Title: On Distant Shores (Wings of the Nightingale Book 2)
Author: Sarah Sundin
My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.
Awesome! I just finished reading the second novel in Sarah Sundin’s Wings of the Nightingale Series. The characters’ stories begin in the first book titled, With Every Letter. One characteristic of historical novels that I so appreciate is the research done that brings authenticity as well as new knowledge to me. The more I read I realize so much happens at a single moment we just aren’t capable of being aware of it as being God, especially in today’s society where so much is instant and electronic. We seem to have lost some appreciation as to what has happened before this time in history. When authors undertake to search out historical nuggets then weave a tale around it, we can all enjoy their true labor of love they serve for our enjoyment.
In this series, the author takes us back to World War 2, highlighting the way nurses had to be trained and began being used on flights involving patients. Also brought forth is the way pharmacists were viewed at that particular time in history in the theatre of war. What makes the reading so spellbinding is the way characters are presented with such realism such as how they struggle with their faith in various situations or loss on the front lines.
I cannot imagine how hard it was for relationships during this timeframe to begin, bloom and grow when death as well as danger sat so closely every moment. How about having a loved one at the front lines with letters taking so long to catch up to the recipient, if it ever did, since there was so much movement of troops. Today people have a multitude of ways to communicate long distances quickly and for the most part without having to wait to receive a response.
The servicemen and women in the novel have to face their fears or lives, including their own, can be lost. Plus add the many children who became orphans some with physical, emotional and mental challenges. Once you finish reading this novel, I believe you will, like me, be reminded to thank prior service men and women for their great sacrifice in more ways then we will ever know.
Sarah Sundin depicts themes such as faith, fears, love, redemption, and realizing where our true fulfillment comes from, God and God alone. You will travel all over Europe on many fronts; pictures of action with adventure are painted vividly along with places most likely seen by many in the war. Plus a challenge lies in the pages too and as for what that challenge is you’ll need to read the book!