Title: Anchor in the Storm
Author: Sarah Sundin
Series: Waves of Freedom #2
ABOUT THE BOOK
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.
~ MY REVIEW ~
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.