Thursday, May 19, 2016

Anchor in the Storm (Waves of Freedom series, Book 2) by Sarah Sundin [Review & Giveaway]

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?

My thoughts: I find it very interesting to read a historical rendering of the times when my parents were young and I kind of envision my aunts and uncles, my parents, and that entire populace as spectators in the crowd of onlookers that might have been around during the story's action. In the case of Anchor in the Storm it is WWII. The setting is around Boston and the Atlantic Ocean. The characters are young naval officers and crews on shipboard and their family and friends.

The dangers of 1942 are very real as the World engages in war and the United States has been plunged in head first and poorly equipped to defend and protect.  Naval destroyers roam the East Coast of the United States and upwards in the icy northern waters searching out for German U boats or the survivors of the destruction that elusive U boats has caused.

But danger lurks not only at sea, there is danger afoot ashore as devious and illegal activities seep into the crevasses of life that should be peaceful and normal.

Amidst all this young hearts are drawn to each other and romance blooms albeit reluctantly.

Sarah Sundin is well known for her extremely well researched WWII historical fiction. I have previously read her WWII fiction centered around the Army in the European theater. She has now set her ship in the seas featuring the Navy.

Grand writing and great research!
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DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy from the Litfuse Publicity Group on behalf of the publisher, Revell, and the author to facilitate this review. Opinions are mine alone. I was not compensated.


  1. Thank you for the lovely review, Vera! I'm glad you enjoyed Arch & Lillian's story!

  2. Sarah has written 3 series. One is Wings of the Nightingale. Series

  3. Wings of the Nightengale is another series Sarah has written.

    Sarah is a practicing pharmacist.

  4. Sarah has also written With Every Letter. She's drawn to writing about the World War II era and her Grandfather served in the U.S. Navy as a medic.

  5. She is the author of 3 series. She writes about ordinary people who do extraordinary things.

  6. Sarah is on-call as a hospital pharmacist and has written Wings of the Nightingale Series, With Every Letter.
    Jennifer Rogers

  7. She also wrote "Through Waters Deep"; which I have on my shelf to be read at some future date!
    Her grandpa served in the Navy as a pharmacist mate (medic), her great uncle flew a B-17 "Flying Fortress" in Australia and England, he also flew into Pearl Harbor during the attack. Sarah herself had the opportunity to fly in a B-17!

  8. She also wrote With Every Letter. I learned she has a doctorate in pharmacy.

  9. Wings of the Nightingale series
    She studied chemistry.

  10. Sarah Sundin has 3 series of books and a novella. The Wings of Nightingale Series has 3 books about WWII flight nurses:
    With Every Letter
    On Distant Shores
    In Perfect Time


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