Monday, 11 May 2009

Out of the Blue by Val Rutt

From the publisher's website: One beautiful spring morning, Kitty Danby meets Sammy Ray Bailey, a handsome young American pilot stationed nearby. Sixteen-year-old Kitty and Sammy fall quickly in love and, for a few precious weeks, the future holds a promise of happiness that Kitty hardly dares hope for. But it is 1944 and a tragic incident changes everything, leading to a web of secrets and misunderstandings which will only be understood years later...

It's no secret that I will read anything set during WWII, and that's exactly why I bought this book. It's an event that fascinates me, and one that I just can't resist reading about.

Simply put, Out of the Blue is one of the most memorable books I've read this year, and is one that I'm sure I'll be thinking about for weeks to come. It might appear quite simplistic at first, but its got so much more to it than a run-of-the-mill tragic love story.

Each character is brilliantly written and the fluid, compelling writing style refuses to let you put the book down. The story is told in two different time frames - 1944 and 2006 - and each blends seamlessly together to form one complete narrative. Sammy and Kitty are both instantly likeable, and the letters written between the two are heartwrenching to say the least.

Out of the Blue explores first love, the horrors of war, and closely guarded secrets that are just waiting to be uncovered. It's a lesson to us all, and reminds us that the course of someone's life can be so easily changed - whether for better or for worse. I couldn't put it down once I'd started it, and I highly recommend it. I can't wait to see what Val Rutt writes next!

10 comments:

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

I'm not ususally a fan of historical fiction but this sounds so good. You keep adding books to my list!

Chicklish said...

The reviewer who read this for Chicklish loved it too! Great review! :)

Melanie said...

I love historical fiction too! This looks like a interesting read.

Just Your Typical Book Blog said...

I'm not a huge historical fiction person, but this sounds like a great read! Great review!

-Amber

Thao said...

I couldn't tell from the cover that the book was set during WII. The girl looks really pretty. And your review makes me want to check it out, although I like anything but historical novels.

Kate said...

This book sounds really good. The cover looks amazing.

KB said...

You get the Kreative Blogger Award here

Adele said...

OMG I want to read this asap. Love me some WW2 narratives, great interview too!

lani said...

i read this book in ond day it was absolutely fab x

Anonymous said...

I absolutely LOVED this book!! I recommend this to anyone!!