Continuing the Avery Family WWII Saga with Anchor in the Storm by Sarah Sundin
|Anchor in the Storm|
Waves of Freedom, Book 2
by Sarah Sundin
One Plucky Female Pharmacist + One High-Society Naval Officer = Romance--and Danger
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.
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I'm enjoying this series which features the Avery siblings and their loves during the first years of US involvement in WWI. Anchor in the Storm follows Lillian Avery as she leaves her home to live in Boston to work in a pharmacy ran by miserly old druggist, Mr. Dixon. She encounters adversity at work and in her personal life due to a disability she's lived with since she was a child. Lillian believes a normal person could never love her because of her appearance and her "cold" heart. Enter ensign Archer Vandenberg, her brother Jim's close friend. He's out to prove he's not like any other man and even though he's wealthy, that he's no snob. Their story is one of intrigue and danger, not so much by the hands of a known enemy, but rather the unknown leaders of a drug ring that threatens their lives and the lives of those keeping the American coast safe from German U-Boats.
Anchor in the Storm is certainly a story that can easily marked as a book by Sarah Sundin. No other author I know can bring to life in a book the dangers of war and the complexity of everyday life like she does. I loved Lillian's pluck and cool composure when faced by enemies and Arch's loyalty to his men when lives were on the line. Unfortunately, Arch just didn't quite cut it for me as a romance hero. This is difficult for me to say because I count most of Sundin's heroes as book boyfriends. For someone who didn't care for money, he sure made a huge deal out of it. It was a little grating. He was pretty snobbish where Lillian was concerned, too. I kept thinking, "Girrrlll, please don't let this guy wear you down. His first impression was less than charitable and not in a Mr. Darcy kind of way". Oh well. Not every reader can like every character every time.
Honestly, this story was very good otherwise. I just love how Ms. Sundin paints such a vivid picture. Whether it's an alleyway in Boston or a battle at sea, it always feels as if I'm living the story with the characters. I'm very much looking forward to reading the next book to see how Quintessa fares in her dealings with the Avery family. It should be very interesting indeed!
~ My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars ~