When Tides Turn by Sarah Sundin

When Tides Turn

Book #3, Waves of Freedom

This is a relatively new-to-me author and I’m in love with her stories! All three books in the series have a fun blend of romance and a bit of mystery that the main characters try to solve. I read them in just a few days. I loved the amount of historical detail in these books, and they’re unique in that they focus mostly on the Navy’s battles with the German U-boats. It was fascinating to learn about a lesser known part of the war effort. I enjoyed how the author used many real events and people in her stories

Plot: Quintessa Beaumont knows she can be more than just a pretty girl selling clothing in a department store. Determined to be taken more seriously, she starts going by Tess and enlists in the WAVES (Women Accepted for Voluntary Emergency Service) to be more useful towards the war. Lt. Dan Avery’s goal is to make Admiral and he’d like to be doing his part out on the open seas instead of stuck in a desk job, even if it is a job that will help the Navy improve their weaponry. Dan’s completely dedicated to the navy and the last thing he needs is a woman distracting him, but that’s exactly what Tess ends up doing. Then Tess gets caught up in a group of French expatriates, and it soon becomes clear that one of them’s a spy. She may end up putting herself in danger, but Tess investigates, needing to know if her roommate Yvette is truly friend or foe.

Characters: Having picked up bits on Tess’s background over the first two books, it was great to finally see her side of things. She’s been unlucky in love, which earns her sympathy, and I was really rooting for her to finally find a man that’s worthy of her. While Dan may come across as boring and too serious at the beginning, I enjoyed seeing the little moments where he’d let down his guard and have fun. He definitely had to grow on me a bit, but by the end of the story, I really admired his character.

Content: I didn’t find any content of this book to be questionable. It’s completely safe for younger readers. The author does an excellent job of mixing the faith of the characters into the story. It’s not preachy, but she shows how they grow in their relationships with God.

Recommendation:  I’d highly recommend this book to those who enjoy WWII historical and inspirational fiction. While it’s the third book in the series, it can stand alone. However, I’d suggest reading them all in order, because the characters show up in books one and two. Plus, they’re just so good that you won’t want to miss anything. I wish I started reading this author’s books sooner, but at least I have a couple of complete series to look forward to reading now.

Rating:  4.5/5 stars

I received a copy of this book from Revell. This review is my honest opinion.


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