When The Tides Turn Review



I’ve followed author Sarah Sundin through her Wings of Glory and Wings of the Nightingales series, and now through the Waves of Freedom with When The Tides Turn being the final story. It’s been such a fabulous journey, and I can’t wait for more from this talented author.

Here’s the Blurb:

When fun-loving glamour girl Quintessa Beaumont learns the Navy has established the WAVES program for women, she enlists, determined to throw off her frivolous ways and contribute to the war effort. No-nonsense and hoping to make admiral, Lt. Dan Avery has been using his skills to fight German U-boats. The last thing he wants to see on his radar is a girl like Tess. For her part, Tess works hard to prove her worth in the Anti-Submarine Warfare Unit in Boston–both to her commanding officers and to the man with whom she is smitten. When Dan is assigned to a new escort carrier at the peak of the Battle of the Atlantic, he’s torn between his lifelong career goals and his desire to help Tess root out a possible spy on shore. The Germans put up quite a fight, but he wages a deeper battle within his heart. Could Tess be the one for him?

My Take:

Okay, this review may be a tad bias due to the undeniable fact that the 40s era is my absolute favorite! But really, this story is so well-written and the plot kept me guessing. As with each novel penned by Sarah Sundin, I’m dropped right in the midst of the intriguing action of WWII. I’m still in amazement at the precision of her research—she really knows her stuff—and how she sews these historical gems into a vivid plot with true-to-life characters. Dan and Tess have a way of leaping off the page and into the heart.

Adventure is mixed with a mind-boggling mystery, topped with a tender romance, and all wrapped with a refreshing and strengthening spiritual theme of perseverance, trusting God even when you’re wading in troubled waters. I enjoyed the development of the main characters, and experienced some growth of my own. “When times get tough—and they will—stay the course.” What a tremendous heart-fortifier that line is!

So you get mystery, adventure, love, and yes, a few giggles that all lead to a satisfying read worth every bit of your time. I’m sad to see this series come to an end, but I’ll keep the Avery family and company tucked in a special place in my heart.


About the Author:

Sarah Sundin enjoys writing about the drama and romance of the World War II era. She is the author of nine novels, including the Waves of Freedom series (Through Waters Deep, Anchor in the Storm, and When Tides Turn, March 2017).

A mother of three, Sundin lives in northern California, works on-call as a hospital pharmacist, and enjoys speaking to community, church, and writers’ groups. Her novel Through Waters Deep was a 2016 Carol Award Finalist, won the INSPY Award, and Booklist named it to the 101 Best Romance Novels of the Past 10 Years and the Top 10 Inspirational Fiction: 2015. Her novella in Where Treetops Glisten was a finalist in the 2015 Carol Awards, and in 2011 she received the Writer of the Year Award from the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference. She belongs to American Christian Fiction Writers, Christian Authors Network, and Advanced Writers and Speakers Association. Please visit Sarah at www.sarahsundin.com, on Facebook at Sarah Sundin Author, and on Twitter at @sarahsundin.

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*I was given a copy by the publisher. All opinions are my own.


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