Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Tea & Read: Blue Skies Tomorrow

Title: Blue Skies Tomorrow
Author: Sarah Sundin
Rating: Spend the Day Sleepy

There are a lot of new Christian fiction authors on the bookshelves right now. I guess that’s a good thing, but sometimes, it’s a little daunting. As a reviewer, I’m always looking for a new author, but it’s hard to figure out who’s worth the $12.99-$14.99 on the cover. A new author is a risk, and in the midst of so many “risks,” it’s good to have some good, dependable writers that delivers a great story every time. Sarah Sundin is one of those writers for me.

Sarah was a new author to me when I picked up her first book, A Distant Melody. And I was hooked. Blue Skies Tomorrow is the third book in the Wings of Glory series.  Just like the other books in the series, this one gets my top rating.

In a time of peril, can they find the courage to confront their fears and embrace a love that lasts?

When her husband becomes a casualty of the war in the Pacific, Helen Carlisle throws herself into volunteering for the war effort to conceal her feelings. But keeping up appearances as the grieving widow of a hometown hero is taking its toll. Soon something is going to give.

Lt. Raymond Novak prefers the pulpit to the cockpit. His stateside job training B-17 pilots allows him the luxury of a personal life--and a convenient excuse to ignore his deepest fear. When the beautiful Helen catches his eye and captures his heart, he is determined to win her hand.

But when Ray and Helen are called upon to step out in faith and put their reputations and their lives on the line, can they meet the challenges that face them? And can their young love survive until blue skies return?

Filled with drama, daring, and all the romance of the WWII era, Blue Skies Tomorrow is the captivating final book in the popular Wings of Glory series.

I most appreciate the fact that Sundin brings us realistic people. One of my pet peeves about some historicals in Christian fiction is that the protagonists’ issues seem so shallow or cliché. I find myself having to suspend my disbelief often to wrap my brain around some of the internal struggles I come across. But this is not a problem with Sundin’s characters. They have real, heart-wrenching problems.  They have to make hard decisions and find themselves in challenging situations.

One would think that with the challenging issues Sundin deals with in her books that these books would be dark and depressing. Not so. Sundin beautifully weaves romance into her stories, each issue tempered with hope.

Blue Skies Tomorrow taps into multiple emotions. From a downright sweet romance between Ray and Helen to anger with the injustices some of the characters suffer to hope, which something I love about Sundin’s. They are soaking with hope even with such challenging issues.

I’m sure by the time Sundin’s new series, Wings of the Nightingale, comes out, there will be even more new Christian fiction authors available for me to read. And I’m sure Sundin’s new series will a wonderful, risk-free buy and I will be happy to add them all to my collection.  

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