A Distant Melody by Sarah Sundin is a romance novel set during World War II. This book is written for adults, but could easily interest older teens. The two main characters, Allie and Walt, endear themselves quickly to the reader.

Allie is from a wealthy home.  Her beautiful mother and successful father are delighted she is dating the heir apparent to the family company. Allie wonders if her boyfriend really loves her or is merely fortune hunting.

Walt is a pastor’s son who gets tongue-tied around single women.  He has a close community of family and friends, a passion for flying, and a bad habit of lying to get out of difficult situations.

Allie and Walt meet at the wedding of mutual friends just before Walt is sent to England to pilot a B-17. They agree to write letters and pray for each other. Their story is diverting and easy to read, full of details about the American home front and air warfare overseas.

A Distant Melody touches on many issues that young adults in love should think through.  Woven into the plot are sound biblical principles for life and relationships.

This book may not be the best choice for a teen troubled by family conflicts, suspense, war, injury or loss. But teens who want a diverting romance novel that keeps to the moral high road will enjoy this read. Friendship, love, faith, and struggle keep readers turning pages to see how the story will resolve.

Donna Fujimoto is a graduate of Alliance Theological Seminary. She has published both devotionals for adults and short stories for teens. Her children love to read.

Note from Nancy: This novel is a good read for adults and I agree with Donna it’s a good read for teen girls. I gave a copy of A Distant Melody  to one of my nieces. She read it and gave it a thumbs up. There are two other books in this series: A Memory Between Us and Blue Skies Tomorrow. I read both of them and while I enjoyed them, I think some of the issues covered may not be appropriate for some teens.

In A Memory Between Us the female protagonist struggles with the memory of a gang rape that occurred when she was a teen. With God’s help she comes to forgiveness, peace and restoration. I applaud the author for handling this difficult topic with wisdom and sensitivity and for making the character’s healing come from her relationship with God. Sundin’s book will soothe and encourage many women,  but I thought you should know that the book deals with  a rape experience so  you can decide if the book would be a good read for your teen.

In the other book, Blue Skies Tomorrow, the female protagonist is a victim of spousal abuse. Now a widow (her young husband was killed in the Pacific), she lives with her in-laws and experiences abuse from them. She is delivered from guilt and shame and given a new beginning through her relationship with God and His workings in her life. Sundin handles the theme excellently, but again, I thought you would want to know that abuse is one of the themes in the book.