BOOK REVIEW | “Anchor in the Storm” by Sarah Sundin

An exceptional progression of the series!

 

Not that I’m surprised… not even a little. Every book I have read by Sarah Sundin has had several common threads – fantastic plot development, marvelous character development, and exceptional story-telling!

Anchor in the Storm is NO different. It is a wonderful second story in this series.

Sarah brings WWII to life for her readers!

I – for one – love it!

I love the intrigue! I love the friction! I love the romance!

Sarah not only gives us a look at the tension on this side of the Atlantic during WWII – she links it to a much larger mystery that has global ramifications.

 

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More about Anchor in the Storm:

One plucky female pharmacist + one high-society naval officer = romance—and danger

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.

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{MORE ABOUT SARAH SUNDIN}

Sarah Sundin

Sarah Sundin is the author of eight historical novels, including “Anchor in the Storm.” Her novel “Through Waters Deep” was named to Booklist’s “101 Best Romance Novels of the Last 10 Years,” and her novella “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” in “Where Treetops Glisten” was a finalist for the 2015 Carol Award. A mother of three, Sarah lives in California, works on-call as a hospital pharmacist, and teaches Sunday school.

Find out more about Sarah at http://www.sarahsundin.com/.

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“Through Waters Deep” by Sarah Sundin | Book 1 of the Waves of Freedom series!

Another triumph from Sarah Sundin!

 

Not that I’m surprised… not even a little. I have high expectations every time I pick up a book by Sarah – and I’ve not yet been disappointed!

WOW! WOW! WOW!

Through Waters Deep  is getting rave reviews… and it’s no wonder.

Aside from the fact that the story starts off with… well, not with a bang, but almost… the added mystery aspect is a clear winner!

I know I love it!

It’s like Nancy Drew has stepped into history!

Sarah skillfully shows us the tension that existed on this side of the Atlantic during WWII. Jim and Mary are in a unique situation and with tensions rising abroad, many might have forgotten about the stress WWII put on the people at home.

Sarah expertly takes us through espionage and sabotage… a very personal war right here on U.S. soil, using our main characters Mary and Jim.

Jim is a seemingly average handsome young officer – but there are depths to him that Mary has a talent for bringing to the surface. It doesn’t hurt either that Mary has a clever wit and a sharp mind. She may be a bit of a shrinking violet but when push comes to shove, she definitely does the unexpected!

The romantic portion of the story is very well done too.

I won’t spoil it for you but it’s not your typical guy sees girl, guy is attracted, girl is attracted, romance ensues… but then Sarah’s romances never fit neatly into a mold – which I LOVE! Life doesn’t fit into a mold so it’s much more realistic that way!

 

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Review ©JCMorrows 2015

 

 

More from Sarah about Through Waters Deep:

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 USSAtwood.

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.

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.

 

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Maggie’s Mission by Rachel Muller | Book 2 in the Love & War series

Rachel and I were chatting the other day and she laughingly told me she went on about her book on purpose – it was all part of her devious plan to get me to read it and like it and become completely and totally obsessed with WWII fiction!

Well… she missed the first bit. One of her mentors, Sarah Sundin beat her to it – as in I read Sarah’s book before I read Rachel’s. And after that yes, I was hooked!

But if Rachel had not talked up the genre, I would most likely have never even looked twice at Sarah’s so she was still responsible for getting me hooked on the genre.

And of course I had to read Rachel’s first book – Letters From Grace – which I reviewed last year and you can read that review HERE if you wish.

But after reading Letters From Grace, I was itching to get to the next book!

And Maggie’s Mission is JUST as wonderful as her first book!

Yes, the subject matter is a bit tough to read about but it’s REAL! Rachel writes about WWII as if she lived through it. You would never know she was not right there with her characters as they lived through the great war!

WOW! 

My mother described it by saying the genre had gotten into her bloodand we are not the only two. Rachel has made impressive sales and garnered attention from some unexpected media sources.

I am still very much in awe of how well Rachel has done with her venture into self-publishing and I’m laughing at the publishers who have passed up this amazing book in a series that is getting some very impressive attention.

BRAVO RACHEL!

 

There is no way I’m spoiling this book for you but I will say this – fans of WWII fiction, READ IT! And if you’re not a fan, give it a chance. I’m betting you will be by the time you reach the last page!

5star

 

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If you still need convincing – Here is a brief synopsis from Goodreads:

A buried vow and a broken past meet face to face on enemy territory…

Lieutenant Maggie Johnson has had to overcome many obstacles in her life, including her parents’ disapproval of her enlistment in the Army Nurse Corps and the sudden death of her GI boyfriend, Danny Russo. A sudden blow that forced her to leave behind a promise once made.

But Germany introduces more hurdles that hinder her life. Like Army nurse lieutenant, Peggy Blizzard-a woman as cold as her name. While trying to avoid a war breaking out within her own barracks, Maggie pushes through Germany’s harsh winter, and Peggy’s cold shoulder, and aims to do her job-saving lives.

But when tragedy strikes the field hospital, it’s Maggie’s life that needs saving instead. Maggie’s harrowing rescue will haunt her for months to come when a ruggedly handsome soldier comes to her aid and resembles the face of a man she once loved . . . a man who is dead.

Is war playing mind games with Maggie, or is she facing the ghosts of her past?

 

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You can also find more information and/or buy the book from these popular sites.

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Introducing Rachel D. Muller and her DEBUT novel: “Letters From Grace”

First of all I would like to say that I congratulate Rachel Muller for making the decision to go Indie!

We live in an ever-changing world and the literature we love has to be able to flow and change with that world… and only the best writers know just how essential it is to be flexible!

Rachel Muller has written the novel of her heart. I know how that feels and I even feel as if I’ve been on part of this adventure with her.

I’ve watched as she blogged and hinted at the contents of this novel. I’ve read posts about her journey as an author and I applauded her decision to go Indie when the circumstances were not precisely what she wanted for her work.

Maybe authors today are making the choice to become independent because they want more control over their own work. They want to be the one who makes the tough decisions and I find that incredibly brave!

To read this work is to be transported to our own little piece of history.

Rachel did an incredible job researching her favorite period in history. I know I’ve enjoyed reading about where that research has taken her.

Letters From Grace is the first book in what is meant to be a series and I’m excited to see what is coming next!

Fair warning: this book is not for the faint of heart. The subject matter touches on one of the most difficult times in our country’s history and, though it does that very well, it is a difficult period to read about for many people.

But then war is never easy to read about…

The important part is that Rachel brings us this story, pulling us into a time long gone – reminding us why it is important to remember, why it is important to teach our children to remember.

I don’t know about you but I was never all that interested in history. If only all the events in history were put into novel form… I know I would enjoy it a lot more!

 

4 Stars

 

Here is a bit more about the book from GoodReads:

Is loving a man in uniform worth the risk?

Scarred from the death of her fiancé in World War II, Grace Campbell must learn to love again. Lieutenant Luke Brady could make falling in love easy…except he’s going to war. There’s one thing that can keep a thread tied between them—letters.

But the suave Dr. William Keller enchants Grace with his charm and proposes marriage. She must choose between them.

Will she settle for comfort and safety or risk losing everything on the Normandy beaches?

 

You can find even more about the book and how to purchase it by clicking the links below!

GOODREADS   RACHELDMULLER.COM

AMAZON   BARNES AND NOBLE   POWELL’S BOOKS   ALIBRIS

 

You can also read a bit more about Rachel’s Publishing journey HERE

and enter for a chance to win a copy of her book!

 

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A review of Sarah Sundin’s “In Perfect Time”

One word describes this book:

WOW!

Just… WOW!

From page 1, you will be hooked! I’ve never been a fan of WWII era books but this one has made me into one!

Sarah Sundin will take hold of your heartstrings even while she’s got you on the seat of your pants – just waiting for an explosion!

I’m no WWII buff but the scenes read spot-on to me and the descriptions are wonderful. It’s like you can hear the engines drowning out everything around you! Or the salty sea air…

And the characters… ooh the characters!

There are whole worlds underneath the exterior of our Lt. Kay Jobson. She is a woman in control… or is she?

And Lt. Roger Cooper is just as complex and complicated! They say opposites attract but similar personalities rub each other the wrong way.

And oh how the sparks do fly!

Now of course, I’m dying to get books 1 & 2 so I can read more of this amazing series!

And I hope to see many more wonderful books from Sarah Sundin! You have made a fan out of me!

5star

 

A brief synopsis from Revell Books:

Two hearts are about to learn the rhythm of love

Bold, sophisticated, and coy, Army Air Force flight nurse Lt. Kay Jobson collects hearts wherever she flies, leaving men pining in airfields all across Europe. So how can ruggedly handsome C-47 pilot Lt. Roger Cooper be all but immune to her considerable charms? In fact, he seems to do everything he can to avoid her.

Still, as they cross the skies between Italy and southern France, evacuating the wounded and delivering paratroopers and supplies, every beat of their hearts draws them closer. Can they overcome the fears and misunderstandings of the past in order to take hold of the future?

Sarah Sundin seamlessly weaves together emotion, action, and sweet romance into a tale that transcends time and calls us to believe in the power of love.

 

And you can find more information and/or buy the book from these popular sites.

GOODREADS   REVELL/BAKER PUBLISHING GROUP   SARAH’S WEBSITE

AMAZON   BARNES & NOBLE   CHRISTIANBOOKS   LIFEWAY   ITUNES   BOOKSAMILLION

 

 

I received this book free in exchange for an honest review
from the Revell Reads blogger program.

 

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“Love Comes Home” by Ann H. Gabhart

First I want to extend my deepest condolences to Ann and her family. If you are a follower on Facebook, you know Ann’s mother passed on to be with The Lord this past weekend.

Take comfort in that Ann. She is out of pain now. God Bless You!

 

 

 

Now… to what I thought of the book.

Love Comes Home by Ann H GabhartThis is most definitely not my usual style but the synopsis captured my attention so I had to see for myself.

And I do believe I have found another AMAZING genre I’m going to get sucked right into!

In the past, when I’ve read Historical fiction or crime fiction – the one bit I was missing was the “Inspirational” and I never really saw how much that affected my opinion.

But now that I have discovered the depth of emotion and the complexity of the characters Inspirational authors put into their novels, I am not even tempted to read most secular fiction.

If you really need some kind of a crazy hook to make your book good – it’s not really good!

And Ann H. Gabhart is GOOD!

I felt like I was there! And I’ve never been much for history – of course history books are not written like this so that may have a little bit to do with it – but I could almost hear the church bells, feel the sticky pavement and smell the sweet, clean air as “Love Comes Home” opens with Ann’s main characters taking turns telling this fabulous story!

Ann has a talent for delving deep into emotion and it doesn’t take very long until you feel pulled right into the story of these sisters and their reactions to the end of World War II. I don’t know what it feels like to lose a husband in the kind of conflict WWII created but thanks to Ann Gabhart, I can easily imagine it.

Whether you enjoy WWII fiction or not, DO NOT miss this book!

I have a feeling it is one I will read again and again for years to come – along with her other books that I will now be on the hunt for so I can catch up!

 

5star

More about “Love Comes Home” from Revell:

When the flush of victory fades, there remains a winding road to an uncertain future.

World War II is finally over and the people of Rosey Corner are joyfully welcoming the boys home. The Merritt sisters in particular are looking toward the future. Kate is eager to start a family and live out her dream of happily ever after with Jay. Evangeline craves a beautiful house and encourages Mike to pastor a big-town church. Victoria wants what can never be. And Lorena is growing up and wondering more and more about her birth family.

Each sister must learn to hold her plans with a loose hand, trusting that God will guide and strengthen them as they share the joys and sorrows of life in their little corner of the world.

Award-winning and bestselling author Ann Gabhart invites you back to Rosey Corner for a heartfelt story that closes the distance between the things that were and things that can yet be.

 

You can find more information and/or buy the book from these popular sites.

GOODREADS   BAKER PUBLISHING GROUP/REVELL   ANN’S WEBSITE

AMAZON   BARNES & NOBLE   CHRISTIANBOOKS   ITUNES   LIFEWAY   BOOKSAMILLION

I received this book free in exchange for an honest review
from the Revell Reads blogger program.

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“A Promise in Pieces” by Emily Wierenga

If you are an emotional person… at all, read “A Promise in Pieces” with tissues close!A Promise in Pieces by Emily T. Wierenga

I’m not sure whether it’s Emily’s experience as a ghost writer or simply her gift that enables her to pull you into the story so deeply.

You WILL feel the deep emotions in this story.

… Especially if you are a deeply emotional person.

I am noticing a bit of a trend as far as the Quilts of Love books go lately and it is an interesting turn.

I have never really been a huge fan of novels written about/around WWII but I am finding myself reading them more and more lately and I have to say this – “A Promise in Pieces” is not typical.

It is written about that time period but it focuses so much more on the family dynamics and the very personal experiences that Clara goes through.

The idea behind the story is not a new one but Emily Wierenga has most definitely found a new way to tell it.

Whether you’re a fan of WWII novels or not, this is a book worth reading!

5star

 

A Bit more about the story from the Quilts of Love website:

A small gift, a simple promise, a life forever changed

It’s been more than 50 years since Clara cared for injured WWII soldiers in the Women’s Army Corp. Fifty years since she promised to deliver a dying soldier’s last wish. And 50 years since that soldier’s young widow gave her the baby quilt—a grief-ridden gift that would provide hope to countless newborns in the years to come.

On her way to the National World War II Museum in New Orleans, Clara decides it’s time to share her story. But when the trip doesn’t go as planned, Clara wonders if anyone will learn the great significance of the quilt—and the promise stitched inside it.

To visit the Quilts of love site, click HERE

For the book page on Abingdon Press, click HERE

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And to visit Emily Wierenga’s website, click HERE