Riveting New Book
Picture this it’s WWII and you’re a nurse–one who can’t seem to make friends or get a date. Your supervisor sets you up with the other nurses writing letters to the soldiers as part of a morale-building program. The saving grace is the letters are to be anonymous.
Lt. Mellie Blake finds herself in that situation. Her letters go to Lt.Tom MacGilliver stationed in North Africa. MacGilliver welcomes the chance to correspond with someone who doesn’t know his family history.
Yes, it’s a romance and you are pretty sure it’s going to be a happy ending, but for the first time I wasn’t so sure.
I don’t often say this about a book, but With Every Letter should be made into a movie. It has big stars written all over a this as a script. There is so much attention to detail and research you almost feel like you watched this play out on the big screen instead of turning- or tapping the screen for a new page.
With Every Letter would be a good selection for a book club. Sadly I don’t belong to one or I would suggest it. I took a look a Sarah Sundin’s website www.SarahSundin.com and discovered she does belong to a book club. With her permission I’m posting her suggestions on how to start one.
Sara Sudin Talks About Book Clubs
Would you like to join a book club, but can’t find one? Check out the Book Club Network, an on-line meeting place for Christian book clubs and authors at http://www.bookfun.org. Still can’t find one? Form your own!
Who? If you have two friends who love to read, chances are, they also know two others. You’ll be surprised how quickly a group can form—in fact, you may have to restrict the size. My group keeps a roster of 10-12 to allow easy discussion.
Where? My group rotates, meeting in a different member’s home each month, but my friend’s group always meets in the same home. Some groups also meet at restaurants, coffee places, libraries, bookstores, or churches.
When? As a group, decide when and how often to meet. Some groups meet in the morning, others in the evening, and my group likes Saturday afternoon when the husbands can watch the kids.
What? Who chooses the book? My friend’s group votes on which book to read, but in my group, the hostess picks. I’ve been introduced to some of my favorite new authors this way.
How? Food is vital. This can be as simple as dessert, or as involved as a full meal with themed decorations. My group favors a potluck, with the hostess providing the main course.
Discussion! Sometimes people can’t wait to discuss the book, and other times a little push is needed. Many authors include discussion questions in the back of the book, on the publisher’s website, or on the author’s website. Also, many authors enjoy speaking with book clubs by phone or internet. I know I do! Check the author’s website for willingness and contact information.
Right now you have a chance to win With Every Letter along with over 30+ books! Hop on over to www.bookfun.org and scroll down the page until you see a graphic like one above. Click the discussion link, pick a question and leave an answer. That’s it, you’ll be entered to win.
Lt. Mellie Blake is looking forward to beginning her training as a flight nurse. She is not looking forward to writing a letter to a man she’s never met–even if it is anonymous and part of a morale-buliding program. Lt. Tom MacGilliver, an officer stationed in North Africa, welcomes the idea of an anonymous correspondence–he’s been trying to escape his infamous name for years.
AS their letters crisscross the Atlantic Tom and Mellie develop a unique friendship despite not knowing the other’s true identity. When both are transferrd to Algeria, the two are poised to meet for the first time. Will they overcome their fears and reveal who they are, or will their future be held hostage by their pasts?
Sara Sundin vividly brings to life the perilous challenges of WWII aviation, nursing and true love.
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6 thoughts on “With Every Letter”
I just finished reading it last night. And yes, it'd make a great movie!
Rachel, I'm so glad you agree. Now we need to find someone in the movie business. …
Sounds like a great book, Sarah! I can't wait to read it!!
Liz, I KNOW you'll love it.
Thank you for the lovely review, Diana! I'm so glad you enjoyed Tom and Mellie's story!
I loved their story and can't wait to see what the next book will be about. I learned a lot about that war that I'd never heard from the 'silent generation.'