Journeying through Sarah Sundin’s books is like a quaint trip back to yesteryear. Saying this may sound silly considering the novel’s WWII setting, but there’s a special kind of nostalgia.
We meet Mary Stirling, a girl with a kind heart who enjoys the shadows where no spotlight shines on her. Secretary at a Boston naval base, Mary’s work is never done. It’s in her work that she meets again with Jim Avery.
Jim knows Mary from high school, but he hasn’t seen her in years, which is why a reunion with her is the best surprise. As they work together to capture a saboteur, he comes to realize how special she is. But with men fighting a war that shadows their horizon, Jim and Mary’s friendship is soon tested…
Through Waters Deep by Sarah Sundin | Book Review
Despite a slow beginning (the story doesn’t tug me in as quickly, strange since it wastes no time in putting the characters together), this novel is absolutely charming. It takes quite a step away from Sarah’s earlier works, surprising considering the time frame is the same. This one makes us of the “cozy mystery” genre, which is different than her Nightingale trilogy.
Ever since we said goodbye, I couldn’t wait to say hello. – Sarah Sundin
Shifting to the characters, I’ll say, Mary is quite the detective. The contrast of her character is sweet; she lives one way (to do good) without attention, but then lives vicariously through a Nancy Drew fixation. I really like her fascination with puzzles, and from all I hear about her, Mary’s character reminds me of my grandmother. Not in her mystery hunting, but in all she does behind the scenes. Her desire is to honor Christ, and she seeks no reward. Not to disregard Jim, he too is a noble, wonderful man. The shift in his reaction to Mary is wonderfully explored and it’s nice to get his perspective in the alternating POV’s.‘THROUGH WATERS DEEP’: HOW TO EXPLORE HISTORY IN A ROMANCE #Romance #HistoricalFiction #FWarchives Click To Tweet
Much as I like the mystery angle, I think the concept trips over the many characters that pop into the prose as suspects. When reading, I do find it a challenge to keep track of who’s-who and who is or isn’t a legit suspect as the names continue to pile up. But that’s beside the point, and doesn’t hinder this delight of a novel. Comparisons by readers describe this as a Nancy Drew mystery, only this time, it’s set on the eve of WWII. From its brilliant historical facts that weave into the story to the charming potential romance we adore, this isn’t a novel historical fiction aficionados should miss.
Bold and soft, this is a “good time” kind of read; plus there’s lots of period cues avid historians will appreciate. Pick up Through Waters Deep and prepare to experience a scary, yet charming time in history where every moment counts. If this book reminds us of anything, it’s this message. You’ll swoon over dashing naval officers (plus some romantic “aww” gestures), and the subtle sass its heroine learns to embrace. All of this adds up to one thing. Through Waters Deep should be your “must read” list!
About the Book:
Author: Sarah Sundin
Publisher: Revell Books
Source: Publisher Provided
Publication Date: 2015
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Series: Waves of Freedom, 1
Genre: Fiction; Historical, Inspirational
Sincere thanks to the publisher for providing a complimentary copy of this book for review; all opinions are my own.