Saturday, August 27, 2011

Blog Tour for Blue Skies Tomorrow by Sarah Sundin

War Widow Fights The Past, American Pilot Fights For The Future
Award-Winning Author Delivers an Emotion-Packed,
Gripping Tale of War, Intrigue and Love
The country is still at war in Blue Skies Tomorrow by award-winning author Sarah Sundin. It is 1944 and America longs for the war to be over so their boys can come home. This war has taken too many lives and made too many widows, orphans, and broken hearts. However, the homeland continues to pull together and buy bonds to support the troops, and Helen Carlisle has become the town’s war widow heroine. Doing her part with her son, she faithfully appears at community events asking people to support the troops. But deep down she is troubled. How much longer can she do this? Is she living a lie? Was her dead husband a hero? How can she live with the past?
Lt. Ray Novak prefers to follow his calling into ministry rather than the cockpit. But his current position offers him the luxury of a personal life since he is stateside training B-17 pilots. His interest in Helen, the young war widow, grows, but he knows she is hiding a painful past under a frenzy of volunteer work. Ray is called to fly a European combat mission at the peak of the air war. Their romance is tense because Helen is afraid, but Ray cannot help because he is in Europe. As Helen tries to make ends meet and confronts the past, Ray encounters a deadly enemy of his own. Will they find the courage to face their challenges? Will the truth come out? Will hope and redemption ring true for Helen?
The great era of World War II in Blue Skies Tomorrow is brought to life by Sundin in this emotion-packed novel.

Sarah Sundin received the 2011 Writer of the Year Award from the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference, and her second novel, A Memory Between Us, is a finalist for an Inspirational Readers’ Choice Award. She is the author of A Distant Melody and A Memory Between Us. Her great-uncle flew with the US Eighth Air Force in England during WWII. Sarah lives in California with her husband and three children. For more interesting information about Sarah visit:

MY REVIEW-Folks, I just have to tell you, this book is absolutely the best war book I have read!! I am not much of one to read a Christian fiction book dealing with World War II. I have not found one that I enjoyed. But I started reading this series by Sarah Sundin and I liked the first one with Walt and Allie. The second one was okay(didn't really care for Jack) but this one definitely was the best one!! I LOVED it!! The plot flows smoothly, the characters are top notch and the writing style is great!

In this novel, the third in the series, you actually go somewhat back in time before the other two books. I really enjoyed this aspect of it and that you get to see some of what happened in between the other books. Like in the second book with Jack and Ruth, Ray meets Ruth, Charles and his girlfriend. That part is in this book. So this was kind of interesting to see how it all came to play. Ray is by far my favorite out of all three Novak boys. He is quiet so many people think he is a coward. But through the story you will find out that he is far from it:) I love the part with the plane! And the bookstore? Talk about teary:(

Helen has such a past it is hard to talk about it all. Her little boy Jay-Jay is adorable yet easily taught. And we see this lesson often in the story. Esther and her husband were a great addition to the story and I loved the history about how colored people were treated back then. There are many other people in this book but I don't want to spoil anything. Let me just say, the Carlisles are the hardest people to like. Of course, Vic comes pretty close.

I really love how Ray is shown not as weak, but as someone who is strong in the Lord. Throughout this book that really pulled at me. We may look at someone and think they are not a strong mag or they are a coward, but yet they could be the strongest person in the world when the time comes. I can't tell you about the best part in this book. It would ruin everything for those of you who haven't read the book. But I strongly urge you to get your copy, NOW! It is a wonderful book with a strong sermon in it about forgiveness, guilt and how false guilt can hold us back. And if you are not in the habit of reading a war book, this one will pull you in! I know by experience;) Wonderful book, Sarah!! Now what comes next?

Available August 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
In accordance with FTC regulations, I received a complimentary copy of this book for review. I did not receive any monetary compensation.


Sarah Sundin said...

Charity - thank you so much for the lovely review! I'm so glad you liked Ray & Helen's story. The bookstore scene is one of my favorites too :)

I do have another series coming - another 3-book WWII series with Revell. This one is tentatively titled Wings of the Nightingale and follows three flight nurses in the Mediterranean Theater. The first book comes out Fall 2012.

Patsy said...

This review makes me want to read this book! It sounds so good. Can't wait to read it.

mamabunny13 said...

I don't normally read War books but this one sounds like one I would love to read!

Josiah said...

Sounds like an interesting read, I like reading War Stories so this might be one to read.

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