Saturday, June 4, 2016

Book Review - Anchor in the Storm


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.


Sarah Sundin is the author of Through Waters Deep, 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.

Anchor in the Storm Sarah Sundin


I absolutely adore the time period of these books - during WWII - and there is no better author that brings this time period alive like Sarah Sundin. You will feel like you're actually right there with the characters in the book. This is the second book of the "Waves of Freedom" series and, although I did not read the first book, I was never lost. However, it definitely made me want to read the first book!

I really enjoyed the character of Lillian as she struggles with wearing a prosthetic leg and her difficulty in dealing with it. I could really understand her feelings so much about how this made her feel and how others viewed her. It affected her spiritual walk but the part of the story is how she learns to trust God again. I loved this so much as it was very realistic and the theme of the book - that God is our Anchor. She is spunky and strong and I just loved her!

Archer is also battling his own issues of nerves and trying to find a woman that isn't just after his money. He survives the sinking of his ship only to come away with fear that he can't admit to anyone in authority for fear they will not allow him to continue on. We find him also relying on God as his Anchor and trusting Him to help him get past these issues.

One thing I absolutely loved, loved, loved about this book was the introduction of a mystery to be solved. I have read Sarah's books before and, while they are most excellent, there wasn't the degree of a mystery to the story line like this one. It added so much to it for me!

The relationship between Lillian and Archer can only be described as beautiful. I love their adoration for each other and how quickly they realized they cared for each other. It was nice to have the romance almost immediately acknowledged and then all the ups and downs of that from there on.

The other characters in the book were added so much to the story! They made the story more interesting and fulfilling. They brought humor and friendship to the main characters and helped make this book even better.

I loved the faith of the characters - the hope they had in Him - and how it was so much a part of who they are. It's just an amazing book that you'll love and that I highly recommend!

*This book was provided to me for my honest review by LitFuse Publicity Group

Blessings - Julie

1 comment:

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


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