A Memory Between Us is one of the best historical fiction novels I have ever read. Sarah Sundin did such a good job on this novel, completely avoiding the dreaded sophomore slump of writing the second book in a series. Book 2 in the Wings of Glory series, it tells the story of Jack Novak, a pastor and Army Air Force pilot in WWII, and Ruth Doherty, an Army nurse with a troubled past. This is a romance novel, but most of the book is spent with Ruth attempting to avoid all romance whatsoever, and Jack trying to figure out how she came to be as aloof as she is. The historical details in this book are incredible. The chapters begin with identifying dates, and Jack participates in many actual WWII battles, both landmark and minor. The research and details in this are thorough and added in with enough description to make the story feel real and imaginable, but not too much explanation that it takes away from the story. The setting is so well incorporated; there is nothing awkward about the atmosphere, as is sometimes the case in historical novels that are not as well developed.
As a sequel, this book is phenomenal. It focuses on different characters, but still connects to the first book and gives enough information about the original protagonists. Ruth and Jack, the main characters in this book, are so different from Walt and Allie in A Distant Melody, which makes this book entirely capable of standing on its own but a similar enough style to be a worthy sequel. I am definitely looking forward to reading the third book, which I have heard (not surprisingly) follows Ray Novak, and I recommend this book individually and the series to anyone who enjoys historical fiction.