When Tides Turn (Waves of Freedom #3) by Sarah Sundin

Genre: Historical Fiction, Romance
Publisher: Revell
Publication Date: March 2016

Tired of being viewed as just a pretty face, Quintessa Beaumont enlists in the Navy’s newly formed WAVES program for women. Not only will it aid in the war effort, it will give her the chance to prove she can also be useful. However, in her pursuit of demonstrating she can contribute more than beauty, Tessa becomes embroiled in a case that reeks of sabotage and spies.

No-nonsense Lt. Dan Avery longs for the sea, instead he’s stuck behind a desk. But he’ll endure anything to make admiral, including hold on to his land legs a while longer and swear off love. So he’s less than thrilled when vivacious, fun-loving Tessa bursts onto his radar. She’s exactly the kind of distraction his mentor has warned him about, and Dan is determined to keep her far away.

Sarah Sundin does it again! When Tides Turn hits the trifecta with a beautifully-blended story of love, intrigue, and faith. Well-researched history, heart-warming characters, and a historical setting that pops to life make this novel impossible to set down.

Despite my immense love for Jim Avery (Through Waters Deep), I think his no-nonsense brother has taken his place as my favorite hero in the Waves of Freedom series. I don’t want to give anything away, but just wait until the scene in which Dan gives Tessa one of the sweetest gifts ever. I’m pretty sure I melted into a puddle right then and there.

As always, the characters are exquisitely developed as they face life and faith obstacles many of us can relate to. Sundin has a knack for understanding and addressing the human psyche. Though Tessa and I are night and day different, I could connect with her and found I, too, struggle with a lot of her fears and worries. It was a reminder that despite people’s differences; we deal with a lot of the same issues.

I strongly recommend When Tides Turn to anyone looking for a great historical romance with a hint of mystery. If you haven’t read the first two installments, I encourage you to start there, not because they are imperative to follow this book, but because the series is too good to miss.

Review copy provided by publisher. Thanks!

**Originally posted on Radiant Lit.

Top Ten Tuesday: Authors I’d Love to Meet

Who wouldn’t love to meet some of their favorite writers? As an aspiring author, I dream of taking those meetings a step further and turning them into brain-picking sessions. I want to uncover their secrets and discover the tools that have served them so well in creating some of my favorite stories.

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is a non-exhaustive list — you don’t want to be here all day, do you? — of some of those authors I’d love to meet in person.


1. Catherine West

If you spend any time around me or follow my blog, you’ve probably heard me mention Catherine West on multiple occasions. That’s because I’m completely captivated by her writing style. Her books pretty much check all the boxes my writing profs, mentor, critique partners, etc. tirelessly try to ingrain in me on how to create powerful stories. By the way, her latest novel releases TODAY! Congrats, Cathy! (Review)


2. Ronie Kendig

As someone who writes mystery/suspense, a fight scene or two is bound to appear in my WIP (work in progress). However, try as I might, my hero and villain make the three stooges look like fighting experts. (Trust me, that’s NOT the vibe I’m going for!) Ronie Kendig, fight-scene-writer extraordinaire, has not one, not two, or even three, but FOUR military suspense series under her belt, as well as a serial novel, a romantic suspense story, and more. I would love nothing more than to learn from her knowledge so I can turn my Moe, Larry, and Curly into Jason Bourne and Ethan Hunt. (Review)


3. Carla Laureano

I met James MacDonald in 2013. I am still swooning! I love the hero in my WIP, but I want my readers to as well. If the mention of his name still makes them sigh four years later, even better. So yes, I’d like to follow Laureano around until I can figure out her secret. (Review)


4. Lisa Gardner

For a hero to truly shine, he needs a worthy opponent, not simply a caricature intended to make him look good. Gardner creates some of the best — albeit bone-chilling — villains I’ve found in fiction. Their complexity, goals, and motivations rival the protagonists’ in strength, making them come to life a little too well. You really don’t want the electricity to go out while immersed in a Gardner novel. (Review)


5. Dani Pettrey

As my bookcase attests, my favorite genre is romantic suspense. Pettrey masterfully delivers both emotions. One second I’m pinned to the edge of the seat as someone targets the protagonists, but the next I’m grinning ear to ear as the hero and heroine finally admit their feelings. Of course, two seconds later Pettrey tips the balance again and I return to biting my nails. Her entire book turns into a seesaw of emotions that keep me flipping pages desperate to know what will happen next. (Review)


6. Pepper Basham

Humor is not my strong suit. Ask me to write suspense or romance, but please don’t ask me to make a scene funny. It will fall flat on its face. Basham’s unique sense of humor shines through her stories. Not a single page goes by where I don’t laugh at least once. I’m hoping that, if I could hang out with her, maybe a bit of that humor would rub off on me. (Review)


7. Liz Johnson

Though a new-to-me author last year, Johnson penned one of my favorite 2016/7 series the Prince Edward Island Dreams. I’d treasure the opportunity to quiz her on all things romance and exotic locations. (Review)


8. Sarah Sundin

Historical fiction has never been one of my go-to genres. Yet ever since I read With Every Letter, not only am I first in line to read every new Sundin novel, they have consistently been favorites. I don’t just like her stories, I LOVE them. I’m curious how she does that so I can hopefully accomplish the same with my own writing. (Review)


9. Jane Austen

From here on out, I’ve listed authors I won’t be meeting in this lifetime. However, how could I not include my all-time favorite author — the one who gave me Pride and Prejudice, Persuasion, Emma…and some of the most swoon-worthy heroes in all of history.


10. Elizabeth Gaskell

John Thornton. Enough said!






11. L. M. Montgomery

I tried to stop at 10. I really did! But I couldn’t close this list without mentioning Lucy Maud. After all, she’s the mastermind behind my first book crush — Gilbert Blythe.


What authors do you dream of meeting?


Top Ten Tuesday: Books To Read If Your Book Club Likes…

Does your book club not know what to read next? No problem! This week’s Top Ten Tuesday will fix that dilemma. For the sake of time and space, I have stuck to my favorite novel(s) by each author. However, in most cases (unless specified in the header), you can pick up any of their books and/or series and they will fit the bill.


(1) Romantic Suspense: Dani Pettrey

dani-pettrey-shatteredShattered (Alaskan Courage #2)

Something about long time friends falling in love always makes my heart pitter-patter. I can’t help it! Combine that with an exhilarating adventure and I’m a goner.


(2) Military Suspense: Ronie Kendig

ronie-kendig-talon-raptor-6Talon (A Breed Apart #2) and Raptor 6 (The Quiet Professionals #1)

D, N, A, E — whether you arrange those letters to spell Dane (Talon) or Dean (Raptor 6), you get the names of my favorite Rapid-Fire heroes.


(3) Historical Fiction: Sarah Sundin

sarah-sundin-with-every-letterWith Every Letter (Wings of the Nightingale #1)

A third culture character who writes to a service member, Mellie introduced me to Sarah Sundin’s books. While I’ve enjoyed them all so far, Mellie’s story remains my top pick.


(4) Mysteries: Mary Higgins Clark

mary-higgins-clarkAll Around the Town and A Cry in the Night

Mary Higgins Clark has been my favorite mystery author since high school. I especially like her earlier work, the two listed above top the list.


(5) Thrillers: Lisa Gardner

lisa-gardner-carsh-burn-fear-nothingCrash & Burn and Fear Nothing

Lisa Gardner’s books come by the thriller title honestly. At times, I wish they were a little — or lot — less “thrillery.” Yet Gardner creates such complex characters and mind-twisting plots, I can’t help but keep coming back, making these the most intense novels I’ll read.

(Warning: They contain strong language and mature content.)


(6) Legal Thrillers: Randy Singer

randy-singer-dead-lawyersDead Lawyers Tell No Tales

Think John Grisham with a thread of faith.


(7) Travel and Romance: Carla Laureano and Liz Johnson

carla-laureano-liz-johnsonFive Days in Skye (The MacDonald Family Trilogy #1)


The Red Door Inn (Prince Edward Island Dreams #1)

Until I can afford to visit Scotland and PEI (Prince Edward Island) in person, these books are my first-class tickets there.


(8) Retellings: Pepper Basham‘s A Twist of Faith (Mitchell’s Crossroads #1)


A modern-day retelling of My Fair Lady — only better!


(9) Agatha Christie: Eric Keith‘s Nine Man’s Murder


I like a mystery that keeps me guessing until the end.


(10) Nicholas Sparks: Kevin Alan Milne

kevin-alan-milne-misfortune-goodSweet Misfortune and The One Good Thing

While I am personally not a huge fan of Nicholas Sparks (he has more misses than hits in my book), I do see some similarities in style with Kevin Alan Milne’s novels. The difference being, I’ve greatly enjoyed the Milne stories I have read.

What about you? What books/authors would you recommend to book clubs that like any of the categories listed above or genres that didn’t make this list?







Anchor in the Storm (Waves of Freedom #2) by Sarah Sundin

anchor-in-the-storm-sarah-sundinGenre: Historical Fiction, Romance
Publisher: Revell
Publication Date: May 3, 2016

All her life, Lillian has fought prejudices — as a woman and as a disabled person. However, when America joins World War II, she has the opportunity to prove herself as a pharmacist and show that her gender and disability don’t hold her back. While her new employer makes it clear he doesn’t want her around, Lillian throws herself into her work determined to become indispensable. Figuring out why large prescriptions of sedatives are coming through seems like the best place to start. If only her brother’s best friend, Archer Vandeberg, would find another woman to pester with his attentions.

With his good looks and money, Arch is used to women fawning over him, but not Lillian. His charm seems lost on the fiercely independent pharmacist. The harder he tries to flirt, the more she seems to dislike him. Assigned to a destroyer that hunts German U-boats, Arch discovers his men struggle with nerves and staying awake — a potentially deadly combination during a time of war. Worried that his men could be self-medicating, Arch follows the trail only to discover the Lillian may have unwittingly landed in the middle of a dangerous plot.

Anchor in the Storm reunites readers with Lillian and Arch whom we briefly met in the first installment of the Waves of Freedom series. As always, Sarah Sundin brilliantly portrays the 1940s. Though undoubtedly hours of research go into her stories, I never feel like I’m reading pages of study or history. Rather, I’m transported to the past and experience the era and lifestyle for myself.

I loved that Lillian isn’t your typical heroine. She doesn’t fall under the “perfect,” “model-like” category often prized by society. However, her inner beauty and resilience quickly shine through and overshadow her physical disability. If only we did the same in real life and stopped judging others by what we see on the surface. I enjoyed watching Lillian and Arch’s romance develop even though Arch fumbled on more than one occasion. His mistakes only served to make him more real.

While book one in this series, Through Waters Deep, is still my favorite, Sundin spiked the tension to new heights as the climax of Anchor in the Storm unfolded. I gasped for breath as the author wrenched me back and forth between two nerve-racking events. I recommend this novel to readers who enjoy historical fiction with a taste of romance and mystery.

Review copy provided by Litfuse Publicity Group. Thanks!

**Originally posted on Radiant Lit.