Lt. Mellie Blake is a nurse serving in the 802nd Medical Squadron, Air Evacuation, Transport. As part of a morale building program, she reluctantly enters into an anonymous correspondence with Lt. Tom MacGilliver, an officer in the 908th Engineer Aviation Battalion in North Africa. 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 to their past? And can they learn to trust God and embrace the gift of love he offers them?
Combining excellent research and attention to detail with a flair for romance, Sarah Sundin brings to life the perilous challenges of WWII aviation, nursing, and true love.
Historical romance specialist Sundin (Wings of Glory series) opens another WWII-era series with a well-researched and absorbing tale of two Army specialists whose pen-pal relationship becomes a lifeline. Lt. Philomela (Mellie) Blake is a nurse who has difficulty fitting in socially. Lt. Tom MacGilliver is an engineer and the son of a killer whose fear of his own parentage has made him a mild-mannered man, not an asset in wartime conditions. The two meet via a morale-building pen-pal arrangement that keeps them anonymous, and confide in one another their secrets and present-day problems. When the two meet after both are transferred to Algeria as the Allied forces press through North Africa, the epistolary relationship and the real one collide. Sundin has a such a gift for compelling scenes and details (jump rope rhymes, nicknames, conversational banter) that she can be forgiven for some significant improbabilities (MacGilliver's pet dog) that seem to be rooted more in the stereotypes of WWII movies than the logic of the story. WWII-era fans won't be able to put it down.
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I absolutely loved the book. I related to the main character and the author placed detailed settings. I recommended strongly.