Saturday, September 10, 2011

Lt. Raymond Novak prefers the pulpit to the cockpit, but at least his stateside job training B-17 pilots allows him the luxury of a personal life. As he courts Helen Carlisle, a young war widow and mother who conceals her pain under a frenzy of volunteer work, the sparks of their romance set a fire that flings them both into peril.

After Ray leaves to fly a combat mission at the peak of the air war over Europe, Helen takes a job in a dangerous munitions yard and confronts an even graver menace in her own home. Will they find the courage to face their challenges? And can their young love survive until blue skies return?

My thoughts...

This is the first book I've read by Sarah Sundin and it definitely will not be the last! I found this to be such a wonderful, touching story. The characters are believable, each going through hardships due to the war.

The main character, Helen, a war widow, is hiding a secret and it's destroying her inside. She meets Ray and he brings out the secret bit by bit trying to help her heal. He falls in love with her but after one horrible evening when painful memories invade her, she throws him out telling him he is a coward and is never to come back. Crushed, Ray decides to leave his position as supply clerk and fly fighter jets. Helen is horrified when news of his death in a crash reaches her.

What these two people go through is absolutely terrible. Helen learns to trust God and rely on Him for strength. She makes plans to take her son and leave the town she loves but something happens that stops her in her tracks.

Sundin has done a magnificient job of keeping this story interesting, I didn't want to stop reading once I started. I believe you will fall in love with the characters and feel their pain as well as their joy. I give Blue Skies Tomorrow 5 stars.

I received a copy of this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Sarah Sundin received the 2011 Writer of the Year Award from the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference, and her second novel A Memory Between Us is a finalist for an Inspirational Readers' Choice Award. Her stories are inspired by her great-uncle who flew with the U.S. Eighth Air Force in England during World War II.

Sarah lives in California with her husband and three children. Visit with Sarah online at


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Sarah Sundin said...

Joyanne - thank you so much for the wonderful review! I'm so glad you enjoyed Ray & Helen's story!