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Blue Skies Tomorrow by Sarah Sundin

sarahbeth123's review

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5.0

Oh my goodness this book is so good!!! The PLOT TWISTS! I repeat the PLOT TWISTS! It kept me guessing and asking, "How on earth can they get out of this mess?" until the very last second!!!
Everybody needs to read this book right now!!!
Sarah Sundin writes books with the perfect blend of faith, love, family, and plot twists, I have yet to read a book I haven't loved by her.

❤️ My favorite things about this book:
- The faith content in this book is so amazing and watching Helen work through her grief and trauma through a biblical lens was so amazing.
- I felttttt for these characters. I mean, oh my goodness I wanted to give Helen a big old bear hug at so many moments!
- I could not put this book down! I'm going to say it again, the plot twists!!! Oh my goodness! The creativity!!

lornarei's review against another edition

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4.0

I think I liked this the best of the three. Some tough subject matter, but handled very well. But, what now? We've run out of Novak brothers!

erin_j's review

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5.0

Great end to this series!

Another great book! I liked the slight overlap and snippets/updates of Walt, Allie, Jack and Ruth. Such wonderful characters! And Ray and Helen have a sweet storyline. So adorable. But both need to overcome some trials in life before they can truly be together. Sundin again deals with a hard, difficult situation that Helen needs to heal from. And Ray needs to accept himself and his strengths and weaknesses. These characters go through quite a journey to find each other in the end, and what a sweet reunion that is!

This storyline hooked me from the start and I had trouble putting it down when I needed to work or sleep. So riveting and gripping. How would these two overcome these scary situations to be with each other. Loved it! And the historical detail was still so interesting and I felt like I learned quite a bit through reading this series. These were a different kind of WWII novel than I've read before. I really liked it.

I've gotten sucked into the story of every book from this series. Sundin is so talented and I will be reading more of her books. She goes deep in detail, story, characters. She doesn't shy away from hard subjects matters. And guides you along a path to freedom in Christ. But not in a cheesy or unrealistic way. Flawed characters that are so relatable and enjoyable to read about. Seriously just loved this series! And this author!

mikaela_wade's review against another edition

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4.0

Review Coming :)

anke_books's review against another edition

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5.0

Bijzonder om Helen Carlisle beter te leren kennen, haar verhaal is totaal niet wat ik had verwacht. In de eerste boeken wordt ze heel gelukkig met haar man Jim geschetst en daarna in diepe rouw. Zo zie je maar weer dat niets alles is wat het lijkt. Goed neergezet door de auteur!
Het verhaal van Helen en Raymond is schattig en vol liefde, maar beiden voelen weerstand om zich echt aan elkaar over te geven. Helen vooral door haar schoonfamilie aangedreven.
Doordat Helen ook aan het werk ging op een legerbasis, krijgen we ook een andere kant van de oorlog te zien: wat er in Amerika zelf afspeelde. Bizar ook hoe er met Afrikaanse Amerikanen werd omgegaan!!
Raymond voelt dat hij ook een echte held moet zijn, hij kan zich niet neerleggen bij de administratieve taak die hij toebedeeld heeft gekregen, en beland in Engeland. Bijzondere reünie met zijn broers daar, waardoor wij als lezers ook een beeld hebben hoe het met de stelletjes daar gaat, en hoe een buitenstaander hen bekijkt. We krijgen ook een zelfde scène te zien, maar dan vanuit het perspectief van Raymond, Sarah Sundin doet dat vaker en ik houd daar wel van.

Rest de vraag: Raymond in Engeland, Helen in een angstige situatie thuis en een man, haar baas, die haar kan redden. Vinden zij elkaar nog of kiezen zij een andere weg?!

i_glow's review against another edition

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4.0

Very good. Kept me engaged and guessing and messed with my invested emotions a bit. :) I recommend this series.

kgormley's review against another edition

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5.0

Absolutely loved this and the entire series. I look forward to reading more by this author.

marjolaine_lafreniere's review against another edition

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3.0

This site really needs to introduce half star ratings. This is a 3.5, a solid 3.5 that I have a really hard time rounding up or down.

I liked the characters, and the story was very dramatic and excellent at keeping me on the edge of my seat. However, and that is the reason I ultimately chose to round down, the hero and the heroine don't spend nearly enough time romancing each other. We barely see any correspondence between them as they spend a year (or 276 pages, or 2/3 of the book) apart. Not only that, most of the characters spend 4 months (124 pages, or 1/3 of the book) believing that the hero is dead. The heroine is one of the last person to learn the truth. Those are not ideal ratios for a romance novel.

books_n_blossoms's review against another edition

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4.0

This was such a good story. Sarah knows how to write stories that deal with difficult topics. Her characters show show much growth as they try to recover from their trials and personal failures. All the while you see them being turned to Christ as well as others trying to speak Truth to them.

I remember in book 1 being so sad that Helen's husband died in the war. Then we get to her and Ray's story in this book and you learn a whole lot more about dead Jim. I'm with Ray, good thing he was already dead or Ray and I would've had to had a "come to Jesus" meeting with him. Ha ha ha

If you enjoy WWII stories along with a great message don't miss these books!

This has been an amazing series and I'm sad to see it come to an end.

chaotic_ramblings's review against another edition

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4.0

I usually don’t read Historical Romance, but Blue Skies Tomorrow really grabbed me from the beginning. Set in the time of WW2, it wasn’t so long ago that I couldn’t even picture most of what was being said. Granted, I wasn’t even a thought in anyone’s head, heck my grandmother hadn’t even been born yet (1945). But after hear stories from my great-grandparents, I could somewhat picture what was going on in the book. And although this is the third book in the series it works well as a stand alone, as the previous two are based on different characters. Sundin really does a wonderful job of bringing her characters to life on the page. Helen is our lovable main character, though she seems to be over compensating throughout the book, we soon learn exactly why she is the way she is. Ray Novak is our quintessential Knight in Shinning Armor ( though at first he refuses to believe it). There is a lot going on in the book, and though it can be confusing at times; you learn to roll with it and see that everything has something to do with everything else. Blue Skies Tomorrow touches on so many different subjects from the time period, and not just the normal ones, but really sensitive ones also. There is the struggle with domestic violence, discrimination and the ever present troubles of living in a country that is at war. We get to see the side of things that unless we were there we normally wouldn’t know about. You will wonder why Helene does some of the things she does, especially if you weren’t alive during this time, but talk to anyone from then, and you will see that just about everything touched on in this book is true in most ways. Blue Skies Tomorrow, is a faith based book in my opinion, and if you have trouble reading anything that references God, you may not want to pick up the book, but if you can get past that as I did; this is a great read that I am proud to have on my shelves.