Title: In Perfect Time (Wings of the Nightingale #3)
Author: Sarah Sundin
My rating is 5 stars out of 5.
Roger Cooper has his life lined up. He is going to put in his 1000 flight hours required by the Army during WWII, return stateside and audition as a drummer for a big band. He is a good drummer and practices whenever he has time between missions. He thinks the only two reasons to date are to have fun, which can lead to trouble, or to lead to marriage, which he isn’t interested in right now. So when Kay Jobson shows an interest in him, he doesn’t reciprocate. That kind of woman is looking for fun, the kind of fun he isn’t going to participate in. However, during a vulnerable moment, Roger sees himself in Kay as she searches for truth. He gives her his treasured Bible and a friendship begins. Over the course of the next several months, they serve together on some flights and have some deep conversations. Their friendship develops into love as Roger sees the new Kay, but he still rejects her love while struggling with what he should do with his life after the war.
Kay Jobson has lots of boyfriends. She uses her relationships to control men and she likes that, being in control. She uses these men, leading to believe something more will develop between them, but when things take a more intimate or serious turn, she dumps the man. Her life is filled with worthless pursuits until she begins talking to Roger Cooper. She begins to read his Bible and discovers the lies her father told her all her life. She treasures her friendship with Roger, but wants more from him. She pursues him only to be rejected. With her heart broken, she applies herself to getting a recommendation from her commanding officer to the chief nurse training program. She has managed to change her personal life by severing all ties with any boyfriends and conducting herself by the Book, but now she has to foster a sense of unity among her flight group of nurses and they are different as night and day.
Both Kay and Roger struggle with a past where their parents repeatedly told them how worthless they were. Kay, especially, has been misled by her earthly father. He told her the Bible said she was unredeemable and wouldn’t let her read the Bible for herself to keep her from discovering the truth. She struggles with the fact that God values her greatly, that she does have worth and does matter to Him even if she matters to no one else. The power of words to hurt or heal is portrayed vividly in this story. Roger still falls prey to thinking he isn’t good enough for Kay, that she deserves better, even though he has been a Christian for a while. These struggles are realistically depicted in the book against the backdrop of a war and add depth to the characters. I enjoyed the romance between the two that was rife with humor, tension and pain. I am sorry to see the series end, but look forward to more from this wonderful author.