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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Anchor In The Storm

Sarah Sundin is the award winning author of the Wings of Glory and Wings of the Nightingale series, as well as Through Waters Deep.  During WWII, her grandfather served as a pharmacist's made (medic) in the Navy and her great-uncle flew with the US Eighth Air Force in England. Sarah lives in California with her husband and three children.

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In a time of sacrifice, what price can one put on true love?

Nothing slows Lillian Avery down--not her personal challenges and certainly not America's entry into World War II. She finally has a chance to prove herself as a pharmacist in Boston. The demands of her new job energize her. But society boy Ensign Archer Vandenberg's attentions only annoy--even if he is her brother's best friend.

During the darkest days of the war, Arch's destroyer hunts German U-boats in vain as the submarines sink dozens of merchant ships along the East Coast. Still shaken by battles at sea, Arch notices his men also struggle with their nerves--and with drowsiness. Could there be a link to the large prescriptions Lillian has been filling? 

As the danger rises on both land and sea, the two must work together to answer that question. But can Arch ever earn Lillian's trust and affection?

My Thoughts:
I simply enjoy Sarah's writing!  Her characters are genuine and as a reader, I find them easy to identify with and because of them become easily engaged in their stories.  Anchor in the Storm is the story of Lillian Avery and Archer Vandenberg.  Lillian is Jim Avery's sister (Readers who read the first book will remember Jim).  She's a spunky girl who does not let her disability stop her.  Archer is Jim's best friend.  You can guess the dynamics that take place as Lillian and Archer begin to develop a war-time relationship.
In the book we get to revisit Jim and Mary from Through Waters Deep, the first book in the Waves of Freedom series.  Sarah is a genius at how she makes references to Jim and Mary's story and weaves it seamlessly into Lillian and Archer's without retelling the first book.  I also love the bold way Sarah peppers the story with faith and Scripture without coming off as preachy.  She lets the well developed characters and their story carry the faith message fluidly.  You will enjoy this series.  While Anchor in the Storm can be read as a stand-alone, I recommend reading Through Waters Deep as well to enjoy the fullness of the characters and the story.

*I received a complimentary copy of the book for the purpose of giving an honest review.

Happy Reading Ya'll,