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Description: Major Jack Novak has never failed to meet a challenge--until he meets army nurse Lieutenant Ruth Doherty. When Jack lands in the army hospital after a plane crash, he makes winning Ruth's heart a top priority mission. But he has his work cut out for him. Not only is Ruth focused on her work in order to support her orphaned siblings back home, she carries a shameful secret that keeps her from giving her heart to any man. Can Jack break down her defenses? Or are they destined to go their separate ways?
I was having a really rough day and didn’t feel like doing anything. I was trying to push through the mountain of work I had to do, but it just wasn’t working. Mom called to me to check my email, so I opened it up. There was an email saying she had gifted me the second book in Sarah Sundin’s Wings of Glory series. The rest of the day I spent reading this amazing story.
The only thing that kept me from loving the book as much as the last one was Ruth’s very tough past and one scene where she is almost taken advantage of. Nothing was graphic, and for the subject matter covered, I felt Sundin handled it very well. However, those types of things are never easy to read, no matter how well they are handled.
I don’t think a fiction book has touched my heart as much as this one has in years. Jack and I have a sad trait in common; we are both very prideful, but often we can’t see it. I spent a lot of time while I was reading and afterword praying and examining myself. Sundin tackles issues in her books that Christians struggle with, but often paint as acceptable sins. I applaud and thank her for not shying away from the big issues.
Jack was my favorite character in this book. I wasn’t sure I was going to like the ladies-man of the family. As I said, though, he and I have some failings in common. Jack grew on me with each page. I loved watching him change and mature. I still like Walt best, but Jack also now has a special place in my heart.
Ruth was such a broken girl, my heart went out to her. I loved her loyalty to her family and her journey from doubt to faith. It seemed so realistic. The only thing I didn’t understand was why her instructors/boss’ never seemed to believe her when she said one of the men was giving her issues. She seemed very trustworthy, and they are always talking about what a good nurse she is, but for some reason they get mad if she says a guy is treating her wrong.
This story was one of those you never want to put down. I started reading, and I didn’t stop until midnight when I read the last page. The backdrop of WWII makes this story even more compelling. It was one of those rare books where faith, not romance, took the center stage, even though the romance is a huge part of the book.
I highly recommend this book to those who like compelling stories, tales of God’s grace and redemption, and books that make you think.