“When Tides Turn” by Sarah Sundin

“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?”

I would like to start off this review by saying I discovered something about writing styles in relation to myself when I was having a conversation with a friend the other day. She said there are three main story telling styles. Character driven stories, plot driven stories, and theme driven stories. When she told me that I was able to identify why some books really stick with me and others leave me with more of a ‘meh’ reaction. My favorites are character driven stories, a close second being plot driven stories and I have a harder time really getting into theme driven stories. Okay that’s the introduction.

Sarah Sundin is an incredibly talented author whose specialty is theme driven stories set in the World War II time period. Her research and attention to detail is truly noteworthy and for that I admire her. She does also do a great job weaving a plot and I really like her characters. So this should honestly be a 5 star book and I think as far as quality and everything it truly is. For my personal enjoyment however I’m going to bump it down to 4 stars. As I said I really liked her characters, but I never felt them. There seemed to be certain elements of emotion lacking where she told what they were feeling instead of showing it. However since I’ve now made the discovery that I described before, it doesn’t bother me as much and I’m able to give this book the kind of review I want to. If you love the WWII time period and all the naval info and details etc. with a great story line to make it flow, I think you’ll really like this book!

I also liked how she portrayed the spiritual journey of the characters, especially Dan. Such an admirable hero, not because he’s perfect but because he’s teachable and surrendered to what the Lord shows him.

So as I said, a five star book, but for my own personal enjoyment I’m bumping it down to four stars.

Disclaimer: I received this book from Revell Reads in exchange for my honest review.


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