Reviewed by April Gardner
A Memory Between Us by Sarah Sundin
"Replete with artfully woven World War II history, A Memory Between Us is a charming book that lovers of historical fiction shouldn’t miss."
Ruth smiled at her patient,
who had broken an ankle when his P-38 Lightning crashed on landing. “Good air circulation is important for wound
“Say, Red, you know what would heal my wounds?” The new patient, Lieutenant Holmes, pointed to his lips and dropped Ruth a wink.
Ruth gave him a sweet smile. “You’d like another dose of castor oil?”
--excerpt, A Memory Between Us by Sarah Sundin
Having buried both her parents
while working her way through nursing school, Lieutenant Ruth Doherty
scrapes together penny she earns from the US Army
and sends it back home to support for her younger siblings. Under her personal
care is B-17 pilot Major Jack Novak who entered her clinic in Huntingdonshire,
England with shrapnel in his backside and a chip on his shoulder. While
Ruth evades pass after pass from every other man in the ward, Jack figures
he knows how to win the hard-to-get lieutenant. In fact, Jack has it all
figured out, leaving God little room to work. He’s is a natural leader,
but his best friend, Charlie, tells him, “You’re too good…you’ve
never let yourself down, and you trust in yourself.” It takes a few
hard knocks for Jack to realize he can’t order God around the way
he does men.
As the skies over France become more treacherous, so does the attempt to court Ruth. Until she learns to release her “cloak of shame,” no one will be allowed near the “tender flesh” beating inside the iron shell around her heart.
True to form, Sundin’s characters are alive with personality and wit. Jack and Ruth complement each other beautifully. They drew from me laughter, tears, and everything in between.
I thoroughly enjoyed my mini-holiday to the rolling English countryside. Having lived there, I can tell you with authority that Sundin expertly portrays Bury St. Edmonds in all its quaint, historic splendor.
A Memory Between Us is about as close to a visit to the UK as a reader will have without actually getting on a plane. Replete with artfully woven World War II history, A Memory Between Us is a charming book that lovers of historical fiction shouldn’t miss.
April W Gardner writes adult and middle grade historical fiction. Her first novel, Wounded Spirits, releases with Vintage Romance Publishing in November of this year. She is a member of ACFW and reviews for Title Trakk, At Home With Christian Fiction, and FIRST Wild Card Blog Tours. A military spouse, April has performed the art of homemaking all over the world. Currently, she lives in Georgia with her darling Hubby. A homeschool mom, she fills her mornings talking fractions and phonics with her two sweet kiddos. In her free time, April enjoys reading, gardening, and DIY. In no particular order, she dreams of owning a horse, visiting all the national parks, and speaking Italian. Visit April's Website or her blog, A Writer's Journey. You can also get to know April on Facebook and Twitter.