Sarah Sundin. Anchor in the Storm. Grand Rapids, MI: Revell, 2016.
There are only a few authors that I can almost guarantee will release a 5-star worthy book every year, with Sarah Sundin among that esteemed group. I am very excited to be featuring Ms. Sundin’s newest release, Anchor in the Storm, on the Books and Biscuits Blog this week.
Anchor in the Storm follows Lillian Avery as she moves to Boston from small-town Ohio to serve as a pharmacist, fulfilling her long-time dream of working in her chosen field. Lillian’s brother, Jim, and his best friend, Arch Vandenberg, regularly spend their shore leave with Lillian and her roommates, building on the friendships developed in Through Waters Deep. In the early months of World War II, Jim and Arch serve as officers on a Navy destroyer as part of the military’s effort to stop German U-boats from sinking military and civilian ships in the Atlantic. However, Arch soon finds that the battles at sea are interconnected with Lillian’s role on shore, as his men are becoming addicted to prescription drugs intended to calm their nerves. Soon, Arch and Lillian are one another’s Holmes and Watson as they search for the mastermind behind the drug ring that stretches from Boston’s pharmacies to the Naval ships in the Atlantic. When the stakes are high, they must learn to trust one another and the One who serves as their ultimate anchor in the storm.
Anchor in the Storm perfectly interconnects with the other stories in the Waves of Freedom series, offering further insight and development of a great cast of characters. The Avery family present realistic, yet stalwart Christian characters who will capture the hearts of Ms. Sundin’s fans.
Overall, I continue to be impressed by Ms. Sundin’s ability to write incredible tales of World War II life. Consistent with the rest of the Waves of Freedom series, Anchor in the Storm presents a mystery/suspense component that brings high-stakes drama to Ms. Sundin’s classic historical romance plotlines. However, she manages to interweave this drama with an expertly-written and heart-warming story with fascinating characters that feel entirely realistic to the time period. Fans of the Waves of Freedom series will also enjoy seeing more of Jim Avery and Mary Stirling, as well as their group of friends that served as such a compelling part of Through Waters Deep. Fortunately, Ms. Sundin already plans to continue the story of this cast of characters in the series’ next book, When Tides Turn.
Fans of Ms. Sundin’s other novels, especially the Waves of Freedom series, will definitely want to read Anchor in the Storm. Likewise, readers who enjoy World War II-inspired Christian fiction will also want to try this excellent series. Ms. Sundin brings an approachable style to her works, while offering a well-researched view of the period. However, fans of Ms. Sundin will attest that her ability to write incredibly realistic and well-rounded characters are ultimately the reason that they return to her books time and time again.
The third novel in Ms. Sundin’s Waves of Freedom series, When Tides Turn, will arrive in Spring of 2017!
Special thanks to the Revell Reads Blog Tour program for the advanced copy of Anchor in the Storm!
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