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A young war widow covers her pain with the frenzy of volunteer work until the spark of her romance with a WWII pilot propels them both into peril....

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Blue Skies Tomorrow Reviews

  • Kellyn Roth
    2018-12-05 13:13

    January 1st 2018:AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH IT'S STILL GOOD AND WOW I LOVE RAY HE IS PERFECT. He reminds me of my Peter. <3Oh! I just remembered I had one other thought while I read it this time. (And it's a spoiler so read at your own risk.)(view spoiler)[Jim caused Helen to have two miscarriages, and yet she mentions it ... what? A couple times? And doesn't seem to think about it a ton? I'd think that would be MUCH more scarring than anything else she could experience from him. If I were a woman whose husband had murdered two of my babies, that would be what would bug me most of all. Not that he hurt me, but that he killed my children. I think it was waaaay underplayed. Like majorly so. Just saying. (hide spoiler)]October 12th 2016: Oh my gosh ... I read that so fast that I didn't even get a chance to mark it as 'currently reading' on Goodreads! That was the most amazing, fantastic, wonderful book ever!!! :D Wow. Wow. Wow.December 12th 2016:**Originally posted on Reveries Reviews**I can’t believe this fantastic series is over! Three books is really too few! I can’t stand it! *chokes*Okay, so, this was a fantastic book. I didn’t like it as much A Memory Between Us, but it was as heartbreaking if not more so. Being hurt by someone you neither love nor trust is very different from being hurt by someone whom you love and trust, and … gosh. I was in tears … especially that scene where (view spoiler)[Helen drives Ray away because he found out Jim used to beat her and she doesn’t want to dishonor his memory, etc. and that scene where Helen finds out that Ray is ‘dead.’ (hide spoiler)]Although Helen was reacting incorrectly to what happened to her (heroizing Jim), it was really realistic! I totally understood why she did it. In fact, it’s fantastic how well we got into both the main characters’ heads.I loved Ray. He was a simply fantastic character, a great guy. Sure, he had his problems, but I was like, “I DON’T CARE. YOU’RE PERFECT. STOP TRYING TO PERFECT THE PERFECTION, MAN!!!”Helen … oh, Helen. You’re so messed up! Your child needs spanked. I wanted to give you a talking to. ‘A spanked child is a happy child.’ That’s what I’d tell you. Drag him along the straight and narrow (which basically means make him do what you want him to do because he’s a toddler and a toddler is like, “That’s mine and that’s mine and that’s mine although it’s actually yours …” and that’s not life!) when he’s too little not to stray, and eventually he’ll get up and walk it himself. You can’t make him into the perfect man, but …And … I just realized the thing I thought Helen was most messed-up about was not spanking her kid …Anyway, I really sympathized with Helen, even as I was frustrated with her. ‘Cause being scared of a kid a quarter your size? That’s … just sad. But I guess it’s understandable considering the circumstances.The way Helen and Ray met and got to know each other and everything … I must say that was just perfect! I loved it.I was a little upset with Mr. Novak about not interfering when he knew what was happening. I mean, he’s the pastor. I know he can’t force anything on anyone, but … he should definitely have dealt with it. It wasn’t ‘none of his business.’ When someone’s being hurt, it’s always your business to interfere and try to help them!I found it hilarious how Jack and Walt didn’t recognize Ray until he mentioned the stain on the runner! Best (happy) scene in the book!Anyway, this is a fantastic novel – though not quite the same as A Memory Between Us; nothing’s gonna trump that – and I really enjoyed it. I can’t wait to get my hands on something new by Sarah Sundin!~Kellyn Roth, Reveries Reviews

  • Hannah
    2018-11-19 07:07

    I think I might have a book hangover after this...

  • Olivia
    2018-11-27 05:36

    Oh my, this was so sweet! And definitely a favorite Sarah Sundin. Helen and Ray's story was amazing! At first it was so emotional that I had to prepare myself to be in tears, but there were so many happy moments too. Ray's scenes in Germany were amazing...I was literally wide-eyed reading them. The Novak brother's interaction was so realistic and brought so many little smiles to my face. So yep, Ray is my favorite brother ;) Romance wise, there were a few kisses, a couple slightly detailed. But mainly at the beginning and end. I'm so impressed with the spiritual content. So many lessons to make you think and ponder!!I hightly recommend this to later teens and up. It's full of historical events, and will sweep you away into the 1940s. We just need a movie, and I'll be happy ;)

  • Michelle
    2018-11-27 13:24

    Sarah Sundin wraps up a fantastic series with this awesome third book. I remembered some things mentioned in the previous books when the major incident with Ray came down to the wire. I love how the author overlapped the three novels that way. That's not easy to do well, but this author makes it seamless. The setting is also well done from both stateside and Europe. I felt like I was there with them, especially the scenes where there was some flying. I was worried every time they were in the air fighting those missions!I adored the hero, Ray, and loved his heart for God. I especially loved his heart for Helen. They had some serious chemistry going on there and their interaction was quite potent at times. I loved how Ray had to resist temptation and how needy Helen was because of her past abuse. She was operating out of fear and her desperation was totally believable. I was impressed with the way that Sarah wrote about the domestic violence that Helen had contended with and the subtle message about her having to "fake" so many things to keep the dirty little secret about her deceased husband. That was very well done as was the way the various abused women in the story acted. Most authors don't get so real with the painful truth, but Sundin doesn't hold back, making this book a favorite of mine. Helen was a sweetheart, too. She, like so many abused women, believed that she somehow deserved it. The abuse is a pathology of sorts and part of the sickness is getting the victims to believe they earned the abuse by being flawed. What Helen had gone through was horrible, but I've met many, many women who were abused in a similar fashion so it was very realistic. Her internal growth throughout the story was uplifting and I sensed her growing stronger as she experienced each victory, no matter how small. I also loved how she wanted to protect her son and all of the ramifications that her tolerating the way she was treated by Jay Jay's grandparents played out. She had choices to make and they all came with consequences.Honestly, I loved all three books in this series, so they were all special to me for different reasons. It was cool how each brother had a major character flaw that interfered with their spiritual lives and their relationships, and how they essentially killed any future happiness the brothers would have in marriage until their flaws were dealt with. It's awesome how God knows exactly what circumstances we need to find ourselves in so that we'll learn and grow despite the hardships that come our way. It wouldn't be loving for God to allow us to stay the way we are, so He guides things in our lives that cause us to deal with our weaknesses one way or the other. By not doing anything to change we're aren't helping ourselves or the ones we love. I really loved how the author showed how each character needed to overcome their spiritual obstacles with God and not expect other people to pull them through. In the end it's just us and God, right? Bottom line was this book was well-written, spiritually uplifting, emotionally gripping, and something I could totally related to. I think it will help women who see themselves in Helen's character and will hopefully compel them to do something to change their situation. I highly recommend this story!

  • Aerykah
    2018-12-06 05:34

    Not my favorite couple or book of the series, but I still really loved this book! Helen and Ray are great characters, and I thought they were very well written. I loved seeing their characters change and develop throughout the story.This book is another example of the wonderful way Sarah Sundin has of balancing history and romance. I love that I can thoroughly enjoy both when I read her books!I wish that I had time to write a proper review for this book-- I feel that I haven't anywhere near done it justice. Really, let me just say that I highly recommend this book, as well as any of the others I've read by this author because they have all been wonderful! :)

  • Loraine
    2018-12-15 13:13

    Lt. Raymond Novak prefers the pulpit to the cockpit, but at least his stateside job training B-17 pilots allows him the luxury of a personal life. As he courts Helen Carlisle, a young war widow and mother who conceals her pain under a frenzy of volunteer work, the sparks of their romance set a fire that flings them both into peril. After Ray leaves to fly a combat mission at the peak of the air war over Europe, Helen takes a job in a dangerous munitions yard and confronts an even graver menace in her own home. This is the third and final book in the Wings of Glory series. Each features one of the Novak brothers, and the brothers are as dissimilar as possible. Ray has always been the meek, quiet one. Now he wonders if he has the bravery to face actual combat. Helen has lived what appears to everyone as a storybook marriage becoming a widow when her husband is killed in combat. Both have demons to overcome and it takes lots of missteps for each of them to become strong enough in their faith to fight their demons.This was my favorite of the three books. Sundin dealt with some hard topics in this book focusing on spousal abuse and the right and wrong of killing in war time. I felt this book was much deeper and complex than the first two. There were times when my heart was torn in two and others where it melted as Ray and Helen overcame their hurdles. Helen's problems with her first husband broke my heart, and I will never understand how one person could treat another like that. I loved the part that covered Ray's adventure when his flight goes wrong and no one believes him when he returns to base. Great insight by Sundin regarding the problems pilots ditching their planes encountered when they landed in enemy territory.Overall, a great World War II historical read. FAVORITE QUOTES:"I won't make you deny your past in order to have a future.""Sometimes the hardest person to forgive is yourself.""Fear didn't make a man a coward, but rather the inability to act due to fear."

  • Faye
    2018-12-09 13:30

    Blue Skies Tomorrow is in my opinion everything that a book should be. The emotional depth, the romance, the plot, the action, and adventure, is fantastic.The plot alone makes this book stand out, I could go on and on for hours about how well done this book was plotted out. The historic settings were rich, and authentic. The history was woven into the story with great care. I think Ms. Sundin got the balance perfectly. The writing and dialog were excellent, I lost myself in the story. There were no over done, mind boggling descriptions, or unwieldy words that can at times jog me from the spell of a story. The focus was wholly on the story and conveying it in a straightforward and natural manner, that swept me back to another time and place. The characters were so realistic in all their raw emotions. The whole cast shone, not just the main characters, Helen and Ray. I really liked Esther Jones, who though a character with a small role, stood out as a strong woman who loved her husband and stood for what was right. This book had me on the edge of my seat, staying up way past midnight to find out what would happen next. There were times when I was sure that there was no way out, but Ms. Sundin surprised me many times over. I kept telling myself, "I'll go to sleep when I find a stopping place." The only problem was that there weren't any "stopping places!"Overall, this was one of the best historical fiction books that I have read in a long time. There were some violent scenes that had to do with Helen's troubled past, and Ray being a soldier in WWII, so that's just a heads up. Also I wanted to say that I haven't read the first two books in the series (but I plan to in the future), and I found this to be a stand alone novel that could be easily picked up out of order and fully enjoyed. I really enjoyed this book, and I hope that you decide to give it a shot. It's worth it! Thanks so much :)ISBN: 978-0-8007-3423-7“Available August 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”Thanks so much to Donna Hausler and Revell Publishing company for providing this book to me free of charge in exchange for an honest review.

  • Casey
    2018-12-11 05:15

    What I love about Sarah Sundin’s stories is her ability to weave a historical setting as rife with conflict as World War II with a love story that moves my heart and soul with its vibrancy.There is a delicate balance between too much history and ignoring the love story. Or an overwhelming love story angle with the war as only a distant background. There is a near perfect balance in “Blue Skies Tomorrow”. The character development in this story is amazing. Sundin took her characters to places I don’t often see in fiction and I loved it. She delved deep into the makeup of both Helen and Ray, found what made them tick and used it against them. Masterful. It’s the only word I can use to describe it.As the story moved overseas, I thought a bit of the momentum was lost in a few too many historical details, but not much and I didn’t lose interest. Turns were made and devastation brought on the characters.I know I’m reading a good book when I become very emotional and this book had me up in arms in the defense of Helen against her in-laws. Sundin took me from the height of anger to the beauty of a new love.It’s a great conclusion to the end of the series and I look forward to more from this very promising author!This review is my honest opinion. Thanks to the publishers for my copy to review.**Available August 2011 from Revell, a division of Baker Publishers**

  • Margaret Chind
    2018-11-30 08:18

    I still hold to the opinion that I think A Distant Melody might be one of my favorite books ever. I also quite loved A Memory Between Us. When I first started Blue Skies Tomorrow I was expecting the same feelings from page one, but they were not quite there. However at about the halfway point when a few things picked up, I was once again enthralled and love the writing from Sarah Sundin!! My reading status at about 195 pages in said:I loved the first two books in the series and say that the first one might even be one of my favorite books ever. This one not so much, but I think it is because I am having such a hard time digesting the character of Jim. Even if he is dead, he is very much active in the lives of the others. Some reason I keep wanting Ray's mother to fix everything. I don't know why but I feel like she could... Yet then after finishing the book, my first thoughts were: Around halfway thru this novel really kicked up and was the same fiction that I love. I cried and rejoiced. Awesome second half to finish. Definitely want more from Sarah.This is a historical romance that has all of the elements that one's heart looks for and while at the same time bringing forth events of a war time past that are true and hard to accept. Usually I am not a fan of war time novels, but this one captures my heart. Then with the second and third installment with the Wings of Glory those feelings continue on. War novels are not usually for me, but even with terminology that is a different language to me, the story really comes through and paints and incredible picture. It is a picture that is sometimes gray and sometimes vibrant with blue skies and sometimes a sepia tone with mud, but it's there all the same.It's amazing how much can be told in such a short amount of pages it seems.I am delighted to have found Sarah as an author for my permanent shelves of books and I will impatiently wait for the next book and the next!*Thanks to Revell Books for providing a copy for review.*Originally posted:

  • Rita
    2018-12-03 09:13

    Tenho. Tantas. Emoções. Neste. Momento. Oh. Meu. Deus. 'Asas de Glória' é sem dúvida alguma das melhores trilogias que já li. Quem me dera que houvesse mais livros. Adorei tanto estas três histórias e todas as personagens e tudo o que compõe estes três magníficos livros. Certamente irei relê-los um dia mais tarde. Só acrescentar que... ADOREI.

  • Sarah
    2018-12-01 08:22

    Probably the weakest of the series in my opinion, yet still a good story. Ray was my favorite from the beginning and is still one of my favorites.

  • Megan
    2018-12-04 06:28

    Blue Skies Tomorrow deals with some very difficult issues and I think that Saran Sundin did a great job of writing about them. As with her other books (A Distant Melody and A Memory Between Us) the main characters have lessons to learn and fears to overcome. This story starts a little bit before where A Memory Between Us ends and I really enjoyed reading about some of the happier moments of that book from a different perspective.I remember while reading A Distant Melody how bad I felt for Helen when her husband Jim died, leaving her all alone to raise their infant son. However, after reading this book and knowing what Jim did to her, I now feel relieved that he is no longer around to hurt her anymore. Helen had polio as a child and so she has a slight limp, which Jim used as an excuse for all of Helen's injuries.When Ray was mentioned in the previous books, I remember that I wanted to know more about him. His background story is sad but in a different way. He was engaged twice but both times it was broken off by the women he was engaged to, leaving him to feel a distrust of women. Ray's family doubts whether he will ever get married and in this book you learn that Ray is beginning to have his doubts about it as well. Like both of his younger brothers, Ray is a pilot; but unlike his brothers, he has never been in combat. He has chosen to stay stateside as a flight instructor, but when the Army makes it a requirement that all instructors have at least one tour of duty, Ray has to choose between a desk job or go to war. Ray takes the desk job, but when he feels that everyone thinks that he is a coward for not going into combat, himself included, he decides to go. This will test Ray like he has never been tested before.The only thing that I remember not liking about this book was all the details of the planes. Almost every time a plane was mentioned, there would be a very detailed description of it - I found the repetitiveness of that quite boring. However, I thought that the rest of the story more than made up for it.Blue Skies Tomorrow is a wonderful conclusion to the Wings of Glory series. I will miss this family greatly, but what a way to end! While I enjoyed all three books in the series, there was something about this book that I especially enjoyed. I highly recommend this book, but strongly suggest that you read this series in order so that some of the key details aren't revealed to you beforehand.I received a copy of this book to review from LitFuse. I did not receive any compensation other than the book. I was not required to give a positive review, but only asked to share my opinion of the book, which I have done.

  • Renee
    2018-12-04 08:12

    I should have been born in the 40′s. I love the clothes, the music, the movies. Yes, it was a harrowing period in our history. But a world at war laid bare the issues most important in life, and the times invited people to rise to new challenges. Those who did astounded themselves, and the world, by what they were able to accomplish. They are now called The Greatest Generation.When I want to visit the 40′s time period, I know I can count on author Sarah Sundin to take me there. Sarah captures the essence of those years in her three-book series, Wings of Glory. This trilogy follows the lives of the Novak brothers, Jack, Walt, and Ray. The last book, Blue Skies Tomorrow, tells Ray’s story.Ray has a preacher’s heart. He loves nothing better than to teach, counsel, and comfort the folks God brings his way. When lovely Helen Carlisle crosses his path, he is drawn to her sweet spirit and tender heart. Helen, a war widow struggling to raise a young son, blossoms under Ray’s love and attention. However, their time together is cut short when Ray volunteers to give up his stateside assignment and fly bombing missions.Both Ray and Helen end up fighting the important battles God brings to their separate journeys. Both, in their own way, find themselves pretending to be people they’re not in an effort to survive. And both surprise themselves as they discover the depths of courage God is able to draw from within them. The drama of each character’s story kept me turning pages until the heartwarming, supremely satisfying conclusion.I often share how the books I read remind me of movies I’ve enjoyed. Many stories in the inspirational market remind me of old movies. Some would say what Christian books and old movies have in common is that they bypass real life to show a sanitized version of truth.I disagree. I think these genres do take on tough problems and real life situations. But the writers do it with subtlety, restraint, and grace—as Sarah Sundin does. Want to see what I mean? Follow this link to purchase Blue Skies Tomorrow for yourself. You’ll find yourself humming Glen Miller tunes, styling your hair with pin curls, and wishing your town had an old-fashioned soda fountain.Follow this link to enter the giveaway at my blog Doorkeeper.

  • Cindy
    2018-11-20 08:13

    Another awesome book from Sarah Sundin. I too am sad to see this last book in this series, but have so enjoyed the Novak brothers, each brother so different in personality and each with a different story. Kind hearted Ray, so torn with emotions concerning combat, lives under a cloud. A whispering and mutterings by people about his cowardice concerning combat, he throws himself into training combat pilots but is dismayed when he is pulled from that duty and sent to work in supply, because they are now only allowing returning pilots to conduct training for combat pilots. Helen is a broken woman, she just cannot admit it to herself or others, the widow of an abusive husband, she is determined to play the role of a grieving widow, what she does not count on is the interference from her in-laws and her little boy's own violent tendencies. How will she ever overcome these obstacles. Falling in love with Ray, is a start but the disapproval of her in-laws makes her hesitant to show her care openly. War will bring this all to a head! Sarah Sundin is a fantastic author, who brings you into the story, you feel like you would like to reach through the book and shake some sense into Helen on some pages, and you really want to stand up for her when she faces her violent father in law. These feelings are only possible because of Sarah's great story telling abilities, I totally love her writing style, and I look forward to what is next from Sarah's writing! 427 pages $14.99 US 4 stars. This book was provided for review purposes only, no payment was provided for this review. Available August 2011 from your favorite seller of Revell Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

  • Jocelyn Green
    2018-11-17 05:24

    This book could not be any better. It is easily one of my favorite novels I have read in the last year. Here’s why: ■There is tension from the very first sentence, making it hard to stop turning the pages. ■The dilemmas for Helen and Ray are so intriguing, so believable, and yet so heart-wrenching, you just cannot help but love these characters! ■The dilagoue is smart, not cheesy. Loved it. ■It covers an aspect of World War 2 I hadn’t read much about before, and I’ve read quite a bit about World War 2. ■It deals with a very difficult, more common than we’d like to admit, problem for women. I can’t tell you what that problem is because I don’t want to give anything away! ■By the end of the book, both characters have changed, grown, evolved in remarkably redeeming ways. ■The “Christian” part of this book is woven in beautifully. In fact, sometimes the most powerful inspiration came from symbolism that was not explicitly explained. But it was the understatement that made it so beautiful. Sarah doesn’t preach, and she doesn’t have to. The story itself is full of hope and redemption, and the characters’ transparency in their own faith journeys speaks volumes. ■It’s high on entertainment value! If you like to read to escape, this is your book. You’ll be lost in the story world for sure.

  • Jessica
    2018-11-29 11:12

    I thought I wrote a review for this already but, apparently not. It's been almost a year since I read this book so I can't be certain, but I'm pretty sure I liked it well enough. Still not as much of a favorite as that first book which has been imprinted onto my brain. But, it was still pretty good. A great final installment for the series.

  • Staci
    2018-11-30 05:29

    This was my favorite of the series. Initially, it was just an ok read, but things really picked up about halfway through. The character development of Helen and Ray was phenomenal.I recommend the Wings of Glory series for those that enjoy historical fiction.

  • Charity U
    2018-11-20 11:27

    It was really awesome. I wish that I had been able to read the other two first, but I had no trouble understanding the story. It was very sweet and I fully intend to read it again someday! Definitely glad I own it. :)Still love it, several months later, after reading it aloud!

  • Lauren
    2018-12-07 11:09

    *sighs* oh my goodness, how can I bring myself to words? This far my favorite!!! Right up there With Every Letter! And Anchor in the Storm! This was the most adventurous book, with prisoners of war, abuse, and whirlwinds of emotions. Ray Novak is the oldest of the Novak brothers but feels like he hasn't quite been as accomplished as his younger brothers, so he dares to be different and prove himself. Helen Carlisle is a widow whose memories of her past still haunt her and cause her to stumble to this day. She sacrifices her needs for others, and covers it up with a smile. This book kept me on my toes, with my heart actually beating super fast, and my hands almost shaking with adrenaline. LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE is all I can say! Thank you Sarah Sundin for making my life so much happier with these adventures!

  • Kathleen (Kat) Smith
    2018-11-19 08:13

    Poor Ray Novak! He'll never feel like he'll measure up to the men his two brothers, Jack and Walt are, especially when his father and grandfather drops subtle hints, unaware how those are perceived by Ray.Jack and Walt have been serving in the war effort in England in the U.S. Eighth Air Force, as fighter pilots. Now that Walt was injured his knowledge of planes is serving the Allied forces well as an engineer. Jack remains in charge of the US troops and their deployment missions as pilots in England.However, Ray is afraid. He isn't prepared to deal with combat missions when he has been spending his time training men as pilots. Now that they want to use the training positions as rewards for pilots returning from combat missions, Ray's been assigned to supplies. Not a very glorified position considering his younger brothers military careers. Even though he feels his calling is to God's pulpit, he can't help fight the feelings battling within.Helen Carlisle has spent the last year as a grieving widow for her husband who was a casualty of the war in the Pacific. Left with her son, Jay-Jay, Helen is trying to find a way to deal with her inner demons that are keeping her prisoner. Living in a house that she rents from the Carlisle's, she will do whatever she can to prevent the memory of her husband, Jim from being tarnished as a war hero in town.When Helen has a bike accident while running errands as a Red Cross Volunteer, Ray Novak is there to rescue her as her knight in shining armor. Confused by her feelings she has had for Ray as a child, writing stories about Sir Raymond, rescuing the Princess Helen, she finds a real friendship in him now that they have grown up.During the time they spend together, they find they care for one another more than just friends would, and despite her strong feelings for Ray, Helen is being asked by the Carlisle's to pursue a relationship with Vic Llewellyn instead. Yet despite her attempts to tell Vic she isn't interested, he maintains a constant vigil in asking Helen for a date. The last thing Helen imagines is marrying Vic Llewellyn. Imagine, Helen Llewellyn???I received Blue Skies Tomorrow by Susan Sundin, compliments of Litfuse Publicity for my honest review, and being a huge WWII fan, I couldn't wait to see how this one would play out. It will not disappoint. Helen hide a huge secret that if exposed will change how the town will see it's hero changed and she wants to provide her son, Jay-Jay with a great father figure. It's only when this secret rises to involve more than Helen, that it must be brought into the light of God's truth for all to see.What will the town think of Helen? Will she be able to protect her son, Jay-Jay from the most prominent family in town the Carlisle's? Will she be able to find the love of a man, who can love her despite all the pain she holds inside? Well, you'll just need to pick up the latest in the Wings of Glory series, Blue Skies Tomorrow, which is book three. Hands down, I LOVED every moment of it. Like a full-length movie that is so good your sad when the final credits roll, so you'll be when you turn the final page. Sarah Sundin does a great job engaging the reader from being a pilot of a B-17 bomber in England flying dangerous combat missions, to living at home, fundraising and running blood drives amid the shortages cause by the war efforts and living off ration books. I award this book a full 5 out of 5 stars and can't wait to go back and read the beginning books in this series!!

  • Laura
    2018-12-11 10:34

    My Review:Sarah Sundin’s book, Blue Skies Tomorrow, is her best book yet! Set in late 1944 Antioch, CA, and Bury St. Edwards Airfield, Suffolk, Sarah rolls out what appears to be an ambivalent romance due to entangled, horrific secrets and dangerous war missions.Helen Carlisle lost her husband as a casualty of the war in the Pacific. She throws herself into war efforts’ volunteering while trying to conceal her true feelings.Lt. Raymond Novak is stationed in Antioch, pushing paperwork after being relieved of his pilot training position because he had not served overseas, all the while wanting to be in the ministry. He’s considered a coward because of his fear of serving overseas.Novak and Carlyle meet and sparks fly, with a passion that needed to be controlled. However, it’s an on-again, off again relationship for reasons unknown to Novak, so he joins the Air Force overseas, thinking she, too, sees him as a coward.If you love to read about war efforts and strategic missions during WWII, Sarah has it all in her book. It’s fast-paced, with danger from all directions. The flow of the story keeps you turning the pages. Your heart is wrapped up in the personal accounts of the servicemen engaged in battle, with twists that endanger the men just when you think all is going well.While Novak is gone, Helen has to decide if she’ll wait for him or be romanced by other men; that is, when her former father-in-law allows her to! That home life is another aspect that will keep your heart pumped with multiple feelings!Sarah outdid herself with the romantic tension, war missions, faith issues, and Helen’s home situation. There are several twists that you don’t see coming and they explode in ways you wouldn’t imagine. Can Helen and Ray overcome the berating and dangerous obstacles, or will another steal Helen’s heart before he gets a chance to? Will his faith in God overcome what he needs to engage in?This is the third book of Sarah’s Wings of Glory series. The first being A Distant Melody and the second A Memory Between Us. They stand alone, but you will want to read all three! Again, Blue Skies Tomorrow is the best of the three for me!This book was provided by Donna Hausler, Publicity Assistant at Baker Publishing in exchange for my honest review. No monetary compensation was exchanged.“Available August 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”

  • Nancy
    2018-12-08 10:19

    This is the third installment of Wings of Glory. I read the first, Memory Between Us and found it surprising. Sarah Sundin not only provides a well written Christian fiction story but she also addresses very difficult subjects, including rape. Sundin does not concentrate on the particulars nor does she shock the senses. She simply uses a protagonist who suffers the violence and the reaction from the man she loves (not the perpetrator).This book finishes the series by giving the reader closure. The first two books were about the younger two Novak boys, Walt and Jack. At last we reach Ray, the most empathetic and lovable of the three. Okay, I can't really judge because I didn't read Walt's story. Ah, well. Ray is dreamy and I am in love with him, myself.The love interest is Helen Carlisle, war widow of Jim. The expectation I had was that Ray would have to compete with Helen's dead husband's ghost, beatified with his death. As per Sundin's M.O., the expected is not what you get. Helen has secrets about her late husband. She was giddy when he died, leaving her widowed and single parenting his child. Still, times being what they were, women were barely entering the workforce and she found supporting herself and her son to be difficult. She makes difficult choices and sometimes chooses poorly. Burdened with guilt and shame, she feels undeserving of anything good in her life.Meanwhile, Ray enters Helen's life. Ray helps Helen through friendship but this is not what he really wants. On the other hand, he wants to respect Helen's grieving period, not understanding how over she is her late husband. They fight and Ray joins the Army to fight the Germans. Once again, the story takes twists and turns that are unexpected and add conflict and interest.Sundin stays constant with her storytelling. The boys do meet back up in England after Jack crashes in the channel. Conversations are recreated and characters introduced with the same traits as the other books. This was a lot of fun for me to remember Ruth and Jack.Warning: The ending is a little cheesy. I like cheesy. I enjoyed a good, clean read with realistic trials for the characters to overcome - shame, guilt, domestic abuse, racism, corrupt justice system. And I love to read a well written book with hope, faith, and lives changing as they trust God.

  • Katie
    2018-12-01 12:20

    Reading one of Sarah Sundin’s books is like being given your favorite desert—they’re just too good to pass up! Soaring through this amazing conclusion to the Wings of Glory series, I savored each and every page. While I enjoyed each of the books for their own special, unique reasons, I have to say that Blue Skies Tomorrow would me my favorite. And not only does the reader get to experience Roy’s story, but also the conclusion of the other two brother’s story, Walt and Jack. Blue Skies Tomorrow is a wonderful, satisfying, and thrilling end to this wonderful WWII series.After reading both Walt and Jack’s stories in A Distant Melody and A Memory Between Us, I was already in love with these Novak brothers. Meeting Roy just confirmed the deal. These guys are awesome! Displaying such manly strength, courage, and wisdom, they were still each so believably human—as is shown through the lessons they learn within each book. Helen was a character you sympathize with instantly. I love how her story gradually unfolded to the reader during the course of the book. It wasn’t long before I was cheering for Helen to find her “happily ever after”.Sarah deals with some difficult issues in the novel, such as physically abuse. She does this amazing well and with such depth that you are pulled right into the character’s shoes. While the subject is a bit unsettling, I found it grimly eye-opening. Reading about this woman who had to hide her husband’s abuse and put on a facade for the rest of the world…it’s sobering. And sad to know how many women go through this, never knowing what a true, loving husband is like.With a descriptive writing style that brings her books to life, Sarah Sundin’s talents soar once again in Blue Skies Tomorrow. Evenly woven into a beautiful romance is amazing historical detail that enriches the novel even more. Sarah is one of those authors who I can always trust to write clean, God-honoring historical fiction with sweet love stories that leave me breathless. It’s sad to see the series come to a close, but I couldn’t ask for a better ending. the Wings of Glory series will forever remain in my library.

  • Ibjoy1953 Hannabass
    2018-11-25 10:35

    My ReviewHelen Carlisle is now a widow, after her husband was killed in the military. But she wasn’t the grieving widow everyone thought she was. In fact, she was glad her husband was gone, because of his abuse, which no one would ever believe. That is until Ray came upon the scene, and he figured it out, to which Helen denied that anything bad happened between she and Jim. No one could find out about the abuse, because Jim was so nice and sweet around everyone else, not one would believe Helen. She was just a cripple after all, and the way she stumbled around caused all of her accidents, so Jim told everyone.This is my first book by Sarah Sundin, I haven’t read the other books in this series, but I still enjoyed this one! I like that the author deals with spousal abuse in this book, something that truly needs to be dealt with. And just like in the book, the abuser blames the one he’s abusing. Helen was blessed that Ray found out, but then he left her for a while, not helping. And it was a double blessing when she found a way to leave her in-laws house and the abuse from Jim’s father. I hope anyone reading this book that is dealing with an abusive situation will realize that there is help, and go find it!I also liked Ray and Helen. Ray was so gracious and kind, wanting to help Helen, even if she didn’t want his help at first. He loved the Lord, which was evident in the way he lived. Helen was so sweet, and she wanted to raise her son the right way, not abusing the women in his life. Her self confidence was trampled on more than once by jerks that call themselves men. But I am glad there was a happy ending, and Helen was able to have a happy life, away from abuse and critical, hateful things said about her handicap condition.This book was provided by Revell Publishers in exchange for an honest review. I was not required or expected to write a positive review. The opinions in this review are mine only.

  • Joyce
    2018-11-17 11:21

    Public library copy. Have not yet read #1 in the series about the three Novak brothers. Just finished #2, which is about Jack. This one is about Ray. ... Sarah Sundin is one of my top authors, and this book is no exception. The story, however, is another matter ... here is a hint from the back cover:"When her husband becomes a casualty of the war in the Pacific, Helen Carlisle throws herself into volunteering for the war effort to conceal her feelings. But keeping up appearances as the grieving widow of a hometown hero is taking its toll. Soon something is going to give.Lt. Raymond Novak prefers the pulpit to the cockpit. his stateside job training B-17 pilots allows him the luxury of a personal life -- and a convenient excuse to ignore his deepest fear. When the beautiful Helen catches his eye and captures his heart, he is determined to win her hand."It starts off as a sappy romance, but not for long. While it is not my intent to spoil the story, I will tell the subject, and here's why. Being a domestic abuse survivor it is often difficult to read even fictional accounts of abuse. This book deals with the subject of abuse in an era when women were all but powerless to get help. It's difficult to review this book without giving the story away. In general, it was a much deeper, darker story than some. Ray and Helen dealt with their issues alone for the most part. Ray's tour of duty is quite the story in itself. As always Sarah's description and characters and well-researched historical and technical information are superb. I was there (can't tell). Thank you, Sarah, for such fine writing.

  • Carla Stewart
    2018-12-13 05:26

    Blue Skies Tomorrow is a stunning conclusion to Sarah Sundin’s Wings of Glory Series. Lt. Raymond Novak steps to the forefront in this one, but unlike his hero brothers, he really wants only to be a pastor and feels his stateside job as a flight training officer doesn’t measure up to the sacrifice and courage of those who’ve gone into combat. A job change that he views as a demotion brings Ray back to his home area in California. There he reconnects with a childhood friend, Helen Carlisle, who is now widowed and has a small child. As a romance begins to kindle, Helen confesses a dark secret to Ray, and in a panic, tells him she never wants to see him again. Defeated even in love, Ray volunteers for flight duty in England. What I love about Sarah’s books is that her characters are flawed or have great obstacles to overcome, but falling in love doesn’t erase those problems and often highlights them. She brings her characters through the fire of their shortcomings, and as the romance develops, so does trust, accountability, and even being willing to let go of the other person if it benefits him or her more. Ray and Helen’s story was, for me, the most heart wrenching in the Wings of Glory Series. Helen’s character as a childhood polio victim and then a victim of another kind as an adult had me hoping desperately she would find courage and happiness. The ending tied all the stories together beautifully. Please don’t miss out on this great series.

  • Irene
    2018-12-13 11:19

    After falling in love with the stories of Walt and Allie, Jack and Ruth, I couldn’t wait to read about the oldest Novak son, Ray. By the time I finished two chapters, I was won over by Ray’s charming nature – and found a new favorite book hero. But the beautiful Helen Carlisle was the one that griped my heart throughout the book. The issues Sarah Sundin dealt with and embedded in Blue Skies Tomorrow made it impossible for the reader to detach themselves from the real-life feelings of the main characters. I loved the way the entire book had me holding collective breaths, surprising me with the plot countless times, and loved the way I could connect with the characters as they faced the challenges set before them. And like reading A Distant Melody and A Memory Between Us, I couldn’t seem to put this book down. Even when it was nearing 3 A.M. Finally, after two glorious days of reading -and absolutely loving it- I was able to catch up on some much needed sleep. If this were to ever be made into a movie I would totally watch it! Moving, captivating, and all that comes with Sarah Sundin’s unique storytelling, Blue Skies Tomorrow is one story you wouldn’t won't to miss!Originally posted here:

  • Tania Martins
    2018-11-20 12:11

    Já o acabei, ainda não tinha tido tempo de vir aqui dizer de minha justiça!Gostei mais este livro que o antecessor mas acho que não bate o livro da Allie e do Walt se bem que este tem algumas referências aos outros dois!O facto de Deus não ter tido um papel tão preponderante nesta historia da Helen e do Ray foi francamente melhor ainda que ele fosse pastor, que amor mais sofrido mas vamos por partes:Fez-me imensa confusão a história da violência doméstica ao longo do livro percebemos alguns dos traumas da Helen nomeadamente no que diz respeito à educação do filho pelos avós e a dependência das mulheres das famílias uma vez que não trabalhavam chega a ser assustador comparativamente aos dias de hoje!Gostei do Ray e claro que ele tinha de se alistar todos os irmãos andaram na guerra, a motivação é que eu acho que é péssima, fugir do amor!Adorei rever a Allie e o Walt(view spoiler)[e saber que eles tem um filhote que dão o nome do irmão Ray e gostei de rever a cena do pedido de casamento do Jack e da Ruth again deta vez tendo Ray em cena e está claro que adorei o casamento duplo no final porque adoro happy endings! (hide spoiler)]Claro está que no final tudo se compõe mas era preciso tanto sofrimento para os dois?

  • Maureen Timerman
    2018-11-25 07:07

    I just finished reading this great book. I've read all three and love that the stories seem to continue in each. If you enjoy reading WWII stories these books are for you.Ray Novak's and Helen Carlise's story is hard to put down. Helen really has had a hard life, and wants a better life for her young son Jay-Jay. Ray Novak wants to be a preacher like his Dad, but he doesn't want to be pegged for a coward.Can these two different people put their lives together? We travel back to England and then to Germany. Lt Novak will give you a few chuckles in this area, and he was helping the war effort! The descriptions Sarah uses put me right in that books store with Lt Novak, and living in that Cellar! Life was different for woman back in the 40's and men did control most everything. I felt so sorry for Helen, and Jay-Jay. In some ways she had very little choice, but loved the strength she received from God.I received this book from the Publisher Revell, and was not required to give a positive review.

  • Tori
    2018-11-21 06:11

    Aug. 2014 This was the best in this series, but the entire series was excellent!! I went thru a lot of emotions while reading it. I totally recommend it!! Sarah Sundin hasn't disappointed!July 2015: This book is great. I love the attention to detail regarding history. And I love the message of this book. <3