In Perfect Time
About This Book
Bold, sophisticated, and flirtatious, Army Air Force flight nurse Lt. Kay Jobson collects hearts wherever she flies, leaving men pining in airfields all across Europe. So how can ruggedly handsome C-47 pilot Lt. Roger Cooper be all but immune to her considerable charms? In fact, he seems to do everything he can to avoid her.
Still, as they cross the skies between Italy and southern France, evacuating the wounded and delivering paratroopers and supplies, every beat of their hearts draws them closer to where they don’t want to go. Can they confront the fears and misunderstandings in their pasts?
Sarah Sundin seamlessly weaves together emotion, action, and sweet romance into a tale that transcends time and calls us to believe in the power of love.
This third and final installment in Sarah Sundin’s Wings of the Nightingale series, about World War Two Army flight nurses, blew me away on all fronts. Her writing was brilliant, the historical detail superb, the romance full of fireworks, the spiritual message relevant, and the whole series summed up perfectly. This was one of the very few books I’ve read lately that was so wholly engrossing, I quickly forgot I was a writer and editor and reviewer, and was able to just enjoy being a reader again. The prose and dialogue were evenly balanced, and both full of vivid imagery. The dialogue suited the characters and really brought them to life. And the final, bittersweet scene absolutely brought me to tears—such a poignant farewell image to conclude the series. That scene, and the whole series, will stay with me a long, long time.
Characters are one of Sundin’s greatest strengths as a writer. Kay, Roger, and all the supporting cast positively leaped off the page. I felt I was reading about real-life people. And as I’d hoped, this book brought back Tom, Mellie, Hutch, and Georgie from the previous two books, and even wrapped up loose ends from those books that I’d honestly forgotten about (like the fate of Mellie’s father).
Historical research is another of Sundin’s greatest strengths. Reading this book, I felt like I was the one flying a plane, bandaging wounds, hiking through mountains, sweating in the jungle, and singing with a big band. So many intricate wartime settings and scenes could only stem from meticulous research, and Sundin excels at bringing all that history to life and grounding her fictional people in that real world.
Beyond the history, what seems at first to be an opposites-attract story quickly morphs into something even better, as these two incredibly hurt, lonely people who’ve barricaded themselves behind aloof emotional defenses for too long discover they have more in common than they ever thought possible—and they’re terrified to do anything about it. Talk about romantic tension! Kay and Roger have so much to overcome, individually and as a potential couple, that they definitely earn their happily-ever-after.
The themes of redemption and assurance are powerfully woven throughout the story. Kay’s false-preacher father obviously presents an incorrect, even evil, view of religion and God, but many true believers come alongside her throughout the story to help her expose those lies, and none more so than Roger. Sundin also holds up a subtle mirror to the church at large, to examine how we too often look down upon the reformed newcomers among us.
This is a war story, so there are wounded soldiers, bombings, dogfights, plane crashes, even German soldiers hunting down and attacking innocent civilians. But all is presented as deftly as possible and is extremely relevant to the story. In keeping with the 1940s culture, a few characters smoke and drink, and a couple of the nurses display promiscuous behavior. Roger is an unabashed practical joker, willfully pulling pranks on some of his fellow pilots without the slightest hint of remorse.
This book will appeal to men and women who love historical fiction with strong spiritual overtones. It is definitely targeted to the Christian reader, but even non-Christian readers would find much to love about this story. As usual whenever Sarah Sundin’s name is on the cover, once I picked up this book, I could not put it down. This riveting series would make wonderful movies someday.
Sarah Sundin’s Wings of the Nightingale series soars to a dramatic, action-packed conclusion in this vivid portrayal of the final days of World War Two. From the battle lines of Europe and Asia to the troop-supporting homefront, Kay and Roger’s poignant story packs an exciting and emotional wallop, and fans of the full series will love seeing how Sundin brings all her remarkable characters home In Perfect Time.
Available August 5, 2015 from Revell