mary's book basket ~ "a memory between us" by sarah sundin

In the Christian historical fiction novel A Memory Between Us, author Sarah Sundin presents the story of Major Jack Novak and Lieutenant Ruth Doherty who meet in an Army hospital when Jack is injured after a plane crash.

Product Description:
Major Jack Novak has never failed to meet a challenge--until he meets army nurse Lieutenant Ruth Doherty. When Jack lands in the army hospital after a plane crash, he makes winning Ruth's heart a top priority mission. But he has his work cut out for him. Not only is Ruth focused on her work in order to support her orphaned siblings back home, she carries a shameful secret that keeps her from giving her heart to any man. Can Jack break down her defenses? Or are they destined to go their separate ways? A Memory Between Us is the second book in the WINGS OF GLORY series, which follows the three Novak brothers, B-17 bomber pilots with the US Eighth Air Force stationed in England during World War II.

I am married to a military historian. WWII is one of his favorite time periods. He is a walking encyclopedia and I must admit sometimes it's helpful and other times slightly annoying. When I started reading this book, I asked my husband to peruse some of the historical facts since I wouldn't have a clue if they were correct. He was more than impressed with Ms. Sundin's attention to detail. I just loved the story.

Ms. Sundin really shines with her character building. What I loved so much about this book were how flawed these two were. It's was like a breath of fresh air to know that even the worst sinner can be redeemed.  Sometimes in Christian fiction the authors present characters that are a little too squeaky clean that the reader can't relate. I really loved reading about two people who had made mistakes, who were struggling with their past and how it was affecting their present circumstances.

Guilt is almost it's own character in this book. The author spins a powerful tale of redemption and forgiveness. She draws the reader in and keeps the pace hopping as she slowly reveals secret after secret. There are some powerful scenes that moved me to tears and anger. That doesn't happen very often and I celebrate when it does. I was all in.

I was rooting for Ruth from the beginning and was thrilled as her inner strength grew throughout the book. The payoff at the end is as good as a romance novel gets. Spectacular!

Job well done Ms Sundin. I look forward to book three.

Happy Reading,