A Distant Melody is the first book in Sarah Sundin’s trilogy series called “Wings of Glory”. Set during World War II, it tells the story of a chance meeting between Allie and Walt and their blossoming friendship.
Growing up as an only child in a wealthy family, Allie Miller has always strived to be the obedient daughter, including agreeing to marry a man she does not love because he will one day take over the family business. She longs to make a greater contribution to the war effort, but her parents would not like it if she worked outside the home as it could cause embarrassment and would not be proper.
The son of a preacher and the youngest of three boys, Walt Novak is an excellent pilot and about to serve in the Army Air Force in Europe. Always a bit tongue-tied around women and more conservative than other young men his age earns him the nickname “Preach”. When he meets Allie at the wedding of mutual friends, he finds he can talk to her easily and begins to think she might be “the one”.
While Walt is serving in England as a pilot on a B-17 bomber, he and Allie form a deeper friendship through the exchange of letters. Allie provides support and prayers for his dangerous missions, and Walt encourages her to follow her heart and her faith to make a life of her own. Neither have the courage to admit their friendship has become love, and a series of secrets and small lies complicate their relationship.
This is a sweet, inspirational, historical romance with a fast pace. I really enjoyed the World War II setting…it helped me imagine what life had been like for my grandparents. The trilogy will follow each of the three Novak boys, and I look forward to the next book in the series.