- Series: Waves of Freedom (Book 1)
- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Revell (August 4, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0800723422
- ISBN-13: 978-0800723422
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1 x 8.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (271 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,875 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover
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.
"Fascinating history, interesting location, touching romance--Sarah Sundin packs it all in this page-turning story. Readers are sure to enjoy living this stirring WWII-era adventure."--Ann H. Gabhart, author of Love Comes Home and The Innocent
"Through Waters Deep reeled me in from the start. Endearing characters combine with intrigue and mystery in a tale that begs to be read in record time."--Jocelyn Green, award-winning author of the Heroines Behind the Lines Civil War series
"Sarah Sundin is a gifted novelist. Bottom line--this book is perfect for lovers of WWII romances and mysteries that would give Nancy Drew a run for her money."--Cara Putman, award-winning author of Shadowed by Grace and Where Treetops Glisten
Sarah Sundin is the award-winning author of the Wings of Glory and Wings of the Nightingale series. 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. Learn more at www.sarahsundin.com.
About 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. Visit www.sarahsundin.com for more information.
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Top Customer Reviews
I have read all of Sarah's books and loved them. This one did not disappoint. I appreciate the research Sarah does before each book. She gives vivid descriptions and excellent details. I love that this one is set before the US officially enters WWII. The turmoil between the isolationists and the interventionists was intense at times. I have not read a story with this angle before. It brought to light how some people were eager to join the war and others were willing to do anything to stop it from happening. The US Navy faced many dangers as they acted as escorts for merchant ships protecting them from German U-boats.
Mary Stirling is a secretary at the Boston Navy Yard and is very well informed at how things work in the shipbuilding business. She loves her job and does it well. She is also willing to help her country in any way she can even if it puts her in danger. She uses her secretarial skills in a very discreet way to help the FBI in their investigation into sabotage. She learns that using your God-given talents is not always a display of pride and leaning on the Lord and good friends can help you overcome crippling fear.
Jim Avery is a childhood friend who never really paid much attention to Mary. He was head -over-heels for her best friend, Quintessa Beaumont. He describes himself as a floater but comes to the realization that floating is not the way to go. He must use his abilities to encourage the men under him to do their best. He too faces a crippling fear and is forced to make major decisions quickly as a matter of life and death.
Quintessa and Arch are best friends of Mary and Jim and come alongside them to help them through some tough times and cause some difficulty for them also. Mary is falling for Jim. Jim is falling for Mary. Then Quintessa shows up and moves in with Mary. Quintessa is the golden girl, every guy's dream. Jim had a horrible crush on her in high school but she paid him no attention. Now she is there to "make his dreams come true". Arch Vandenberg is the rich friend looking for a girl who doesn't care about his money.
Through twists and turns Mary finally figures out who is behind all the sabotage and framing and puts her life on the line to save men in danger. Mary, Jim, and Quintessa finally realize who Jim loves and who loves Jim. Boy gets girl and all is forgiven.
The book ends with a reporter shouting about the naval base in Hawaii getting bombed by the Japanese.
This one is a little different than her others, which threw me for a loop at first and I realized that I wanted to sit down and concentrate on it. I usually do a fly by reading, which means I read in very short segments. My life has been busy, so it has been more 5 minutes here and 10 minutes there, than anything else for reading. It is not terribly satisfying, but better than nothing.
However, for this book, I highly recommend giving it your full attention. It starts out slow, but pulls you in with the subtle mystery surrounding events that take place before WW2. Sarah's ability to create pretty characters with distinct flaws is no different in this book. I loved seeing the characters grow and change throughout the story.
I will also say this, if you love 1940's fashion, you will adore this book! Check out Sarah's Pinterest board for pictures, but this book describes the dresses in such good detail, I felt like I could go and buy it at the store and I knew what it looked like already!
While this book surprised me with the more mystery bent of it, I throughly enjoyed it and will look forward to the rest of this series! I already bought a second copy to lend/give away of this one and I suggest you do the same!
I instantly connected to Mary with her fear of the spotlight and loved watching her try to conquer those fears. Immediately, I fell for Jim. At first, he comes across as a happy-go-lucky, carefree guy, but it quickly becomes apparent that he has a lot of hidden depth.
It feels like I can never come up with the right words to explain how much I absolutely LOVE every single one of Sarah Sundin's novels and I'm in the same boat again this time. So, I'll end this by saying if you love awesome faith-filled and romantic World War II stories... what are you waiting for?... go pick up a copy; you won't regret it!
But I have to say... Sarah Sundin is a master of "will-they-or-won't-they." I was on the end of my seat for several hours, frustrated (in the best sort of way) and worried for the characters as they press forward, facing challenges that only with God's strength and courage can they overcome.
Looking forward to #2 in the Waves of Freedom series