Sarah Sundin is one of my favorite authors.
I think I've read every book she's published. At least I've read every book that comes up on her "author page" on Amazon.
Obviously, I didn't have to even think about whether or not I wanted to review Through Waters Deep, the first book in her new Waves of Freedom series.
Of course I do.
Sundin is absolutely the best author I've read when it comes to World War II era historical fiction. Dale's grandfather (who I never met) served in the Navy in WWII, so that makes me even more interested in this particular series.
From the publisher:
It is 1941 and America teeters on the brink of war.
Outgoing naval officer Ensign Jim Avery escorts British convoys across the North Atlantic in a brand-new destroyer, the USS Atwood. Back on shore, Boston Navy Yard secretary Mary Stirling does her work quietly and efficiently, happy to be out of the limelight. Yet, despite her reserved nature, she never could back down from a challenge. When evidence of sabotage on the Atwood is found, 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.My thoughts:
Sarah Sundin takes readers to the tense months before the US entered WWII. Readers will encounter German U-boats and torpedoes, along with the explosive power of true love, in this hopeful and romantic story.
If it wasn't obvious from the introduction to this post, I loved the book. Sundin always seems to take some little known aspect of life in the 1940s, or World War II in general, and bring it out in a compelling way.
In this book, a main focus is on the controversy swirling in the US about this European War and how we should -- or shouldn't -- get involved. I know that I did learn a little bit about that in studying history, but when you think about WWII and the mood in the US, it is things like Victory Gardens, Rosie the Riveter, men lined up to enlist, and people sacrificing for "our boys" that come to mind. Everyone pitching in to rid the world of evil, once and for all.
This book, set in 1941, all takes place before that "rah rah" spirit became nearly universal.
As always, it is obvious that Sundin has done her research.
She has also set it up so I'm looking forward to the next two books in the series, which will focus on characters in Jim and Mary's circle of friends.
Dive into Sarah Sundin's explosive new series, Waves of Freedom, with book one, Through Waters Deep. When evidence of sabotage on the Atwood is found, 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 in the midst of their budding romance.
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Disclaimer: I received this book through LitFuse Blog Tour. No other compensation was received. All opinions expressed in this review are my own.