My rating: 4 of 5 stars
ABOUT THE BOOK
One Plucky Female Pharmacist + One High-Society Naval Officer = Romance--and Danger
For plucky Lillian Avery, America's entry into World War II means a chance to prove herself as a pharmacist in Boston. The challenges 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 for sedatives Lillian has filled? The two work together to answer that question, but can Arch ever earn Lillian's trust and affection?
Sarah Sundin brings World War II to life, offering readers an intense experience they won't soon forget.
I really enjoyed this newest book from Sarah Sundin. Just the right amount of romance with a thread of suspense to keep you intrigued. And I love the fact that the author introduces a couple of real life topics such as the disability Lillian struggles with and the "nerves" (what we now know as PTSD) that Archer is struggling with.
These characters are real and are each struggling with their own self-worth. Lillian because of her disability and Archer because of his wealth. They each struggle with actions they have taken in the past that have affected close friends and family. Their past relationships have also created some mistrust that make it hard for each of them to deal with the other in terms of loving and being loved for who they are. Nevertheless, they are strongly attracted to each other. Can they let go of the past, forgive themselves and trust God with the future?
Lillian is a strong woman with a determined spirit. She doesn't let her disability slow her down and she is determined to show the world that she can live up to her goals of being a pharmacist. I loved how she reacted and interacted with Archer. She gave him the cold shoulder at first but then once she learns to trust him and they embark on solving the mystery, their interactions were fun. Until you get to the part where Archer is stupid (angry eyeroll ...lol) and then, well ... you'll have to read it to see. :D
I so admired Archer and the man he has become and the man he grows to be by the end of the book. He's struggling with his "nerves" and nightmares about what happened on his last assignment, which is making it difficult to do the job he's grown to love. He's also determined to leave his family's wealth behind and become his own man. When he meets Lillian and realizes that she doesn't care about that wealth he can't help but fall in love! :) But circumstances and the mystery of the drugs that he and Lillian start investigating will bring him to a point of significant change in his life. He has to learn to trust God on a much deeper level.
And I loved how the author used the illustration of the anchor in this book. Not only is it in the title, she also references the song My Hope Is Built by Edward Mote. I love old hymns and the author uses this song to illustrate the importance of putting your hope in Christ as your solid rock and anchor.
When darkness veils his lovely face,
I rest on his unchanging grace.
In every high and stormy gale,
my anchor holds within the veil.
*Thanks to Litfuse and Revell for a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes. I was not required to write a positive review and all opinions stated are my own.*
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