Anchor in the Storm by Sarah Sundin
Release Date: April 2016
Genre: Fictional / Historical Romance / Mystery
Series: Waves of Glory, Book 2
Sarah Sundin has done it again! She has crafted a fun, inspiring historical novel.
We pick up where we left off in Through Waters Deep just after Pearl Harbor is attacked. The only difference is that this is Lillian and Arch’s story.
Lillian has moved to Boston and has become a part of the gang. Despite her own challenges, she is doing everything she can to prove that she can be the best pharmacist there is. How does she handle everything that comes with a new job when the attention of her brother’s best friend only annoys her?
Arch is drawn to her from the very beginning that their first meeting is actually quite awkward and funny. He also hates the fact that he comes from money. He doesn’t want to be trapped into the consequences that money can drive someone, but he also wants to be loved for who he is and not his money. He’s gotten to the point of distrust that he tests every girl that he dates.
Due to their experiences on the USS Atwood and the fact that their destroyer is on the hunt for German U-boats, Arch is noticing that he and his men are struggling with their nerves and drowsiness. If you remember in Through Waters Deep, Arch was trapped in the engine room and almost didn’t make it out when they were attacked by a German U-boat. This is a powerful theme throughout the book and I think it’s awesome that Sundin chose to focus in on this because it’s a very real thing. Even though it wasn’t too well known at the time, they did notice that PTSD was a real thing and they worked hard on trying to finding a cure even though they didn’t know much.
So are the prescriptions that Lillian is filling connected?
As the danger arises, the two must learn to work together to learn the answer to that very question. I mean, there is a mystery to be solved after all! Will Arch be able to earn Lillian’s trust and affection? Well, I guess you’ll just have to read the book to find out!
I loved getting to revisit all of my favorite characters again. I loved learning more about Arch and Lillian. I’m so glad we finally got to learn more about Arch because we left him in a really bad spot in Through Waters Deep.
This book also had all of the feels! I laughed, cried, cheered. There were times that I wanted to throw the book across the room because a character would do something stupid. The writing is fabulous and well done.
The title is also perfect and self-explanatory. It’s about an Anchor in the Storm. It encourages the reader to question what they are allowing their anchor in. Is it your career, a friend, boyfriend or girlfriend, husband or wife, kids, or is your anchor in Jesus Christ? Sarah weaves truth into her storytelling without being preachy and in such a wonderful way.
This is definitely one of my favorites that I have read. It’s one of the few books that kept me up at night. I mean, how can you go to bed when the plot changes or the climax of the book is happening and then the next thing you know, you’ve finished the book. It’s fantastic.
I am also a huge fan of the American Navy so it’s super cool to get to learn about it through the characters. I also love learning about anything to do with World War II.
You don’t need to read Through Waters Deep prior to this one because it can easily be a standalone, but if you want the backstory to some of these characters, I recommend you do.
I’m anxiously awaiting for the next installment in the series where we will finally get to learn more about Quintessa!
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review, which I have given. I was not required to write a positive review and have not been compensated for it in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.
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About Sarah Sundin
Sarah Sundin is the author of With Every Letter, On Distant Shores, In Perfect Time, and the Wings of Glory series. In 2014, On Distant Shores was a finalist for the Golden Scroll Awards from both AWSA and the Christian Authors Network. In 2011, Sarah received the Writer of the Year Award at the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference. A graduate of UC San Francisco School of Pharmacy, she works on call as a hospital pharmacist. During WWII, her grandfather served as a pharmacist’s mate (medic) in the Navy and her great-uncle flew with the US Eighth Air Force in England. Sarah lives in California with her husband and three children. Visit http://www.sarahsundin.com for more information.