A book I absolutely loved! My review & GIVEAWAY of "With Every Letter" by Sarah Sundin

With Every Letter: A Novel

about the book...

Lt. Mellie Blake is looking forward to beginning her training as a flight nurse. She is not looking forward to writing a letter to a man she's never met--even if it is anonymous and part of a morale-building program. Lt. Tom MacGilliver, an officer stationed in North Africa, welcomes the idea of an anonymous correspondence--he's been trying to escape his infamous name for years.

As their letters crisscross the Atlantic, Tom and Mellie develop a unique friendship despite not knowing the other's true identity. When both are transferred to Algeria, the two are poised to meet face-to-face for the first time. Will they overcome their fears and reveal who they are, or will their future be held hostage by their pasts?

Combining a flair for romance with excellent research and attention to detail, Sarah Sundin vividly brings to life the perilous challenges of WWII aviation, nursing--and true love.

my review....

I absolutely loved this book, from the interesting historical setting of Mellie being a flight evacuation nurse in World War II, to the book's well-developed and satisfying romantic elements that will truly capture the interest of both female and male readers. Tom and Mellie are fantastic characters with insecurities that any reader will identify with, such as Tom's struggle to overcome his childhood and learn what it means to be a man, and Mellie's difficulty viewing herself as a woman of beauty and value. Sundin writes with a sure hand, easily drawing you into the story, and keeping the story moving at a perfect pace that kept me engaged. "With Every Letter" is a moving read that entertains on many levels, and watching Tom and Mellie grow as characters through the course of the novel was an absolute pleasure. Sundin expertly draws the story to a close with a conclusion that left a smile on my face, and I can't wait to return to the characters in the second installment of the series.

Readers who enjoy well-written historical novels should plan on spending time on Sundin's latest offering. I highly recommend this book and award it a full 5 out of 5 stars.

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

about the author...

Sarah Sundin is the author of A Distant Melody, A Memory Between Us, and Blue Skies Tomorrow. 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.


I am giving away 1 copy of "With Every Letter" to readers from the U.S. and Canada, courtesy of the publisher and Graf-Martin! 

You can get 1 entry into the giveaway for each task you perform:

1. Become a follower of my blog (through Google Followers or Networked Blogs) then leave a comment confirming you became a follower. If you are already a follower, just leave a comment that you already follow and I'll give you 1 entry for that.

2. "Like" my Facebook page, and let me know you did so in a comment. (The link is at the top of the webpage). Let me know if you've already liked it, and I'll give you an entry.

3. Post about the giveaway on your own blog or on twitter or facebook and leave me a comment. You get 1 entry for each method of spreading the word!


4. Leave a comment answering the following question: "Have you ever written a letter to someone involved in a war?"

++ Please include your email address in your comment so I can contact you to arrange to get the book in the mail to you.

That's all there is to it. Contest Ends September 21, 2012.


  1. I already follow.

    2. I "Liked" your Facebook page, and let me know you did so in a comment.

    4. Leave a comment answering the following question: "Have you ever written a letter to someone involved in a war?"

    Yes, I wrote to my bf when he was in the Vietnam War. Sent him snacks and goodies as well. When he returned, he ended up with PTSD and was afraid to come out to the farm to pick me up--afraid of VC in the cornfields. Needless to say, that relationship didn't last. It was sad to see him struggle so. And I've just read a book about Nam, and I can see why he ended up with PTSD.

    Maybe he's why I read books about the war, so I have a better understanding of what they went through. And Sarah does an excellent job of portraying everything.

    desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

    That's all there is to it. Contest Ends September 21, 2012.

    1. Linda, I'm so sorry to hear about your bf ending up with PTSD. That must have been really difficult! I can't even imagine what it would be like to actually take part in a war!!

      Thanks for sharing.



    2. We didn't know about PTSD back then. Had it been known, it may have turned out differently. I often wonder how he is doing today.

  2. I'm already a follower by GFC.

    I've never written a letter to someone in a war, but I love reading actual examples of letters people have written. I think it would be neat to just randomly choose a soldier to write to!

    Thanks for the giveaway :)


    sonjavogels at gmail.com

  3. Yes, when I was a young teen I wrote to my softball coach when he had to go to Vietnam. Thanks for a chance to win this book!

    ckbarker at gmail dot com

  4. When I was a teen, I wrote to my friend's brother in Viet Nam.
    I love Sarah's books and would love to be included in the drawing. Thanks!

    I'm a follower via GFC.
    worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

  5. I have never written a letter to someone who is serving overseas but I do have the letters my parents wrote to each other when he was in WWII.
    Looking forward to reading this book.

    1. Wow, that would be really interesting to read letters your parents wrote to each other. What a neat legacy!

  6. I really, really want to get this book!!! This sounds so good! I am a follower of your blog!

  7. I posted about the giveaway on FB! martha(at) lclink(Dot)Com

  8. 1. I follow you on GFC.

    2. I liked your Facebook page.

    3. Yes, I dd write to guy I knew in the Vietnam War. He developed two completely different personalities. I had letters from one wth one name written in backhand in one mood and others written with another name written with a forward hand. When he came back, my father had a long talk to him and I never saw or heard from him again. I wonder about how he is today.

    Also have a suitcase of letters from my mother and father to each other written during WWII.


    1. Wow Carol, that's crazy! The human mind can be a bizarre thing at times. I have to admit I share your curiosity about how he must be doing now, having two different personalities and trying to function in society....

  9. thanks for the chance to read this fabulous novel.

    i'm a follower.

    no, i've never written to someone in the military...at least not yet

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

  10. I've never written to anyone in a war... I've always loved the story behind letters that people do write to soldiers, though!


  11. Can't say that I've ever had the chance to write to someone in a war. There's always been something romantic about letter writing, though...makes you wish you lived in a different time.


  12. Yes, I have written a letter to a soldier before. A young woman in my church in the Air Force. :)

    Thanks for the opportunity to win this great book!

    biblioprincess15 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  13. I have never written a letter to someone in war. But my prayer is that the Lord be with them.

    Thank you for the opportunity to win this. I've heard so many good things about it.


    g.gclermont AT gmail DOT com

  14. I'm a Google follower, plus receive your blog via e-mail.
    I already "liked" your Facebook page.
    Yes, I have written to someone involved in a war. My husband, at the time, was deployed to Iraq several years ago. We would mostly send letters by e-mail since it was faster, but I think I probably sent some by regular mail as well.
    I really enjoy Sarah's books so would love to win a copy of With Every Letter. Thanks for the chance.


  15. I've never written to anyone involved in a war but I think it's a wonderful thing! This book sounds really great and I can't wait to read it!

    I follow via GFC - Liz R
    I liked your Facebook page - Elizabeth Libby Riggs
    I tweeted and posted on Facebook


  16. I follow your blog through Google Followers.
    I like your Facebook page......a long time ago!
    I posted/shared on Facebook
    No I've never written to anyone involved in a war.
    I love your books and would love to win! thanks!


  17. Hello and thank you for this giveaway! I've listed it on my weekly list of book giveaways on my site, The Vessel Project.

    1. Thanks for posting about the giveaway on The Vessel Project. Neat site :)

  18. I am a new follower, and like your Facebook page. I have never written a letter to anyone in a war.
    Would love to read this book, it sounds fascinating.
    alongtheway AT telus DOT net

  19. I am new follower via GFC
    I liked your FB page
    I also posted your giveaway on FB and Twitter
    Thank you so much for the review and giveaway!! :)

  20. I am following by email
    Sarah H.

  21. I have written letters to someone in war. I dated a guy that was in the army and was diployed during Desert Storm in 91.
    Sarah H.

  22. I follow via GFC.
    I have written a card (not a letter) to someone involved in a war.
    Thanks for this giveaway!

    jswaks at gmail dot com

  23. I haven't written letters, but I have made Christmas cards for deployed military.

    Thanks for the chance to win! I've been hearing about Sarah Sundin for awhile!


  24. Tweeted: https://twitter.com/Zekkaina/status/249033192290525184



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