With Every Letter (Wings of the Nightingale, #1)
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With Every Letter (Wings of the Nightingale #1)

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As part of a World War II morale-building program, flight nurse Lt. Mellie Blake begins an anonymous correspondence with Lt. Tom MacGilliver in North Africa. As their letters crisscross the Atlantic, they develop a deep friendship. But when they're both transferred to Algeria, will their future be held hostage by the past---or will they reveal their identities?
Paperback, 432 pages
Published September 2012 by Revell
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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...more
Megan
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...more
Renee
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 painful...more
Marcy Weydemuller
Get ready to start early in the day to read With Every Letter, or prepare to stay up late, because once you meet Mellie and Tom you won't be able to stop reading. Sarah Sundin hits top quality with the emotional journey, the spiritual struggles and the reality of physical battle in WWII. This novel is historical fiction at its best.
Renee
Sarah Sundin is a superbly talented author and when it comes to WWII fiction she's my absolute go-to author when I want a good story. Despite being over 400 pages in length I read this book in less than 24 hours and I wish that I hadn't because now it will be a loooong wait until the next book. If you've ever read any of her books you know that Ms. Sundin has a knack for diving right into the romance and adventure and pulling at your heartstrings with her WWII dramas, With Every Letter is no exc...more
Dawn
Lt. Mellie Blake is a nurse who is serving her country during WWII. She's part of a squadron of nurses who do flight evacuations of the wounded. She agrees to take part in an anonymous letter writing campaign with a solider overseas. Her first letter finds its way into the hands of Lt. Tom MacGilliver, an engineer in the Engineer Aviation Battalion currently in North Africa. Neither are seeking a romance. Both want one true friend. Tom's surrounded by men who he laughs and jokes with, but doesn'...more
Keli Gwyn
A Stellar Start to Sundin’s Wings of the Nightingale Series

Confession. I’m a steadfast Sarah Sundin fan. I flew through the first three books from her Wings of Glory series, and I don’t even read WWII romance as a rule. Sundin has changed all that, having become one of my must-read authors. Why? Because she’s a masterful storyteller. Because she creates tension that keeps me fighting sleep well into the night. And because her characters are so real, so deep, and so likable that I remember them l...more
Maureen Timerman
When Millie Blake reluctantly, actually forced to, begin anonymous correspondence with Tom [Ernie] MacGulliver. Both have had life long problems to deal with. Millie has never had a friend, and Tom has had to deal with his father being a murderer [MacGilliver the Killerer].
While they can't open up to others they open up to each other in their letters. Each begins to depend on hearing from the other.
Tom is a Civil Engineer and has been sent to North Africa...he is putting airfields back together...more
Ruth
Since I enjoyed Sarah Sundin’s novels about WWII pilots (See reviews linked below) I was eager to read the first book in her new series, one titled “Wings of the Nightengale” about WWII flight nurses. Since this tour has started, I've read a lot of very good reviews of this book; unfortunately, I was disappointed in this one and did not finish it.

The female lead is Philomella. She grew up without her mother and never learned to make friends. She has a scrapbook of photos from magazines of kids p...more
Karen
Lieutenant Mellie Blake happily serves her country, now deeply involved in World War 2. She didn't have friends as a child, having lived overseas part time due to her father's job. As an adult, she's had difficulty making friends, so she keeps a professional distance from the other Army nurses. This plan works just fine, until her supervisors order her to make friends and fit in or else.

Tom MacGilliver, also a Lieutenant in the United States Army, keeps a low profile for other reasons. His fathe...more
Melanie
Review on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/review/R1GX22EA...
Review on my blog (to be posted 9/27): http://christianbookshelfreviews.blog...

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...more
Faye
Sarah Sundin writes the best WWII dramas of any I've read!

Two outcasts connect through anonymous letters filled with encouragement and friendship in the midst of WWII.

Ms. Sundin writes a historical novel that has it all, emotion, well researched history, and friendship.

I was surprised with how much I connected with the characters, especially Mellie. She struggled to connect with people, and people often mistook her shy awkwardness for conceit and aloofness. In her character I saw myself. I gue...more
Cheryl
Mellie Blake lost her mother at a young age and her father’s job as a botanist in the jungle left Mellie as a loner. She is anti-social. It is very hard for Mellie to make friends. Mellie actually prefers it this way. That is until Mellie is instructed to make friends or her ob could be in jeopardy. One of the ways that Mellie makes friends is by being a pen pal to a soldier. The catch is that everyone in the pen pal program is anonymous.

Lt. Tom MacGilliver has tried to hide but it is hard when...more
Gabrielle Meyer
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...more
Veronica
In a word, amazing! I literally couldn't put this book down! Mellie is a flight nurse during World War II, eager to go in to combat zones and help evacuate the wounded. She's confident when it comes to her job, and she'd good at it. Social situations, however, are something she's not good at. Growing up in the jungle with her father for companionship, shy Mellie doesn't know how to act or what to say to girls her own age. Add to that her quarter Filipino heritage, and the children she did know w...more
Lisa Johnson
Title: With Every Letter
Author: Sarah Sundin
Year: 2012
Pages: 425
Publisher: Revell
Note: I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book. The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility. Other reviews can be read at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspo... . Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/lisa.johnson...
With Every Letter is set in the time frame of World War II, with two main characters. First, we have a nurse named...more
Michelle
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
Margaret
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 conversa...more
Jocelyn Green
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
Charity U
Here’s the deal: anonymous mail being sent between war nurses and soldiers. One of the nurses is a shy girl, who’s always been a little different and never had any good friends. One of the soldiers is liked well-enough, but has some real problems and a dark ancestry that shadows over his present life. With a story like that…what’s not to love? I don’t know, because I loved this book! It was a very unique concept, with the story told from both sides and the letters that were sent as well. A great...more
Holly (2 Kids and Tired)
I adored Sarah Sundin's Wings of Glory series and I was anxious for her new Wings of the Nightingale series. I've had a hard time getting into With Every Letter though and I finally just had to set it aside. Like all of Sarah's books, the setting and descriptions are vivid and her message of faith and hope is strong. However, this time around, the characters just didn't click for me and I thought the story line was a bit contrived and hard to believe. I hope that if I go back to this story somet...more
Hoa
Amazingly written novel about the love between a nurse and a soldier in the time of WWII. The love was rather strange when it started from those letters they sent each other anonymously. She wrote to him because she had no friend, she wanted someone to talk to without knowing her look and her origin. He wrote to her for though he had many friends, they were just superficial and no one really saw the real him, empathetic with him; he needed some one who didn’t know who he was, who his father was...more
Elizabeth Olmedo
Strong writing, relatable characters, and a beautiful story fill the pages of With Every Letter. Sarah Sundin captivates her readers from the very first page, transporting them to another world. I became so engrossed in the story that reaching the end felt like a jolt back to reality. I desperately wanted to return with Tom, Mellie, and the rest of the “gang.”

Because of the main characters’ jobs as a nurse and officer during a time of war, they spent most of the novel apart, but that didn’t make...more
Jenni C
I was hesitant to read a War - Romance - Novel due to a past "bad experience" with a similar novel that was not of the 'inspirational' genre...but I am pleased to say that this book was fun to read and was inspirational and clean! Yay!

Pros: This book is a big historical - romantic - Christian burrito of a book. War facts and terms surround the story - so be prepared for a lot of WWII - Flight nurse education. The writing was strong and the plot was solid. I loved the characters mostly :) I coul...more
Katie
Sarah Sundin's books always take me on such a sweeping, emotional journey...I'm always left breathless at the end as the two characters finally come together in an epic, romantic love story. And that's the trait that Sundin keeps up in With Every Letter. Completely enjoyed every moment I spent reading this book!

Full review to come.
Monica
This book was very interesting from start to finish. It says something about an author when she can take characters you want to hit over the head and strangle some sense into and turn them into characters that you are rooting for and care about their outcomes. This being said you do have to give the characters some time to grown and develop in this book or you will think them over the top.

The one thing I did not care for and this is totally me is the emphasis everyone put on Tom MacGilliver bei...more
Zekkaina (LadyDragonKeeper)
Full review to come ...

I've been hearing about Sarah Sundin's WWII novels for several years now, but never got around to reading any until now. I will definitely be checking out more of her books. The historical details from her research add to a rich, believable setting, her characters are relatable and three dimensional, and before I knew it, I was halfway through the book, not wanting to stop reading. I loved Mellie. It may be a bit superficial of me, but as an Asian American, I admit it was...more
Amy S
A bucket of cheese with nacho cheese poured over and topped off with cheese whiz.
Ann
Lt. Mellie Blake has always felt like an outsider. Raised primarily by her father, with much of her life spent accompanying him on research trips, she feels awkward around other women. Her shyness makes her appear stand-offish.
Lt. Tom MacGilliver has spent his life trying to live down his father’s legacy. Nicknamed “MacGilliver the Killiver” for committing a double murder, Tom’s father was executed when Tom was a young boy.
When Tom and Mellie become involved in a letter-writing exchange inten...more
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Sarah Sundin enjoys writing about the drama and romance of the World War II era. The Wings of the Nightingale series (With Every Letter, 2012, On Distant Shores, August 2013, and In Perfect Time, August 2014) follows three World War II flight nurses as they find love, friendship, and peril in the skies and on the shores of the Mediterranean. The Wings of Glory series from Revell (A Distant Melody,...more
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A Distant Melody  (Wings of Glory, #1) A Memory Between Us (Wings of Glory, #2) Blue Skies Tomorrow (Wings of Glory #3) On Distant Shores (Wings of the Nightingale, #2) In Perfect Time (Wings of the Nightingale #3)

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