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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

LitFuse Publicity Tour: A Memory Between Us

Here's a description of the book: "Can they overcome the past to find a brighter future together?

Major Jack Novak has never failed to meet a challenge--until he meets army nurse Lieutenant Ruth Doherty. When Jack lands in the army hospital after a plane crash, he makes winning Ruth's heart a top-priority mission. But he has his work cut out for him. Not only is Ruth focused on her work in order to support her orphaned siblings back home, she also is determined not to give her heart to any man.

As the danger and tension of World War II rise to a fever pitch, Jack and Ruth will need each other more than ever. Can Jack break down her defenses? Or are they destined to go their separate ways?

From the English countryside to the perilous skies over France, A Memory Between Us takes you on a journey through love, forgiveness, and sacrifice.

A Memory Between Us is the second 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."

My Rating:
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My Review:

From the very beginning of this book I was drawn into the meeting of two wounded people—one physically, one emotionally—that would become the shared memory leading to an arduous but rewarding journey. How could I not fall in love with these characters? Ruth and Jack, as well as May and Charlie, are real, and as hard as it was at times I know I was privileged to read their story and walk (and fly) alongside them.

There was so much to learn from Ruth and Jack about love, strength, forgiveness, and faith. Their love soars one moment and gets caught in a spin the next, and it’s painful to see the suffering they go through. Sundin writes beautifully, and the heartache of these characters is as vivid as the scen
ery and era she involves the readers in. In this book, WWII is not just a series of dates repeated in a history class or textbook—it’s an authentic glimpse into a time of fear, love, and sacrifice.

The cover of this book really fits the story, and I think Jack and Ruth, as well as a part of the first major setting, are portrayed well. Just like in this cover, the reader is invited to walk with the characters and face their terrors and their joys. I appreciated the chance to learn some of what war is really like—the soldiers in agony, the flight crews facing unthinkable danger, the nurses speaking what comfort they can—as well as what sorts of sacrifices men and women in the military make for love and country.

This book is quite a ride, but I’m glad I got to experience it! There were some moments that made me want to tell the characters the obvious in no uncertain terms, and there were moments that made me want to laugh and cheer along with them. I’m so thankful that the reading of this book is now a memory I can cherish.

*With thanks to the publisher for providing me a copy of the book in exchange for my honest opinion, to be shared during the LitFuse Publicity Blogging tour.*

About the Author:

Sarah Sundin is an on-call hospital pharmacist and holds a BS in chemistry from UCLA and a doctorate in pharmacy from UC San Francisco. Her great-uncle flew with the US Eighth Air Force in England during WWII. Sarah lives in California with her husband and three children. This is her second novel. For more info please visit her website at www.sarahsundin.com!

To Buy the Book: click HERE

Contest Information:

"Sarah Sundin presents The Movies and Memories Giveaway in honor of book 2 in the Wings of Glory series. A Memory Between Us is available for purchase wherever fine books are sold. From the English countryside to the perilous skies over France, A Memory Between Us takes you on a journey through love, forgiveness, and sacrifice.

To celebrate Sarah is giving one lucky winner A Movie and Memory Prize Package! One grand prize winner will receive:

* Make-your-own-photo book from Mypublisher.com (Capture your own Memories)

* Netflix Subscription (New or Nostalgic Movies delivered right to your house)

* Starbucks gift card (To keep your engine revvin’)

*Gourmet chocolate (A favorite in the 1940’s and now)

* British specialty teas in carved wooden box (Timeless tradition)

* Miniature model of a B-17 Flying Fortress bomber & C-47 cargo plane (Everyone needs a few toy planes)

*Big Band music CD (Break out your dancing shoes)

* WWII authentic poster playing cards (Cards – a perfect game for two)

* Keep Calm and Carry On (Uplifting sayings WWII, a boost for troubled times)"

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To enter simple click on the icons below (contest runs 9/27 - 10/17!) [Be sure and enter soon!]

5 comments:

Sarah Sundin said...

Amber - thank you so much for your lovely review - and from an English major no less :) I'm glad you enjoyed Jack & Ruth's story!

And I'm glad you enjoyed The Waiting too. I'm blessed to know Suzanne, and she's truly a wonderful lady.

Amber S. said...

Sarah,

Thank YOU so much for writing such a wonderful, inspirational, and authentic novel! :D

I was so excited when I saw your author bio, because my great uncle was also in WWII. He flew in a C-47, helping "kick" the cargo out of the plane. He was killed when one of the planes he was on crashed in Burma, and he was only in his early twenties. The remains of the plane he was on were found a while ago, and I was able to go with my dad to Washington D.C. this summer to see the funeral for the crew members (66 years after the crash).

Anyway, I have been so inspired and touched by my experience there and learning a little about his life. :)

Sorry for the rambling! Thank you again for stopping by!

~Amber

Julia M. Reffner said...

I'm glad you liked this one as much as I did. I love WWII stories and I think Sundin is quickly joining my favorites list.

Amber S. said...

Julia,

It was really good--and powerful! :) I'm sure the first one in this series was great, as well, and I'm quite intrigued with reading Ray's story! I'm really excited about reading Nightingale by Susan May Warren, too. If it's anything like Sons of Thunder, I think neither of us will be able to put it down! ;)

~Amber

Julia M. Reffner said...

Yes, I can't wait to read it. :)