Review || Through Waters Deep by Sarah Sundin

Through Waters Deep
by Sarah Sundin
Series: Waves of Freedom (#1)
Release date: August 4th 2015
Publisher: Fleming H. Revell Company
Genres: Historical fiction, romance
Age category: N/A
Source: Revell Reads
It is 1941 and America teeters on the brink of war. Outgoing naval officer Ensign Jim Avery escorts British convoys across the North Atlantic in a brand-new destroyer, the USS Atwood. Back on shore, Boston Navy Yard secretary Mary Stirling does her work quietly and efficiently, happy to be out of the limelight. Yet, despite her reserved nature, she never could back down from a challenge. When evidence of sabotage on the Atwood is found, 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.
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My thoughts and whatnot:

My rating: ★★★

I received a paperback copy of this, which I didn't expect, so thank you so much Revell Reads!

Historical fiction is a favorite genre of mine. I've been obsessing over history facts so to say that I'm excited for this book was a grave understatement. And I'm not disappointed. In fact, I was surprised at my reaction for this book. I didn't expect to like it so much. Plus, a World War II romance? Romance?! Now, that's a surprisingly great combination.

This is my first SS novel and I'm very pleased with her writing style. Not entirely unique but she has a touch of her own in every pages. This book was written in two point of views, Ensign Jim Avery's and secretary Mary Stirling's. It leads to mystery, adventure and, of course, romance.

Jim and Mary were very easy to like. I mean, Jim was such a sweetie, despite his un-"suave" moves, and Mary was a dear, despite of her, frankly comical, issues. Together, both of them are a very great couple! I love the added element of mystery and adventure to their relationship. Nothing better than a navy officer and a secretary playing Sherlock Holmes and Nancy Drew. But this book was a great example of  "Simple complication, miscommunication leads to fall out." Jim and Mary did not have an easy road to travel, with their loops in loops of second thinking. It has me frustrated when they just don't want to admit things and kept on guessing the other's feelings.

Overall, I enjoyed reading this book so much! This is one of the books that I didn't know I would like so much but this one reserved a spot in my favorite-book-evah-shelf. I have a feeling that I would also love the next book because Arch was a supporting character that I enjoyed reading. Now, I'll just have to wait until 2016.

Did I like the ending? Yes! I loved it, even.
Is it a page turner? Uh-uh. This book is definitely a page turner! The story was very exciting and gripping you'll want to finish the whole before putting it down.
Would I re-read it again? Yes.

About the author:
Sarah Sundin enjoys writing about the drama and romance of the World War II era. She is the author of the upcoming Waves of Freedom series (Through Waters Deep, coming August 2015), the Wings of the Nightingale series (With Every Letter, 2012, On Distant Shores, 2013, and In Perfect Time, 2014), and the Wings of Glory series (A Distant Melody, A Memory Between Us, and Blue Skies Tomorrow). She also has a novella in the WWII Christmas collection Where Treetops Glisten (WaterBrook, 2014).

A mother of three, Sundin lives in northern California. She works on-call as a hospital pharmacist and teaches Sunday school and women's Bible studies. She enjoys speaking to community, church, and writers' groups.
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  1. Thank you for the wonderful review - and for taking a chance on a new author! I'm glad you enjoyed Jim & Mary's story!