Sunday, October 3, 2010

Revell Blog Tour review: A Memory Between Us by Sarah Sundin

First off, I'd like to apologize to Donna Hausler for not getting any of these latest reviews to her on time. Things have been more than crazy around here, and I'm so sorry I haven’t been the best reviewer and have made your job a little more difficult.

Now onto my review of ...

Title: A Memory Between Us (Wings Of Glory Bk.2)
Author: Sarah Sundin
Genre: Historical, Christian, Romance
Publisher: Revell

Date released: Sept.1 2010
 ISBN: 978-0-8007-3422-0
Stars (out of 5): **** 1/2
Age rating: PG-15:
Rape is a central theme in this book, though; it's shown from a Christian stand point.

Drinking and smoking are also mentioned, but hey! It was the 40's, everyone was doing it, and I think it made it seem more authentic and less like a overly censored war novel

Back cover (from Revell):

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.

 My Thoughts:
 I never got the chance to read the first book in The Wings Of Glory series, but I found after finishing this book, that I really didn't need. Though, now I can't wait to get my hands on bk. 1, A Distant Melody.

Jack Novak is a dashing military man, who can't resist a challenge.
Ruth Doherty is just the challenge Major Novak has been looking for.
When these two finally butte heads, can you say "sparks"?

I love the high flying adventure we experience every time we hop into the cockpit with the handsome Jack Novak. Ms. Sundin's attention to detail and historical facts are second to none. I truly felt as if it were the 1940's and in the thick of war. The characters each had their own back ground; even the secondary characters had no lack of detail to keep them well-rounded and richly written.

Ruth had a tragic past that has kept her from loving anyone, especially a man. I found Ruth's story gripping, and if there was anyone who needed to know that God as in control, it would be Ruth Doherty. I loved how, as the story progressed, Ruth and Jack came to rely on God more, and the spiritual message of giving up our control and giving it to God, was convicting and really spoke to my heart. The scenery that Sarah Sundin used, especially the birds-eyed view of war-torn Europe, gave me, the reader, a breath taking trip into history. Though, I’d have to say that Jack Novak was my least favorite character. Yes, he was handsome, and yes, he did learn a lesson, but I felt his story was too rushed and that his emotions were all over the place. One moment he'd be in love with Ruth and the next condemning her to Devil's domain. Towards the end, he got better, but I wish that he could have been a little less confusing in his feelings and actions.
Besides that, I really enjoyed this book and if you're looking for a GREAT WWII novel, look no further.

*Many thanks to Donna Hauler @Revell for sending me a review copy of A Hope Undaunted. This review is my honest opinion of this book and I am in no any compensation for a good review from the publisher and/or the author.*

To learn more about Sarah Sundin and her great books, go to:

Also, make sure to enter her latest contest.
Here are the datails:

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 (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)
contest runs 9/27 - 10/17!

 Click HERE to go directly to the contest link.
I hope Y'all  get a chance to enter and that you have a GREAT week!
Love Y'all,


  1. Loved the first book in this series. Thanks for the review of the second. :O)

  2. Great review!! I'm reading this one right now.

    I also wanted to let you know I got the books from your giveaway. Thank you so much!! Hopefully, I'll get to read them soon. :) I understand about the crazy part of life. I've gotten so behind on my reviews, I'm trying to recruit my sister to help me out. :P

    I hope things get better for you, though!! And I hope you're enjoying the cooler weather. :)

  3. Both of Sarah's books are great! I can't wait to see what you think of the first one, Ashley. :)

    Just dropping by to let you know I have an award for you HERE!


  4. Okay Ashley, so two people before me said what I'm going to say *wink* Can you guess who???

    I got my books!!! I don't know if you got my other note that said that! They're gorgeous *heehee*

    Also, I have a blog award waiting for ya at my blog!! Come join the partay *ahem* excuse me, I mean banquet *said very formally*


  5. Great review - as always. Life has been crazy here too so I totally understand what you mean. Like a couple of your other fans, I also have awards for you on my blog. :o)

  6. Ashley - I'm so glad you enjoyed the story! Thanks for the great review. And I agree with the PG-15 :)

  7. I'm about the worst blogger. I leave me blog alone for a few days, and I have all these wonderful comments waiting for me.

    Diane~ You're very welcome. I hope I'll be able to get the first book soon, so I'm sure I'll be posting a review for that one as well.:)

    Tammy~ I'm so glad you love your new books! And talk about crazy, I did actually get my own sister to help me with my reviews, but I've been so busy and (a wee bit lazy), that I haven't gotten the chance to even post them. But, I'm sure you don't procrastinate like this little southern gal does, so if you can get your sis to lend a helping hand, you'll be posting great reviews as always, in no time. ;) Something that really helped me convince my sister to help me: Bribery and harmless threats work wonders when used correctly. *GRIN*

    Lori~ LORI!!! You have been like a extra spending money around Christmas! Where have you been? Hows the job going? Hows Hubby and Deezel?
    I hope everything is great, and thank you so much for stopping by, and I'm hoping I'll get the first book soon. It irks me that I read this book out of order. Ahhh!!!

    Hannah~ *WINKS* I think I can. LOL
    Anywho, so, SO glad that you like you're books. I can't wait to see what you think of them once you get to read them.;) And thank you SOOO much for the award. I'm going to try to do post on all the awards I've gotten in the last couple weeks, soon. Which, with the way I blog, probably won't be until January. LOL.

    Lee~ Thank you, Lee. And, I think life is crazy for everyone, it's just those of us blogger, know just how much. And "fans"? Gawish! I'm lucky if I can get one person to read just on my reviews -all the way through- and not go all comatose on me from pure boredom. The neurologists, down at the hospital, love all the business I generate for them. ;)
    Goodness, another award? Thank you so much, as I said to Hannah., I'll be post all these awards hopefully soon.

    Sarah~ I can't believe you read a review written be lil' ol' me. I thought AMBU was fantastic,but I'm probably the only one to find Jack Novak, a little less than charming. But, Dorthy stole my heart and I was so mad at that good-for-nothing Burnsie(is that how you spell it? Sorry if I didn't) fellow. Oh, if I had been on that plane with them, I'd have kick him in the shines. jk/jk I'm really not the violent. Well...not usually.

    Thank Y'all for stopping by, and all you're fantastic comments!
    I hope Y'all have a great Thursday, and that if you can (here comes the shameless advertising) , stop by Julie Lessman's Facebook page, for a day-long discussion she's hosting on there.
    Love Y'all,

  8. Ashley ~ I LOVED the first book & can't wait to get my hands on the second. Thanks for your review, it made me even more excited to read it myself. :)


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