Thursday, May 12, 2016

Book Review: Anchor in the Storm by Sarah Sundin

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Title: Anchor in the Storm

Author: Sarah Sundin

Series: Waves of Freedom #2

Genre: Historical

Audience: Adult


One Plucky Female Pharmacist + One High-Society Naval Officer = Romance - and Danger
For plucky Lillian Avery, America's entry into World War II means a chance to prove herself as a pharmacist in Boston. The challenges 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 for sedatives Lillian has filled? The two work together to answer that question, but can Arch ever earn Lillian's trust and affection?
Sarah Sundin brings World War II to life, offering readers an intense experience they won't soon forget.

**4.5 stars**

Another heart-warming, suspenseful, and altogether fabulous WWII novel from Sarah Sundin! I'm always delighted to hear another book is coming from this author - love her stories! Anchor in the Storm is book two of the WAVES OF FREEDOM series, and it does not disappoint!

Lillian Avery is a young woman struggling to get by unnoticed with her prosthetic leg, shutting people out as well as she's hiding her secrets within.
     Archer Vandenberg, a naval officer, struggles with nerves and is determined not to be trapped in a sinking ship, or in a marriage with a woman seeking riches, ever.
   With dark pasts to face, and mysteries unfolding around the corner, Lillian and Avery must learn to trust God ... and each other.

I loved getting Lillian's story! We were introduced to her in the first book as main character Jim's younger sister. And, of course, Arch is Jim's best friend! And now we get to see what's really going on their lives. *smiles* In Anchor in the Storm, we also got glimpses of lovebirds, Jim and Mary, and other familiar characters such as Quintessa and Yvette. Can't wait for Book 3 to see more from Quintessa!

Sarah Sundin does a superb job writing stories set during World War II. I enjoyed learning about the US navy, surviving breathless attacks from German U-boats, tagging along with Lillian as she gets a job as a pharmacist in the 1940s, and just fun peeks at life in general during that era. So well-written and researched! Ah. I just so enjoy these books! ^_^ Also am loving the dash of mystery Mrs. Sundin has been adding to this series. Intrigue and danger and plucky heroines determined to solve a case! *grins* Though sometimes grim, it's been fun and suspenseful as well.

I always like the messages, themes, and lessons woven throughout these books. Anchor in the Storm was no different. It had a beautiful faith aspect to it, and some real heart-searching and changing went on. I love the facing of past bad experiences and pain. The emotion. The healing. So beautiful and poignant. I like characters that have issues and struggles just like we do. I like seeing them cry out to God, and find His strength, just like we can! So yes, some truly soulful and touching moments.

The romance was heartwarming and meaningful overall. A gentle and sweet pursuit was especially fun to read! After that, I did feel that kisses were exchanged quicker and more often than was prudent ... so that's my firm opinion on that. But overall, it was lovely. Friendship. Blossoming romance. Learning to trust. Making mistakes. Fighting for something beautiful and worthwhile. Aww.

I rate Anchor in the Storm 4.5 stars. It left me feeling satisfied, my heart warmed, and excitedly awaiting the next book! Fans of WWII historical, you absolutely must read all Sarah Sundin's novels! ^_^

I received a copy of Anchor in the Storm from Revell Publishers in exchange for my honest review.


  1. Thank you for the wonderful review, Shantelle! I'm glad you enjoyed Arch & Lillian's story!

    1. You're welcome, Sarah! I very much did! ^_^ So looking forward to Book 3!!

  2. I need to find some more WW2 novels to read. What are these books age-appropriate for? Probably not 15, I'm guessing? :P

    1. Yes, me and you both!! I'm not sure exactly what ages it would be appropriate for, but yeah, more towards adults.

      You could try Dark Storm Rising by Jesseca Wheaton and Early Sunday Morning: the Pearl Harbor Diary of Amber Billows, Hawaii, 1941 by Barry Denenberg.
      Lost Lake House by Elisabeth Grace Foley is around that era, and also Christmas After All: The Great Depression Diary of Minnie Swift, Indianapolis, Indiana, 1932 by Kathryn Lasky.

      I will keep a look out for more good WWII novels! :D

    2. Oh yea, Lost Lake House. I should read that. :)

  3. Cannot wait to read this one. (I'm not reading your review now because, well, I still have to read this one PLUS review it.) With the rating you gave this one, it sounds like you enjoyed this one. :)

    1. I'm sure you'll enjoy it, Rissi! I did like it very much! ^_^ Hope to see your review soon! :D