A Memory Between Us by Sarah Sundin

A Memory Between Us

Wings of Glory Series, Book 2

Publication Date: 2010

Major Jack Novak has never failed to meet a challenge—until he meets army nurse Lieutenant Ruth Doherty. When Jack lands in the army hospital after a plane crash, he makes winning Ruth’s heart a top-priority mission. But he has his work cut out for him. Not only is Ruth focused on her work in order to support her orphaned siblings back home, she also is determined not to give her heart to any man.

As the danger and tension of World War II rise to a fever pitch, Jack and Ruth will need each other more than ever. Can Jack break down her defenses? Or are they destined to go their separate ways?

Praise

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*Starred Review!* “Sundin’s second wartime inspirational romance…is an exceptional read. Sundin’s novel features characters living large under emotional and physical stress, while the setting provides invaluable details and insights into the wartime mindset.”

*4 ½ Stars!* “Strong historical facts woven together with persuasive characters makes A Memory Between Us…a gripping tale of war, intrigue and love. Tight, skillful writing is an added perk to this must-read romance.”

History Behind the Story

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B-17 Cutaway Diagram

*Note: Walt’s plane in A Distant Melody, and Jack’s plane, Sunrise Serenade, in A Memory Between Us, are both B-17Fs, which lack the chin turret designated by #2 in the diagram. Jack’s other planes, and all Ray’s planes in Blue Skies Tomorrow, are B-17G models as shown in the diagram.

View of Mount Diablo from the nose of a B-17 (Photo: Sarah Sundin, 2011)
View of Mount Diablo from the nose of a B-17 (Photo: Sarah Sundin, 2011)
Did you really take a ride in a B-17?

I sure did! In May 2011, the Experimental Aircraft Association visited Buchanan Field in Concord, California, and I had the privilege of flying in their beautifully restored B-17G, Aluminum Overcast. I’ve e

njoyed walking through this plane every year, and then one of my readers, who volunteers with EAA, arranged for me to participate in the media flight. I took a YouTube video of the flight and wrote a blog post describing my experience. It was a rollicking fun ride!

To learn more about the B-17 Flying Fortress and the men who flew in them, please see my articles on the B-17 Flying Fortress and on the B-17 crew.

Emblem of the US 94th Bombardment Group
In A Memory Between Us, which places and people are real—and which are fictional?

All towns are real, and so are the Army hospitals, the 94th Bombardment Group, and the 815th Medical Air Evacuation Squadron.

All health care characters are fictional, and I changed a real date for the 815th to fit my story timeline—they didn’t actually arrive in England until March 20, 1944.

Due to Jack’s high rank, I had to include real-life commanders in the 94th as characters—Col. Frederick Castle and Lt. Col. Louis Thorup. I hope I did these outstanding men justice. Other real-life people mentioned in the book are Col. John Moore, Brig. Gen. David Grant, Gen. Henry H. “Hap” Arnold, Col. Curtis LeMay, Maj. Gen. James “Jimmy” Doolittle, Lt. William Cely, Brig. Gen. Russ Wilson, Col. Charles Dougher, Gen. Paul Hawley, and barber Mr. Noia.

US Army Nurse Corps recruiting poster, WWII, showing the white ward dress, and the blue-and-maroon cape.
US Army Nurse Corps recruiting poster, WWII, showing the white ward dress, and the blue-and-maroon cape.
Please tell me more about the US Army Nurse Corps in World War II

Please see my four-part blog series on Army Nursing in World War II:

Part 1: Who Could Serve in the US Army Nurse Corps

Part 2: Recruitment, Training, and Military Rank

Part 3: Uniforms

Part 4: General Nursing Practice

Flight nurse based in Prestwick, Scotland, preparing patients for transatlantic flight, 1944 (USAF photo)
Flight nurse based in Prestwick, Scotland, preparing patients for transatlantic flight, 1944 (USAF photo)

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