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When Tides Turn

When Tides Turn

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by Sarah Sundin

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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.


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?

With precision and pizazz, fan favorite Sarah Sundin carries readers through the rough waters of love in a time when every action might have unforeseen world-changing consequences.

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Publishers Weekly
Sundin (Through Waters Deep) wraps up the Waves of Freedom WWII-era trilogy with an intriguing variant on the men-at-war story: in this novel, women play significant military roles. Beautiful Quintessa “Tess” Beaumont joins the Women’s Naval Reserve, known as WAVES, with the intention of being known as more than a pretty face. She also wants to navigate her turbulent feelings for Navy Lt. Dan Avery, whose siblings have featured in the other two novels in the trilogy. Although he’s married to the navy, Dan keeps running into Tess thanks to their shared network of friends and relatives. Romantic tension between Dan and Tess mainly drives the action, but threads of espionage involving a circle of Tess’s French friends braid the plot. Sundin has done her usual historical homework, with plenty of references to real people and events of the time, but not everything holds together narratively. A historical fire from 1942 does nothing to fill out the story; a crucial overheard conversation is a weak device. Sundin is an experienced novelist, but this offering uses a few too many tired WWII tropes to succeed. Agent: Rachel Kent, Books & Such Literary Management. (Mar.)

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Waves of Freedom Series , #3
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When Tides Turn

By Sarah Sundin

Baker Publishing Group

Copyright © 2017 Sarah Sundin
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ISBN: 978-0-8007-2855-7


Boston, Massachusetts Thursday, July 30, 1942

A touch of kindness and enthusiasm could transform a person's spirit, and Quintessa Beaumont delighted in participating in the process.

"This is lovely on you, Mrs. Finnegan." Quintessa lined a box with tissue paper on the counter at Filene's.

Her customer giggled and tucked a gray curl behind her ear. "Listen to me. I sound like a schoolgirl. All because of a blouse."

"Not just any blouse. The perfect blouse for you." Quintessa laid the floral fabric in neat folds in the box. At first, Mrs. Finnegan had struck her as drab and tired and dowdy. Shame on her for thinking that way — so shallow. But as Quintessa had assisted the older lady in her search, she'd sensed a sweet dreaminess. Mrs. Finnegan deserved a blouse that reflected who she was inside, something to make her happy and confident. Quintessa had found it.

She settled the lid on the box and handed it to Mrs. Finnegan. "Thank you for your purchase. It was a pleasure meeting you."

"The pleasure was mine. You certainly have a gift, Miss Beaumont." Mrs. Finnegan strolled down the aisle with a new bounce in her step.

Quintessa returned to the sales floor and straightened racks of summer blouses, which needed to be sold to make room for autumn merchandise.

Filene's fifth floor boasted fashionable women's apparel, designed to meet the War Production Board's standards to limit use of fabric. For the past ten months, Quintessa had rotated among Filene's various shops, learning the business and the wares. When her year in training was complete, she could finally put her business degree to use in the offices.

A few ladies browsed the racks. With so many women working now due to the war, business was slow on weekday mornings.

A figure in white caught her eye — a naval officer with a familiar determined gait. Quintessa's heart lurched. Dan Avery? What was her roommate's oldest brother doing here?

She smoothed her blonde curls but stopped herself. Why bother? The man was already married — to the United States Navy.

Although his stride didn't waver, he gazed from side to side like a lost child, frowning and squinting. Then he spotted Quintessa, and the frown and squint disappeared.

He was looking for her. Another lurch, with a tingle this time, but Quintessa shoved it aside. She tilted her head. "Lieutenant Daniel Avery. Whatever brings you to Filene's better blouses?"

"My mom's birthday." Dan rubbed the back of his neck and eyed the clothing racks as if they were a fleet of enemy vessels. "I tried to bribe Lillian to do my shopping for me, but she refused. Some sister. Told me you'd help me find something."

Quintessa loved her roommate's forthright nature. "Does the bribe apply to me too?" He didn't smile. He rarely did, and she didn't think she'd ever heard him laugh, but his dark eyes twinkled. A nononsense man, but not humorless. "I imagine Filene's disapproves of employees taking bribes."

"I'll settle for the commission." Shifting her thoughts to her former Sunday school teacher, Quintessa contemplated the summer blouses. "Let's see. Your mother is about Lillian's size and coloring."

"Plumper and grayer."

No wonder the man was still a bachelor. "We would never say that here at Filene's. She's more mature."

"I'd hope so. Raising the seven of us, she's earned her gray." Quintessa smiled and flipped through the blouses. Mrs. Avery handled the business end of her husband's boatyard, and she was neither frilly nor frumpy.

"How about this?" Quintessa held up a tailored cream blouse with a brown yoke and short brown sleeves. An embroidered green vine with delicate yellow flowers softened the border between cream and brown.

"I'll take it."

"Let's see what else we have."

"Why?" Dan gestured to the blouse. "Is it her size?"


"Do you think she'll like it?"

"Well, yes, but —"

"I'll take it."

The man certainly knew his mind. One of many things she found attractive about him. "All right then."

Quintessa took the blouse to the cash register and rang up the purchase. "How are things at the Anti-Submarine Warfare Unit?"

One dark eyebrow lifted, and he pulled out his wallet.

"We're making progress, but personally, I want to get back out to sea."

"That's where the excitement is."

"And the real work. We finally have convoys along the East Coast, and we've pretty much driven the U-boats away. But they're back to their old hunting grounds in the North Atlantic, and they're wreaking havoc in the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico. The battle's constantly changing, and we have to stay on top of it."

Quintessa focused on making change. Concentration was always difficult when Dan Avery spoke about the war or ships or the Navy. Passion lit the strong lines of his face and animated his firm mouth. If only he'd remove his white officer's cap and run his hand through his wavy black hair. The wildness of it.

She puffed out a breath. "Here's your change. Let me wrap that for you."

"Very well." He slipped the coins in the pocket of his white trousers and glanced at his wristwatch.

Quintessa gritted her teeth as she pleated the tissue paper inside the box. What was wrong with her? She'd always been drawn to men who showered her with starry-eyed adoration. Now she was drawn to a man who looked right through her as if she had nothing of substance to stop his gaze.

Shame shriveled up her insides. How could she blame him? He had to know she'd come to Boston to throw herself at his younger brother, Jim — who turned out to be in love with her best friend, Mary Stirling. Dan had also been in Boston when Quintessa was dating Clifford White — who turned out to be married. Surely Dan saw her as a silly, selfish woman with poor judgment.

He'd be right.

She worked up a smile and presented him with the wrapped package. "Here you go. Thank you for your purchase."

"Thank you for your help. Mom will love it." He tipped his cap to her and strode away.

Just as well. She needed to set her head on straight before she started another romance. The past year had turned her topsy-turvy.

Miss Doyle arrived to relieve Quintessa for her lunch break, but Quintessa headed up to the offices on the seventh floor instead. Her former boss, Mr. Garrett, had retired last week, and she'd only briefly met his replacement, Mr. Young.

First she slipped into the restroom, powdered her nose, freshened her lipstick, and straightened her chic golden-brown suit jacket. She smiled at her reflection. Feminine, but smart and professional. Perfect for this meeting.

The business offices buzzed with a tantalizing sense of purpose. Mr. Young's office door stood open, and she lightly rapped on the doorjamb.

Her boss raised his salt-and-pepper head, grinned at her, and stood to shake her hand. "Miss Beaumont, isn't it? Yes, yes. I don't have the final sales figures for July, but you're in line to be one of the top salesgirls again. A true asset to Filene's."

An excellent start. "Thank you, Mr. Young."

He crossed his arms over his charcoal gray suit. "What can I do for you?"

"I wanted to speak with you about the next step in my training program."

"Training?" He narrowed one eye. "You're the last person who needs sales training."

A sick feeling settled in her belly. Hadn't Mr. Garrett told Mr. Young why she was here? "Mr. Garrett hired me to work here in the business offices, but —"

"You're a secretary?"

Quintessa maintained her professional smile. "No, sir. I have a bachelor's degree in business. Mr. Garrett wanted to give me a year of sales experience before starting here. He felt it was important for his assistant —"

"Assistant?" Mr. Young winced as if he had a toothache. "That might have been Mr. Garrett's plan, but I just hired a man. These offices are no place for a young lady."

"Unless she's a secretary."

"I'm glad you understand." His face brightened. "Besides, you're excellent at sales. Why would we waste your talents on boring old numbers and paperwork? And why would we hide that pretty face behind office doors?"

A pretty face. That's all she was.

"Now, off you go." Mr. Young guided her out his office door. "That's a good girl. Go make Filene's proud."

Quintessa trudged down the hallway. She'd come to Boston for nothing. She'd worked for her degree for nothing. Lord, what's the reason for all this? What do you want me to do?

Patriotic posters by the elevator reminded employees to put part of their paychecks into war bonds. The nation was at war, and everyone was working together. Her roommates Mary Stirling and Yvette Lafontaine worked at the Boston Navy Yard, where American warships were built and repaired. Her other roommate, Lillian Avery, worked as a pharmacist, freeing men to fight.

But Quintessa Beaumont was only good for selling blouses.

* * *

After a day like today, Quintessa needed this. She opened the door to Robillard's Bakery and inhaled the scents of bread and pastry and hospitality.

"Bonsoir, ma petite Quintessa." Madame Celeste Robillard raised a plump hand in greeting.

"Bonsoir, Madame Robillard."

"I will be with you in a minute," the bakery owner said in French, Quintessa's father's native tongue.

"Merci." Her French roommate, Yvette, had introduced her to Robillard's, a gathering place for Boston's French expatriates and refugees.

With sugar on ration, Robillard's carried fewer pastries and more breads, but today a row of éclairs called from the glass display case. Why not? If she were fat, Mr. Young might want to hide her in the business offices.

Maybe she'd buy two éclairs. Or three.

Guilt zinged through her. No, she'd buy four, one for each roommate. How could she forget her friends? After all, she planned to indulge in their sympathy this evening. Didn't they deserve compensation in pastry form?

"Oh, ma petite. You are sad." Madame Robillard's brown eyes crinkled.

Quintessa waved her hand in airy dismissal. "Nothing an éclair can't fix."

"Oui." Madame Robillard opened a pink pasteboard box.

"Four, si'l vous plait."

"You are so kind. Such a good friend."

That's what everyone thought.

Madame Robillard stopped and studied Quintessa. Wiry curls in brown and gray framed her face, escapees from the loose bun at the nape of her neck.

Quintessa propped up her smile.

"Come, come." Madame Robillard abandoned the éclairs, shoved open the half-door in the counter, grabbed Quintessa's arm, and guided her to the back wall. "Paris is the cure for sadness."

Quintessa had to smile at the Philippe Beaumont lithograph of the Pont Neuf, from Papa's youth in Paris, before he'd come to America in 1910 and had fallen in love with Mama. His early work sparkled with color and light, influenced by the Postimpressionists.

Madame Robillard squeezed Quintessa's arm. "You are sad because of Yvette, non?"

"Yvette?" Quintessa blinked at the tiny woman. "Why? Is something wrong?"

"Have you not noticed? She is not herself. At our meetings, what she says is tuned down."

"Toned down?"

"Oui. I am glad she is not so hotheaded, but I worry. It is not like her."

Quintessa had never attended one of the meetings with Yvette's French friends, but Yvette was always one to speak her mind. "Maybe she's preoccupied with Henri."

"Henri Dubois? Non." Madame Robillard fluttered her hand in front of her chest. "They are like brother and sister."

"Not anymore. Last week she told me they've fallen in love."

"Non, it cannot be. A woman in love is happy, not suspicious, always looking over her shoulder. Yvette is jumpy. Like a little flea."

Come to think of it, last night while cooking dinner, Yvette had jumped when the egg timer dinged. Quintessa patted Madame Robillard's hand. "I'm sure she's fine. Aren't we all blessed to have another mother watching over us?"

"You are too kind." The baker pressed her hand to her chest. "You young people are far from home with no one to look after you. And here I am, far from my Paris and my sons and my grandchildren. We must be family for each other. And now I must get to work."

Quintessa followed her back to the counter. An evening newspaper lay in an untidy mess on an empty table, so Quintessa picked it up.

The headlines made her shudder. Eight German saboteurs had landed in the US by U-boat in June and were under trial for their lives, with the verdict expected any day. And the Nazi army was advancing in the Soviet Union, unstoppable.

Awful, awful. She folded the paper to hide the madness.

"Navy making WAVES." She stood still and read the article. That morning, President Franklin Roosevelt had signed a bill establishing Women Accepted for Voluntary Emergency Service, the women's branch of the US Naval Reserve.

Back in May, the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps had been formed, and magazines showcased young ladies in olive drab uniforms. Now young ladies would parade in navy blue.

Purposeful women contributing to the war effort, selflessly serving the nation.

"Ma petite? Are you all right?"

"Yes." Quintessa's vision cleared. "I know what I'm going to do."


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Meet the Author

Sarah Sundin is the author of Through Waters Deep and Anchor in the Storm, as well as Wings of the Nightingale and the Wings of Glory series. A graduate of UC San Francisco School of Pharmacy, she works on-call as a hospital pharmacist. During WWII, her grandfather served as a pharmacist's mate (medic) in the Navy and her great-uncle flew with the US Eighth Air Force. Sarah lives in California. Visit www.sarahsundin.com for more information.

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When Tides Turn 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
MeezCarrie 1 days ago
I have so enjoyed this series by Sarah Sundin and, while I’m sad to see it end, When Tides Turn is a great sendoff. The history incorporated seamlessly into the story continues to intrigue me. And the romance… I have to admit, from the past two books, Tess has not been my favorite character. But she completely redeems herself in When Tides Turn. I love the color she adds to Dan’s life, and the way she upends his best efforts to maintain a cordial distance. Dan’s journey through the novel – as well as Tess’ – makes the romance all the sweeter and the kisses all the more passionate. Bottom Line: When Tides Turn by Sarah Sundin is a must-read for fans of historical mysteries, WW2 buffs, and anyone who enjoys a great romance! If you’ve been reading the series since the beginning, you will appreciate the time spent with beloved characters, getting to see a bit more of how their own stories play out. (If you are new to the series, this can be read as a standalone too.) History and mystery collide intriguingly, framing the romance and the faith elements perfectly. I’m sad to see this series end but I’m looking forward to the next one from Sundin! (I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.)
VJoyPalmer 2 days ago
When the tides of your heart turn, where will they take you? Lt. Dan Avery desperately wants to further his Naval career. He's determined to stay the course - no matter what. But God has different plans. (Doesn't He always? LOL!) Dan has to learn to allow color, rest, and the distractions God wants for him. Tess Beaumont decides she wants more out of life. She wants purpose and meaning, not beauty. Watching them overcome their struggles and personal lies, seeing them clash, reconciling, and falling in love proved to be rather enjoyable. Plus, there's a little mystery thrown in for good measure! The author put a ton - and I mean a ton - of historic detail into this book! It left me quite impressed! The story closely follows with what was happening in World War 2. This blast from the past and seeing how life worked during the war was interesting and informative. Please note that while you can read this book without reading the rest of the series, I think you'll find the story more enjoyable if you read the first two books, Through Waters Deep and Anchor in the Storm respectively. 3.5 Stars - an enjoyable story. When Tides Turn is the third and final book in Sarah Sundin's Waves of Freedom Series. If you're a fan of Sarah's novels and/or have read the first two books in the series, then you will really want to read this lovely conclusion to her latest series! I received a copy of When Tides Turn by Sarah Sundin from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group. All opinions expressed are my own.
BrittanyMc 3 days ago
I have enjoyed the entire Waves of Freedom series, and When Tides Turn is an excellent addition to it. If you have not read the series, I believe you can still enjoy When Tides Turn. However, I really liked catching up with the previous couples from books one and two in this story and seeing what was going on in their lives. Tess was definitely not a favorite of mine when she appeared in the previous books, but I couldn’t help but love her in this novel! When Tides Turn is packed with interesting details about U Boats, Radar, the WAVES program, and life at sea during wartime. I loved it all! When Tides Turn had action, danger, suspense, and such a wonderful budding romance between Dan and Tess. These two characters seemed like opposites, yet truly were perfect for each other. Their story is one you don’t want to miss! I loved this book from start to finish. I received a complimentary copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
NatalieRae 3 days ago
In the final conclusion to the Waves of Freedom Series, Ms. Sundin offers another historical romance mystery that I think I said this before when I reviewed Anchor in the Storm that I love this era. The patriotism. The pride. The honor. It's also the era that my grandparents lived and this story brought my familial history alive. The Navy WAVES (Women Accepted for Voluntary Emergency Services) offered women a chance to serve their country and my grandmother was one of those women!! So reading this story made me feel a little like I was reading her story and so it was hard for me not to love it immediately. Ms. Sundin does an incredible job offering characters with depth and personality it's impossible not to believe they don't actually exist. I loved the way Tess and Dan were flawed and the authentic way in which their character develops over the course of the story. There were times when emotional outbursts seemed implausible but what I appreciated is the way those outbursts were remedied through the dialogue of another character-thus bringing honest introspection giving the reactions validity. I loved the relationship the cast of characters bring to the story. Aside from the brilliant main characters there are several secondary characters who are charming and complex enough to have their own story one day. And I hope they do! Ms. Sundin delivers information about a season our country faced with honor, integrity, and due-diligence. I love her ability to enlighten me with new information and she doesn't disappoint whether it's with the water battles taking place on the Atlantic or the secretive mystery involving a resistance group. Ms. Sundin does a brilliant job making history come alive. And ohhhh, the love. The romance in this story is one for the ages. Ms. Sundin took Dan and Tess's story and brought the kind of swoon-worthy love that you know will last a lifetime (even fictionally). Emotionally raw and authentic to the very end-it made my heart very happy. If you're a fan of Sarah Sundin's historic novels then you will LOVE this one too. While this story is the end of a series it can be read individually-though I highly recommend reading the entire series because they're beautiful, and worthy of your time. ***I received a copy of When Tides Turn from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
ReginaFujitani 3 days ago
When Tides Turn I loved When Tides Turn! It reminded me of the movie An Officer and a Gentleman. This story was full of faith, drama, action and intrigue. This story is full of history. Quintessa – Tess is what people would call a knock-out, she wants people to see her for who she is, not a pretty face. Tess is full of life and joy. She is someone I would have loved to be around! Dan is a typical man, he is focused on one thing… his career. But he senses God is leading him on a different path. Dan and Tess must learn to trust each other, but more importantly they need to learn to trust and lean on God for strength. This entire series was wonderful and exciting. I was sad to see another series end. Hopefully Sarah will bring these characters back to life in another book (hint, hint). Disclosure statement: I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including Netgalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.
Lane_Hill_House 7 days ago
Saturday, March 18, 2017 When Tides Turn by Sarah Sundin, © 2017 Waves of Freedom series, Book 3 Even if you take side trips or spin around or veer off the path, the compass stays true. You can always find your way. --When Tides Turn, 195. July 30, 1942 - August 28, 1943 A change in lives, unimaginable what one year would bring. Tess Beaumont enlists in the newly formed WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service) yet finds she must go through an arduous interview system before being selected or rejected. Wanting to be seen as useful and not projected as another pretty face, Tess wants to merit service to her country. Substance. Purposeful. Lieutenant Dan Avery and Tess find they are assigned to the same Boston location. Dan is the older brother of Tess' roommate, Lillian. Tess previously was interested in their brother Jim, so she is unsure how Dan views her. She will definitely make sure he knows she is not a flirt! Appreciation was far better than adoration, a heady feeling. --Ibid., 243. Dan has long felt as the appointed care for his siblings, demanding lookout and no frill off duty activities. It has carried over into his adult life and mission to be knowledgeable in the latest antisubmarine warfare research. So good, that his commander wants to retain him in the study while Dan wants to put the information to use aboard the carriers at sea. I liked how Tess and Dan communicated through drawings ~ his straight drafted lines and her added flair in color. Could this transfer over to their lives? There is deep historical research from war diaries and recounting of actual happenings. Infiltration of information is guarded and known to be leaked to the opposition from someone within their gatherings. It sets doubts in whom to trust and speak around in their normal daily activities, on the job or socially. This is the second series I have read by this author and find them to be very thorough and informative of earlier days in our country and allies during World War II. The novels in Waves of Freedom may be read as stand-alones but you will want to become acquainted with the Avery family and their friends. This third novel continues on the following day of book two. ***Thank you to author Sarah Sundin for requesting her novel be sent to me from the publisher. This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.***
BookwormMama2014 9 days ago
Every book in this series has been spectacular! Full of intrigue and drama, faith and freedom, handsome officers and daring heroines, and not to mention bursting with history! I have learned so much about the war of the Atlantic during World War II through these books. Not only does Sarah include REAL events and REAL people in these books, it inspires me to do research of my own. To delve into the facts and history that inspired these stories. As the Waves of Freedom series comes to a close, Tess and Dan completely steal the show with their strained relationship and beautiful, er, practical? romance. Tess is full of life, color, and longs to be seen for who she is beneath the pretty face. Dan, has a one track mind focused on his career...That is, until his heart cries out for something more. Both Tess and Dan must learn to trust God to guide their paths, to find who they are in Him, individually. Once they surrender to God's plan, it is amazing to watch the events unfold. While the books in this series can stand alone, you will want to begin with book one to enjoy and appreciate the full effect of the storyline. Plus, they are simply amazing books. All three have made it on my top reads list! Get ready for one last amazing ride in the Waves of Freedom Series. And do not despair...For Sarah has a new WWII series she is working on titled, Sunrise at Normandy. The first book, The Sea Before us will be released Spring 2018. I received a complimentary copy of When Tides Turn from Revell. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.
bnwdance 10 days ago
Sarah Sundin is a delightful author. Not only does she write romance and suspense expertly but she has so much history and details in her story. In reading the series of Waves of Freedom (this is the third book) I have learned and understood more about that time than I had before. Tess is a character that has grown through this series and I was a delight to really get to know her character more in depth. Tess wants to prove her worth and this book shows how we each have things we want others to see. Dan Avery is another character we can really get to know. His outer toughness is something we get to see below. Both Tess and Dan are striving for things but have to continually lay down their plans at God's feet and let Him lead. I highly recommend this series to anyone. I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
MelissaF 11 days ago
I have read every book in this series and really enjoyed them so I was very excited to read this newest release. Tessa is trying to create a sort of new identity. She’s tired of being the pretty girl. I appreciate that she is so much more. She truly is a kind person to everyone. I really enjoyed her story-line and couldn’t wait to get back to her. I will say I found Dan’s story-line a little less exciting. Maybe it was all the U-boat terms but I found myself having trouble paying attention when I was in his point of view. But even with that it was a great story, with romance and mystery, it just wasn’t my favorite of Sarah’s books. A copy of this book was given to me. All opinions are my own.
MaureenST 12 days ago
We are back with the Avery family, and how I love being with them and catching up with all of their lives. With this book we are right in the heart of battle in WWII, and watching the war turn before our very eyes. This is also Tess’s story and what a heroine she is, but as tough as she is, she is still quite fragile, and yet she is ready to give her life for a friend. Will she be able over come her fears and open her heart to a bit of romance and love? Then there is Dan Avery and his fear of commitment after once being burned, now he wants to make the military his life, and there doesn’t seem to be any room for a wife. All the while there is drama and people who are really out for revenge, and then a major war to fight. A great factual read, and sorry that it is the end of this series. I received this book through Net Galley and Revell Publishing, and was not required to give a positive review.
Anonymous 16 days ago
The United States is fully engaged in World War II as Lieutenant Daniel Avery’s and Quintessa Beaumont’s story gets underway in the third installment of the Waves of Freedom series. Their story is driven by the strength of their character as well as their character flaws. A major theme in the book alerts readers to the danger of judging people by outward appearances and using those judgements to predict their motivations and desires. The lesson here goes far beyond the old adage of not judging a book by its cover, and touches tender places within the heart. We are reminded as well of the value of leaving vengeance to the Lord, choosing rather to take the high road, surrendering to God’s sovereignty. While all of this may make this book sound preachy; far from it, Sundin offers her readers action on land and at sea, mystery, spies, and romance. Fully entertaining, but not mindless entertainment. Daniel Avery is brother to Jim and Lillian from previous books in this series. Quintessa is best friend to Mary, the Nancy Drew of book one. Readers will enjoy encountering these and other friends and family members again. They will also appreciate Sarah Sundin’s continued portrayal of actual historic events within the context of the story. Her attention to accurate detail makes her books come alive. When Tides Turn places the reader alongside Daniel during battles at sea and celebrates the 1942 establishment and success of the WAVES (Women Accepted for Voluntary Emergency Service) as Quintessa, now known as Tess, finds a sense of purpose in serving her country. I thank the publisher for making When Tides Turn available to me in exchange for my honest opinion. I received no monetary compensation for this review.
Anonymous 16 days ago
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? This is book three in the series, and I had already read (and loved!) the first two books, but they are definitely able to be read as stand-alone books, too. Wrapping up the series, we have Tess fighting to find her identity as a 'practical' woman in the war. There is a romance, with the last brother from the same family which weaves through the entire series, but it's only part of the story. The heart of the story lies with the mystery that Tess is trying to solve. I'm not giving anything away, but it's not something that you'll be able to solve immediately either... The author has done an immense amount of research, and she skillfully weaves that into the story, bringing you both a novel and a history lesson all wrapped up in one!
WildflowerMom 17 days ago
Another exciting World War Two story by this wonderful author! This third book in the Waves of Freedom series is set mainly in Boston from mid-1942 to 1943, coupled with plenty of action in the Atlantic and beyond, as the naval battles escalated. It was easy to read as a stand alone, picking up where the other books left off, with some returning characters. Love how this author's books are so well-researched, giving just enough information to make it interesting and visualize the scenes, but never boring! She does a stellar job of putting a face on the war, making it feel personal. As the main couple's friendship grew, and they struggled with their career goals, tense work situations and other concerns, it pulled me into the story. The battle scenes and espionage were quite exciting, and the romance was fun, as they danced around each other trying to keep it light. Tess' character was a perfect foil to Dan's--the color to his black and white--a heroine in her own right, trying to be useful and putting up with a lot to achieve her own goals. His stoic life was crying out for her playful, understanding friendship, giving him a new perspective on balancing work and play especially. Loved the use of the old hymn, Jesus, Pilot Me, so perfect for their situation. It was interesting learning about the WAVES, as well as the impact of radar and sonar in bringing victory at sea. An index for the many technical terms would be a handy reference. Highly recommend to anyone interested in WW2, and especially historical romance fans! (An e-copy was provided by NetGalley and the publisher. All opinions are my own.)