Ahhhhh, another wartime romance, complete with bombs, nurses, and -- pharmacists? 'Cause, yeah, Sarah Sundin, when I think of World War II I think of pharmacies. It was inevitable, really ;)
On Distant Shores is another keeper on my book shelf. But then, all of Sarah's are. Being a lover of everything World War II, it's like reading history sandwiched between great fiction.
Characters: I have to give Sarah credit. One thing I watch for with seasoned authors is repetitive characters. Meaning: characters who start having similar personalities as other characters in their previous novels. Sarah does a very good job of keeping them different. While Georgie was a great female lead, I have to admit I really loved Hutch, the war pharmacist. I mean, what girl doesn't swoon over a pharmacist in uniform?
Setting: Sicily. A romantic land torn by bombs and leaving orphans in their wake. I enjoyed the starry skies Georgie and Hutch shared, as well as a heightened sense of awareness of the pharmacy tent, the nurses role in flight, the racing for your life from live fire, and transporting glass bottled meds over deep rutted roads in a jeep.
Plot: It's war. That's enough plot. But Sarah doesn't rely on just history to color her novel. She really does take us into the pharmaceutical side of the war. Who would've thought of that? I mean, I just assumed medicine appeared in crates and random doctors distributed them during the war. I had no clue. I also love the orphan thread she interlaced into the book. A new one for Sarah, as (at least I don't remember) she hasn't taken the route of weaving in children into her stories. I enjoyed Lucia and her snappy Italian baby browns.
Overall it's a winner. As always. I love Sarah's books. They keep me enthralled from cover to cover!
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