Friday, August 2, 2013

On Distant Shores by Sarah Sundin

Back Cover Blurb

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 fiancĂ©e. 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.

Book Excerpt:

Chapter 1
Over French Morocco
July 7, 1943

            If only the plane would keep flying over the Atlantic and straight back to Virginia where Georgie belonged.

Flight nurse Lt. Georgiana Taylor spun her gaze from the khaki landscape below to the interior of the C-47 cargo plane. More khaki. And olive drab. And aluminum.

Six canvas litters suspended on aluminum racks. Twelve canvas seats. Eighteen patients in khaki and olive drab. This plane needed a little magenta or tangerine or violet.

Georgie strolled to the front of the plane. She might be the only color in the lives of these poor wounded soldiers, so she’d shine as brightly as possible.

“Good afternoon, gentlemen. I hope you’re enjoying your flight.” She looked into each patient’s face long enough to make him feel cared for, but not long enough to give him the wrong idea about her. “We’ll land in Casablanca in an hour. Sergeant Jacoby and I will make one last round. If y’all need anything, please let us know.”

A corporal raised his hand and a mischievous smile. “I need Ingrid Bergman to meet me at the airport in Casablanca and kiss me hello like she kissed Bogart good-bye.”

The men hooted and hollered.

Georgie cocked her head. “Sorry, honey. She’s off fighting Nazis with her husband, remember?”

The corporal flapped a hand at her. “Ah, you’re spoiling my fun.”

“All in a day’s work.” Georgie knelt in front of the first patient on the left and perused the flight manifest to refresh herself on his condition. Private Joe Carney lost a foot to a land mine in Bizerte, Tunisia a week after the Germans and Italians surrendered in North Africa. His wound had earned him a plane ride to Casablanca and a cruise home on a hospital ship. A twinge of envy, but Georgie certainly didn’t want to pay the same price.

“How are you feeling, Private?”

“Fine, ma’am.” The stiffness of his voice contradicted his words.

“Would you like some codeine for pain? You haven’t had any today.”

His expression turned steely. “Lost my foot almost two months ago. If I don’t get off these drugs, what good will I be to my wife and kids?”

She settled her hand on his rigid forearm. “I understand, but I don’t want you miserable either. Let me know if you need some.”

After she took his temperature, pulse, and respiration, she moved to the next patient, Sgt. Harold Myers. An artillery shell had hit his tank, killed all his crewmates, and left him with horrible burns. Bandages swathed his trunk, one arm, and one side of his face.

His good eye shifted to Sergeant Jacoby. “Say, nurse, is he your brother?”

“You’d think so, wouldn’t you?” Like Georgie, the surgical technician had blue eyes and curly brown hair. He hailed from North Carolina rather than Virginia, but she could hardly expect a man with Myers’s flat Yankee voice to tell the difference in accents.

“Is he your boyfriend?” Myers’s eye twinkled.

Flirting was the favorite sport of most soldiers, but Georgie knew how to end the game. A sweet smile. A dreamy sigh. “My boyfriend’s back home. We’ll get married after the war.”

The twinkle turned to a snap. “Why ain’t he fighting like the rest of us?”

Georgie wrapped her fingers around his wrist. If only she’d taken his pulse before it galloped out of control. “Ward is fighting. He’s raising apples and tomatoes for your rations and to feed the Allies. He wanted to enlist, but the draft board wouldn’t let him.”

“Sorry, ma’am. Just assumed.”

“That’s perfectly all right.”

“What’s he think about his girl wearing a uniform when he can’t?”

Georgie froze at the memory of Ward’s handsome face in an atypical scowl, but she couldn’t blame him. He wanted Georgie at his side, and that’s exactly where she wanted to be. In the sweet little farmhouse she hadn’t even seen yet, baking ham, sewing curtains, and rocking babies. She winked at the sergeant. “He couldn’t be prouder.”

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About Sarah:

Sarah Sundin is the author of On Distant Shores and With Every Letter in the Wings of the Nightingale series from Revell, and also 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. Sarah lives in northern California with her husband and three children. When she isn’t ferrying kids to tennis and karate, she works on-call as a hospital pharmacist and teaches Sunday school and women’s Bible studies.

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Sarah Sundin is giving away a copy of On Distant Shores. The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses.
To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment along with your email address. You may enter the book giveaway twice -- once on each spotlight post. (It's not too late to go back and leave a comment on yesterday's post.)

Off to read another great book!
Sandra M. Hart


karenk said...

another wonderful posting...thanks for the chance to read this wonderful novel

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Anonymous said...

Oh Sarah, I would love to win your book. I have the "With Every letter" already. Please enter my name. Thanks Sandra for having Sarah here.
MAXIE mac262(at)me(dot)com

apple blossom said...

thanks for another chance to win Sarah's book

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KayM said...

I enjoy reading books set during WWII, because my father fought in that war. I'd love to win a copy of On Distant Shores.
may_dayzee (at) yahoo (dot) com

Martha Sturm said...

I have read your previous series. A different type of book (wars) then I normally read. Still got a lot out of them, so will continue to follow you.

sharon m said...

Sounds like a good book I would like to read. Thanks for the contest. You are a new author to me. So many great Christian authors! sharon, CA wileygreen1(at)yahoo(dot)com

Sarah Sundin said...

Thanks for stopping by, everyone!

Patty said...

I would love to read this book!


Merry said...

I love stepping back into WWII with Sarah, please add me to the drawing for On Distant Shores. Thanks!
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Boos Mum said...

Put my name in the drawing for this book. Thanks.

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Lis K. said...

Can't wait to read this book!

Amy Putney said...

I can't wait to read this!!!

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