Book: A Memory Between Us

A Memory Between Us by Sarah Sundin
Reviewed by Lori Twichell
Genre: romance, drama,
Publisher:  Revell
November 2, 2010

Historical fiction. Usually in the Christian realm it invokes bonnets, wagons or carriages. For Sarah Sundin it involves war and planes. I’m very happy about this.

Lieutenant Ruth Doherty is a nurse with a past. (Doesn’t that sound so…dramatic? Well, it is.) A nice young woman who was raised by a mother with a strong belief in God, Ruth isn’t quite sure what to do with her faith in God. It seems like God has kept his distance from the young woman. With the past she’s tried so hard to leave behind, she’s not interested in any kind of relationship. So when love threatens to come her way, Ruth shuts the door and determines no one’s going to get near her heart.

The problem is Major Jack Novak. You see, he’s a charmer. He flies a plane. He’s a leader of men. And he wears his aviator uniform well. (Did you catch that? It means he’s hot ladies.) He also likes a challenge. So when he gets injured and lands himself in Ruth Doherty’s ward with nothing but time on his hands while he recovers, what do you think happens? Yeah. That’s pretty much it.

This could be a standard boy meets girl romance, but Sarah Sundin makes it so much more than that. Rich with historic detail and plot twists that continue to keep you on your toes, she creates a story that’s vibrant, entertaining and spiritually sound. She doesn’t mince words when discussing the consequences of sin. Forgiveness, mercy and grace are key themes in this story and she shows, in vivid detail, how we can bog our own lives down if we don’t let go of our past. So many people let the past define them. Sundin’s book can help show people how to move on and find the joy in their lives.

The second outing I’ve read from Sundin, A Memory Between Us is a sequel to A Distant Melody. It carries enough crossover to let us visit with another side of the original story, and it allows us to experience in more depth, characters we’ve previously met.  Sundin did a great job of revisiting the world to which she previously introduced us. If you enjoyed A Distant Melody, you’re certain to enjoy this one as well.


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