Blue Skies Tomorrow by Sarah Sundin

05 September 2011
Title: Blue Skies Tomorrow
Author: Sarah Sundin
Series: Wings of Glory (Book Three)
Publisher: Revell a division of Baker Publishing Group
Date: August 1st 2011
Pages:448
ISBN: 9780800734237
Source: Publisher
Purchase: Blue Skies Tomorrow

Summary from Goodreads:



In a time of peril, can they find the courage to confront their fears and embrace a love that lasts? When her husband becomes a casualty of the war in the Pacific, Helen Carlisle throws herself into volunteering for the war effort to conceal her feelings. But keeping up appearances as the grieving widow of a hometown hero is taking its toll. Soon something is going to give. Lt. Raymond Novak prefers the pulpit to the cockpit. His stateside job training B-17 pilots allows him the luxury of a personal life—and a convenient excuse to ignore his deepest fear. When the beautiful Helen catches his eye and captures his heart, he is determined to win her hand. But when Ray and Helen are called upon to step out in faith and put their reputations and their lives on the line, can they meet the challenges that face them? And can their young love survive until blue skies return? Filled with drama, daring, and all the romance of the WWII era, Blue Skies Tomorrow is the captivating final book in the popular Wings of Glory series. Sarah Sundin is the author of A Distant Melody and A Memory Between Us. Her great-uncle flew with the US Eighth Air Force in England during WWII. Sarah lives in California with her husband and three children.

My Thoughts:


I usually don't read Historical Romance, but Blue Skies Tomorrow really grabbed me from the beginning. Set in the time of WW2, it wasn't so long ago that I couldn't even picture most of what was being said. Granted, I wasn't even a thought in anyone's head, heck my grandmother hadn't even been born yet (1945). But after hear stories from my great-grandparents, I could somewhat picture what was going on in the book. And although this is the third book in the series it works well as a stand alone, as the previous two are based on different characters. Sundin really does a wonderful job of bringing her characters to life on the page. Helen is our lovable main character, though she seems to be over compensating throughout the book, we soon learn exactly why she is the way she is. Ray Novak is our quintessential Knight in Shinning Armor ( though at first he refuses to believe it). There is a lot going on in the book, and though it can be confusing at times; you learn to roll with it and see that everything has something to do with everything else. Blue Skies Tomorrow touches on so many different subjects from the time period, and not just the normal ones, but really sensitive ones also. There is the struggle with domestic violence, discrimination and the ever present troubles of living in a country that is at war. We get to see the side of things that unless we were there we normally wouldn’t know about. You will wonder why Helene does some of the things she does, especially if you weren't alive during this time, but talk to anyone from then, and you will see that just about everything touched on in this book is true in most ways. Blue Skies Tomorrow, is a faith based book in my opinion, and if you have trouble reading anything that references God, you may not want to pick up the book, but if you can get past that as I did; this is a great read that I am proud to have on my shelves.

 

My Rating:


 41-2

Book Review: Fail Harder by Failblog.org Community


Title: Fail Harder:  Ridiculous Illustrations of Epic Fails
Author: Failblog.org Community
Series:
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Date: 09/06/2011
Pages: 192
ISBN: 9781449403072
Source: NetGalley
Purchase: Fail Harder: Ridiculous Illustrations of Epic Fails
Summary:  The harder we try, the harder we FAIL, and never is imperfectness, ineptitude, and ridiculousness on more display than in Fail Harder: Hard Fail, the hilarious chronicle of mishaps and misdeeds based on the hugely popular Web site failblog.org. With 200 silent-but-awesome new displays of FAILs, Fail Harder shares what NOT to do in every environment. Shower-stall electrical breaker box? FAIL. Baby’s room complete with gun rack? FAIL. Beauty parlor, night club, & chainsaw repair all-in-one shop? FAIL. Providing plenty of laughs, groans, and snickers, Fail Harder is a sure way to boost your own self-esteem and worth while enjoying humanity’s most head-scratching and universally funny moments!

My Rating:

My Review: Fail Harder is the upcoming photo based book from the people who bring us Failblog.org. Now normally I hunt down these fail pictures for a laugh, but this book; while having some great FAIL photos; didn't make me laugh. I chuckled at some of the FAIL photos, but others just had me shaking my head at the obvious staging or utter lack hilarity.
I know that most people find things funny when I do not, so by no means are you to take my word on this book, but I just couldn't find too much funny in this book.
 
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