Through Waters Deep - Book Review

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
I know it's been said not to judge a book by the cover,
but don't you simply love the cover of this book?
It's romantic, captivating, vintage, and engaging. . .and so is the story.
This is one of the few books that will capture your attention from the very first chapter.
The night I started reading Through Waters Deep 
was the night I was swept away to a different time and a different place. . .

Mary is precious with her gentle manner and kind heart.
She can be outgoing when she is with friends,
but when the attention is turned upon her she clams up and struggles with fear.
Many years ago something happened to her when she was in a large crowd
and that memory has lasted a lifetime. . .
When she jumps into something bigger than she anticipated 
she realizes she may have to face her fears.

Jim is charming and quite the dashing hero,
but I will say he frustrated me in the beginning 
because of his desire to have a "bubbly blond" in his life.
He is quite set in his ways. . .that is until Mary's kindness and friendship 
begins to seep into his heart changing him and "his ways" forever.

Jim and Mary make a darling couple and you can see that from the beginning.
Unfortunately they must get through some trials and difficulties before they realize 
that what they desire and want in life can be found in one another.
First, they must learn to let go of the past and let God take the reigns for the future.

There is romance, mystery, and godly inspiration 
nestled in the pages of Through Waters Deep.
It's an engaging book and there is definitely more to it than first meets the eye.
Layers upon layers make up this story and it's likely you will enjoy
the beautiful telling of Jim and Mary's blossoming relationship.
You will not be disappointed with the journey back to 1941
and the idea of what it may have been like right before the Americans went off to war. 
I highly recommend Through Waters Deep.

** I was given a free copy of this book from Revell Publishers for an honest review.
All thoughts are my own. No other compensation was received. **

About the Author
Sarah Sundin is the award-winning author of the Wings of Glory
and Wings of the Nightingale series.
During WWII, her grandfather served as a pharmacist's mate (medic)
in the Navy and her great-uncle flew with the US Eighth Air Force in England.
Sarah lives in California with her husband and three children.
Learn more at www.sarahsundin.com. 


Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

Looks interesting. I love historical fiction and definitely love stories that grab you from the start. Thanks for the review!

Elizabethd said...

That is not an author that I know. I do find that stereotypes creep in to these romance books...bubbly blondes and handsome men! Maybe someone should write a book about very ordinary people!

Anne's Attic - Design said...

Stephanie I am so glad that you have written about a wonderful book. I am always on the look out for a good one, and if it includes the Navy that is even better. I have a Son who is a lifer in the navy stationed in Japan with his family. Looks great! Hugs, Jo

Merlesworld said...

When I was very young I read many romance books but haven't read one for such a long time, I like twists and turns and very good stories now.

Joyful said...

You've given a lovely review of this book. It sounds like a great romance novel.

Julie's Lifestyle said...

This looks like an interesting book to read and thanks for the review and recommending it!

Denise said...

sounds like a great book.

hobbyloes said...

When I read your review, I think it's a very exciting book.
I like that, romantic and exciting

Lydia said...

I rarely have time to comment on other blogs but for some time I have been meaning to tell you I appreciate your book reviews and always read them when they come up on my blog roll. I wouldn't be able to filter through all he books out there and this is a great guide to show the difference between the wonderful stories and the ones not so recommended. I am glad you read them with discernment and post your reviews. I won't get to read them all but the reviews put the books in my imagination.

Sarah Sundin said...

Thanks for the lovely review, Stephanie! I'm glad you enjoyed Jim & Mary's story!

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