October 1, 2013

Tom MacGilliver

Welcome, one and all, to what Nancy and I have dubbed WWII Month! I don’t think it’s ever occurred before, but Nancy and I just ‘happened’ to read books written in the same time period & almost the same setting weeks apart from each other. And what do you know? We discovered two very orange-worthy heroes. After careful thought and much deliberation (cough), we decided October would be “WWII Month” here at FHF.

I have always wanted a bomber jacket. They’re just…cool. And for me, the topic of WWII and bomber jackets go hand-in-hand. It could be because flying is a part of my family history. My husband’s grandfather was a Lieutenant Colonel in the Air Force. During WWII, he was a B17 bomber pilot. I never got to hear all his stories, but I think his favorite one to tell was about the giant python that stowed away on his plane. They discovered it mid-flight and somehow managed to calmly complete their objective and land where they were supposed to, instead of doing what any normal person would do- parachute from the plane, allowing it to crash and thereby kill the snake. Sadly, Grandpa passed away before I really got to know him. And despite my light-heartedness here, I know war is a brutal and dark thing. I want to take a moment and acknowledge the many real heroes whose sacrifices will not be forgotten, and who will always be missed by those who love them.

Grandpa & Grandma Frost
To get back to our feature: Chris Evans is a good character model for our hero, Tom MacGilliver. For those of you who don’t know, this (click here) is Chris Evans, aka Captain America.

With Every Letter is a book to be savored, like a good cup of coffee. Or tea, if you prefer. Plan to settle down, snuggle in, and engage in a story that doesn’t let go. I’m going to be up front and tell you- Tom is a different kind of hero. We all love the step up & take charge, confident, bold hero. The fearless, give orders, and don’t-take-no-for-an-answer hero. Tom isn’t any of those things. At least, not at first. He’s wrapped himself up so tight it’s almost hard to see his shining armor underneath. Why is he here? Because Tom doesn’t stay that way. He learns from his mistakes. He chooses to change, and in doing so, he becomes the man he has always wanted to be. And we, as the reader, get a perfect view of the long, slow, beautiful dance that is Tom and Mellie’s story.

About With Every Letter - Wings of the Nightingale Book 1 (released Sept. 2012):

Lt. Mellie Blake is a nurse serving in the 802nd Medical Squadron, Air Evacuation, Transport. As part of a morale building program, she reluctantly enters into an anonymous correspondence with Lt. Tom MacGilliver, an officer in the 908th Engineer Aviation Battalion in North Africa. 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 to their past? And can they learn to trust God and embrace the gift of love he offers them?


Excerpt from With Every Letter:

          “Excuse me, gentlemen. That’s not all. Please be seated.”
           Tom settled back into his chair.
           “With Lieutenant Colonel Black’s permission…” Newman nodded to the commanding officer of the 908th. “I have an invitation for you.”
           He put one foot on a chair and raised a sheepish smile. With his square face and dark good looks, he could be in a movie himself. “This is my wife’s idea. Personally, I think it’s corny, but my wife’s a beautiful woman, so what can I say?”
           Tom joined in the men’s laughter.
           “This movie inspired her. She charmed the nurses in her charge to write letters to you oafs. Anonymous letters, like in the movie.”
           He held up a stack of envelopes. “You each get one letter. You can reply or not, your choice. If you do, play by my wife’s rules, or she’ll make my life miserable. No names, no pictures, and no personal details- hometown, people’s names, anything like that.”
           Tom sat up taller, and his mouth drifted open. If he were in an actual movie, a shaft of light would have pierced the deck of the ship and landed on him.
           Free from the prison of his name, he could be himself. He hadn’t had that with another soul since he was seven. Even with his mother, he kept tight control to reassure her.
           He squeezed his eyes shut. Lord, please. Let the letter be from the right sort of woman.
           Lieutenant Newman passed out the envelopes, and Tom ripped his open.
           A snapshot tumbled out. A pretty brunette in a cheesecake pose.
           He sighed. Even though she’d broken the rules, he read the letter. The young woman gushed over movie stars and big bands and dancing with her friends, and said she sent the photo so he’d write back. So he’d know she wasn’t an ugly hag.
           Tom looked up. All around him, men smiled and pointed to their letters. Once again, alone in a crowd. He’d pass the letter on to a man who would appreciate her froth and bubbles.
           A few rows ahead, three officers broke out into raucous laughter, centered around Lt. Martin Quincy, one of the three platoon commanders in Company B.
           Quincy stood. “You fellows want a laugh? Listen to this dame- ‘Before I start this letter, I must be clear that I’m searching for friendship, not romance. I don’t want to mislead you or toy with your affections. I do apologize if you hoped for a romantic letter from a perky beauty.’
           “You know what that means?” Quincy shook the letter. “She’s a cross between a monkey and a cow.”
           “You lucky dog.” Lieutenant Reed, the third platoon leader, broke down into laughter. “Imagine your children. Your ugly mug and hers.”
           Quincy cussed. “Just my luck. Who wants to trade?”
           “I do,” Tom whispered, but his voice didn’t carry over the crowd’s jeers.
           Quincy crumpled the letter and lobbed it into the trash can by the door.
           The men rose to leave, but Tom stayed in his seat, gaze fixed on the trash can. No one deserved to be thrown away. Abandoned.
           After the officers left, a private arranged the movie reels for rewinding, and Tom retrieved the letter from the trash.

Excerpt used with permission. All rights reserved.

Gallant Score

He dug her letter out of the garbage, ok? Does that resonate with anyone else? Reading this scene took me back to that awkward, gangly, teenage stage when I just wanted someone (besides mom or dad) to think I was worth something just the way I was. Tom values Mellie as a person even before he knows who she is or what she looks like. Throughout the story, he continues to give her guidance and be a listening ear that she desperately needs. At the same time, he is giving her the confidence to become a better person, because he loves her from the inside, out. When he finds himself drawn to a flight nurse, Tom makes the choice to avoid her, choosing to honor his anonymous sweetheart and his love for her, instead.

Wounded Score

Tom has some deep wounds. His need for anonymity comes with good cause. What do you do when your name is synonymous with “murder”? Tom comes across as wishy-washy, and he has a hard time earning respect. Tom knows what he needs to do, but can’t bring himself to cross that line. He has a reason for that- a good one. But being so bound to his past brings a wrecking ball to his present and threatens his future in a big way. He is literally forced to become what he always feared. When the dust settles, Tom must choose whether to let his wounds become scars, and bear them with honor, or to bleed out, and watch his dreams die slowly.

Softie Score

I think Sesame is proof enough of Tom’s worthiness here. (What can I say? I’m a dog person) But ya’ll probably need more, so…Tom cares about Mellie, too. And he isn’t afraid to show it. He treats her with respect, kindness, and honor. He continues to love and reach out to her, encouraging her to trust him and overcome her fear.

Stupid Strikes

The nature of Tom’s character kind of makes me want to pop him a few times. Ultimately his choices come with appropriate consequences. And when it comes to Mellie, he really is doing the right thing. But there is one thing that I must strike him for… YES! That’s for not putting your buddy’s life first.

Swoon Score

Tall. Blond hair and blue eyes. Sun tanned. Tom is a good looking guy (see above link again for a reminder). But what is so great about this story is that the focus isn’t on appearances. To borrow a quote from one of my favorite movies, you learn to love and “…trust the soul of a man (or woman) rather than the look of him (or her).” Tom is swoon worthy because of his gentle, patient pursuit of the woman he loves. He doesn’t give up, and his persistence pays off. Tom and Mellie’s story isn’t perfect. Sometimes it hurts. But I loved it because it’s real. And their flaws and failures are not often dealt with so honestly in fiction stories.

Sarah Sundin is the author of On Distant Shores and With Every Letter in the Wings of the Nightingale series, and also the Wings of Glory series. 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. Sarah lives in northern California with her husband and three children. When she isn’t ferrying kids to tennis and karate, she works on-call as a hospital pharmacist and teaches Sunday school and women’s Bible studies. Please visit her at http://www.sarahsundin.com.

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The FHF Exclusive Directly from the Author

Character inspirations can come from the oddest places. Lt. Tom MacGilliver’s character was inspired by a newspaper article about a man who was about to be executed, leaving behind a young son. My heart broke for that little boy. What would it be like to grow up knowing you were the son of a condemned murderer? And what if—the gears turn in my devious author mind—what if the son bore the murderer’s name? What if that murder carried a “Lizzie Borden” notoriety? What if he had to spend every waking moment convincing people he wasn’t dangerous?

So Tom MacGilliver came to be. I’m not totally heartless. I gave him a determined and loving mother, a strong relationship with the Lord, and a naturally sunny personality. Then Tom is offered a chance to enter an anonymous correspondence with an Army flight nurse, inspired by the classic Jimmy Stewart movie, The Shop Around the Corner (which also inspired You’ve Got Mail). Tom leaps at this opportunity. Anonymity means freedom. For the first time in his life, he can be genuine and open and have a true friendship.

As an Army engineer in World War II, Tom faces challenges from the moment his Engineer Aviation Battalion lands in North Africa. He struggles to build airfields under fire, in the mud, in primitive conditions, and with limited supplies. He struggles to lead his “misfit squadron” when he’s been trained all his life never to show anger or make waves. And he struggles with his growing feelings for his anonymous nurse. If she knew his identity, would she still love him?

This story was a lot of fun to write and a challenge—with dual identities for hero and heroine, delays in letters being delivered, and keeping track of who knew what and when—all set against the backdrop of the turquoise Mediterranean.

***And another bonus- if you all love the cover of this book as much as I do, check out this cool inside look at the biggest challenge for the photo shoot here: http://brandonhillphotos.com/with-every-letter/ ***

Thanks so much to Sarah for sharing Tom and With Every Letter with us.

The giveaways

We’re giving away one copy of With Every Letter, print or e-book, winner’s choice, to a randomly drawn commenter. Make sure you tell us if you want in the book drawing and leave an email address in a spam fighting format like bomber jackets rule (at) I want one dot com

If you’ve already read Letter, you can still win a $10 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card by leaving us the name of a character from the book. Once the character name has been used here in the comments, you have to find another.

Drawings will be courtesy of Random.org on October 14th.

And just one more thing, before we go. Imagine you’re alive during WWII. What would YOU do to help your country? Be a Rosie the Riveter? Work in a hospital or become a flight nurse like Mellie? Or maybe a female journalist, braving all to put the truth in print for the loved ones at home? I want to know!


  1. Britney AdamsOctober 1, 2013 at 8:30 AM

    WITH EVERY LETTER sounds like a wonderful book and I can't wait to read Tom and Mellie's story! Letters are one of my favorite things and I love to collect them. My favorite letters are those written during the war and I have several. This correspondence with loved ones kept spirits up and offered light during a dark time. They are such special treasures!! I would certainly have been a letter writer during the war, or maybe even a female journalist, offering that human connection to the events occurring so far from home.

    Thank you so much for this wonderful hero feature and the opportunity to win a copy of WITH EVERY LETTER!

    texaggs2000 at gmail dot com

    1. Joy W. DoeringOctober 1, 2013 at 10:47 AM

      Hey Britney. I have never heard of a letter collection, but I love it! I think the more digital our culture becomes, the more precious written words will be. It takes a special person to brave the front lines as a journalist- tells me something about your character. :) We'll get you entered in the drawing for a book!

  2. Carol MoncadoOctober 1, 2013 at 9:37 AM

    Oh! I loved this one!!! And I JUST read the second one too! Loved it!!!

    Georgie is the heroine there [she's in this book too :D].

    Hutch could be another option for a hero. Just sayin'.

    I had the chance to chat with Sarah for a few minutes at ACFW and I'm LOVING this series!

    1. Joy W. DoeringOctober 1, 2013 at 10:51 AM

      Carol- book 2 is in my TBR pile! I loved all of the secondary characters in this first book. So many possible stories!
      And I hear ya about Hutch. :)
      You're entered in the gift card drawing with GEORGIE.
      Thanks for the comment! :)

  3. Melanie BackusOctober 1, 2013 at 9:47 AM

    Oh, this book sounds wonderful and I can't wait to find out more about Tom and Mellie in With Every Letter. My husband and I wrote letters while he was in the Army and I cherished every one I received.
    I think I would have wanted to help out in the hospitals during the war. Not necessarily in a nursing capacity but just sitting with the wounded soldiers trying to boast their spirits or holding a hand or just listening.
    Thank you for the opportunity to win With Every Letter

    melback at cebridge dot net

    1. Joy W. DoeringOctober 1, 2013 at 10:58 AM

      Melanie- first off, from all of us here at FHF, many thanks to your husband for his service to our country (and to you, for standing by him!).
      My dad is a Marine- he was never deployed due to a medical issue but he and my mom exchanged letters while he was away at bootcamp. My mom was alone with 4 kids (4 and under). Looking back on it as a mom myself, I don't know how she survived that time. Military wives are heroes, too.
      You are entered in the book drawing! :)

  4. Jennie WOctober 1, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    How's the historical accuracy? I have major issues with books that aren't historically accurate (I'm a history teacher) and so am always leery of historical fiction for that reason.

    I'd still like in the drawing to see if it is a good as promised!


    1. Sarah SundinOctober 1, 2013 at 12:01 PM

      Historical accuracy is very important to me also. For many readers, historical fiction is the only history they get, so I want to do it right. Most importantly, I want to get the facts (and the color) right to correctly honor those who lived through these time periods. Have a look at my website (http://www.sarahsundin.com), specifically the FAQ page, for more about the historical details in my stories. Also, I do a "Today in WWII History" feature on my blog (which you can access through my website), so you can see some of my crazy obsession with facts :)

    2. Gretchen E.K. EngelOctober 3, 2013 at 10:46 AM

      The details really stood out in your Wings of Glory series. I'd just visited my grandfather who was a ball turret gunner in a B-17 (E,F,&G series). I found myself reading your stories and nodding my head. This is like what Grandpa told me. Your research makes me want to read more and more of your stories. You weave it in so effortlessly. In Ruth's story your professional background showed through too. You have a fan for sure!

  5. Sarah SundinOctober 1, 2013 at 12:04 PM

    Joy - what a fun and insightful look into Tom's character! I love it. As an author mom, I loved smacking Tom upside the head for his stupid moment :) I'm so glad you enjoyed the story.

    1. Nancy KimballOctober 1, 2013 at 12:10 PM

      Sarah, thank you for sharing Tom with us and I love it when Joy does a feature because I get the full experience and this is a must-read for me now too. We deeply appreciate you sharing him and the insight into his character with us. As for stupid strikes, the more wounded a hero is, the more prone I've found him to be to getting some of those. Which goes to further show Tom is exactly what an orange-head hero should be--honest and real. Many thanks!

    2. Joy W. DoeringOctober 1, 2013 at 2:49 PM

      Sarah, thanks to you for a great book! :) So glad you like the feature- and I'm glad you disciplined Tom properly. Lol. So happy to have you here!

  6. KristaOctober 1, 2013 at 12:11 PM

    I would love a chance to be in this give-away, I have not had the chance to read this series yet, but I read the Wings of Glory series!

    1. Nancy KimballOctober 1, 2013 at 2:39 PM

      Hi Krista, we'll get you in there and welcome to FHF. =)

    2. Joy W. DoeringOctober 1, 2013 at 2:52 PM

      Krista you have one up on me- I haven't read the Wings of Glory series yet. But Sarah is definitely on my radar from now on! :) Thanks for stopping by!

  7. Ganise C.October 1, 2013 at 12:16 PM

    I've read WITH EVERY LETTER and thought it interesting. If I was alive during the WWII... well, I don't know where I'd be to be quite honest. It's a very heavy period to remember...

    For the giftcard drawing, I believe there's a Mary Gerber in WITH EVERY LETTER.

    Thank you!

    g.gclermont AT gmail DOT com

    1. Sarah SundinOctober 1, 2013 at 12:34 PM

      Yes, Mary "Goosie" Gerber :)

    2. Joy W. DoeringOctober 1, 2013 at 2:55 PM

      Appreciate the feedback, Ganise. We'll get your name entered in the giftcard drawing. :)
      Thanks for the help, Sarah. I didn't remember Mary until you stuck "Goosie" in there.

  8. travelerOctober 1, 2013 at 12:20 PM

    This novel sounds compelling and captivating. What a memorable and enjoyable treasure this would be. Thanks for this chance. I would love to read this book. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

    1. Nancy KimballOctober 1, 2013 at 2:40 PM

      Thanks for stopping by, traveler. We'll get you in there.

    2. Joy W. DoeringOctober 1, 2013 at 2:56 PM

      Welcome, traveler! It is definitely a memorable & enjoyable book. Good luck in the drawing! :)

  9. petiteOctober 1, 2013 at 12:32 PM

    If I lived during World War 11 I would be productive and helpful by being A Rosie the Riveter. I would like to meet Georgie. I would like to receive the giftcard. Many thanks. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

    1. Nancy KimballOctober 1, 2013 at 2:41 PM

      petite, I haven't read this yet but if Georgie is in there, we'll get you in the giftcard drawing when my girl Joy gets back. Thanks for stopping by. =)

    2. Joy W. DoeringOctober 1, 2013 at 3:13 PM

      Hi petite! Georgie was already used! Can you give me another name so we can get you in the drawing?

  10. Abbi HartOctober 1, 2013 at 12:51 PM

    I loved this book so much! As well as Sarah's other books! Some of the absolute best WWII books out there! If I were alive during the WWII era I'd probably be a Rosie the Riveter type!
    I'm going to name Clint Peters as my character!

    1. Nancy KimballOctober 1, 2013 at 2:42 PM

      Abbi! Always good to see you here, girl. I totally trust your opinions and reviews (and Joy's of course, hehe) so glad we got this right. We'll get you in there with Clint.

    2. Joy W. DoeringOctober 1, 2013 at 3:05 PM

      This comment has been removed by the author.

    3. Joy W. DoeringOctober 1, 2013 at 3:20 PM

      Oops. :) Hey Abbi! Great to have your support! Thanks for the positive feedback. Clint was one of my favorite characters! :)

  11. SereinaOctober 1, 2013 at 1:10 PM

    With Every Letter was the first book of Sarah's that I read and I thought it was fantastic! I'd love a chance to win a copy.


    1. Nancy KimballOctober 1, 2013 at 2:42 PM

      Thanks Sereina!

    2. Joy W. DoeringOctober 1, 2013 at 3:45 PM

      Hey Sereina. I enjoyed your posts for Celebrate Musicals Week. :) I love R&H's Cinderella, too. :) We'll get you entered in the drawing.

  12. HeidiOctober 1, 2013 at 1:21 PM

    Thanks for the review! Please enter me in your drawing for the book!


    1. Nancy KimballOctober 1, 2013 at 2:42 PM

      Thanks, Heidi. Nice to see you back. =)

  13. AnonymousOctober 1, 2013 at 1:31 PM

    I want a copy! wolf2644@hotmail.com

    1. Nancy KimballOctober 1, 2013 at 2:43 PM

      Haha. That's honest and to the point. =)

  14. Debbie CarneyOctober 1, 2013 at 1:32 PM

    This book sounds wonderful. I love history and a good story.
    I think Id try to work in a hospital , I always seem to be the one taking care of everyone now.
    I would be happy with either print or e book


    1. Nancy KimballOctober 1, 2013 at 2:44 PM

      Debbie, thank you and thank you for sharing. I love a good historical or historical romance too, since that's what I write. We'll get you in the book drawing. =)

    2. Joy W. DoeringOctober 1, 2013 at 3:11 PM

      Hi Debbie! Glad to have you here. The book is wonderful! :) Good luck in the drawing.

  15. LisOctober 1, 2013 at 2:53 PM

    I loved this book! And On Distant Shores is in my TBR pile (Thanks, Sarah!). I'll enter the contest with the character KAY. If I lived during the WWII era, I'd be a nurse stationed in a hospital, I don't think I can take flying around too much.


    1. Joy W. DoeringOctober 1, 2013 at 3:07 PM

      Hey Lis. Distant Shores is on my TBR pile, too!
      You're in the drawing with KAY- and I do hope that Sarah give us her story. I loved the complexity of her character. :)
      Thanks for stopping by!

    2. Sarah SundinOctober 1, 2013 at 3:16 PM

      Kay's story is coming right up :) She's featured in "In Perfect Time" coming in August 2014, along with C-47 pilot Roger Cooper. I'm doing my publisher's edits on the book right now, and having so much fun revisiting these characters!

    3. Joy W. DoeringOctober 1, 2013 at 3:58 PM

      Woohoo! Can't wait! :)

  16. Joy W. DoeringOctober 1, 2013 at 3:17 PM

    Okay! Characters used so far are:

  17. Cathy RichmondOctober 1, 2013 at 3:25 PM

    What a great scene, Sarah - you've got me rooting for Tom right away! And very cool about the photo shoot!
    If I were back in WWII, I'd still be an occupational therapist - although the job was so much different then - patients stayed in the hospital for months instead of days.
    Blessings on your writing, Sarah!

    1. Joy W. DoeringOctober 3, 2013 at 5:20 PM

      Hey Cathy! I love the inside look at the photo shoot, too. :) Thanks for the comment.

  18. 4readinOctober 1, 2013 at 3:52 PM

    I've wanted to read this book for some time. Thanks for sharing and the giveaway!

    I like the title and the time period of this book. If I were in that time period, I might of been a secretary or on an event planning committee or something. It's hard to say.

    1. 4readinOctober 1, 2013 at 3:53 PM

      I almost forgot to leave my email! Sorry!

      ks4readin (at) yahoo (dot) com

  19. Joy W. DoeringOctober 1, 2013 at 3:57 PM

    Welcome to FHF! It's always fun to see new faces here. We'll get you entered in the book drawing! :)

  20. Barbara ThompsonOctober 1, 2013 at 4:22 PM

    I would love to read this book. Write Every Letter sounds fantastic. I would probably would work in the hospital during that time. I would like to have a print book. Thank you for the opportunity to enter this giveaway. Please enter my name.
    Barbara Thompson

    1. Joy W. DoeringOctober 1, 2013 at 4:32 PM

      Hi Barbara! I'm impressed by those willing to work in a hospital. I get faint at the sight of blood- so that would not be an option for me. :) Thanks for commenting & we'll get you entered in the book drawing.

  21. Jackie McNuttOctober 1, 2013 at 6:24 PM

    Wow! What a great taste of the characters! This is on my to read list. Would like print book. The story line here is so interesting.

    1. Joy W. DoeringOctober 1, 2013 at 7:13 PM

      Hi Jackie- glad you enjoyed the feature. :) We will enter you in the book drawing. Thanks for visiting!

  22. Sara JohnsOctober 1, 2013 at 6:59 PM

    I think I would become a flight nurse to help the wounded men. I would love to enter the book giveaway! sarajohns95@yahoo.com

    1. Joy W. DoeringOctober 1, 2013 at 7:17 PM

      Hi Sara! It took a lot of courage and confidence to become a flight nurse. I don't think I could do it. :) You're entered in the book drawing. Thanks for the comment. :)

  23. Elaine KlingbeilOctober 1, 2013 at 8:37 PM

    This sounds like a great book, I would love to win it!

    1. Joy W. DoeringOctober 2, 2013 at 10:27 AM

      Thanks for stopping by, Elaine. We'll get your name in the drawing. :)

  24. SonjaOctober 1, 2013 at 9:26 PM

    Sounds so good, specially how it was described to settle down and so I felt on these cooler fall nights, I could grab a pillow and a blanket and sit and read in front of the fireplace. I totally want to read this one! Sonja.nishimoto (at) gmail (dot) com Thanks so much for the opportunity!

    1. Joy W. DoeringOctober 2, 2013 at 10:30 AM

      Sonja- I love the thought so curling up in front of a fireplace. :) Sometimes I wish I had one on these chilly fall days. :) Thank you for visiting- we'll enter you in the book drawing.

  25. AnonymousOctober 1, 2013 at 10:49 PM

    I devoured Sarah's first three books and rushed out to buy With Every Letter as soon as it was available. Sarah's books are so attentive to historical detail and the romances are always touching. One of my favorite characters in With Every Letter was Sesame, Tom's faithful dog.
    Oh! If I were alive during WWII, I think I would become a math teacher, since so many teachers left their jobs to fight.

    1. Joy W. DoeringOctober 2, 2013 at 10:43 AM

      I didn't even consider the vacant jobs on the home front. Thanks for that reminder. :)
      SESAME will get you entered in the gift card drawing.

  26. tickmenotOctober 2, 2013 at 8:29 AM

    My Dad was in the US Air Corp during WWII. He brought his bomber jacket home and preserved it with the idea it would go to my son, his only grandson. Unfortunately, Dad was bed bound his last couple of years and in poor health. Mom took care of him, and to cope with all the stress would do massive clean outs around the house from time-to-time.

    During one of those purges, Mom got rid of the jacket. When she latter realized what she had thrown out, she was heartbroken. My son was sad, too, but all was forgiven. Our best "possession" is each other. My son's memories of his Papa can never be thrown away!

  27. tickmenotOctober 2, 2013 at 8:32 AM

    I didn't say in my above post that I wanted in the contest, but, yes, please enter me!

    I would have liked to have been a teacher during this time period.


    1. Joy W. DoeringOctober 2, 2013 at 10:47 AM

      Wow, what a story! It's true that time spent & memories made with loved ones are far more important than any possessions we might gain after they're gone. We'll get you entered in the book drawing- and thanks for sharing with us. :)

  28. KristinOctober 2, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    I loved the book, as well On Distant Shores. I'm looking forward to the 3rd book!

    Lt. Newman is the chief nurse.


    1. Joy W. DoeringOctober 2, 2013 at 3:24 PM

      Hey Kristin! Thanks for the feedback. :) You are entered in the gift card drawing with LT. NEWMAN.

  29. Sally BradleyOctober 2, 2013 at 12:21 PM

    Holy cow--that scene from the book was amazing! I'm in for the book. I've never read any of Sarah's novels, although they're all on my TBR list. sally bradley writes AT g mail dot com. No spaces. :)

    1. Joy W. DoeringOctober 2, 2013 at 3:27 PM

      Hi Sally- glad you liked the excerpt. It's actually one of the harder parts of the feature, so it's great when the choice connects with readers. :) We'll get you entered for the book drawing.

  30. Gretchen E.K. EngelOctober 3, 2013 at 10:39 AM

    I would have responded sooner except there's been an internet meltdown at Chez Engel. It has been a good excuse to spend my free time reading Jack and Ray Novak's stories from Sarah's Wings of Glory series. I'd already fallen in love with Walter a few weeks ago.
    And for the same reason I liked Walter, I'm going to love Tom. He's an engineer during WWII! One of my favorite historical eras, and I'm an engineer married to an engineer. Based on his degree, my husband probably would have served in a similar capacity to what Tom does. And Joy, thanks for the visual. I might have to rethink my preference for tall, dark, & handsome. I will definitely be reading With Every Letter.

    1. Sarah SundinOctober 3, 2013 at 11:16 AM

      As the daughter of an engineer and the mother of a senior-year-major-in-mechanical-engineering son (not that I'm proud or anything) - it's great fun for me to write about engineers. Personally, I prefer tall, dark, and handsome too - so I deliberately made Tom my first blond hero :) And I liked him very much.

    2. Joy W. DoeringOctober 3, 2013 at 5:37 PM

      Glad you made it! :) When I was younger I always preferred blonds. I would say my tastes have changed, but as I sit here and think about it, there aren't many blond heroes out there. Even in novels (including my own- at least the first one- lol) the hero is often dark. My hubby is blond- so I guess my taste never did change. But I wonder if blond lovers are in the minority. I feel a poll coming on. Haha

  31. AngiOctober 3, 2013 at 10:02 PM

    Goodness, I really enjoyed that excerpt! Tom sounds like perfect hero material. He got me when he fished the letter from the trash can. Wow! I like this guy already. Total sweetness. I probably would have been a Rosie the Riveter. Thanks Joy, for this peek at Tom MacGilliver. I'll put my bid in for a hardcopy. :)


    1. Joy W. DoeringOctober 4, 2013 at 10:38 AM

      Hey Angi! Glad the excerpt connected with you, too. :) I'll confess- it was an easy choice for me this time. This was the moment Tom's hero potential became clear to me- and I rooted for him from that moment on. :) Thanks for the comment & we'll get you entered in the book drawing. :)

  32. PattyOctober 7, 2013 at 2:36 PM

    I have a copy of On Distant Shores, and would love a copy of With Every Letter. I look forward to discovering the shining armor beneath Tom's outer shell.


    1. Joy W. DoeringOctober 7, 2013 at 7:29 PM

      Hey Patty! Thanks for visiting. :) We'll get you entered in the book drawing.

  33. Nancy KimballOctober 15, 2013 at 3:50 AM

    I am LATE! Sorry hero girls but if you guys keep showing up in force like this we're going to have to go to rafflecopter, LOL. (It's a good problem. =)


    The copy of Tom's book goes to Debbie Carney

    The giftcard winner is Kristin (kleehart at gmail)

    Thank you everyone so much. YOU are the best part of FHF for Joy and I and special thanks to Sarah Sundin for sharing Tom with us.