Romance abounds in "When Tides Turn" by Sarah Sundin

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about the book....

In a time of war, sometimes battles take place in the heart. 

Tess Beaumont is tired of being thought of as just a pretty face. Eager to do her part for the war effort, she joins the Navy's newly established WAVES program for women. Perhaps there she can convince people that there is more to her than meets the eye. 

Lt. Dan Avery has been using his skills in the fight against German U-boats and hoping to make admiral. The last thing he wants to see on his radar is a girl like Tess. Convinced that romance will interfere with his goals, Dan is determined to stay the course, no matter how intriguing a distraction Tess is. 

But love, like war, is unpredictable. When Dan is shipped out at the peak of the Battle of the Atlantic, he finds himself torn between his lifelong career goals and his desire to help the beguiling Tess root out a possible spy on shore. Could this fun-loving glamour girl really be the one?

my review....

Alright, readers! If you've been aching to pick up a book that will feed your longing for romance, paired with an intriguing plot and characters you will be able to relate to, then plan to grab a copy of "When Tides Turn".

Sundin has offered up another great addition to the "Waves of Freedom" series. I particularly enjoyed the historical scenes of the novel, as I gained a new appreciation for actual moments from our history like Operation Torch during the Battle of the Atlantic or the role that WAVES (Women Accepted for Voluntary Emergency Service) played in World War II. The scenes that take place when Dan is stationed at sea were particularly fascinating to read about. And I think what most stood out to me is the type of character that Dan is, one who has faced much pain in his past and yet who allows that pain to, in the end, carve him into the man God wants him to be. The way he faced temptations to advance his career in a manner that wouldn't please God, and the way that he grew as a character over the course of the novel, are totally inspiring. Tess' transformation over the course of the story is likewise wonderful to behold, and her acceptance of how God made her and her purpose in life is something that will definitely speak to female readers in particular. And of course Sundin's ability to blend Tess and Dan's story lines together with some humour and romantic tender moments will have readers across the continent sighing with pleasure.

Prepare to be entertained as you finish up this enjoyable series from the talented Sarah Sundin! I strongly award this book and award it 4 out of 5 stars. I guarantee that you'll finish this book having enjoyed your time spent with Dan and Tess (and enjoy reconnecting with the other members of the Avery family from prior series). You'll also be left eager for Sundin's new series coming in 2018!

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.

 about the author....

Sarah Sundin

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 for more information.

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