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Through Waters Deep ~ Review

Through Waters Deep
Waves of Freedom 1
By Sarah Sundin

Mary Stirling just wants to remain in the background.  Jim Avery just wants to "float" through life.  Neither wants make waves because incidents from their childhoods.  Mary works as a Navy secretary and dresses in neutral colors.  Jim is an ensign, who doesn't want aim higher, he doesn't want to have to make the difficult decisions.

When an act of sabotage occurs at the Boston Navy Yard Mary and Jim start working together to discover who could be targeting the Yard.  But more than the ships and the those who work on them are in danger. Public opinion  could be swayed affecting the United States and her level of activity in what is Europe's war.

But to do "the right thing" Mary and Jim may have to move out of their self-imposed limitations.  Can they face their individual fears or will fear control the choices made?

Through Waters Deep is a delightful step back in time, to 1941 to be precise.  War is on the horizon as more of the world is drawn into the conflict with Germany.  But to many the thought of America entering another European war is beyond belief.  As Mary and Jim work through the clues what was once a childhood acquaintance could become something more.

If you like Historical Fiction with a pinch of Romance you need to pick-up a copy of this book it will be time well spent.  Fans of Sarah Sundin's previous books will not be disappointed with the debut book of her newest series.  The characters have depth, the passion of their individual beliefs is believably presented, and one has empathy with the varying viewpoints.  If you have never read Sarah's work before this would be a perfect book to start with.  This is one happy reader who is eagerly anticipating book 2!

This book, though marketed to the adult audience, would be appropriate for teens and would be an excellent choice for a book report (Historical or Realistic fiction) book.

I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher Revell in exchange for my honest review.

War is coming. Can love carry them through the rough waters that lie ahead?

It is 1941 and America teeters on the brink of war. Handsome and outgoing naval officer Ensign Jim Avery escorts British convoys across the North Atlantic in a brand-new destroyer, the USS Atwood. On shore, Jim encounters Mary Stirling, a childhood friend who is now an astute and beautiful Boston Navy Yard secretary.

When evidence of sabotage on the Atwood is discovered, 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.

"Fascinating history, interesting location, touching romance--Sarah Sundin packs it all in this page-turning story. Readers are sure to enjoy living this stirring WWII-era adventure."--Ann H. Gabhart, author of Love Comes Home and The Innocent

"Through Waters Deep reeled me in from the start. Endearing characters combine with intrigue and mystery in a tale that begs to be read in record time."--Jocelyn Green, award-winning author of the Heroines Behind the Lines Civil War series

"Sarah Sundin is a gifted novelist. Bottom line--this book is perfect for lovers of WWII romances and mysteries that would give Nancy Drew a run for her money."--Cara Putman, award-winning author of Shadowed by Grace and Where Treetops Glisten

Sarah Sundin is the award-winning author of the Wings of Glory and Wings of the Nightingale series. 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. Learn more at