Friday, September 02, 2011

Blue Skies Tomorrow Review & Giveaway

Calling all World War II fans. Sarah Sundin is back with another fantastic installment in her Wings of Glory series. Blue Skies Tomorrow focuses on the third brother, Lt. Ray Novak. A pilot like his brothers, Ray has been an instructor, but now he can't do that anymore because the army is saving those slights for those returning from the war. He's not sure he likes his new assignment, but it allows him to spend time at home where he reacquaints himself with a neighbor girl Helen Carlisle. The widow of the town hero, Helen has lost herself in the battle to live up to everybody's expectations of her.

She's lived a nightmare and in her quest to establish a life for herself and her young son, she's trapped in the quagmire of being the grieving widow. Too bad she's not really sad, especially now that Ray's back in town.

The story is richly woven with the feel of the era. I love Sarah's books
because she gets the details right. The characters are richly drawn and fully fleshed. I could feel the dilemmas and battles facing Helen and Ray. I experienced their struggles to the extent I wanted to grab Helen and take her to coffee so we could straighten out a few things. Most of all, I love the way the story illustrates that we must let go of the past and people's roles they thrust on us. We have to step into the freedom that God has for us...risky and scary as that proposition often feels. Many of us like Helen have to dig deep to find a strength we don't know we possess.

If you love rich, multi-layered historicals that ring with authenticity, then you must read this book. And one lucky commenter will receive a copy. Ray and Helen go to the movies for a date, so tell me what your favorite black and white movie is. Mine has to be It Happened One Night.


One winner will receive:
* Kindle with Wi-Fi
* Handmade vintage apron for you and a friend (see a photo below)
Blue Skies Tomorrow (for Kindle)
To enter just click one of the icons below. But, hurry, giveaway ends on 9/10. Winner will be announced on 9/12 at Sarah Sundin's blog. Details and official rules can be found when entering the contest.

17 comments:

Trudi Rose said...

Definitely "It's a Wonderful Life" but since my trip to Rome in January, "Roman Holiday" is definitely growing on me.

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Cara Putman said...

I love both those movies. So many good ones!

Pattie said...

I'd have to agree that "It Happened One Night" is great, but my favorite black & white is still "To Kill a Mockingbird."

I'd love to read the third installment of this trilogy.:D

Cara Putman said...

Patti, love that one, too! Gregory Peck is fantastic in it.

Sarah Sundin said...

Cara - thank you so much for the lovely review! I'm so glad you enjoyed Ray & Helen's story.

How can I pick one favorite movie? I just saw "The Best Years of Our Lives" again this weekend, and remembered how fabulous the story and acting was! And right now I'm very fond of Jimmy Stewart's "The Shop Around the Corner" - the inspiration for "You've Got Mail."

Jo said...

Please add me. This sounds like such a good book.

Blessings,
Jo
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Charity said...

Well, mine would probably be The Sound of Music:) Please enter me in this giveaway. I already have a copy but my sister wants one badly and I would love to give her one.
Thanks!

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misskallie2000 said...

I still love to watch "It's a Wonderful Life".
I love Sarah's books and can't wait to read "Blue Skies Tomorrow".

misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

Patty Wysong said...

I've not seen many b/w movies but my fave is It's a Wonderful Life.

Love this time era! =]
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JackieW said...

This book sounds like one I would enjoy reading. Thanks for the info.
JFWisherd(at)aol(dot)com

Jo Huddleston said...

Cara, I love Sarah's writing. Would love to win this book. Thanks,
Jo

Jo Huddleston said...

Ooops...forgot my email address.
johudd [at] bellsouth [dot]com

Merry said...

Roman Holiday is a favorite.
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Gina Conroy said...

I grew up watching and loving Lillies of the Field and Mr. Roberts! Seems like I need to catch up of my classic movie viewing!

Susan said...

Sounds good!
Susan
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Jo said...

I was born at the very end of WW11 and enjoy reading books about that time period.

Blessings,
Jo
ladijo40(at)aol(dot)com

Cara Putman said...

Congratulations, Jackie. You are the winner!

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