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  1. Mocha with Linda
    Sep 09 - 12:37 am

    Sarah Sundin’s first series put her on my must-read list of authors, and when I saw she was writing about the nurses in World War II, I was even more eager to get this book! With Every Letter is historical romance at its best. Sundin uses the setting and circumstances of the war to infuse realistic drama and fervor into the story without bogging the reader down with excessive historical details. I ached for both Mellie and Tom and the emotional scars that each bore from their childhood. Sundin beautifully intertwines the friendship forged with every letter and the difficult personal challenges and growth they experience as they serve their country, weaving a beautiful message of faith throughout this touching novel. I highly recommend this book and am already anticipating the next one, On Distant Shores, which will be released early next summer!

  2. Alicia
    Sep 09 - 1:20 am

    When I picked up this book, I was afraid that it would be predictable since the storyline is pretty straightforward. I was in for a great surprise when this book had me up all night, ready to see what happened next. I loved watching Tom and Mellie learn about themselves and grow. I also thought that the author did a wonderful job of mixing Christianity into the story so that the reader experienced several “ah-ha” moments throughout the book. It was well-written and enjoyable.

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  3. Marie Burton
    Sep 09 - 5:41 pm

    The storyline was a unique one, and it was packed with historical tidbits in relation to the War. Places were mostly new to me, since the fight of the Allies was based in many camps overseas. Both of Mellie’s and Tom’s characters were well done and very fleshed out, flaws and all. Even though they would do things in a gauche way, we could definitely empathize with them as opposed to wanting to scream at them to grow up and face the music. The ending was my favorite, and warmed my heart. The author does not take her craft lightly, she diligently researches her material and presents it into a fabulous story that I won’t forget. I am looking forward to book two, with the way book one was I can imagine we will next follow the story of Mellie’s friends Georgie or Rose.

  4. Sara @ Embracing Destiny
    Sep 10 - 3:06 pm

    I love the attention to detail and historical accuracy of this novel. I really felt transported to that time in history and it made the characters very authentic. It’s obvious that Sarah Sundin has a passion for portraying the stories of the WWII era. I now want to read her first series and the future books to come in this one!

  5. Tina 'the book lady'
    Sep 10 - 6:57 pm

    What I really liked about With Every Letter is not just the “pen pal” theme but watching each character grow emotionally and spiritually through their letters and the experience of being in the army as the war goes on. The book starts slowly as the background and situation is set up but the scriptural passages are well chosen and Tom’s & Mellie’s faith shows beautifully in this story and by the end of the book you are fully invested in the tale.

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  6. Maopa
    Sep 10 - 10:13 pm

    What a wonderful read! I enjoyed reading about Mellie ( that name!) and McGilliver’s relationship forming through their letter exchanges and was taken in by the time in history in which their story takes place. Judging
    by the cover of the book, I knew, “With Every Letter” would be a fascinating read as soon as I opened up the package. Another great one by Sarah Sundin!

  7. My Blessings From Above
    Sep 11 - 2:06 am

    I love books set in WWII and With Every Letter did not disappoint! Sarah Sundin has done an outstanding job researching this time period and duties of a flight nurse during the war.

  8. Diane Estrella
    Sep 11 - 12:20 pm

    Astounding attention to historic detail.

    The author has an incredible passion for World War II history that is evident on every page. Day to day living, fighting, and surviving is shown with such realism that the reader can easily feel the joys and heartaches of this war.

    The book pulled me along quickly and the letter writing made me envious of their pen-pal relationship. From the start to finish of this book, it is amazing to see the character growth that transpired through the encouragement given in these letters. Each had a strength that the other needed and through the anonymity of these letters, they were able to be themselves and be a blessing to another. (Side note: Is there someone you could write a letter to today?)……

  9. With Every Letter is a superb story of friendship, love, and strong faith. The trenches of WWII and the exotic landscapes come alive with each turn of the page. If you’re a fan of WWII fiction or Sarah Sundin I can almost guarantee that you will be even more of a fan after reading this story. If you haven’t read a book by this author I highly recommend that you start with this new series.

  10. WV Stitcher
    Sep 12 - 4:19 am

    I love reading historical fiction and became a fast fan of Sarah Sundin’s after reading her Wings Of Glory series. So needless to say I have been champing at the bit waiting for more from this author, and all I can say is “With Every Letter” was well worth the wait! Ms. Sundin is a true wordsmith, bringing to life not only the characters in her story, but the time period as well. I find myself swept back in time, whenever I pick up one of her books. While I always enjoy the touching romance that she weaves into her story, I also enjoy learning a bit about history while getting my historical romance fix!

  11. This book explores how things that happen in our past can affect our lives for the rest of our lives. Both of the main characters need to overcome something that happened to them in the past. It also examines how it is easier to share things with others if it is without fear of them knowing who you are.

  12. Jendi's Journal
    Sep 12 - 6:39 pm

    Sarah Sundin did a great job writing With Every Letter: A Novel (Wings of the Nightingale). Both the main characters change and grow throughout the book. I like that their lives became like two subplots to the story of them getting together. It felt real. They encouraged each other in their faith and helped each other through tough times.

    Lovers of historical fiction will enjoy this story. It’s set during WWII – a lot of time is spent in Africa. It’s about some of the first nurses that flew close to the front line to help evacuate wounded men. Other topics addressed are forgiveness, friendship, fear, prejudice, and being your own person.

  13. Coupon Clippin' Mommy
    Sep 13 - 12:41 am

    I’m not sure what kept me so interested, whether it was mysteriousness of the characters or how easy the pages were to get through. The story was unfolding right before me. I was taken back in time and allowed to be part of these characters lives if even for a brief few months. Of course I don’t want to give anything away because you need to check this book out for yourself. Some of the things I liked about Sarah’s writing was the back and forth between the two main characters lives. At the beginning of each chapter you were told where you were and what the date was. This helped to keep track of the main characters.

  14. Joy Hannabass
    Sep 13 - 2:50 am

    My interest was captured with the letter writing. I thoroughly enjoyed the contact between these two people who quickly became friends. I grew to love both Mellie and Tom as the story unfolded and they were both soon stationed very close to each other. Tension started building because neither thought they would ever meet the other, and now they were so close. Would meeting destroy the close friendship they two now have? Or will we see a fast budding romance that will sweep us off our feet? I strongly encourage you to pick up a copy of Sarah Sundin’s new novel “With Every Letter” for a wonderful enjoyable read.

  15. By The Book
    Sep 13 - 11:46 pm

    The Greatest Generation comes to life as the characters risk their lives for their country in Northern Africa and Sicily. The dedication and determination that characterized the men and women of WWII are faithfully captured by Sarah Sundin’s pen. Her characters seem very real — the innocence, optimism, grit and sense of honor and duty come across loud and clear. And the struggles they face with identity and fitting in are real across the generations. I also enjoyed the setting of the story. I knew little about the North African theater, and Sundin created some very vivid scenes. If you like a good romance, you will also love With Every Letter.

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  16. Renee@Doorkeeper
    Sep 14 - 11:27 am

    I should have been born in the 40′s. I love the clothes, the music, the movies. And whenever I want to make a quick visit to this time period, I know I can count on author Sarah Sundin to take me there. Her latest novel reminds me of several classics: Of course, The Shop Around the Corner, where Jimmy Stewart woos his sweetheart as her secret pen pal. Also, So Proudly We Hail, a movie about nurses serving in the South Pacific, and Cherry Ames, Flight Nurse, a favorite book from my childhood. Thanks, Sarah, not only for bringing to mind such great old stories but also for providing another wonderful drama to add to my growing list of ’40′s favorites!

  17. A Nest in the Rocks
    Sep 14 - 11:29 am

    I was surprised with just how much I liked this book. While a pen pal romance isn’t exactly new, the character sketches make this story unique. With each pen pal a near-total outcast in his/her own circle for reasons beyond their control, you can’t help but wish the best for them, and as they emerge from their shells, each transforms into a beautiful butterfly.

    Sep 14 - 2:58 pm

    Ms. Sundin has done an excellent job of portraying the era and locales. She researched the history of the flight nurses extensively, and it shows in her writing. The characters were interesting, and the story kept me hooked.

    4 stars

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the Litfuse Publicity Group book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

  19. Anne - Mommy Has to Work
    Sep 14 - 5:00 pm

    I found With Every Letter to be a good read. I like the idea of an annoyous letter exchange. In the story it boosts the moral and adds abit of mystery. I would recommend this book to any book lover!

  20. Suzanne
    Sep 15 - 3:29 pm

    With Every Letter by Sarah Sundin immediately drew me in since it takes place during World War II, one of my favorite time periods in American history and it was easy to fall in love with Mellie and Tom, the two main characters in the book. The idea of writing anonymously to a solider sounds so romantic especially during the 1940’s. Despite our accessibility to email and text messages in today’s society there’s nothing quite like a written letter I believe. With every letter (see where the title comes from) you can tell Mellie and Tom are both developing feelings beyond friendship. I thoroughly enjoyed how their relationship unfolded and the twists and turns they both encounter along the way.

  21. Unlike anything I have read in a very long time I was captivated by this book. The characters, the depth, the drama and the uniqueness of their story was a breath of fresh air to me. I love great books and I especially love great Christian Fiction and this did not disappoint. With a touch of history, romance and faith it was the perfect blend of a get away in your hands. I soaked up this entire book in one lazy Saturday afternoon setting. I can not wait to see what other adventures, drama, and excitement awaits in the rest of the books in this series!

  22. ‘With Every Letter’, Book 1 in Sarah Sundin’s newest series ‘Wings of the Nightingale’ clinches her as one of the very best Christian authors in Historical Romance genre!

    As we have learned to expect from this best selling author each of her novels surpasses the last one!
    Her three previous novels in the ‘Wings of Glory’ included ‘A distant Melody’ (see review here), ‘A Memory Between Us’ (see review here) and ‘Blue Skies Tomorrow’ (see review here) were stunning in their historical details and emotional dramas.
    I consider it a blessing she now presents us another great story which is sure to delight her audience everywhere.

  23. Deborah Previte
    Sep 15 - 8:56 pm

    It was a refreshing read filled with surprises and unexpected turns of events. A book that was uplifting and generous in its characterizations even of secondary characters. A story that was heart-warming and real. A book that shares the unfailing connections that God can bring about even in our isolation, and even in the impossible ways we could never imagine…His love can reach us no matter where we are.

  24. Daysong Reflections
    Sep 16 - 1:19 am

    Well developed characters, a steady plot, interesting historical background, lots of drama and a sweet romance kept me turning the pages and the story ended much too quickly. I thoroughly enjoyed “With Every Letter” and observing the changes made by both Tom and Mellie, most of which could be directly attributed to the influence of the other’s encouragement through their letters. The story is an excellent example of how we tend to believe that others see us the way we see ourselves and that the rejection we receive is usually because we set ourselves up for it. “With Every Letter” clearly illustrates how we need to see ourselves the way God sees us.

  25. Brooke @ i blog 4 books
    Sep 16 - 2:46 am

    Overall, this was such an amazing book! The message of forgiveness and redemption was so poignant and came through without being preachy. I absolutely cannot wait until the next book in this series!! 5 stars!!!


  26. The Knowlton Nest
    Sep 16 - 3:21 pm
  27. The Knowlton Nest
    Sep 16 - 5:04 pm

    This is the ultimate love story! Tom and Mellie are two similar people who jump at the chance of a safe friendship on paper, not realizing that they could possibly meet and fall in love in person. There is also a lot of tension once Mellie figures out who Tom is and she balances her secret letter writing and her in-person relationship with fear. There were many characters in this story and a lot of battle scenes that were not too appealing to me, but necessary to validate the flow of the novel. But the romance and tension was strong and delightful. I was hooked from the beginning. I plan to read more books by Sarah Sundin.
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  28. Crystal @ Cinnamon Hollow
    Sep 17 - 10:43 am

    I really enjoyed this book. When I first started reading it, I thought it was going to be like every other WWII Romance that I have read. I was wrong. It is very different. Sure, there is romance but the story line really takes you on a journey. Mellie and Tom’s friendship is so wonderful to watch unfold. Being anonymous penpals gives them the freedom to really get to know each other. It isn’t the type of “romance novel” that is filled with lustful looks….

  29. The Review Stew
    Sep 18 - 2:06 pm

    This book is a classic love story and I really liked to imagine how it really could have happened during WWII between a soldier and nurse! I am so excited that there will be a continual series and I can’t wait to read all the other books!

  30. Hayley Kolb
    Sep 18 - 2:10 pm

    This is a great book. A very romantic love story that is a bit predictable, but told in a very different way. I love all the historic details as well, so it puts you right in the time period, right inside of the story. I finished this book quite fast, as I was very interested to see the story unfold. A great book!

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  31. Buzz4Mommies
    Sep 18 - 7:58 pm

    With Every Letter was such a engaging book. I couldn’t put it down. I fell in love with Mellie and her spunk, charm, and even her faults. I think all of us look at ourselves differently than others do and especially different than the Lord does. I think the idea of writing letters is so amazingly romantic. Mellie and Tom really put themselves out there since they feel safer then in person and this is thrilling. To be able to be who you really are and not have to worry about how others judge you would be so freeing. I found all the places to be really interesting and I found myself even more intrigued to learn about the war. The soldiers and nurses put their lives at risk so often for America and it is inspiring. I think we always worry that we’ll carry on our parent’s bad traits but we need to also remember to not loose the good ones! There were so many great themes in this book and lessons. We learned that we need to trust in others, that gossip is so hard on everyone, that we need to believe in ourselves and mostly that we need to trust in God. I highly recommend this book and can’t wait to read the rest in the series!

  32. sunny island breezes
    Sep 18 - 11:39 pm

    You’re going to need some tissues with this book.

    Thank you, Ms Sundin. I’ve read all your books and am looking forward to your next. I love the historical WWII details.

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  33. This is my first read by author Sarah Sundin and it won’t be my last. She has created two interested main characters, clever dialogue, and beautifully written descriptions that made me feel like I was right there with them. Overall, I loved reading With Every Letter and I recommend it to all readers.

  34. RambleSAHM (@RambleSAHM)
    Sep 19 - 8:14 pm

    “Annie” and “Ernest”. It was quite enjoyable to read about their budding friendship. They were able to reveal so much more about themselves through their correspondence than they ever would have if they had immediately met in person.

  35. Proud Book Nerd
    Sep 19 - 9:40 pm

    This is a really good story, and one of the least depressing World War II books I’ve ever read. I appreciate that I can read a WWII book without ending up depressed for days! I found myself enjoying most of the characters, and pulling for Mellie and Tom.

  36. Inspired By Savannah
    Sep 20 - 4:28 am

    Sarah Sundin does an amazing job at sharing spot on details about the WWII and nurses during this time. I loved how Sarah used the letter exchange program between the two main characters in such a way that makes you want to keep reading to see how their relationship and romance progress.

    Even though this is the fourth book from author, Sarah Sundin, it was the first book I read from her. But, it will definitely not be my last. I can’t wait to pick up her previous releases. And, I am so glad I gave this war romance novel a chance. I absolutely loved it!

  37. My Daily Trek
    Sep 21 - 12:24 am

    Mellie breaks your heart because she is so fragile and is so desperate for acceptance but has a hard time to associate with others around her, I know how that feels. For most of us we can relate to Mellie. Tom, wow! When I found out what he was hiding, you are seriously surprised. And I can understand why he felt it was necessary that he never reveals his true identity. They both have such a great fear of rejection. And you learn why and your compassion grows for them both. You can feel their pain and great anxiety.

  38. Christian Chick's Thoughts
    Sep 21 - 12:47 am

    What I love most about Sundin’s writing is not the meticulously researched, put-you-right-in-the-action narration or the heartwarming romance (though both of those aspects help make her books stand out). My favorite aspect of her writing is her characterization. In With Every Letter, everyone—everyone—is flawed. Mellie and Tom, though wonderful, are far from perfect … and that makes them seem all the more realistic. They also both change dramatically, though believably, throughout the course of the book. All of the characters seem like people I could really meet, and that believability added to my enjoyment of the novel.

  39. Katie McCurdy
    Sep 21 - 2:13 am

    Sarah Sundin’s books always take me on such a sweeping, emotional journey…I’m left nearly breathless as the two characters come together through an epic, romantic love story. And that’s the trait that Sundin keeps up in With Every Letter. If you at all enjoy the WWII era or are interested in expounding your knowledge of this time, then Sarah Sundin is the author to go to! All four of the books she has written are exceptionally written and woven with a wonderful, emotional love story that you won’t soon forget! I completely enjoyed every moment I spent reading With Every Letter!

  40. Maureen Timerman
    Sep 21 - 10:46 am

    We travel through battles and are reminded of who are our Allies…and who changed sides? Don’t miss this really great historical read. I can’t wait for the next novels in this series…They are amazing!

  41. Babs Book Bistro
    Sep 21 - 11:25 am

    What a great start to a new series. First I have to say the author did a wonderful job in her research. My 16-year-old is a WWII buff and even read it and said, Mom she is on it!”

  42. The Zen of Motherhood
    Sep 21 - 12:59 pm

    Sarah Sundin’s With Every Letter (Revell, 2012) is a history buff’s delight. Sundin’s research into the formation of the 802nd Medical Air Transport Squadron and the introduction of flight nurses into service is impeccable and forms a fascinating backdrop to Mellie’s and Tom’s stories of courage, faith, mercy, and change.

  43. Laura Hilton
    Sep 21 - 2:07 pm

    A good read. Exciting at times, the romance between certain characters and at certain times is top notch, and I can’t wait to read the next book in this series. I hope it’ll be Kay’s story.

  44. Hannah E. Trotter
    Sep 21 - 6:48 pm

    Sarah Sundin did an incredible job of pairing this sweet romance with a deep historical background. As we followed both Lt. Blake and Lt. McGilliver among various regions and battlefields, I found a new understanding for the nurses that were at the front of the war, and the sacrifices and dangers that they faced. I highly recommend this heartwarming story of forgiveness, patriotism and hope.

  45. Andi
    Sep 21 - 7:11 pm

    Sarah has created the best characters with Mellie and Tom, both misfits of their own making. Mellie thinks she could never attract a man, and Tom is afraid of his father’s past. When they get paired as pen pals they begin to help each other overcome their own insecurities.
    Sarah creates great romantic tension between Tom and Mellie, Mellie is a flight nurse on the front lines, and Tom is in action running into each other is bound to happen right?

  46. Linda's Lunacy
    Sep 21 - 9:28 pm

    This book is a great read. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.

  47. Creative Madness Mama
    Sep 22 - 3:29 pm

    This reader is delighted that there is a new series Wings of the Nightingale coming from Christian Historical Fiction author Sarah Sundin. I still hold that A Distant Melody might be one of my favorite books ever and with all that I read, this is a really saying something – so bringing on a new series, I couldn’t be more delighted and excited to see what I might find within the pages of such a novel and over the top, I was not disappointed. I knew, before I knew anything else, through a conversation with Sarah that this was going to be a war times You’ve Got Mail/The Shop Around the Corner story, but different and that’s exactly what it was. I’d love to see *this* one as a film!

    This story is more about the people than the setting, and while it is interesting it was the content of the letters and emotions that I wanted more of and was granted within these pages. Giving plenty of laugh-out-loud, quit-it-I’m-going-to-cry, and down right cannot turn the pages fast enough. (truncated review)

  48. Southern Gal Loves to Read
    Sep 22 - 9:47 pm

    With Every Letter is a war-time story of love and hope. As I read it, I felt like I was getting a history lesson — but in a much more intriguing way than any history book I ever read in school! Sarah draws you immediately into the lives of Mellie and Tom, with a back-and-forth look at their lives. The setting of falling in love while hiding behind the safety of anonymity allowed me to see deep inside the hearts of the characters and learn about their hopes and fears. Right away I cared about them and enjoyed following the ups and downs they both went through as their story developed. There was plenty of war, romance, heartache, and joy to keep me anxiously turning the pages to the very end! I’m excited to see what Sarah has to offer in the next Wings of the Nightingale book.

  49. Kaylea Hutson
    Sep 23 - 12:40 am

    Sundin’s writing style is friendly, soothing and well, just fun. I felt like I could identify with both Millie and Tom – in a variety of ways. The characters seemed real – and I found myself wanting to keep reading to find out what happened. In other words, I quit feeling tired, and simply enjoyed losing myself in a quality novel.

  50. Footprints in the Butter
    Sep 23 - 2:22 pm

    And the historical detail? Just like in her other World War II books, the detail is incredible. Plus, at the end, there is information talking about what is historical and what is fiction. One thing I really hate is “historical fiction” that is filled with glaring inaccuracies, and especially with contemporary attitudes being forced into characters from another time. Sundin does not do that. Not that I’m an expert on World War II, but I know something of that era. Sundin’s writing rings true.

  51. The lost art of writing a letter is beautifully revealed through this book. Letters can reveal much about a person. You can even be more bold in a letter than you would normally be in person. Revealing so much about you and your heart is so much easier when you don’t really know the person that you are writing to, either.

  52. Michelle Sutton
    Sep 24 - 3:23 am

    This was a great love story, but it also had a lot of spiritual depth. I loved it when “Annie” told Tom to just imitate Jesus when he struggled with leadership. When he studied how Jesus dealt with issues I learned something too. What great advice! I think I’ll take it and use it in my job as well. :)

  53. Jennifer
    Sep 24 - 4:02 am

    This book is now on the my top 5 list!

  54. It was really very difficult for me to put the book down. I felt as anxious about all those letters as Tom and Mellie did. Sarah has an amazing talent to draw the reader in and make them feel like they are in the book going through what all the characters are. There were times I caught myself imagining the music of the 40’s playing in the background. I can’t begin to tell you enough or how much I enjoyed reading this and can hardly wait for the next book in the series!

  55. Cara Putman
    Sep 25 - 2:25 am

    Sarah is a masterful writer who captures the time with breath-taking detail. The journey of these characters will pull you in and leave you rooting for them to rise above their beliefs of themselves and do what it takes to risk love. I highly recommend it for lovers of historical romance.

  56. Seasons of Humility
    Sep 25 - 6:16 am

    From the very first letter that Mellie writes anonymously (and Tom’s reactions to it), I fell in love with the story (and Tom). The dancing around of two souls who long to reach out but who fear what such vulnerability might bring to themselves and to each other, as well as the actual dancing the characters engage in, frustrates the mind and ultimately touches the heart.

  57. Vic's Media Room
    Sep 25 - 7:08 am

    I like history and, even though she won’t admit it, I think Sarah Sundin is secretly a historian. It is her attention to details that help draw you into the story as well, of course, as her marvelous characters. Ms. Sundin makes you feel as though you are there in every battle, experiencing every life threatening moment and feeling intense relief when it is finished. Back to the characters, both Mellie Blake and Tom MacGilliver are presented in such a real manner that you feel as though they are friends of yours and when the book eventually ends you are sorry to see them go. “With Every Letter” is an exciting book. However, as exciting as the story is the romance between Mellie and Tom takes top priority as each of them deals with their individual issues. ”With Every Letter” deals with themes of forgiveness and restoration as only God can produce. Ms. Sundin has done it again and I recommend this book highly. I am so looking forward to book two in this series.

  58. Sundin has written another great novel of the WW II era. She has done her research and readers will learn a great deal about the campaign in northern Africa, the role of engineers, and the role of that new breed of women nurses aboard airplanes taking the injured away from the front.
    What a great idea for a romance novel! Two people falling in love through anonymous letters. And the interaction between the two when their duty assignments allow them to be in the same place at the same time, yet each one not knowing the other is the anonymous letter writer (at least at first).

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