Book 1 in the Wings of the Nightingale series
Lt. Mellie Blake is looking forward to beginning her training as a flight nurse. She is not looking forward to writing a letter to a man she’s never met–even if it is anonymous and part of a morale-building program. Lt. Tom MacGilliver, an officer stationed in North Africa, welcomes the idea of an anonymous correspondence–he’s been trying to escape his infamous name for years.
As their letters crisscross the Atlantic, Tom and Mellie develop a unique friendship despite not knowing the other’s true identity. When both are transferred to Algeria, the two are poised to meet face-to-face for the first time. Will they overcome their fears and reveal who they are, or will their future be held hostage by their pasts?
Combining a flair for romance with excellent research and attention to detail, Sarah Sundin vividly brings to life the perilous challenges of WWII aviation, nursing–and true love.
This was a very enjoyable book, filled with trials and triumph you will find yourself laughing at times, frustrated and embarrassed at others. Mellie is a rather awkward woman, not at all experienced in friendships, but she must learn how in order to keep her job. Writing letters to strangers, Mellie is not so good at that either, but once again, she must. It's where those letters take her that is quite fun!
Tom, he has troubles of his own, fighting his father's ghost, while fighting a war he has to come to terms with the past which is shaping his future.
I loved how the two main characters grew throughout the story, the eventful twists and turns and the historical aspect of the book all intertwined made for an excellent read. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for review from Revell a division of Baker Pulishing
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