Saturday, April 24, 2010

A Distant Melody by Sarah Sundin

A Distant Melody 
By Sarah Sundin

About The Book:
Never pretty enough to please her gorgeous mother, Allie will do anything to gain her approval--even marry a man she doesn't love.

Lt. Walter Novak--fearless in the cockpit but hopeless with women--takes his last furlough at home in California before being shipped overseas. Walt and Allie meet at a wedding and their love of music draws them together, prompting them to begin a correspondence that will change their lives.

As letters fly between Walt's muddy bomber base in England and Allie's mansion in an orange grove, their friendship binds them together. But can they untangle the secrets, commitments, and expectations that keep them apart?

A Distant Melody is the first book in the WINGS OF GLORY series, which follows the three Novak brothers, B-17 bomber pilots with the US Eighth Air Force stationed in England during World War II.

About The Author:
though I come from a home wallpapered in books, I only briefly envisioned myself as a writer, when my sister and I co-wrote Funny Dancing Fruits and Vegetables complete with crayon illustrations.

Then I discovered science. I loved learning about the intricacies of God's creation, so I studied chemistry in college, and then got my doctorate in pharmacy—not a typical career path for a writer.

In pharmacy school, I met my husband, Dave. We settled in northern California and were blessed by three bright, funny children—Stephen, Anna, and Matthew.

Then on January 6, 2000, I woke from a dream so intriguing I had to write it down. I proceeded to write a really bad 750-page contemporary Christian romance. Burn-it-when-I-die bad. But the Lord used it to call me into writing. I joined a critique group, attended writers' conferences, and joined American Christian Fiction Writers. These all taught me about the craft of writing and the publishing industry, and introduced me to writers, editors, and agents.
I first submitted the manuscript for A Distant Melody in 2003, and over the next five years I accumulated a pile of "good" rejection letters from editors and agents. Finally in 2008, a submission at Mount Hermon Christian Writers' Conference led to my first sale.

Between writing and driving kids to soccer and karate, I work one evening a week as a hospital pharmacist, teach Sunday school to fourth- and fifth-graders, and teach women's Bible studies. I enjoy speaking to women's groups and am available to speak on several topics.

My Review:
What a sweet story! Written in a time period when a woman looked for a man who acted like a gentleman and treated her like a lady, it delves, not into sex and selfish gratification, but into love-with honor attached. With World War I as the backdrop, this is a love story that stands the test of separation, hopelessness, and true friendship. From the missions of dare-devil pilots, to the 'ladie's volunteer groups' back home, you'll live the lives of Allie and Lt. Walter Novak as they struggle across two continents to bring their love together.

( Be sure to look under this post for a short interview with Author Sarah Sundin)

A complimentary review copy of this book was provided by Litfuse Publicity

A Distant Melody, Book 1 in Sarah Sundin’s exciting Wings of Glory series, is in stores now! To celebrate the release, we’re offering one Grand Prize winner the chance to get NOSTALGIC!

The Winner of  the ‘NETFLIX® & Nostalgia’ giveaway will receive a vintage prize package, including:

*A 6 month NETFLIX® subscription
*$25 Starbucks® gift card
*A box of See’s Famous Old Time Chocolates®
*A jar of homemade strawberry jam
*A Big Band music CD
*A Mini B-17 Model airplane
*Vintage stationery and pen
*British specialty tea
*WWII style playing cards

To enter just click on the icon! Contest will be live April 5th and run through April 25th!

Enter the Netflix and Nostalgia contest from author Sarah Sundin!


  1. Hi Linda,
    Tried clicking on icon and it tells me it's an error.Tried typing in the web address and same thing happened.
    Carol L.

  2. I forgot to say that I loved the blurb for this book and Sarah's interview. It's a definite read for me. Thanks for sharing.
    Carol L.

  3. Love the cover of the book. And it really sounds like a great read. Wow sometimes as a reader you don't realize how long it sometimes takes a book to get published. Or what a writer really has to go through to get it published.
    Sue B

  4. Hi Carol,
    Sorry about the button not working. I've fixed it so you can go over and check out the contest now. Thanks for visiting here at Between The Pages

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