With Every Letter is a fascinating book about Mellie, a flight nurse, and her ministry letters to a soldier she's never met with a name she doesn't know. Tom is a soldier with a name he despises and a friendless life that isn't made friendlier as he is immersed in battle.
Characters; Sarah brings out the best in the common struggles between Mellie and Tom. The need for acceptance, yet the lonely existence of being ostracized from community binds them. Mellie's cultural background during a war that surrounds the world doesn't aid her quest to remain in the background, ministering to wounded soldiers. Tom's association with a murdering father marks him as a killer he is not, and his quest to convince the world he is a pleasant, humor-filled man keeps his relationships surface and his heart empty. Sarah does a fantastic job bringing the reader deep into the minds of the characters and within the first chapter - you will be in love! Even if they haven't fallen yet ;)
Setting: It's WWII. What more of a setting do you want? Yet, Sarah takes us to Algeria. Not exactly the most popular setting for a war novel. Paris, Normandy, the South Pacific, Hawaii... all been done. Algeria. Nope. THAT'S WHY YOU'LL love it!! Sarah also richly captures the history of the era -- from the music, the slang, the planes, the battles, the wounds ... it's realistic. While it reads like a novel, it's also a rich history book of one of the most glamorous yet horrific eras in American history.
Faith: Both Mellie and Tom are characters of faith. While they have moments of crisis, their faith is strong. And, I love this. Often in novels, one character is seeking while the other has faith. I enjoy a book where the Spiritual struggles are relatable to a well-established person of faith. It's a refreshing take on Inspirational novels.
And Sarah? Gee golly whiz. If you knew her you'd LOVE her! She's a great person, a creative mind, a woman with humor... I love Sarah! She TOTALLY ROCKS! :)
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