Liftuse’s Blog Tour of Sarah Sundin’s On Distant Shores

About 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.

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Meet Sarah: 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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I was so excited to get my hands on this novel because I so enjoyed Georgie’s character from With Every Letter. And this novel was so good! First off, as a history buff, I love everything WWII, but I also love how Ms. Sundin (who so far has written strictly WWII novels) has been able to write about different avenues of the same war without making it boring. Another thing I like is how she gives the main characters specific flaws that they have to learn to deal with throughout the course of the book.

First, you have Georgie who is introduced in the first novel of the series. Georgie is bubbly and fun, but she has a hard time making decisions. In my opinion, Georgie was a wonderful heroine. She may have had a hard time making a decision, but when she made it she went all the way. She is very loyal and devoted not only to her friends, but to God. Reading her story was a real joy.

Then you have Hutch. Hutch, what can I say? His struggle was real. I could identify.  And I learned so much about pharmacist in the war I felt like a mini expert (without feeling like I was in school). There were times when he came off a bit more of a Beta male than most male heroes, but that really only made him seem more real.  He did make some decisions that made me want to say “Nooooo”, but watching him grow was so beautifully done that the ending was all the sweeter.

As for the romance, sooo romantic. I know, they’re both already in relationships, but that just means that their friendship is so much the sweeter. No insta-love here. You’ve got that slow development that simmers underneath and leaves you sighing. You won’t be disappointed!

Spiritually, both Hutch and Georgie have a relationship with God, but like any Christian, they have areas that they have to trust God with and Ms. Sundin really shows how you, the reader, can go to God can certain needs and desires met.

If you liked any of her other novels, you will absolutely enjoy this one!

Romantic scale: 9.5