is also serving in the war as a pharmacist and a non-commissioned officer but is fighting for the army to recognize his career so he can become an officer. He refuses to marry his fiancée until he has earned his bars. When these two meet, they make a connection and become fast friends. Can it become more? Will Georgiana find the strength she needs to be able to take care of herself? Will Hutch come to terms with not being an officer if he does not succeed in talking the Army into letting him become one? Will their connection grow into love and sustain?  

"On Distant Shores" is a wonderful Christian Historical Romance. It tells of the trials and tribulations of what our soldiers endured during WWII. How love came and went due to death and separation.  How some love flourished and sustained when all else was falling down around them. The historical portions of this book were so well written that it was easy to learn while enjoying a romance. This book took the reader around the world to different countries that I did not even know we were in during this time period. It was quite interesting to read about Palermo, Africa and all the other places. It was also interesting to read about Flight Nurses; I did not know they existed either. Their job was rough and heart-wrenching. They were powerful woman who need to be recognized even today.

The author did a fabulous job of writing the characters and matching them to love interests. Each one had a certain ability and attribute that was needed during this time of unrest. The plot was a typical love story: Woman meets man, woman and man fall in love, and they live happily ever after. I love these no-brainers. I would definitely recommend “On Distant Shores” by Sarah Sundin.


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