Book Review

Anchor in the Storm by Sarah Sundin – WWII Historical Romance at its Best

About the Book:Anchor in the Storm
Author: Sarah Sundin
Publisher: Revell
Source: Publisher Provided
Publication Date: 2016
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Series: Waves of Freedom, Book 2
Genre: Fiction; Historical Romance
Rating: ★★★★★

REVIEW | With the shadow of Pearl Harbor’s fate left hanging over them, the Avery family prepares to say goodbye to their independent daughter, Lillian. As her brothers join the as Navy men, her twin sister, Lucy (whom she’s never been close with) is married and expecting her first child. This leaves Lillian with little purpose. Experiencing the pangs of trepidation and excitement she makes ready to move to Boston. Once there, she plans to put her training as a pharmacist to use while rooming with her brother’s girlfriend, Mary.  

Everything starts out swimmingly until her brother’s best friend Arch Vanderberg, tries to befriend Lillian. As the only son of a wealthy family, Arch is NOT Lillian’s ideal man… but there’s something unexpected hidden beneath Arch’s external entitled attitude. As the two become connected beyond that of their social outings, sparks fly, first impressions alter and a possibility Lillian never dared hope for begins to bloom.

I still remember reading Sarah’s Through Waters Deep (book one) last summer and being enchanted by it. Some may find it curious to see such a descriptive word for a WWII series since it’s customarily reserved for fairy tales or the like, but it’s a legit term for this series. There is something about these books that inspires, not only poignant thought, but charming romanticism that is hard to dissuade (because it works organically with the rest of the story) or ignore. The author gently coaxes this (and more) out of the characters, even in their worst moments everything remains endearing.

“She kissed him back, opening every cavern of her heart for him to explore, to own, to love.” ― Sarah Sundin, Anchor in the Storm

Though the cover designs match putting forth an elegant and favorable “first impression,” Anchor in the Storm is a giant departure from its predecessor. At least in terms of characterizations, and I couldn’t be more pleased with this. Lillian is a very different character than that of Through Waters Deep’s heroine Mary Stirling. She feels acutely contrary to the impression people assume of her. This serves to make her a relatable personality in many respects (true for those of us who don’t wear our hearts on our sleeves). Because her heart was tossed in love, and wounded in the past, Lillian carries her burdens (to the pointing of refusing herself the cleansing ability to cry) close. Then there is our Navel hero, Arch. What can I put to paper about him that would properly represent him? Nothing, I’d wager. Arch is a noble, worthy hero who is impossible to forget. I loved how he loved Lillian (in spite of their differences and misunderstandings) and respected that he respected her.

Beyond this, Anchor in the Storm is blissfully akin to the technique we know to be Sarah Sundin’s signature style. There’s a cozy mystery, well researched historical details properly placed within the story, a full-circle concept that’s breathtaking, and a well-developed romance that is sure to leave you starry eyed.

Synopsis: 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. – Goodreads

Coming Next from Sarah Sundin, When Tides Turn: When fun-loving glamour girl Quintessa Beaumont learns the Navy has established the WAVES program for women, she enlists, determined to throw off her frivolous ways and contribute to the war effort. No-nonsense and hoping to make admiral, Lt. Dan Avery has been using his skills to fight German U-boats. The last thing he wants to see on his radar is a girl like Tess. For her part, Tess works hard to prove her worth in the Anti-Submarine Warfare Unit in Boston—both to her commanding officers and to the man with whom she is smitten. When Dan is assigned to a new escort carrier at the peak of the Battle of the Atlantic, he’s torn between his lifelong career goals and his desire to help Tess root out a possible spy on shore. The Germans put up quite a fight, but he wages a deeper battle within his heart. Could Tess be the one for him?

With precision and pizazz, fan favorite Sarah Sundin carries readers through the rough waters of love in a time when every action might have unforeseen world-changing consequences. – March 2017, Goodreads, Amazon | Goodreads 

Sincere thanks to the publisher for providing a complimentary copy of this book for reviewing purposes.

All text (unless noted) is © Copyright Finding Wonderland (Dreaming Under the Same Moon), RissiWrites.com

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