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Sarah Sundin’s When Tides Turn

When Tides Turn (Waves of Freedom Book #3) by [Sundin, Sarah]

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.


Sarah Sundin is one of my auto-buy authors. I love the combination of WWII, romance, and friendship. My thoughts:

What I liked

Quintessa. While she had some flaws, I loved her joie de vivre. She was very excited about life and you could see that on the pages. I loved that she got excited to help others and was just generally a friendly person.

Dan. He’s the complete opposite of Quintessa as he is very focused and driven and doesn’t care too much for being distracted. And yet, he is also a very kind person.

The romance. Opposites attract in this book and quite honestly, the romance was the best part of this novel. I thoroughly enjoyed watching Dan and Quintessa first become friends and then slowly fall in love.

The friendship. This is the third book in the series which means that a lot of friendships have already been established and characters met. It was good to spend time with the previous characters.

Spiritually, Dan and Quinetessa each have spiritual issues that they have to address and I think it’s done really well.

What I didn’t like:

The mystery. Quintessa decides to solve a mystery and honestly, I didn’t know why. It kind of felt like there had to be a mystery and so the author created one. It made the heroine seem foolish and naive. She gets called on it, but still, I failed to be pulled into it.

The war. Whenever Dan was on the ship, I kept thinking hurry up, hurry up and I say this as someone who reads war novels on the regular. Maybe it’s just that it was a ship.

Romantic scale: 8

Overall, a very nice conclusion to a good series!

**I received a copy from Revell. My opinion was not affected in anyway.**


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