Anchor In The Storm

Anchor In The Storm is the second book in Sarah Sundin's Waves of Freedom series, set in the World War II era. I haven't read the first book, Through Waters Deep, yet, but it told the story of our protagonist's brother Jim and friend Mary. In book two, the focus shifts to Jim's sister Lillian and his best friend Arch. I love books set in the WWII time period, so I was eager to read Anchor In The Storm. The book description says:

"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."

I was a little worried that Anchor In The Storm would focus too much on the romance and the suspense would an aside, or just thrown in to try to make the story more interesting, but Sarah has found the formula for the absolute perfect blend of suspense and romance. I'm not one to really tend to read plain romance novels, but I love a touch of suspense in my books. This story had so much suspense and intrigue that I couldn't put it down, while weaving in the love story between Lillian and Arch in a way that wasn't cheesy or predictable at all. The main characters in this book were so interesting that I felt like I knew them. I liked that they were human, not perfect like characters in novels such as this can tend to be. And the plot was imaginative and fresh, not predictable at all. Sarah Sundin has hit it out of the park with this one. I'll definitely be picking up the first book in the series so I can catch up, and eagerly awaiting the third book in the series, due out in Spring 2017 (please publish it sooner!!!), which will be focusing on Lillian's brother Dan and her friend Quintessa. After the cameo we saw of Quintessa in Anchor In The Storm, I'm looking forward to seeing how Sarah will tell her story and grow her character. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Christian suspense, historical, or romance novels.

I received a copy of this book from Revell in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.


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