Monday, September 24, 2012

Book Review: A Memory Between Us

A Memory Between Us. Sarah Sundin. 2010. Revell. 450 pages.

I may not have fully appreciated the first novel in the Wings of Glory series by Sarah Sundin, A Distant Melody. But after reading the first novel in her new Wings of the Nightingale series, With Every Letter, I knew I HAD to go back and read her other books. And this time I wasn't disappointed. Not even slightly.

A Memory Between Us focuses on the love story between Major Jack Novak and Lieutenant Ruth Doherty (a nurse, flight nurse). Told in alternating voices, this one is a tense but oh-so-compelling romance. It was love at first sight, for the most part, for Jack Novak. Not so for Ruth who is still hurting from a couple of big mistakes in her past. At the beginning of the novel, Ruth knew a couple of things: first, that she'd never ever ever want to marry anyone; second that men aren't worth the trouble, the risk. So when Ruth finds herself pursued--or wooed--by Jack, well, she's convinced he's just like all the rest, but, as she realizes that isn't truly the case, she has a big decision to make. Should she trust him? Should she be honest with him about her past? Should she tell him that she's falling in love with him too?

While Ruth's struggle is the center of this one, Jack isn't without struggles of his own. He is a pastor, though he's not sure he truly felt "the call" of the ministry, but in some ways he hasn't surrendered his life to God. There are plenty of times he trusts in himself, in his abilities, in his good fortune, instead of turning to God in prayer. As a pilot, he's become a bit arrogant that his missions will always be successful, will go as planned, that he can get his men, his plane, out of any messy situation.

I definitely loved Jack and Ruth and their story. But I also REALLY enjoyed Charlie and May!!!

A Memory Between Us is an intense, emotional, wonderful read!!!

© Becky Laney of Operation Actually Read Bible

1 comment:

barbarah said...

I'm here from Semicolon's Sat. reviews. Sarah Sundin is my favorite new author. I've loved all of her books so far.