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In Perfect Time by Sarah Sundin

About the Book:Book - In Perfect Time
Author: Sarah Sundin
Publisher: Revell
Source: Litfuse via Publisher
Publication Date: 2014
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Series: Wings of the Nightingale, book 3
Genre: Fiction; Historical, Romance, Series
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Review: Positive reviews coupled with my appreciation of this era suggested this might be the kind of novel that’d be just my cup of tea. When it popped up in my inbox with an offer to review, no matter my stack of books, I took the chance to review the third and final novel in popular novelist Sarah Sundin’s second WWII series. As a flight nurse, Kay Jobson is happy in her work, not to mention eyeing a promotion and is one of the girls who easily impresses her patients with her knowledge of baseball – she’s fun to be around and lest she find someone to commit to, she’s one who has a fellow in every airport. Shutting out her friend’s attempts to talk about Christ and sensitive to any hint of Christianity after a rough childhood, Kay’s tentative friendship with the quiet Army pilot Lt. Roger “Coop” Cooper comes as a surprise to them both. Firm in his faith- after disastrous teen years, Roger is one guy, who never tries to make a pass on Kay, which makes their friendship blossom – and proves dangerous to Roger’s own past.

The back cover text knows the score when it complements the author on her detail to history. This story is chocked full of historical detail and presumably accurate catch phrases that immediately made me visualize a favorite WWII television series. By letting its rich facts shine in the backdrop without losing sight of the core of the novel, this is a story that flows well and is in fact, probably one of the best of its kind. From the characters to the locations and the vignettes that unfolded within it all, it manages to find a way to be charming even amidst a time in history that was anything but happy. Sarah doesn’t seem to take for granted the era and instead uses it to the best advantage by putting her characters in situations that force them to be heroes in the true sense of the word (this is always a monumental task to accomplish, here it’s done so with grace) while allowing for some of the “carefree” spontaneity of the 1940’s to ring through, lightening an otherwise serious story.

Parts of the story did color me confused, not because of any fault on the author’s part, rather thanks to my laziness in being unfamiliar with the prior characters, who float through the entire trilogy. This doesn’t take away from the primary two people in the book, which are Kay and Roger, both of whom are sensational characters. These two are some of the more realistic, genuine characters I’ve run across. Between their silly squabbles, pasts which aren’t so dissimilar and the cute flirty banter (or rather, codes – read the book if you wonder what that means), this is a couple easy to cheer on. Their romance did focus too much on the physical in my estimation though it’s understandable why – especially since the story begins with Kay hiding behind her physical attributes, the case being a story where that aspect was more “important” to the bigger picture. The co-mingling of history and characteristics is brilliant. Every moment, every conversation, every tension peaks at the right time and though it starts out familiarizing us with who these characters are and what they do, midway through this unusually long novel, there is enough excitement to keep the pages rapidly turning.

In Perfect Time is really a perfect story because of its flaws; it’s one of those narratives that isn’t afraid to be what it is, which is a story of genuine friendship, love in the face of potential tragedy and two hearts more concerned with their impression of the other person than in laying their heart bare. When woven together as expertly as Sarah did, this makes for a sophisticated, bold and downright swell tale.

Synopsis: Bold, sophisticated, and flirtatious, Army Air Force flight nurse Lt. Kay Jobson collects hearts wherever she flies, leaving men pining in airfields all across Europe. So how can ruggedly handsome C-47 pilot Lt. Roger Cooper be all but immune to her considerable charms? In fact, he seems to do everything he can to avoid her.

Still, as they cross the skies between Italy and southern France, evacuating the wounded and delivering paratroopers and supplies, every beat of their hearts draws them closer to where they don’t want to go. Can they confront the fears and misunderstandings in their pasts?
Sarah Sundin seamlessly weaves together emotion, action, and sweet romance into a tale that transcends time and calls us to believe in the power of love. – Goodreads

Coming Next from Sarah Sundin, Through Waters Deep: A budding romance between a World War II naval officer and a pretty shipyard worker is threatened by U-boats, sabotage . . . and friendship. In 1941, as America teeters on the brink of World War II, Mary Stirling works at the Boston Navy Yard and renews an old friendship with naval officer Lt. Jim Avery. Jim’s destroyer escorts British convoys across the North Atlantic as part of the Neutrality Patrol, but problems on his new ship point to a saboteur at the shipyard. As Jim and Mary work together to find the culprit, their relationship promises to blossom into something more. Jim battles U-boats on the high seas, and Mary’s investigation brings danger to herself and those she cares about. While friendship draws them together, a deeper friendship could rip them apart. – Arrives in 2015

Sincere thanks to Litfuse for providing a complimentary copy of this book for reviewing purposes.


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