Monday, March 20, 2017

Review: When Tides Turn by Sarah Sundin

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The last thing naval officer Dan Avery wants to see on his radar is glamour girl Quintessa Beaumont—even if she has joined the WAVES.

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?

With precision and pizazz, fan favorite Sarah Sundin carries readers through the rough waters of love in a time when every action might have unforeseen world-changing consequences.

I enjoyed this final book in the Waves of Freedom series.  We finally get Dan & Quintessa's story!  :)  Quintessa (Tess) has gone through a lot of change since we first met her in Book 1 (Through Waters Deep).  Thankfully, she has done some maturing and is determined to prove that she's not just a pretty face.  And then there is Dan... who has locked his feelings away for so long, he has a hard time loosening up!  When these two start to fall in love,  they each have to learn to let go of pre-conceived notions and learn to trust again.

I enjoyed the interactions between Dan and Tess and the character growth they both display by the end of the book.  I also enjoyed the introduction of some new characters as well as updates on Jim and Mary and Lillian and Arch.

With Sundin's classic touch of some background intrigue and mystery to go along with the romance, as well as the humor of Tess' fun-loving nature vs Dan's stoic no-nonsense nature and the historical details Sundin is so good at, you'll definitely want to read this book!

*Thanks to Revell Reads for a complimentary copy of this book. I was not paid or required to write a positive review and all opinions stated are my own.*

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Sarah Sundin enjoys writing about the drama and romance of the World War II era. She is the author of the Waves of Freedom series (Through Waters Deep, 2015, Anchor in the Storm, 2016, When Tides Turn, March 2017), the Wings of the Nightingale series, and the Wings of Glory series. Her novel Through Waters Deep won the 2016 INSPY Award, was a Carol Award finalist, and was named to Booklist's "101 Best Romance Novels of the Last 10 Years."

A mother of three, Sundin lives in northern California. She works on-call as a hospital pharmacist and teaches Sunday school and women's Bible studies. She enjoys speaking to community, church, and writers' groups.

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