Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Waves of Freedom #1

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 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. 

Through Waters Deep (Waves of Freedom, #1) 
Published August 4th 2015
by Fleming H. Revell Company 
4 Stars

Do you ever wonder what life was like before World War II? I know most of us have watched movies, but they really don't let you know thoughts and feelings.  When you open this book from page 1 you will be pulled back to Boston 1941.  This story is a combination of intrigue, mystery, romance and learning to overcome fear. 

Mary Stirling moved from Ohio to Boston 4 years ago to work as a secretary at the Boston Naval Yard.  She has always tried to be invisible and not stand out after an embarrassment during her childhood days.  She loves her job, but tensions are mounting with the escalation of the war in Europe.  The images of bombed-out London was heart wrenching and if the United States didn't do something Britain would surely fall.  
Ensign Jim Avery has recently arrived with good friend and fellow mate, Archer Vandenberg, for their new assignment.  Both have been assigned to the USS Atwood, a brand new destroyer that would escort British convoys across the North Atlantic.  
Jim and Mary grew up in the same small town in Ohio, but haven't seen each other in years and a chance meeting at the naval yard brings the renewal of their friendship from years ago.  
Jim and Archer enlist Mary's help in showing them the sights in Boston since she was familiar with the area.  As their friendship deepens so does a mystery at the the naval yard.  At first Mary is intrigued at the mystery, of course growing up reading Nancy  Drew mysteries would do that to a girl.  As the news of a possible sabotage
had taken place accusations and fights were rampant at work.  Mary shares her thoughts with Jim, but when he was pulled into the mystery and with her deep feelings towards Jim; she knew she must assist in solving the mystery.  

This is a wonderfully written historical and I really enjoyed it.   The characters are well developed and easy to love.  The plot is obviously well researched and easy to get pulled into.  The mystery is one that will keep the reader guessing and trying to solve.  The romance of the story is wonderful.  As for overcoming fear, both Mary and Jim have experienced a childhood trauma that has affected how they deal with issues and must learn to let go and let God lead them.  
If I were to say anything negative about the book it would be all the details about ships and how they work.  To be honest, I know the details were necessary to the story, but I just didn't enjoy them.  
I would recommend this to anyone who loves either a good romance or historical fiction.  
I received this book from the publisher to give a honest and unbiased opinion without outside influence as stated above.  I want to thank them for this opportunity.  

Sarah Sundin

Sarah Sundin is the author of the upcoming Waves of Freedom series (Through Waters Deep releases August 2015), the Wings of the Nightingale series (With Every LetterOn Distant Shores, and In Perfect Time), and the Wings of Glory series (A Distant Melody, A Memory Between Us, and Blue Skies Tomorrow), all from Revell. In addition she has a novella in Where Treetops Glisten (WaterBrook, September 2014).
Her novella “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” in Where Treetops Glisten is a finalist for the 2015 Carol Award, and In Perfect Time received the 2015 Silver Scroll Award of Merit from AWSA. In 2014, On Distant Shores was a double finalist for the Golden Scroll Awards from both AWSA and the Christian Authors Network. In 2011, A Memory Between Us was a finalist in the Inspirational Reader’s Choice Awards and Sarah received the Writer of the Year Award at the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference.
Sarah lives in northern California with her husband and three children, works on-call as a hospital pharmacist, and teaches Sunday school and women’s Bible studies.
She belongs to American Christian Fiction Writers, Christian Authors Network, and Advanced Writers and Speakers Association.

Sarah Sundin has a wonderful prize giveaway associated with this release. 
Through Waters Deep


  1. Thanks for the lovely review, Katrina! I'm glad you enjoyed Jim & Mary's story!

    1. Sarah, thank you for stopping by. Looking forward to your next book.