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Sarah Sundin’s Anchor in the Storm

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.


No one writes WWII romance novels like Sarah Sundin. My thoughts:

What I liked:

Lillian. I know this sounds strange, but I liked that she was a heroine with a disability. And more than that, even though it may have bothered other people, it didn’t bother her. Lillian was a heroine who knew who was she was and what she wanted and she didn’t let anything keep her down.

Archer. We met Archer in the first book and I was so interested to see him fall in love with Lillian. It’s worth it!

Friendship romance. It’s the best kind of romance: one built upon the foundation of friendship. Lillian is hesitant to get involved with Archer at first and so that means that they have to get to know each other first.

History. Once again, Sundin effortlessly weaves history into the story, allowing to get involved and learn.

Secondary characters. Everyone from book one is in book two and it was so great to see old friends. I’m very excited about the next Avery!

Spiritually, like most Sundin novels, Archer and Lillian each have spiritual struggles that they must deal with throughout the novel. They both must learn to trust God and His plans for them.

What I didn’t like:

There was nothing I didn’t like. It was very cute, but I will say that it wasn’t terribly memorable.

Romantic Scale: 8

Overall, a very good second book in a good series!

** I received a copy of from Netgalley. My opinion is not affected in anyway.**




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