Character Spotlight ~ Sarah Sundin’s Georgie & Hutch

On Distant ShoresMeet a pharmacist and a flight nurse in

Sarah Sundin’s

World War II romance

On Distant Shores


The Story

Lt. Georgiana Taylor has everything she could want. A comfortable boyfriend back home, a loving family, and a challenging job as a flight nurse. But in July 1943, Georgie’s cozy life gets decidedly more complicated when she meets pharmacist Sgt. John Hutchinson. Hutch resents the lack of respect he gets as a noncommissioned serviceman and hates how the war keeps him from his fiancée. While Georgie and Hutch share a love of the starry night skies over Sicily, their lives back home are falling apart.

Can they weather the hurt and betrayal? Or will the pressures of war destroy the fragile connection they’ve made?

Enjoy meeting Georgie & Hutch

Brief physical description

Lt. Georgie Taylor is cute and perky, with blue eyes and curly brown hair.

Tech. Sgt. John “Hutch” Hutchinson is tall, quiet, and good-looking. He has brown eyes and straight dark brown hair.


Georgie gets compared to a grown-up Shirley Temple with her perky personality and curly hair.Shirley Temple

Gregory Peck reminds me of Hutch with his dark good looks and his quiet intensity.

Check out lots of photos on my Pinterest board for On Distant Shores.

Strengths and weaknesses

Georgie is a social butterfly who values her family and friends above all. She has a heart for the outcast and loves to bring people together. Her friends call her the “heart of the squadron.” However, she’s been coddled by her family and has never really made decisions for herself—and she fears she’s in over her head as a flight nurse in a combat zone.

Hutch is quiet and steady and analytical. He’s the one people can count on, the voice of wisdom. However, his steadiness and determination can lapse into rigidity, and when his goals are thwarted, he slowly becomes bitter.

Quirk (if any)

Georgie loves to sew—and when she’s stressed, she sews even more.

Gregory PeckHutch has been in the Army for two and a half years, and has served in half a dozen different locations. He collects sand from every shore in glass medication vials.

Your inspiration for the character

Hutch came first, along with the story inspiration, and I wanted someone light-hearted and sociable to serve as his counterpoint and draw him out. So essentially, I created Georgie just for Hutch!

As a pharmacist myself—and married to a pharmacist, I’m kind of familiar with the species. Hutch is a conglomeration of a lot of traits common in the profession, but he’s unique too.

Background to the story

This story sprang from research. As I was learning nursing in WWII, I read almost nothing about pharmacy, which surprised and baffled me. Doing some more digging, I found out pharmacists (most of whom had college degrees at the time) were enlisted men in the US Army—although most men with degrees served as officers. That also meant nurses, as officers, outranked them. When I shared this tidbit with my pharmacist husband, he was outraged. Then I knew I had a story! The condescension with which pharmacy was treated, the fact that officers and enlisted weren’t allowed to fraternize (so they couldn’t date!), and the fact that she outranked him—well, I had plenty of conflict to work with!

Thanks Sarah ~ you always do such a lovely job with your spotlights!

Relz Reviewz Extras
Review of With Every Letter
Character spotlight on Tom & Mellie
Review of Blue Skies Tomorrow
Character spotlight on Ray & Helen
RBC Book Club interview with Sarah ~ Part 1 & Part 2
Character spotlight on Jack & Ruth
Review of A Distant Melody
Character spotlight on Allie & Walt
Visit Sarah’s website and blog
Buy On Distant Shores from Amazon or Koorong

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5 Responses to Character Spotlight ~ Sarah Sundin’s Georgie & Hutch

  1. Finished On Distant Shores last week — loved it. Thanks for the spotlight on the characters. When I saw the pics, I thought Ah Hah! Just like I pictured them! Thanks for these posts.

  2. Thanks, Beckie! I don’t usually picture celebrities for my characters, but sometimes I find pictures and say, “Yes! That’s him!” In this case, both of these pictures really capture my characters. Which makes me happy :)

  3. Loved this spotlight! I just finished On Distant Shores and loved it as I’ve loved all of Sarah’s books. The pictures are PERFECT for Georgie and Hutch! Often when I see the celebrities authors pick for their models I don’t fully agree but these pictures ARE Georgie and Hutch-love it!

  4. Oh Gregory Peck!! Confession: I have had a crush on him since I was 13 and saw The Valley of Decision for the first time. Arguably one of my favourite actors of all time so any character who resembles him in my book is fine by me 😉 I have an ARC of this one and can’t wait to get to it. I love Sarah’s take on WWII historical romances.

  5. Loved Shirley Temple as Georgie! That’s just how I pictured her.
    Loved On Distant Shores! As one of Sarah’s crit partners, I’m privileged to see her stories develop. She never misses a beat. 😉
    On a personal note, my brother and his wife were both Navy personnel during the Vietnam era. She was a lieutenant, he was enlisted. Not an easy courtship. They’ve been married for 30+ years now.
    Thanks for the character profile, Rel!

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