Wednesday, June 08, 2016

Anchor in the Storm by Sarah Sundin

Anchor in the Storm
by Sarah Sundin  
Historical Romance

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?

 Meet the Author

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.

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Here's my review of this incredible work of romantic historical fiction:

First, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Sarah Sundin and her publisher for sending me a copy of "Anchor in the Storm" to review for them. I am truly grateful for this generosity. I really appreciate the time, effort and expense it takes to make a reviewer copy available to me.
 “Anchor in the Storm” by Sarah Sundin is the second offering in her Waves of Freedom series, and a very thought-provoking, suspenseful and enjoyable book!  Even though it’s the second book in the series, it reads well as a standalone novel.  However, it will be more enjoyable if you’ve already read the 1st book.  At the onset of WWII, Lillian Avery is packing to leave home again.  The first time was to attend college.  This time it’s to move to Boston for a job.  The move will place her near her brother, Jim and his girlfriend Mary Stirling – who also happens to be Lillian’s roommate – and Arch, Jim’s best friend and a rich boy Lillian wants nothing to do with.

“Anchor in the Storm” is a wonderful work of Christian Romantic Historical Fiction that blends an engaging romance with an emotional time in the history of our country and complex subplots like family dynamics, handicaps, combat fatigue and drug abuse to show the reader that Christ is the Anchor in our storm.  This novel is a 2016 summer “must read”.

I also highly recommend Sundin’s Wings of the Nightingale series about WWII Air Corps Nurses and her Wings of Glory series about WWII Pilots.  More than once I have put the faces of my Grandparents on the main characters in these books, which have endeared them to me even more!  Thank you, Sarah for honoring those who have given so much for our freedom.

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