Keli Gwyn
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Romantic Read: With Every Letter by Sarah Sundin

I recently finished Sarah Sundin‘s latest WWII romance, which was released September 1, and am eager to share it with you. I’ll start with the blurb, add my five-star review, and end with a drawing for a copy of the book.


The Blurb

Lt. Mellie Blake is a nurse serving in the 802nd Medical Squadron, Air Evacuation, Transport. As part of a morale building program, she reluctantly enters into an anonymous correspondence with Lt. Tom MacGilliver, an officer in the 908th Engineer Aviation Battalion in North Africa.
As their letters crisscross the Atlantic, Tom and Mellie develop a unique friendship despite not knowing the other’s true identity. When both are transferred to Algeria, the two are poised to meet face to face for the first time. Will they overcome their fears and reveal who they are, or will their future be held hostage to their past? And can they learn to trust God and embrace the gift of love he offers them?
Combining excellent research and attention to detail with a flair for romance, Sarah Sundin brings to life the perilous challenges of WWII aviation, nursing, and true love.

My Review

A Stellar Start to Sundin’s Wings of the Nightingale Series

Confession. I’m a steadfast Sarah Sundin fan. I flew through the first three books from her Wings of Glory series, and I don’t even read WWII romance as a rule. Sundin has changed all that, having become one of my must-read authors. Why? Because she’s a masterful storyteller. Because she creates tension that keeps me fighting sleep well into the night. And because her characters are so real, so deep, and so likable that I remember them long after I close the pages of her books and heave a satisfied sigh.

When I read the blurbs for With Every Letter, I’ll admit to wondering how Sundin would pull off a story where the hero and heroine exchange letters anonymously and don’t meet in person until well into the book. I wondered, yes, but I didn’t doubt Sundin’s ability to succeed. And I was right! She reeled me in from the start. I fell in love with flight nurse Lt. Mellie Blake in chapter one, and I was head over heels for engineer Lt. Tom MacGilliver well before I finished chapter two. They are both such well-crafted characters, each with a believable blend of strengths and flaws, that I felt like I knew them—and would like to have them as friends.

The story flows beautifully, the tension building with each chapter. And the romance? It’s wonderful. Tom and Mellie’s relationship takes off with only a small bump or two, but there’s turbulence ahead, keeping things mighty interesting. I loved being a witness to the emotional and spiritual journeys Mellie and Tom took. Both have a good deal of changing to do, and watching them take steps forward and back kept me flipping pages with the speed of a fighter plane over North Africa. I trusted Sundin to bring the story in for a great landing after the thrilling ride, and she did. I just hope she’s writing like the wind, because I can’t wait for the next book in the series. I highly recommend With Every Letter. Fans of historical romance are sure to love it. What am I saying? Anyone who likes a well-told, action-packed story with great characters will enjoy it.

Win a Copy of With Every Letter

To enter the drawing, leave a comment with the answer to the following question by Sunday, September 16 . (Be sure to provide your email address in the appropriate field, so I can contact you if you win.)

Are/were there any WWII veterans in your family?
If so, where did they serve?

I’ll select the winner September 17 and post the name here and in a comment.

Congratulations to Karen. K., winner of  Sarah’s book!

No purchase necessary.
Offer void where prohibited.
U.S. or Canadian addresses only.
Odds of winning vary due to number of entries.

Keli Gwyn


  • Melissa Tagg says:

    I hate to admit that I’ve not yet read a Sarah Sundin novel…but “yet” is the operative word, there. I’m going to get on that asap! 🙂

    You know, I don’t think there are any WWII vets in my family that I know of, actually. But when I was reporting, I interviewed several WWII veterans…they had incredible stories.

  • Keli – love the book and the review! This was my first Sarah Sundin book and I’m now a die-hard fan, as well! I can’t wait to pick up her other books. Please don’t enter me in the drawing.

    My grandfather, who passed away when I was three, served in WWII as a tank operator, but sadly, I don’t know much more. This book prompted me to ask my mom some questions about him.

  • Linda A. says:

    This book sounds great! My father-in-law was a WWII vet and a POW. Also three of my great uncles on my mother’s side and two uncles on my father’s side served in that war. My father-in-law and great uncles all served in Europe. One of my uncles was in the 82nd Airborne Division, and my other uncle was in Okinawa.

    Thank you for the contest.

  • No WWII veterans in my immediate family, though my dad is a veteran.

    History was never my favorite subject in school. It probably didn’t help matters when, on the first day of school years ago, a teacher started off class by saying, “Look, this is NOT the subject I wanted to teach. I just needed a job. But let’s give it a stab, shall we?” Her lack of excitement was very de-motivating. Sarah, on the other hand, has made history come alive for us…I always look forward to her frequent FB posts. 🙂

    Loved this review and would love to win a copy of Sarah’s phenom book!

  • I haven’t read Sarah’s work before, but definitely want to put this one on my list of must-reads!

    My dad’s dad served in WWII in the Navy. He was at Normandy a few weeks after D-Day. I don’t know much about his service, since he passed away when I was two (from cancer, not his service). I’ll have to ask my dad more information on this.

  • I would so love to win this book! 🙂

    My grandpa didn’t serve in the war itself, but he served in the Army and helped with the cleanup effort in Europe after WWII was over. A bittersweet memory since he’s now in his last days on earth.

    Thanks for the review and the chance to win Sarah’s book, Keli.

  • My husband’s great uncle was a prisoner of war during this time and his father was named after him while he was MIA.

    I would have loved to have met him. I just know him as Uncle Bill.

    I’m looking forward to reading this book! Sarah is a fabulous author! 🙂

  • karenk says:

    keli…a fabulous posting…thanks for the chance to read sarah’s latest novel.

    my uncle george served in the us army…but, unfortunately, i don’t know where he was stationed.

  • I cannot ever remember hearing about anyone in our family ever serving in a war other than Viet Nam. I’ve heard them talking about having slaves (how sad) though. I love reading stories set in those era’s & seeing the differences between then and now.

  • Thank you Keli, for another stellar review. I love WWII romantic stories. My father was too young for WWI and too old for WWII, but three of my husband’s uncles and his father served. My era was Vietnam and we lost a cousin to that war.

    I so love the tender tone of this story, thanks for introducing me to yet another author and another good read 🙂

  • Loree Huebner says:

    Great review! I look forward to this series. I did have WWII vets in my family. My uncle was in the Navy and died in Hawaii. Another uncle flew in bomber planes over Europe. He was the gunner in the bubble under the plane. Scary.

  • brianna says:

    This sounds great. I don’t normally do WW2 fiction, but this sounds like a rare perspective on the war and I’m always willing to give that a shot. Both of my grandfathers served in war, although I don’t know where – my dad’s father served overseas, but that’s all I know and my mom’s father has never, in my 30 years, talked about the war.

  • Keli Gwyn says:

    Thanks for all of your comments. My heart goes out to those of you who lost loved ones during WWII or other wars. I so appreciate all of the brave men and women who have served in our military or are serving today.

  • Keli Gwyn says:

    Amy Campbell was unable to leave a comment, so she emailed me the following. I’m adding the comment here so she’s entered in the drawing.

    “My grandfather served in WWII. I know he was in Northern Ireland some time because that is where he met and married my grandmother.”

  • Hi Keli,

    What a great review of Sarah’s book! I don’t know for sure about WWII veterans in my family but I’m a Missionary kid and I grew up right next door to MacArthur’s headquarters in Irian Jaya, Indonesia. I’ve mentioned before the adventure of climbing the mountain to the crash site of the Black Widow P-61 night fighter – two of the passengers on that excursion were medic/nurses.

    And the whole letters thing is very real to me – having grown up where letters were a life-line to family and friends, I know for a fact that long-distance romances blossomed in words sent back and forth across the oceans.

    I’d LOVE to win a copy of Sarah’s book – sounds like a wonderful story.


  • Pam K. says:

    Several of my uncles served in World War II. One in the Philippines, another in England, and the third somewhere in Europe. I’m not sure where all he was, but he was in Nuremberg for the war trials after the war. We have a photo of him in the courtroom. He may have helped provide security, I’m not sure. One of my dad’s sisters was married to a soldier who was killed in the war a month or so before their son was born.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Pam, my husband and I lived in the U.S. Army community in the Nürnberg area and passed the building where the trials were held many times. What a special role in history your uncle played, as did all of your relatives who served.

  • Keli Gwyn says:

    Janet E. sent this comment via email:

    “My father served in WWII during the “Battle of the Bulge”. He was in the 5th Armored Tank Division. He helped to liberate one of the concentration camps. He is in Heaven serving in the Lord’s Army.

    Thanks for the opportunity to be entered in the contest.”

  • Jane Morai says:

    Great review. I love WW theme books and this one sure seems like it will be a good read. I’ll have to add this to my list of “must read” titles. Thanks again.

  • Ganise says:

    Oh, please do enter me in this drawing!
    Excellent review, Keli. Really. I have heard so many good stuff about this one, it sounds like a book I would really enjoy! 🙂

    Thank You for the opportunity.

    g.gclermont AT gmail DOT com

    • Ganise says:

      Just realized I forgot to answer the question. I’m pretty sure that my grandfather served in WWII as a lieutenant.

  • Sarah Sundin says:

    How on earth did I miss this??? Keli – thank you so much for this beyond-lovely review. Thank you for emailing it to me earlier – bu to see it on your blog is moving. I’m touched by all the veteran stories! I find it interesting how so many did NOT want to talk about their experiences, and how others loved to tell their stories. I’m thankful my grandfather and his brother were the chatty type, because their stories filled me with fascination for this era.

  • Deevena says:

    I don’t have an vets in my family, but a lot of my friends and aquaintences do, and from time to time, I get some stories from them.

    I would love to read this book! Thanks for the chance, Ms Gwyn!

    • Deevena says:

      I haven’t read any of Ms. Sundin’s books yet, but it looks like she is an author I must add to my must read list. 🙂

  • Keli Gwyn says:

    I went to to choose the winner, who is Karen K. Congrats, Karen! I’m sure you’ll love Karen’s book. It’s a great read.