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Then there is Ray who is struggling with his own insecurities and appearances and wants to prove to everyone, especially Helen, that he is not a coward.
Even though this is the third book in a series, I actually haven’t read the first two books. I feel this book could be read as stand-alone but might have been more enjoyable if I had read those first. I enjoyed reading Blue Skies Tomorrow and I was deeply enthralled in the lives of Ray and Helen. They were such genuine characters that were dealing with all these mammoth internal battles and I felt like I was literally watching them grow and unfold before my eyes!
This story left me contemplating things unlike any other story I’ve read in a long time. I kept thinking about the character Ray and his struggles with feeling like a coward. All his peers kept telling him that in order to be a real man he had to fly planes in the war instead of just teaching men to fly planes in the States. I just kept thinking about how we always put these high expectations on our men to be “manly men” and if they don’t measure up the way we think they should be label them as “cowards”. This story was very realistic I believe to the struggles of men and their identity.
I also felt the same way about Helen and her story. I could go on and on about how her struggles left me contemplating my own “show” but that would just make this review way too long! Let’s just say you can’t walk away from reading this story without deeply thinking of your own identity in God.
I know that I’m reading a good book when I’m left contemplating the story days later and I am emotional and angry at the things that I was reading. The issues that Helen was facing with her in-laws had me wanting to scream out loud and yell! Yet Sundin created a beautiful and love filled ending that left me feeling like justice was served and there really was a happily ever after.
I have to admit that although I felt this story kept me very interested in the lives of Helen and Ray there was times where I felt all the detail of the history and war made it loose it’s momentum for me but I don’t think that is going to bother everyone and it didn’t really deter me from continuing the story but I did skim over a few areas!
Overall a very thought-provoking and great story! I will be looking in to more of Sarah Sundin’s stories.
A Big Thank You to Litfuse for providing a review copy of the book. I was not obligated to provide a positive review.