Book Review: In Perfect Time

15 Aug

0720834Bold, sophisticated, and flirtatious, Army Air Force flight nurse Lt. Kay Jobson collects hearts wherever she flies, leaving men pining in airfields all across Europe. So how can ruggedly handsome C-47 pilot Lt. Roger Cooper be all but immune to her considerable charms? In fact, he seems to do everything he can to avoid her.
Still, as they cross the skies between Italy and southern France, evacuating the wounded and delivering paratroopers and supplies, every beat of their hearts draws them closer to where they don’t want to go.

Can they confront the fears and misunderstandings in their pasts?

SSundin-164Sarah Sundin is the author of With Every Letter and the Wings of Glory series. In 2011, A Memory Between Us was a finalist in the Inspirational Reader’s Choice Awards, and Sarah received the Writer of the Year Award at the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference. A graduate of UC San Francisco School of Pharmacy, she works on call as a hospital pharmacist. During WWII, her grandfather served as a pharmacist’s mate (medic) in the Navy and her great-uncle flew with the US Eighth Air Force in England. Sarah lives in California with her husband and three children.

 

My Impressions:

In Perfect Time is the third and final book in Sarah Sundin’s Wings of The Nightingale series. (You can read my reviews of books 1 and 2 by clicking on the following titles: With Every Letter and On Distant Shores.) Meticulously researched and filled with favorite characters from the first two books, In Perfect Time follows Lt. Kay Jobson as she discovers the truth about God’s love. If you like historical romance set during WWII, this novel is a great choice.

Flight nurse Kay Jobson presents a sassy and confident front that covers childhood hurts and a sense of never being good enough. Dating five guys at a time ensures that she keeps up the good-time facade but keeps serious attachment at bay. When faced with rejection by pilot Roger Cooper as well as denial of her dreams for a future, Kay is determined to change her reputation from party girl to good girl. Roger has dreams too, ones that won’t let him be tied down to a wife and family. In the past he was also told he wouldn’t amount to much. But God has other plans. Along the way, both Kay and Roger discover their own strengths and the truth behind God’s love, grace and mercy.

The final chapter in the Wings of The Nightingale series includes some great action — white knuckle flying, a plane crash and escape from Nazi patrols. Sundin has used real life events as her inspiration and the scenes in In Perfect Time reflect her painstaking research. Her characters express real life emotions, doubts and fears. But it is the faith message of God’s grace and mercy in stark contrast to what the world thinks and says that takes center stage. The main characters, Kay and Roger, have been told lies, directly and indirectly, about who they are in God’s eyes. Exposing the lies frees them to live the life God has planned. It also is a good reminder of the impact words and actions can have on people, especially children. Well-meaning motivation can hurt as much as abusive words if based on human knowledge rather than God’s wisdom.

If you are looking for a WWII romance that embodies the era of the Greatest Generation — courage, faith, patriotism and strength of character — then make sure to get In Perfect Time. Although part of a series, it can be read as a standalone. But I suggest you start with book 1 — a great series for historical romance fans.

Recommended.

Audience: Older teens and Adults.

(Thanks to Revell for review copies of this book. The opinions expressed are mine alone.)

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4 Responses to “Book Review: In Perfect Time”

  1. sarahsundin August 15, 2014 at 10:51 am #

    Beckie – thank you so much for the wonderful review! I’m so glad you enjoyed Kay & Roger’s story!

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    • rbclibrary August 15, 2014 at 4:20 pm #

      Sarah, thank you for stopping by! Looking forward to more of your great books.

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  2. Sue W August 16, 2014 at 10:17 pm #

    Beckie, I just finished IN PERFECT TIME about a half hour ago. I will be reviewing it next week and totally agree with everything you said. This book had a really strong faith message. I can’t imagine any father treating their son the way Roger’s did, even after he clearly was a hero.

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    • rbclibrary August 17, 2014 at 6:37 am #

      Sue, I felt that way about Roger’s dad too. But I am not sure those on the home front really knew what sacrifices were made by the men and women who served. That generation was really tight-lipped about what went on over there. Also no 24/7 news! Even still, no father or mother should discourage the dreams or the gifts of their children. Looking forward to your review.

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