Monday, August 19, 2013

Book Review - On Distant Shores


Caught between the war raging around them and the battles within, two souls long for peace---and a love that remains true.

Lt. Georgiana Taylor has everything she could want. A boyfriend back home, a loving family, and a challenging job as a flight nurse. But in July 1943, Georgie's cozy life gets more complicated when she meets pharmacist Sgt. John Hutchinson.

Hutch resents the lack of respect he gets as a noncommissioned serviceman and hates how the war keeps him from his fiancée. While Georgie and Hutch share a love of the starry night skies over Sicily, their lives back home are falling apart. Can they weather the hurt and betrayal? Or will the pressures of war destroy the fragile connection they've made?

With her signature attention to detail and her talent for bringing characters together, Sarah Sundin weaves an exciting tale of emotion, action, and romance that will leave you wanting more.


Sarah Sundin is the author of "With Every Letter" and the Wings of Glory series. In 2011, A "Memory Between Us" was a finalist in the Inspirational Reader's Choice Awards, and Sarah received the Writer of the Year Award at the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference. A graduate of UC San Francisco School of Pharmacy, she works on call as a hospital pharmacist. During WWII, her grandfather served as a pharmacist's mate (medic) in the Navy and her great-uncle flew with the US Eighth Air Force in England. Sarah lives in California with her husband and three children.

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This was a good book full of wonderful, World War II history and wonderful characters you'll grow to really care about. 

Georgie is a Flight Nurse, taking care of the wounded wherever she is sent. Georgie is timid and always trying to please those in her life - like her fiance and her family. Hutch is a Pharmacist in the Army who tries to do a good job, despite the lack of respect that he receives. The Army doesn't make Pharmacist's officer's despite their college education. I did think it was a bit too much making Georgie so ridiculously inept at times. I don't think she would have lasted very long as a Flight Nurse in real life. I found her to be a very sweet person but not very believable as a Flight Nurse.

When Georgie and Hutch meet, they instantly become good friends. Both are devoted to their fiances so they keep a respectful relationship. It's wonderful to watch them bring out the best in each other. I loved the faith of both Georgie and Hutch, too. It's wonderful to see them persevere through the tough times because they do have a faith in God. I love how they get such joy and have appreciation for God's creation, too. I could really relate to this in both of them.

I really like the historical aspects of this book. You really feel like you are experiencing what the characters are experiencing. I liked all the minute historical details that are in this book and, I'm sure, there were some officers who were as annoying and egotistical as they were in the book, however, I didn't really care for them. They made me think of junior high and all the bullies. 

Over all, this was an enjoyable book. A lovely romance full of historical information. However, there was enough inconsistencies in the character development that I can't give it a five star rating. It's definitely a four star book, though, and if you enjoy romances, you'll enjoy this one.

*This book was provided to me for my honest review LitFuse Publicity Group

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Blessings - Julie


  1. This sounds like a lovely book, thank you for the review (:

  2. Thanks for the wonderful review! I'm glad you enjoyed the book!


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