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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2012 Sarah Sundin (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"I love the nostalgia and drama of the WWII era. No one takes me back there better than Sarah Sundin. With Every Letter is a beautiful love story and has everything you want in a novel: romance, suspense, and characters you care about from the very first page. A marvelous beginning for her new series. I can’t wait to read the next book." (Dan Walsh, award-winning and best-selling author of The Discovery)

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  • lorie
  • hillsboro, MO, United States
  • 09-27-12

A Wonderful Story About Having Faith in God!

A lovely story about having faith and trusting God. The story is set during World War ll. Tom is an officer in North Africa and Mellie is a flight nurse. Everyone has heard of Tom because of a decision made by a family member when he was a child, and Mellie faces insecurities that she developed as a child. Both must learn to trust in God and have faith in the plan he has set before them without allowing their past and insecurities to hinder them. This is a must read! Sarah Sundin weaves the love of God and the faith and trust we must have in Him into every book she writes, and her gift for details is wonderful. I am blessed everytime I read a book by Sarah.

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great story and wonderful narrator!

I loved this story. It may have gone a tad long but never lost my attention. The narrator was one of the best I've heard. I'm not sure if the military truly allowed so much lovey-dovey stuff, so I chalked that up to fiction and just enjoyed the story. I highly recommend this one.

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Where is Book 2?

Where does With Every Letter rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

At the top.

What was one of the most memorable moments of With Every Letter?

When he steps off the plane and sees a sea of colorfully dressed ladies and figures out which one is his anonymous pen pal.

Who was the most memorable character of With Every Letter and why?

Mellie

Any additional comments?

It showed honest evaluation and mistakes. Some great humor. Light and easy as well as spiritually encouraging. Thanks!

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Enjoyed every minute

This is a historically well researched book and a fantastic love story. It's nice to find a captivating story that is written with Christian values. I'm a busy mom with young kids and haven't read a book in a long time, but with the audio feature I "read" the whole book while exercising. Took a few months, but it was fun to be entertained while working out.

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  • Leah
  • Pinjarra, Australia
  • 01-25-14

Not what I expected

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I liked the story but... the description needs to be changed. This book is very religious yet no mention is made of that in the description?! I was drawn to the book because of the time period and what I read in the description. I felt like everything in the description was 2nd place to the religious parts. I don't have anything against religious texts but when you are promised one thing and get another.....

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  • Elise
  • Pierrefonds, Quebec, Canada
  • 11-05-12

Great Story and Narrator

Would you consider the audio edition of With Every Letter to be better than the print version?

Yes it is better than the print version because The narrator hooked me from the very beginning. I couldn't wait to find out the outcome of the chracters stories.This audio book is an excellent listen.

What did you like best about this story?

The romance. Suspense and the friendships between the chracters

What about Kate Rudd’s performance did you like?

Everything! She made you fall in love with the main chracters. She made you feel every emotion and conflict that arose in the story. I would listen to her again.I hope she will narrate the other books in this series.

If you could take any character from With Every Letter out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Vera I wanted to find out more about her life and her backstory.

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unexpectedly religious

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One thing that struck me was that the main characters are very religious. It is something that comes out in almost all of the narratives. Some may like this aspect, other may not. I think it's prevalent enough that I was surprised it wasn't mentioned in the description.

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Endless Anguish

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1) Historical details
2) Spiritual inspiration
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1) Narrator not my preference
2) Simplistic plot
3) Emotionally manipulative without subtlety - too much anguish and self-torment, too many times, for too long

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  • Debbie
  • Toney, Alabama
  • 04-25-17

WWII Wounded Souls Find Acceptance and Love

Two sweet people, with hurtful pasts and loads of insecurities begin a pen pal relationship that neither one of them ever expect will bring healing, but over the span of several months, Mellie and Tom, with the safety of anonymity, reveal their deepest thoughts to one another . . . in war torn North Africa, as Mellie ministers to wounded soldiers and tries to overcome her inability to make friends with the other flight nurses, finds comfort in Tom's letters . . . and Tom, who is finding it difficult to lead his men, finds courage and hope in Mellie's letters . . . both Mellie and Tom love the Lord, and it is that faith that ultimately propels them both forward, enough to face their own fears, both in their jobs and in their relationships . . . this is a beautifully written book about two people, deeply influenced by their childhood experiences, greatly loved and protected by one of their parents, yet hurt by the other parent . . . and as adults, attempting to make sense of those facts . . . and to move forward . . . the conclusion of the story is the very best part . . .

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  • Charity
  • Fairbanks, AK, United States
  • 06-15-16

Great booK!

What made the experience of listening to With Every Letter the most enjoyable?

Unique circumstances

Who was your favorite character and why?

Gill, because he just didn't see what was right in front of his eyes and he did his best to do the right thing!

Which scene was your favorite?

The bicycle chase

If you could take any character from With Every Letter out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Gill!

Any additional comments?

I loved this book!

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  • Lucinda
  • 12-09-17

One of the best love stories I’ve read so far

This was definitely one of the best, sweetest love stories I’ve read thus far - made all the better for its Christian element. A story of two army officers brought together via an anonymous pen-pal program, which allows them both the freedom to be themselves. Mellie Blake, a shy, awkward, 1/4 Filipino nurse who has never been able to make friends due to her heritage and family history; and Tom McGilliver, an engineer who is the son and namesake of an infamous murderer. These two lonely young people are given a chance to make a real friendship without the pressure of pretense, and this deep connection quickly develops into romance. Mellie quickly learns who Tom is which only makes her love him more, all the while Tom finds himself falling for Mellie and Annie (her anonymous pen-pal name) at the same time. In an effort to remain loyal to Annie, he goes to great lengths to avoid Mellie, which has her convinced not to reveal her identity to him for fear of rejection. By the time the truth is revealed, they’ve both developed into stronger and more courageous people, and have won the respect of their COs and fellow officers.

I was hardly able to stop listening to this book, and finished it almost in one sitting. At times I found myself a little frustrated with Mellie over her extreme shyness and total obliviousness, but as someone with severe anxiety I also found this relatable in a way. I also loved that this book explored the concept of falling in love with someone’s heart and character before falling in love with them physically - something that I think is severely overlooked in both literature and society as a whole. It made for a more genuine relationship with a deeper level of trust than a lot of the superfluous and unrealistic relationships in many romance novels.

All in all a beautifully written and thoroughly enjoyable read. Definitely recommend this!