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My Story for His Glory

When Tides Turns by Sarah Sundin March 14, 2017

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In a time of war, sometimes battles take place in the heart.

Tess Beaumont is tired of being thought of as just a pretty face. Eager to do her part for the war effort, she joins the Navy’s newly established WAVES program for women. Perhaps there she can convince people that there is more to her than meets the eye.

Lt. Dan Avery has been using his skills in the fight against German U-boats and hoping to make admiral. The last thing he wants to see on his radar is a girl like Tess. Convinced that romance will interfere with his goals, Dan is determined to stay the course, no matter how intriguing a distraction Tess is.

But love, like war, is unpredictable. When Dan is shipped out at the peak of the Battle of the Atlantic, he finds himself torn between his lifelong career goals and his desire to help the beguiling Tess root out a possible spy on shore. Could this fun-loving glamour girl really be the one?

My thoughts:

I have read every book in this series and really enjoyed them so I was very excited to read this newest release.

Tessa is trying to create a sort of new identity. She’s tired of being the pretty girl. I appreciate that she is so much more. She truly is a kind person to everyone. I really enjoyed her story-line and couldn’t wait to get back to her.

I will say I found Dan’s story-line a little less exciting. Maybe it was all the U-boat terms but I found myself having trouble paying attention when I was in his point of view.

But even with that it was a great story, with romance and mystery, it just wasn’t my favorite of Sarah’s books.

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A copy of this book was given to me. All opinions are my own. 


Review and Giveaway:Anchor in the Storm by Sarah Sundin May 19, 2016

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an anchor in the storm


In a time of sacrifice, what price can one put on true love?

Nothing slows Lillian Avery down–not her personal challenges and certainly not America’s entry into World War II. She finally has a chance to prove herself as a pharmacist in Boston. The demands 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 Lillian has been filling?

As the danger rises on both land and sea, the two must work together to answer that question. But can Arch ever earn Lillian’s trust and affection?

My thoughts and giveaway:

Fans of Sarah will not be disappointed with this newest installment. True to form she has written another great novel set in the beginning of WWII.

This is the second book in this series. We met Arch in the first book. I liked him then and come to like him even more in this book. He tries so hard to break the stereo-type of what a rich kid is. He is also dealing with the after math of his ship going down and the effects that has on him now. Will this ruin his career?

Lillian I loved. She isn’t perfect. You don’t meet too many heroines who have a physical disability. But Lillian does, she’s missing a leg. I love how Sarah portrayed her, still so strong but also dealing with the effects of her disability.

Overall, another great book by Sarah.

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Review and Giveaway: Through Waters Deep by Sarah Sundin August 10, 2015

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through deep waters


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.

My thoughts and giveaway:

I loved this book. It took me a couple of chapters to really get sucked in but once I was there I didn’t want to leave and devoured the book.

Mary and Jim are wonderful characters who have things from their past that have held them back.

I could very much relate to Mary and her shyness and not wanting attention, yet she has gifts that do bring attention, she just needs to make sure she is focusing them on bringing glory to God.

Jim is figuring out it’s okay to make bold decisions, he doesn’t need to be afraid if he is walking with Jesus through the deep waters.

I loved how Sarah wove in the scripture reference from the title into the book, beautifully done.

The romance had me on pins and needles. Even though I could guess what was going to happen I still hated it when it did and had to keep reading to see how Sarah would resolve the issue.

The mystery in the book was also well-developed and interesting.

Overall, a wonderful book that has everything I look for in a good read.

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Review and Giveaway: In Perfect Time by Sarah Sundin August 11, 2014

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in perfect time


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.

My thoughts and giveaway:

I have been wanting to read this series and I am glad I finally got around to with this book.

Once again we have a WWII book but this time we are seeing it from the perspective of pilots and nurses. Sarah did a great job of bringing this book to life. I could easily picture what was taking place. But she didn’t over describe, she did just enough to give you a picture what the area looked like and then moved on to push the plot forward.

The book alternates between character development and moving the plot. I thought Sarah did a wonderful job with this as well, peppering each throughout the book.

What I also liked was how Sarah took a potentially difficult character, like Kay, one we might not normally like and made her likeable. Even though she uses men we see her brokenness. This softened me towards her and had me rooting for her redemption.

Roger is a torn hero with a sad past himself. He has had his own struggles with women and is afraid of crossing the line now that has found Jesus. He also struggles with his self-worth, just like Kay. Roger is a drummer, which made me like him even more since my husband is a drummer, plus I like anything musical in a character.

What I probably loved most about this book was that is was saturated in God’s grace. The message in here is one we all need and often struggle to grasp. Sarah did a fabulous job of weaving the gospel in this book without overpowering the reader.

I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys romance and some WWII history. And even though this is the third book in the series it really is a stand alone novel, so don’t worry if you haven’t read the first two (I haven’t).

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A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.