Tuesday, September 4, 2012

With Every Letter



As part of a World War II morale-building program, flight nurse Lt. Mellie Blake begins an anonymous correspondence with Lt. Tom MacGilliver in North Africa. As their letters crisscross the Atlantic, they develop a deep friendship. But when they're both transferred to Algeria, will their future be held hostage by the past---or will they reveal their identities?

My Review:

Stunning. Compelling. A not-to-be-missed-and-you-won't-want-to-put-it-down-once-you-start-reading kind of book. :-). In fact, I did just that yesterday -- leaving all my weekend chores undone so I could read and read and read some more.  

First off the premise is fabulous! A great twist on a letter-writing romance. You would think that under the mask of anonymity,  Mellie and Tom would choose to embellish their stories but instead they do the unexpected. They reveal their real selves to each other, developing a relationship founded upon truth. I just love how Sundin built the plot around those letters. It made for a powerful emotional impact and was one of the reasons I couldn't put the book down. 

And the author has crafted some engaging characters. Even the secondary ones have a depth that I'm yearning for Sundin to reveal. Luckily this is the first in a series so I'll have plenty of time to get to know them well in future books. 

I connected with heroine, Mellie, from the first page. Shy and awkward in some ways but oozing with confidence in others. And Tom, congenial, affable but hiding a mountain of pain behind his ready smile.Both flawed by their upbringing, but their family life strengthened them too; each the perfect compliment for the other. 

The World War II setting adds a sense of urgency to their romance while it presents ethical dilemmas and challenges that I'm sure many men and women serving in the forces faced time and time again. Sundin brings this period of history to life in a heart-stopping way.

I can't say enough good things about this book.  Prepare to be captured by a story that you won't want to put down until you reach the end!

Giveaway Opportunity:

 If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of With Every Letter, please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you post a comment and add your email address, please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in the address to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please remember to put the title in the subject line so that it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday September 9 2012. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group". 


  1. Ooh your review makes me want to run out and buy it today! I've never read anything by Sarah Sundin, though I've got her first series in my TBR pile. I love stories set in WWII and can't wait to get my hands on this one!


  2. Liz, I didn't read Sarah's first series either and everyone kept telling me how good they were. I'm not a huge fan of world war II stories, but Sarah's changed my mind about that! I think you'll love this one. Good luck!

  3. I've heard about this book and I really, really, want to read it. Thank you so much for hosting a giveaway!!


  4. This book is one I have been waiting for and I am thrilled to see it being offered. I enjoy reading books from the WW2, especially hers. I have almost everyone.

    cenya2 at hotmail dot com

  5. Hi Kav! I'm able to comment here. Yay! Like you, I have kinda staying away from this one. I'm not a huge fan of WWII stories. As usual, I trust your review and I have changed you mind. Thanks for posting! Have a great day!
    campbellamyd at gmail dot com

  6. I'm SO excited about reading this book! I love all of Sarah's books, and can't wait to read this one! Thanks for the chance to win it!


  7. I haven't read any of her other books either. This sounds good. Please enter me. Thanks.
    sweetdarknectar at gmail dot com

  8. Please enter me in the drawing...I'm so exctied to read this, but, this time I'm entering for a friend! Thanks so much!

  9. Your welcome, Rosie. It's a fantastic book so I can see why all the talk is so positive.

    Marjorie -- you'll be thrilled with this book since you're already a fan. Now that I'm a convert I'll have to catch up on the previous series.

    Hey Amy -- fancy meeting you here. :-) Funny how readers either really love or really avoid WWII fiction, isn't it? But I think you'll like this one even if you don't generally like stories from this era. It's got such a unique plot. It's about internal struggles as much as it is about the global one.

    You have reason to be excited, Elyssa. It's an awesome read!

    Consider yourself entered, Amy R.S.

    Good luck everyone!!!

  10. I'm currently reading Sarah's book Blue Skies Tomorrow and enjoying it very much. I like how she develops her characters. She shows their flaws, their hidden fears, and then how they become whole again through Christ. With Every Letter sounds like another great World War II book from Sarah that I'd love to win a copy of.
    Thanks for the chance.


  11. I have been really wanting to read this book! Thanks you so much for the chance to win!

  12. Exactly, Pam! Her characters are so real! And she's not afraid to show them in a bad light either. Love that.

    Abbi, you're going to love it when you get around to reading it.

    Good luck you two!

  13. Please enter me! I loved the two books (1st and 3rd) that I read from her Wings of Glory series and I can't wait to read this!! Thanks for the opportunity, Kav. :)


  14. You're entered, Charity U. Good luck!

  15. Love books that you can't put down and with a strong emotional punch. Thanks for the introduction to a new-to-me author.

  16. Sounds great, love reading the first book of a new series!


  17. This sounds like a good book - I love stories set in WW2 era! I have not read any of Sarah Sundin's books. Please enter me in your drawing/giveaway and thank you for the opportunity to win a copy.



  18. I have never read anything by Sarah Sundin before. I am so excited to see that it is set in WWII. This is on "Must Read" list. I loved the way that you started this review with "Stunning Compelling, that makes me want to read it eve more.


  19. I've never read a Sarah Sundin book, but this one sounds great! Thanks for your insightful review.


  20. The characters sound so interesting. I really enjoy books about the World War II era.

  21. I've got to get my act together and start with book one. I trust all the great reviews and know the amount of work Sarah does to create her setting. Congratulations Sarah for bringing this important period of history to a new generation of readers!

    debraemarvin (at the big yahoo)

  22. would love to read sarah's latest novel...thanks for the chance, kav

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

  23. This book sounds great. You did a nice job reviewing it and telling us about it. I would love to win.

    mafinnegan AT yahoo DOT com


  24. Love this title, it sounds like a great book. Thank you for hosting this giveaway.


  25. Great review, Kav, how can I not want to be "captured"! :) I like books with letters connecting the characters and this sounds so engaging. Add me please!
    worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

  26. Glad to see so much interest in this great book. Obviously Sundin has a following. Good luck everyone!!!

  27. I've never had the privilege of reading any of Sarah Sundin's novels, but I've heard a lot of good things about her and love her WWII facts tweets, so sign me up! :)

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    biblioprincess15 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  28. Terrific review. I would love to win and read this one.
    godblessamerica.jan (at)gmail (dot) com

  29. Sounds great! I haven't read any of Sarah Sundin's books. Your review certainly makes me want to! :)

    jswaks at gmail dot com

  30. I've been wanting to read Sarah Sundin's books for awhile now. Please enter my name into the drawing for With Every Letter.



  31. This book looks so good! Love the cover!


  32. Your review has stolen my heart---I can't wait to read this book!!!!!!!

  33. Great review! This book sounds quite interesting and I thank you for the giveaway.


  34. Good luck Ladette, Eddy and Jo!

  35. Oh my goodness. I'm so thankful Google Alerts sent me here!

    Kav - thank you for an amazing review. Back-cover-copy-worthy!! I'm thrilled that you liked the book so much.

    And how fun to see some familiar names here - and some new ones too!

    Rachelle - aw, someone else likes my Today in WWII History factoids :)