Through Waters Deep (Waves of Freedom Book #1) by Sarah Sundin

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about the book....

War is coming. Can love carry them through the rough waters that lie ahead?

It is 1941 and America teeters on the brink of war. Handsome and outgoing naval officer Ensign Jim Avery escorts British convoys across the North Atlantic in a brand-new destroyer, the USS Atwood. On shore, Jim encounters Mary Stirling, a childhood friend who is now an astute and beautiful Boston Navy Yard secretary. 

When evidence of sabotage on the Atwood is discovered, Jim and Mary must work together to uncover the culprit. A bewildering maze of suspects emerges, and Mary is dismayed to find that even someone close to her is under suspicion. With the increasing pressure, Jim and Mary find that many new challenges--and dangers--await them.

my review....

The first book in the "Waves of Freedom" series sets the bar high for those books that are to follow. The writing is crisp, the characters are likeable and unique, and the story has plenty of twists and turns to hold your attention throughout. In fact, I read the entire novel in one evening because I had to find out how things ended! Mary and Jim both grow in an amazing way throughout the course of the novel, with each realizing that they need to use the gifts God has given them to make a difference in the world and not shy away from letting their lights shine. I enjoyed not only the twists and turns in the development of their relationship, but also the intrigue that plays out over the course of the story as Mary's sleuthing ways lead her into a very dangerous situation. Jim's harrowing experience on the USS Atwood destroyer ship likewise also made for some exciting scenes. The book has an air of authenticity that makes it clear Sundin has done her homework in researching the setting of the story and the tension permeating the country before the United States joined World War II. I found the historical setting to be a fascinating one, and the author has created quite the interesting plot indeed. As a male reader of this story, I also appreciated that the romance isn't over the top in any way, but rather unfolds in a very realistic manner (though don't worry - the ending will have readers sighing in appreciation for the way things unfold!).

All in all, I quite enjoyed "Through Waters Deep", from the strong characters and intrigue, to the satisfying romance and vividly portrayed historical context. I look forward to what will come next from Sundin's talented pen. I award this novel 4 out of 5 stars.

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 With Every Letter, On Distant Shores, In Perfect Time, and the Wings of Glory series. In 2014, On Distant Shores was a finalist for the Golden Scroll Awards from both AWSA and the Christian Authors Network. In 2011, Sarah received the Writer of the Year Award at the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference. 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 in England. Sarah lives in California with her husband and three children. Visit for more information.

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