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A lovely story about having faith and trusting God. The story is set during World War ll. Tom is an officer in North Africa and Mellie is a flight nurse. Everyone has heard of Tom because of a decision made by a family member when he was a child, and Mellie faces insecurities that she developed as a child. Both must learn to trust in God and have faith in the plan he has set before them without allowing their past and insecurities to hinder them. This is a must read! Sarah Sundin weaves the love of God and the faith and trust we must have in Him into every book she writes, and her gift for details is wonderful. I am blessed everytime I read a book by Sarah.
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I loved this story. It may have gone a tad long but never lost my attention. The narrator was one of the best I've heard. I'm not sure if the military truly allowed so much lovey-dovey stuff, so I chalked that up to fiction and just enjoyed the story. I highly recommend this one.
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This was definitely one of the best, sweetest love stories I’ve read thus far - made all the better for its Christian element. A story of two army officers brought together via an anonymous pen-pal program, which allows them both the freedom to be themselves. Mellie Blake, a shy, awkward, 1/4 Filipino nurse who has never been able to make friends due to her heritage and family history; and Tom McGilliver, an engineer who is the son and namesake of an infamous murderer. These two lonely young people are given a chance to make a real friendship without the pressure of pretense, and this deep connection quickly develops into romance. Mellie quickly learns who Tom is which only makes her love him more, all the while Tom finds himself falling for Mellie and Annie (her anonymous pen-pal name) at the same time. In an effort to remain loyal to Annie, he goes to great lengths to avoid Mellie, which has her convinced not to reveal her identity to him for fear of rejection. By the time the truth is revealed, they’ve both developed into stronger and more courageous people, and have won the respect of their COs and fellow officers.
I was hardly able to stop listening to this book, and finished it almost in one sitting. At times I found myself a little frustrated with Mellie over her extreme shyness and total obliviousness, but as someone with severe anxiety I also found this relatable in a way. I also loved that this book explored the concept of falling in love with someone’s heart and character before falling in love with them physically - something that I think is severely overlooked in both literature and society as a whole. It made for a more genuine relationship with a deeper level of trust than a lot of the superfluous and unrealistic relationships in many romance novels.
All in all a beautifully written and thoroughly enjoyable read. Definitely recommend this!