Two hearts are about to learn the rhythm of love.
Let’s just get this over with first thing. I LOVED In Perfect Time!
I read the first novel in Sarah Sundin’s Wings of the Nightingale series, but missed the second (as of today). Even so, in Book One, With Every Letter, Kay Jobson’s story is the one that stood out for me, the one I didn’t want to pass up.
Kay is a flight nurse stationed in the European theater. She’s a flirt who considers herself wicked and unredeemable all because her preacher father never failed to tell her so. She has men dangling from each finger, but controls the strings so they don’t get out of hand. But her assumed reputation may cost her an opportunity to get the job she wants, and the little house (roots) she dreams of.
The only man who seems able to withstand Kay’s attraction is pilot Roger Cooper. Roger has self-esteem issues of his own. He grew up a clown and troublemaker in a serious family and considers himself a failure, one not worthy of accomplishing the job he wants most—to be a math teacher. I won’t spoil the story by getting into his reasons for avoiding Kay.
Set mostly in Italy in 1944, this World War II story contains characters with depth, a plausible plot, and a climax that leaves the reader releasing a romantic sigh.
My one issue with the story comes with the repetition of the way the characters see themselves. Every good story is built on tension, and in a romance it’s shown by bringing the couple together and tearing them apart, which Ms. Sundin does very well by using their flaws. But I felt there may have been one too many times when this happened. Though I can’t say which one the author should leave out, by the last time, I was thinking, “Okay, it’s time for that perfect time!”
Did I mention that “perfect time” is flaw-less? Mmmm …
Even with the comment above, In Perfect Time garners an easy five stars from me!
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