Adler is an over-confident pilot who is haunted by the events (of his own making) that caused his fiancee's death and the breaking up of their once close-knit family. In the three years that have passed, he still has neither forgiven himself nor allowed himself to feel the pain of all he did and all he has lost. But when he starts to let out little bits of information to others, it's hard to stop Pandora's box from opening. Violet has wanted to be a missionary since the age of 10, and would be in Africa now had not her fiancee turned his back on their shared dream, leading her to break the engagement, but unable to serve as a missionary on her own. Instead, she is in England, serving American pilots at an Aeroclub as part of the Red Cross - but they don't really need or deserve her help, do they? As these two gradually grow together, and then the crunch comes, each must re-examine their past, and determine whether their pasts will control their futures. Can Adler forgive himself and learn to accept the forgiveness of others? Can Violet learn to see that there are many different kinds of service, and that one is not necessarily any better than another?
With strong themes of forgiveness and acceptance against a background of pilots in WWII, this beautifully crafted and highly readable story is one to remember and come back to. I read and enjoyed the first book in the series when it came out, and was glad to see book 2. I am definitely looking forward to book 3, the third brother's story and hopefully the final resolution of the family's heartache, but each of the books can stand alone, being the stories of three different couples against the background of the same family tragedy. With solid historical details, realistic characters and a good message, this is definitely a book to read and an author to follow. But I really did miss out on some things I should have been doing because I found it so hard to put down...
Note that I received a complimentary copy of the book from NetGalley. I was not required to write a positive review and this is my considered opinion of the book.
- Paperback: 386 pages
- Publisher: Revell (5 February 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0800727983
- ISBN-13: 978-0800727987
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.4 x 21.6 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 313 g
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,404 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)