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Well-written, engaging book: "Anchor in the Storm" (Waves of Freedom Book #2) by Sarah Sundin
about the book....
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?
Sundin's second novel in the "Waves of Freedom" series is a well-written, engaging book that I quite enjoyed from start to finish. The author is a wonderful story teller, and "Anchor in the Storm" has a solid plot and likeable characters, with Lillian Avery easily stealing the show. Her physical handicap adds an interesting element to the story made the story all the richer. As someone who has worked with people with disabilities, I found her determination to be thoroughly inspiring as she refuses to let someone else decide what she can and cannot do. Arch's experience with post traumatic stress disorder was also interesting to consider in light of the historical understanding (or lack thereof) of this disorder back at that time. Indeed, the level of historical detail that the author weaves into the story in general adds a definite depth to the book as well as an air of authenticity.
I will say that the relationship that develops between Lillian and Arch threw me a bit for a loop when Arch ends up acting towards Lillian in a manner that is disappointing indeed. Up until that point I was enjoying the often light-hearted nature of their relationship, and this twist in the story jarred me a bit. However, his actions certainly bring to the light the fact that each of us have past hurts that impact our choices today, whether they are right or wrong. Their love story definitely has a sense of realism to it! And I will say that the way things resolve in this story was just what I was hoping for.
The Waves of Freedom series continues to show that Sundin excels at historical romance novels. "Anchor in the Storm" is certainly another winner, with its solid characterization, mystery and intrigue, and a romance sure to leave you smiling. I award this book a very solid rating of 4 out of 5 stars.
Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
about the author....
Sarah Sundin is the author of Through Waters Deep and Anchor in the Storm, as well as Wings of the Nightingale and the Wings of Glory series. A graduate of UC San Francisco School of Pharmacy, she works on-call as a hospital pharmacist. During WWII, her grandfather served as a pharmacist's mate (medic) in the Navy and her great-uncle flew with the US Eighth Air Force. Sarah lives in California. Visit www.sarahsundin.com for more information.