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With Every Letter (Wings of the Nightingale #1)

4.07  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,752 Ratings  ·  406 Reviews
Lt. Mellie Blake is looking forward to beginning her training as a flight nurse. She is not looking forward to writing a letter to a man she's never met--even if it is anonymous and part of a morale-building program. Lt. Tom MacGilliver, an officer stationed in North Africa, welcomes the idea of an anonymous correspondence--he's been trying to escape his infamous name for ...more
Paperback, 418 pages
Published September 2012 by Revell
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May 09, 2015 Anne rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone, except Becca who is fed up with reading about the World Wars ;)
Recommended to Anne by: Maria and Linda
I'm not sure how I'm supposed to go about reviewing a book like this one...

What can I say besides the fact that I absolutely LOVED it?

This book was amazing. The historical setting was interesting. The romance was heart-melting. The Christian elements uplifting. The epistolary exchanges were just...wonderful. Everything blended together so well in this book, and it was so compelling that I had the hardest time putting it down. With Every Letter is one of those amazing books that you can't wait t
I can't decide if I really liked this book or not. I didn't love it, but it was good. The writing style really drew me in and kept my attention. And World War II is one of my favorite times to read about-- it's so fascinating! Yet the story lacked... something. I loved the characters! While they could be annoying and frustrating (quite a bit, actually), I think I can kinda understand why people in their situations would be the way they were-- people's life history shapes them in ways we can't al ...more
Amy S
Apr 24, 2013 Amy S rated it it was ok
A bucket of cheese with nacho cheese poured over and topped off with cheese whiz.
Lt. Philomela Blake is a nurse who has a beautiful dream: to help wounded soldiers by working for the Air Evacuation Transport during the second World War. She has never dreamed of writing anonymous letters to a stranger soldier to alleviate his suffering. But when she starts writing Tom, an officer who has been hiding a secret for many years (a dreadful event that happened in the past and has prevented him from having real friends), her life begins to slowly change. She does not feel alone anym ...more
Naomi Sarah
Jun 10, 2015 Naomi Sarah rated it it was amazing
OH MY HEART!!! :-)

Why I loved this book:
1. It's a WW2 book! I LOVE reading (and writing) stories and books taking place during the 2ond World War. It's my favourite time-period to read about, I've decided it for sure now. This book was so WW2 ish - so 1940-ish - so MY STYLE. I looooooved it.
2. Mellie. Mellie was an adorable character. Super shy and awkward on one side, but also very confidant and impulsive at other times. She got more and more out of her shell as the story went on, but she remai
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Gabriela Paige
Sep 09, 2015 Gabriela Paige rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Again, I mainly read this book because the Kindle version was free on Amazon and a friend on Pinterest put it as one of her favorite books. I thought it might be pretty good. I haven't read hardly any romance books or that much historical fiction. Anyways. With Every Letter turned out to be a beautiful, lovely, heartfelt romance story. I really liked this book. It was so enjoyable.

Set during World War II, this Christian romance novel has a lot of history put into it. Philomela Blake is excited t
Andrea Cox
by Andrea Renee Cox

With Every Letter by Sarah Sundin is a great example of why I enjoy reading historical Christian fiction. There are many reasons why I like this genre, and this novel in particular, but the aspect I love the most is learning new things about different times in history. Before reading this book, I had no idea there were flight nurses in World War II.

In With Every Letter, Mellie Blake aspires to become a flight nurse, but even if the government finally approves this new position
Abigail Richmond
Wow that was Fantastic!!! Another top favorite author!
Kathleen (Kat) Smith
Some of my most favorite and memorable movies are the old classic black and white movies starring Jimmy Stewart, and one of them is The Shop Around The Corner. It set the precedent for the newer movie, You've Got Mail and also the premise and background for Sarah Sundin's latest novel, With Every Letter. This is the first in the Wings of the Nightingale Series and being a huge fan of WWII fiction novels, I knew I wanted to read this one.

The book introduces us to two very different but similar ch
May 06, 2015 Sarita rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Historical Romance lovers
This was my first book by Sarah Sundin and I thoroughly enjoyed it. My husband and I recently traveled to Europe and learned more on World War 2, so I enjoyed the setting of this book.

The letters between Mellie (Annie) and Tom (Ernest) was cute and innocent and based on true friendship and a basis of being your true self when know one as their minds already made up about who you are.

Mellie and Tom both have big struggles with their self worth and it was good to see how they grew and helped each
There are some books you just CAN'T rate lower. Sarah Sundin is one of the best contemporary writers of WW11, and you can tell she has researched her story thoroughly. She knows her stuff :) I usually read WW11 books set in France or Germany, so it was a little different to me to read about war work in Algeria.

The story itself is sweet. I liked Mellie a lot more than Tom. I felt her struggle to feel accepted by other nurses. She tries to fit in, but nothing she does helps. There is a strain of
May 11, 2016 Beth rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, christian
A great read!

The setting was incredibly interesting. I haven't come across many books that focussed on Northern Africa during WW2 or the important logistical/engineering aspects of war. The pioneering work of air evacuation with nurses on board was something I'd never even realised had occurred! I very much enjoyed learning about these unfamiliar subjects and want to do some more research myself.

Both main characters were strongly affected and shaped by their disfunctional pasts and a lot of thei
Feb 17, 2016 Sydney rated it it was amazing
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Oh my goodness.. Where do I even begin?

I just cannot even begin to describe how much I loved this book.

I absolutely adored Mellie. I'm a very shy person myself, so I could completely relate to her. That's something I really love when I read books. I understood her fears, her solitude, and her distress for having to come out of her shell. Throughout the entire book I was thinking how similar we were in character and in thou
Sep 26, 2012 Melanie rated it really liked it
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Review on my blog (to be posted 9/27):

4.5 stars.

I haven't read any of Sarah Sundin's previous novels, but I've heard great things about them, and I was looking forward to reading her new release, With Every Letter.

The concept to the story was intriguing to me (two people writing anonymous letters to each other) and, I have to say, I loved the "letters" in With Every Letter.

The characters were wonde
With Every Letter is an amazing novel! It’s rich in detail about WWII, but doesn’t overwhelm you in it.

Mellie Blake is a woman who is shy, scared of putting herself at risk and so is very lonely. She has a hard time making friends, mostly because of her preconceived ideas of how people see her – which were ingrained in her from her childhood, when children would make fun of her.

Lt. Newman, Mellie’s chief nurse, loves the movie Shop Around the Corner and gets an idea of how to do something like
Jocelyn Green
Nov 19, 2012 Jocelyn Green rated it it was amazing
When I read Sarah's first book, A Distant Melody, I considered it one of the best books I had ever read. But she just keeps getting better! Readers who pick up With Every Letter with high expectations will not be disappointed. The characters are unique and well-developed. Both the hero and heroine start out with huge obstacles that threaten to interfere not just with romance, but with their ability to relate to the rest of the world, for the rest of their lives. The stakes are high personally, b ...more
So, after reading this awhile back and talking about it a great deal, I'm finally getting around to actually reviewing it. Normally I don't like WW2 fiction, but this one transcended genre and gave me all sorts of interesting historical facts. I loved reading about how Mellie's group learned to be a real team, and how she learned to be a support and help to her new friends. I also loved the letter-writing part; I've got a weakness for stories like that, especially with the added twist of them ge ...more
SUMMARY: They know everything about each other--except their real names.

Lt. Mellie Blake is looking forward to beginning her training as a flight nurse. She is not looking forward to writing a letter to a man she's never met--even if it is anonymous and part of a morale-building program. Lt. Tom MacGilliver, an officer stationed in North Africa, welcomes the idea of an anonymous correspondence--he's been trying to escape his infamous name for years.

As their letters crisscross the Atlantic, Tom a
Shari Larsen
Apr 02, 2015 Shari Larsen rated it really liked it
Mellie Blake is looking forward to being trained as a WW2 flight nurse; she loves her job, but when it comes to making friends, she feels like she never fits in. She spent her childhood traveling with her father, so she never really had the chance to make friends.

When Mellie's boss gives the nurses a chance to correspond anonymously with servicemen to boost their morale, Mellie is hesitant at first, but decides to give it a try.

Tom MacGilliver is an engineer who ends up receiving her letters. He
Rating: 4.5 stars.

This was my first Sarah Sundin book and it was wonderful. I enjoyed every page of this story set during WWII. I felt as if I was watching a classic war film. The amount of research was obvious because the historical detail was quite impressive.

The story was told through the eyes of a field and flight nurse, Lt.Philomela Blake (Mellie), and an engineer, Lt.Thomas MacGilliver Jr (Tom). Mellie was part of a group of nurses who assisted in air evacuation of the wounded from combat
I really enjoyed reading Mellie & Tom's story. I loved the idea of anonymous letter writing. Even though war stories aren't my favorite I decided to give it a try, & I'm glad I did. I will definitely look for the rest of the series as well.

This story had some really good points/sayings in it. It was neat to watch how Mellie & Tom grew & learned new things. Oh the scene were Mellie overheard Georgie & Rose talking to Kate, & the resulting fall out, made me cringe. So much
Aug 09, 2014 Brittany rated it it was amazing
This is the first book in the Wings of the Nightingale series and it was hard for me to set down. The author did a great job of making me feel like I was back in the 1940’s during wartime.

The characters are so well-written, with deep backgrounds and lots of insecurities. Mellie was extremely self-conscious, timid, and unsure of how to make friends. Tom was falsely cheerful and afraid to let go of his emotions at all, for fear that he would turn out like his father. His timidity did grate on my n
Reet Champion
Jul 24, 2014 Reet Champion rated it really liked it
Throughout her entire life where ever she has gone, Mellie Blake has never been accepted. Caught between two cultures that shunned her she withdrew into herself which has made it difficult for her to cope with other people - particularly women - in adulthood. Now she's doing something she really wants to succeed at (nursing) and it requires her to work well with others. But it's so difficult when she's awkward and people are so hostile and judgmental. When the opportunity presents itself to befr ...more
Gabrielle Meyer
Sep 16, 2012 Gabrielle Meyer rated it really liked it
I love reading historical novels, and I've read quite a few, but never have I read one quite like With Every Letter, by Sarah Sundin. Everything about this story is unique and well written.

The book is set during WWII and the hero, Tom, is an engineer who is stationed overseas. He has a name everyone in the United States recognizes and links to his father's criminal activities, and because of it, he's never had a true friend.

The heroine, Mellie, is a flight nurse and was raised in the Philippine
Aug 21, 2014 Renee rated it really liked it
Part Shop Around the Corner and part Cherry Ames Flight Nurse, With Every Letter tells the story of two lonely people who find love—even though they haven’t met face-to-face.

Set during World War II, the story focuses on Lt. Mellie Blake, a young woman supporting the war effort as a flight nurse, and Lt. Tom MacGilliver, an engineer doing his duty in North Africa. Though these two are brave and competent before their coworkers, they are both guarding inner vulnerabilities resulting from painfu
I haven't read a book by Sarah Sundin that I haven't liked. This story started out a bit slow, but I hung in there and was hooked about five chapters into the story. I loved the mystery of the letters and how they were able to be open with each other without fear, but at the same time the very thing they feared -- falling in love -- was inevitable. This was a sweet love story. I can easily see it as a movie, and while reading I could hear the author's unique voice in my head. Sundin always goes ...more
Melmac MacDonald
Sep 20, 2012 Melmac MacDonald rated it it was ok
In general I found the characters in this book to be laughable, I seriously did laugh out loud a couple times. Mellie and Tom are written as extremely immature, almost simple, people. I kept thinking they didn't need each other they needed some serious counseling to deal with their issues. The writing is very elementary, I kept checking to see if I was reading a young adult book. To say the storyline was contrived would be putting it mildly. I usually can see past that if the characters save it, ...more
Oct 09, 2015 Erin rated it it was amazing
It's World War II meets "You've Got Mail" and "The Shop Around the Corner" in this tale of anonymous correspondents falling in love. I enjoyed this book so much I couldn't put it down, reading the final half in one sitting. That doesn't happen often these days!

Mellie Blake was raised in the Philippines by her American father, who was very concerned about raising Mellie up to be a proper lady after her Filipina mother left them. Too American to fit in completely with the local girls, and too Fili
Can I just ...

This book is beautiful. And I mean, just so beautifully written that I hated every moment that I had to pause in reading it. I got this novel for free on Amazon and I'm pretty thankful that I decided to go ahead and get it because it's such an amazing story. The characters, the details, everything -- it was perfect. To make a long story short, the book is about two characters caught in the midst of WWII; a nurse and a soldier, who write anonymous letters to each other to curb their
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Sarah Sundin enjoys writing about the drama and romance of the World War II era. She is the author of the Waves of Freedom series (Through Waters Deep, 2015, Anchor in the Storm, coming May 2016, When Tides Turn, coming March 2017), the Wings of the Nightingale series (With Every Letter, 2012, On Distant Shores, 2013, and In Perfect Time, 2014), and the Wings of Glory series (A Distant Melody, A M ...more
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