Saturday, August 24, 2013

On Distant Shores By Sarah Sundin Blog Tour

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Title: On Distant Shores
Author: Sarah Sundin
Source: Review Book
Number Of Pages: 426
ISBN: 978-0-8007-2082-7
Publisher: Revell
Publication Date: 2013
Madi's Rating: 5 Out Of 5 Stars
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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 fiancée. 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.
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 Georgie is a stubborn woman from the South who has trouble making her own decisions. As a flight nurse in the second World War her hesitation could cost many men their lives, and because of that, fear is her constant companion. What if she makes a wrong decision in the middle of a life or death crisis and kills everyone on her plane? After being through a couple plane crashes, her supervising officer decides to ground her until further notice. Can anyone help her keep her head when things go crazy?
John Hutchinson (also known as "Hutch"), is a pharmacist that works alongside Georgie, but he doesn't get the same respect that she does. How do nurses outrank the pharmacist that get them what they need? Hutch becomes obsessed with getting into a program for pharmacist that will promote him to officer. He's downright tired of people calling him "boy" and pushing him around when he is the one with a college education and a family business back home. Hutch lets his pride turn to bitterness, and he loses everything and everyone that is important to him.
These two not only help each other through their individual struggles, but also the ones that they face as a couple. Everything works out well in the end, but boy do they have to take a bumpy ride to get there! Hutch isn't even allowed to be seen in public with his girl because of the difference in their rank, and that is one of the things that bug him the most. He's still a human being for peets sake!
Now, just because of my description, don't think that Hutch is some spoiled rotten Yankee (though at times he does act like one). He's actually a very quiet man intent on doing his job to the best of his ability.
How can a charmingly Southern woman and a quiet hard working Yankee make each other happy even in the midst of a war? You'll have to read it yourself to find out.
 This book is officially one of my favorites. Though I am a sucker for historical books, some novels set in wartime (or MOST as far as I'm concerned) can get a little bland. It becomes a stream of historical facts thrown into a couple battles scenes. This book doesn't do that. It was extremely easy to connect with the characters, and the plot was carried out flawlessly. It was also nice to see the battlefield through a woman's perspective. Though it never got as bloody and gory as I know that it is out there, you still got a glimpse of what our men and women in the military go through every day. Reading this book made me even more grateful  for what American soldiers do for me, and I hope to read more books like this in the future.
Note: I was sent a complimentary print copy of this book by the Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not paid to review this book and all thoughts expressed in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

1 comment:

  1. Madi - thank you so much for the lovely review! I'm glad you enjoyed Hutch & Georgie's story!


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