Monday, September 12, 2011

Litfuse Blog Tour -- Blue Skies Tomorrow


 Lt. Raymond Novak prefers the pulpit to the cockpit, but at least his stateside job training B-17 pilots allows him the luxury of a personal life. As he courts Helen Carlisle, a young war widow and mother who conceals her pain under a frenzy of volunteer work, the sparks of their romance set a fire that flings them both into peril. After Ray leaves to fly a combat mission at the peak of the air war over Europe, Helen takes a job in a dangerous munitions yard and confronts an even graver menace in her own home. Will they find the courage to face their challenges? And can their young love survive until blue skies return? Want more? Read the press release. 


Sarah Sundin received the 2011 Writer of the Year Award from the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference, and her second novel A Memory Between Us is a finalist for an Inspirational Readers' Choice Award. Her stories are inspired by her great-uncle who flew with the U.S. Eighth Air Force in England during World War II. Sarah lives in California with her husband and three children. Visit with Sarah online at


  To celebrate the release of Blue Skies Tomorrow, the final installment of the Wings of Glory series, Sarah is giving one lucky winner A Vintage Kindle Prize Package!  Read what the reviewers are saying here.
One winner will receive:
* Kindle with Wi-Fi * Handmade vintage apron for you and a friend (see a photo here) * Blue Skies Tomorrow (for Kindle)
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I had heard so much about Sarah Sundin's amazing historical novels so I was very excited to dive into Blue Skies Tomorrow. What a book! Engaging plot, realistic characters, sweet romance -- everything you'd want in a historical fiction was found within the pages of this unique book. 

 Ray was the perfect hero, in my opinion. I really appreciated how Sarah made him to have a realistic personality and have faults as well as virtues. Too often today the characters are perfect angels and it makes them hard to relate to, so I especially loved how Sarah made Ray the way he was. 

 Helen, also, was an unique character who was charming yet had her own ups and downs. I was able to connect with her and feel for her sufferings. She was so sweet and cared so much for her son -- her steadfast love was commendable and I enjoyed watching her interact with Jay-Jay. 

The writing was very easy to read and flowed well, and I never had to go back an reread something because I didn't understand it. 


 There are scenes where it is obvious that Helen wants to further her and Ray's physical relationship beyond kissing, but Ray refuses and leaves, understanding that she is missing the intimacy of her deceased husband and trying to fill the void. 
There are several passionate kissing scenes, one of which the girl is wearing a nightgown and neighbors speculate that they were being immoral, though it is false. 
This may be funny to mention, but there is a scene where a man is ordered to take his clothes off because they need to use them for something. Nothing further is described. 


It deals a bit with physical abuse(punching, burning, etc) from a husband, and also minor war-involved casualties, such as gun shots and shot-down planes, all in minor detail.

All in all, this was an absolutely marvelous book that I highly recommend to all who enjoy a historically accurate novel with a nice story blended in. Highly recommended!


Faye said...

I read this one too and really enjoyed it :) Glad you did too! I'm looking out for more by Ms. Sundin, and am very excited to read the first two books :)

Sarah Sundin said...

Thank you so much for the fabulous review! I'm glad you enjoyed Ray & Helen's story.

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