Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Blue Skies Tomorrow by Sarah Sundin

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Blue Skies Tomorrow
by Sarah Sundin

ISBN-13: 9780800734237
Paperback: 419 pages
Publisher: Revell
Released: August 1st 2011

Source: Borrowed from the library.

Book Description, Modified from Goodreads:
When her husband becomes a casualty of the war in the Pacific, Helen Carlisle throws herself into volunteering for the war effort to conceal her feelings. But keeping up appearances as the grieving widow of a hometown hero is taking its toll. Soon something is going to give.

Lt. Raymond Novak prefers the pulpit to the cockpit. His stateside job training B-17 pilots allows him the luxury of a personal life--and a convenient excuse to ignore his deepest fear. When the beautiful Helen catches his eye and captures his heart, he is determined to win her hand. But when Ray and Helen are called upon to step out in faith and put their reputations and their lives on the line, can they meet the challenges that face them?

My Review:
Blue Skies Tomorrow is a Christian historical romance set from March 1944 to May 1945 in California, England, and Germany. This book is the third in a series but it can be read as a stand alone. As usual, an amazing level of historical detail was woven into the story without slowing the pacing. There was a great deal of suspense from the physical danger and emotional conflict. The main characters were complex, grew as people, and reacted realistically to events. Helen and Ray helped each other find their courage and supported each other during hard times, even if sometimes only through letters.

Helen was married to an abusive man and is now trapped in an abusive situation, but she's started to believe that she deserves this treatment and can't speak out about it or escape it. Ray is an old friend that she's been in love with since childhood. He helps her to see the truth, but he feels like everyone believes he's a coward for not flying in active combat like his brothers. Even he questions if it's true, so he sets out to discover if he can find his courage.

There was no sex or bad language. There were some brief descriptions of the abuse that Helen endured. My only problem with the story was that I couldn't believe that Jack (hero of the previous novel) wouldn't find a way to confront a man he thought was a cruel impostor the first moment he could. Helen and Ray had to come to the point that they'd trust God with their future even if they didn't see how things could work out well. Overall, I'd recommend this suspenseful, historical WWII novel.

If you've read this book, what do you think about it? I'd be honored if you wrote your own opinion of the book in the comments.

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