Apr 9, 2010

A Distant Melody by Sarah Sundin

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.

Sarah SundinIn Sarah's words:

Although 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. To learn more visit www.sarahsundin.com and if you are a history buff, don't miss her great blog!


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!

Enter the Netflix and Nostalgia contest from author Sarah Sundin!


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 above! Contest will be live April 5th and run through April 25th!

To check out other blogs on this book tour, click here.


For me, the sign of a fantastic book is regretting when it is all over. A Distant Meloday is that kind of book. I loved the characters Allie and Walt right from the start, and just hoped that they would eventually figure out that they were meant for each other. But oh, what tough times they went through to finally figure out what was important in their lives.

This book is a wonderful story of love, courage, and sacrifice during World War II. The historical element is well researched, and the inside look from a fighter pilot's point of view was dramatic and heart-wrenching. The author also gives deep insight into the lives of friends and family left behind at home, and the impact that the war had on their lives as well.

I highly recommend this book, and look forward to reading Book 2 in the Wings of Glory series. A Memory Between Us will be available September 2010.

Thank you to Litfuse Group for providing a complimentary copy of this book for the purpose of review.


  1. Oh wow. You have me wanting to read it now.

  2. Janet Ruth - thank you so much for your lovely review. I'm so glad you enjoyed the book.

  3. Janet , do drop in to check out my giveway ..would love for you to participate !!