Monday, August 19, 2013

Review: On Distant Shores

About the Book:
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.

My Comments:
Since I really liked Sarah Sundin's trilogy about WWII pilots, I had hoped that my disappointment with the first book in this series as an aberration; unfortunately, it was not. I guess I have a different image of flight nurses than Sarah Sundin.    Her heroine is Georgiana Taylor.   While I believe these ladies were the cream of the crop; the nurses Sundin write about were anything but.  In the first book, Mellie was socially inept way beyond the point of shyness.  In this book Georgianna is a ninny.  She is an incompetent nurse who has followed her best friend everywhere.  She can't compute drug dosages and can't figure out how to treat shock when the patient's bed isn't movable.  The hero, Hutch, has a chip on his shoulder because other degreed medical professionals are officers but pharmacists are not.  The other officers in the story are bullies, not leaders.  They address Hutch as "boy".  Really?  

On the other hand, judging by what I've seen on Goodreads and Amazon, my opinion is in the  minority.  Sundin does a good job of describing life for GIs in Sicily during WWII.  Promoting Christianity is definitely part of Sundin's aim.  

I'd like to thank the folks at Litfuse for making a review copy available.  I guess there will be a third book about Georgie's best friend, but I'll pass.  DNF. 
Sarah Sundin is celebrating the release of her latest novel, On Distant Shores, with a Romantic Weekend Getaway giveaway!

  One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A $200 Visa Cash Card (good for a perfect couple's getaway)
  • With Every Letter and On Distant Shores by Sarah Sundin
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on September 2nd. Winner will be announced September 3rd at the "On Distant Shores" Author Chat Party on Facebook. During the party Sarah will be hosting a book chat, testing your trivia skills, announcing the winner of the Weekend Getaway, and giving away a ton of books, gift certificates, and more. Oh, and she'll also be giving party goers an exclusive look at the next book in the Wings of the Nightingale series.

So grab your copy of On Distant Shores and join Sarah on the evening of September 3rd for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven’t read the book, don’t let that stop you from coming!)


1 comment:

  1. Anonymous6:31 PM

    It is too bad that this didn't deliver more of what you were looking for. I have not read this one, or even the first. I have been in the minority on several of my ratings. It happens.
    -Dilettantish Reader


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