Anchor in the Storm (Waves of Freedom Series #2)

Anchor in the Storm (Waves of Freedom Series #2)

by Sarah Sundin


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One Plucky Female Pharmacist + One High-Society Naval Officer = Romance—and Danger

For plucky Lillian Avery, America's entry into World War II means a chance to prove herself as a pharmacist in Boston. The challenges of her new job energize her. But society boy Ensign Archer Vandenberg's attentions only annoy—even if he is her brother's best friend.

During the darkest days of the war, Arch's destroyer hunts German U-boats in vain as the submarines sink dozens of merchant ships along the East Coast. Still shaken by battles at sea, Arch notices his men also struggle with their nerves—and with drowsiness. Could there be a link to the large prescriptions for sedatives Lillian has filled? The two work together to answer that question, but can Arch ever earn Lillian's trust and affection?

Sarah Sundin brings World War II to life, offering readers an intense experience they won't soon forget.

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ISBN-13: 9780800723439
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/03/2016
Series: Waves of Freedom Series , #2
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 451,259
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Sarah Sundin is the author of Through Waters Deep, 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 for more information.

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Anchor in the Storm (Waves of Freedom Series #2) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 44 reviews.
inkwellreviews More than 1 year ago
My review from After reading Through Waters Deep, I couldn’t wait until the next one came out. When I found out that it was going to be about Lilian, Jim’s little sister, who was in an accident years ago and now has a wooden leg, I was really anticipating it. I’ve never read a book with the main character with a disability. I was super excited. I know this sounds wired, but I’m so tired of the main female character being labeled “perfect” in societies eyes. Because Lillian doesn’t have a leg and the problems and mean comments that go with it, she was insecure and had trouble trusting other people. This made her character very relatable. The relationship between her and Arch was also realistic. It wasn’t all rainbows and sunshine between them and that is rarely the case. I love how Sarah Sundin puts history and mystery together. Notice I didn’t say suspense. This wasn’t a heart-pounding, action-packed book, rather a “something’s-fishy, let’s go investigate kind of book”. Not that it doesn’t have its moments, but it has more elements than just those. This book takes you into a time machine and drops you right into the 1940’s. It has everything; history, sweet romance, mystery and so much more. Anchor in the Storm will have you laughing, crying and hoping that the story will never end.
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MrsTina42MR More than 1 year ago
Anchor in the Storm #2 Waves of Freedom by Sarah Sundin It’s now January 1942, Boston, Massachusetts and Lillian Avery is finally going to have a chance to prove herself as a pharmacist...if only it didn’t take a war to help that along. The challenges of the new position energize her; however, she had not foreseen the mystery she is about to be caught up in or with whom. I admire Lillian—she was seriously injured in the past (both physically and emotionally) and has had to adjust her life accordingly—however, she has not let it stand in her way of her dreams. Ensign Archer “Arch” Vandenberg and his men hunt German U-boats and many suffer battle-fatigue as a result of the war. There seems to be a major problem related to that battle-fatigue and Arch is determined to find out the source and stop it. As he investigates this problem it leads him to a possible source and he ultimately enlists Lillian to assist him as he investigates further. Anchor in the Storm is an intriguing, highly suspenseful thriller filled with sabotage and mystery, twists and turns in the story-line that kept me guessing as to who is involved and how they are connected...if there is a those on land and on Arch’s ship. The story expertly takes the reader to multiple locations in Arch and Lillian’s investigation. There is sweet romance in the midst of this turmoil and the historical detail is evident in the descriptions in such a way that brings that history to life right off the pages. I especially appreciate the spiritual theme woven throughout the story-line and how it is revealed that both Lillian and Arch had to come, on their own, to realize that Jesus is the only secure Anchor in any storm….so true in their fictional situation as it is for me/us today. ~I won a copy of this book from the publisher via the JustCommonlyBlogspot (no monetary gain were exchanged), this is my honest review~
Davisc More than 1 year ago
Sarah Sundin has done it again! Anchor In the Storm is a wonderful read! This historical fiction novel is set in World War II. Lillian Avery is an intelligent, beautiful young woman who happens to be a licensed pharmacist that wears a prosthetic leg. She lands a job as a pharmacist in Boston. Lillian faces the challenges of life with full force. Ensign Archer Vandenberg seems to be one of the challenges she must face since he is so often around. He is handsome, but Lillian knows better. Arch enjoys Lillian’s company, but has no desire to get serious, after all, girls are just after his money. Arch does notice that his men on board ship struggle with their nerves and with drowsiness. Lillian has been filling some unusually large prescriptions. Could there be a connection? Should they join forces and investigate? Sundin creates genuine characters that get into interesting situations. I have enjoyed every one of her novels. Each time I think I have found a favorite, she comes out with a new one. Anchor In the Storm is Sarah Sundin’s best story yet. I am a great fan of the library, but Sarah Sundin is an author whose books I purchase as soon as they are released because I know they will be good.
CarolJo More than 1 year ago
Anchor in the Storm shows that Sarah Sundin has done an excellent job researching World War II and the Boston area. Anchor in the Storm tells what life may have been like both for men in the Navy and for the civilians. I honestly did not realize that the German U-boats were so near the coast! You will admire Lillian for accepting her loss of her leg and for being one of the early female pharmacists! The author was able to show that being wealthy can also be a handicap. I recommend this excellent book to others. I won my copy of Anchor in the Storm in a giveaway on Robin Lee Hatcher's blog.
AubyDee More than 1 year ago
In Sarah Sundin's novel Anchor in the Storm we meet Lillian Avery who is the new pharmacist at Dixon's Drugs in Boston. With her prosthetic leg she finds that working with her crabby boss proves to be more difficult than she first anticipated. Because of her handicap he doesn't think she is qualified for the job. After receiving prescriptions requesting large quantities of phenobarbital, a habit-forming sleeping drug she becomes suspicious and starts investigating. Arch Vandenberg is an officer on the Ettinger, a Navy destroyer. After having trouble with drowsy sailors he begins to investigate what's going on. He and Lillian join forces to figure out who is involved with this dangerous drug ring. The more they find out the more dangerous it becomes. Can they solve the case before anyone gets hurt? And will they be able to trust each other enough to share their darkest secrets? This is an amazing book, I loved every second of it. Anchor in the Storm has it all romance, humor, suspense, and action. It hooked me from the beginning and I ended up almost pulling an all-nighter reading, it was so great. I've never read any of Sarah Sundin's books before but after reading this one I will definitely read more. She took a real life condition and put it into a captivating story that will make you laugh and cry right along with the characters. I sincerely recommend this book. I received this book in exchange for my honest review.
LGHudson More than 1 year ago
ANOTHER MASTERFUL WWII STORY! Sundin continues to please with her masterful ability to weave romance, conflict, crime, resolution, & arrests in the midst of plot involving Navy ships & those fighting their own wars on land. Sundin is skillful in her character development. She has chosen Lillian, a pharmacist who has a prosthetic leg, as one of her two main characters. The other is Arch, a Navy officer who comes from a very wealthy family & is suffering from PTSD. She uses these two flawed characters to show the prejudices against people with those disabilities at that time. Also, to show how women pharmacists were not trusted completely. There are characters from her previous book in this series, Through Waters Deep, that are in this book, too. Together all the characters blend well and make a secure group of friends that would be needed anytime but particularly during WWII. This book has a monstrous crime and the storyline surrounding it is very well contrived and the revelation & solution of who all is involved makes for interesting reading. I was provided an ARC by NetGalley in exchange for a fair & honest review.
RobinWillson More than 1 year ago
Christian historical romance, murder and mystery, with characters you'll love. I've read a lot of series, and I've dearly loved many. But this is the first time as I read the first few paragraphs that I instantly knew/remembered each and every character in the series - they came to life once more. Sarah's writing makes the characters memorable and I've especially enjoyed these. I read a little each night before going to bed; I rarely have the time to sit and just read as long as I like anymore. I so look forward to picking the story back up each evening. It was so hard to put this down and not read it all the way through at one time. I found myself from time to time during the day wondering if Arch thought or did this or if Lillian did that. This book is perfectly named - each of the lead characters rely on God as their anchor in the storms they weather during the difficult times of WW2. Arch is a wealthy aristocrat who finds solace in a Navy career, until he's been through horrible war situations that have left him with battle fatigue. They called it 'weak nerves' back then and didn't recognize it for what it was - often ending their military career. He ends up falling for his best friend's sister. A beautiful girl who lost part of her leg when she was younger and people look down on her because of it. She went to school and became a pharmacist, then moved to Boston where her brother found her a job at a drug store. While she's working she notices something isn't quite right with the prescriptions being dispensed there. Arch notices that many of his Navy colleagues are also having symptoms of battle fatigue, and some are taking medication that is dulling their senses. They begin putting things they've noticed together, and soon they're both in great danger. Each has finally found someone who loves them for themselves, just as they are, but they're afraid to take that chance. They both have issues with trust, and push each other away as much as they're drawn to one another. As usual, Sarah has written this so well that you feel you know the characters personally. You don't have to read the previous book, but I highly recommend it as well. I'm glad that we will have Quintessa and Dan's tale next! Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Baker Publishing Group, Revell and the Netgalley book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”.
sh2rose More than 1 year ago
Anchor in the Storm is the second book in the Waves of Freedom series by Sarah Sundin. I enjoyed discovering what happened to the characters from her first book. In this one, Lillian Avery makes her mark as a female pharmacist and has a physical handicap causing some to doubt her efficiency and ability to do her job. She’s a maverick in her family and sets high standards for herself. When she meets her brother’s friend and co-officer, Archer Vandenberg, she sees a man with an ego and his nose in the air. Archer is mending his heart and psyche with no room for anyone in his life. His naval career remains important even though he is struggling with fears from a previous bombing on his ship. The two have many obstacles to overcome as they make their way through the changes the war brings. In the midst of their dilemmas, people around them are being killed mysteriously. Suspense, faith, and romance bring this novel together in a delicious way. I highly respect the research the author has done to make this novel authentic to the World War II period. In fact, Sarah Sundin has several series set in this time in history so check them out. I was captivated from the moment I started reading and hope you will put this book on your “to be read” list! I received a copy of Anchor in the Storm from NetGalley for my honest review.
VicG More than 1 year ago
Sarah Sundin in her new book, “Anchor in the Storm” Book Two in the Waves of Freedom series published by Revell takes us into the lives of Lillian Avery and Archer Vandenberg. From the back cover: In a time of sacrifice, what price can one put on true love? Nothing slows Lillian Avery down–not her personal challenges and certainly not America’s entry into World War II. She finally has a chance to prove herself as a pharmacist in Boston. The demands of her new job energize her. But society boy Ensign Archer Vandenberg’s attentions only annoy–even if he is her brother’s best friend. During the darkest days of the war, Arch’s destroyer hunts German U-boats in vain as the submarines sink dozens of merchant ships along the East Coast. Still shaken by battles at sea, Arch notices his men also struggle with their nerves–and with drowsiness. Could there be a link to the large prescriptions Lillian has been filling? As the danger rises on both land and sea, the two must work together to answer that question. But can Arch ever earn Lillian’s trust and affection? Let me state that I think this is Historical Fiction at its finest. America has entered WWII and there are U-boats off our coast. No doubt about it Sara Sundin really knows how to tell a story. Lillian is a Pharmacist and Arch is an Ensign aboard a Destroyer where the men are falling asleep. Ms. Sundin has given us an interesting, highly suspenseful thriller with sabotage and mystery there. Ms. Sundin has provided us with a wild ride that will keep you flipping pages to see what will happen next. And did I mention that this is a romance? “Anchor in the Storm” is an exciting book. Ms. Sundin has done it again and I recommend this book highly. If you missed the interview for “A Distant Melody” or “A Memory Between Us” books one and two in a previous series and would like to listen to them and/or interviews with other authors and professionals please go to where they are available On Demand. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
Deal_Sharing_Aunt More than 1 year ago
This was a fun read for me, because I have been to Boston before and it was interesting to read about it's history. Especially about nurses during World War II. It was definitely different from today in regards to medicine and injuries. The romance was sweet and I would love to see more of this couple in the next book in the Waves Of Freedom Series. I thought that how the author talked about disabilities back then, compared to how they are now, is worth mentioning. I was also glad to meet back up with characters from book one in the series. I am giving this book a 4/5. I was given a copy to review, however all opinions are my own.
BookReviewerNicole More than 1 year ago
*My Thoughts* Anchor in the Storm is the 2nd book in the Waves of Freedom Series by Sarah Sundin. One thing I can - and will say about Sarah on will EVER match my love for her WWII novels. Never, ever, ever, ever. She is that fantastic. Let me tell you what I loved. I loved the humorous attitude Arch presents even though it is just a facade for his adorably soft heart. I love Lillian's spunk and determination. I loved their friendship. I love the suspense. And the historically on point details. And every.Single.Thing.About this book! Absolutely could not put this book down from page one, to the end, and I may have read it over...twice. Seriously. Go read every single Sarah Sundin book, you won't regret it. I haven't! _______________________________________________________ *My Rating* I give Through the Shadows by Karen Barnett... 5 stars!! _______________________________________________ *I received this book from Litfuse, the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review, which I have given. All thoughts were my own and I was not compensated in any other way.
mackenzie_carol More than 1 year ago
Anchor in the Storm is the second book in Sarah Sundin’s Waves of Freedom series, coming after Though Waters Deep. Although I didn’t actually get a chance to read the first installment, I did read one of Sarah’s other novels—With Every Letter—a while back. Now that I’ve finished this book, however, I really wish I had read Through Waters Deep, because if it is as good as its sequel, I would have really enjoyed it! Maybe I’ll get around to reading it sometime soon. Anyway, I really, really loved this book. I was captivated from almost the very first page, and ended up reading almost all of the book in one day. I started it one evening and read only about 40 pages, and was already sucked in but had other things I had to do, forcing me to set it aside. That didn’t stop me for long though, as the next day I had the whole day off from work, so I read the other 300+ pages. I have to say, it was well worth packing it all into one day! To be honest, it didn’t really take me all that long to read it, but I know I’ll definitely end up reading it again someday! Lillian Avery is such a complex character! She has so much spirit, spunk, and is by far one of the strongest women I have ever encountered. At the same time, though, she continues to struggle with pain her sister has caused her from back when they were little, and she can’t seem to move past the scars men—mainly one in particular—have left her with. She is so reluctant to trust anyone with her heart, especially Archer Vandenberg, so she throws herself into winning over her boss at her new pharmacist job in Boston. My favorite thing about Lillian is her spunk, and how she can be sarcastic with just about anyone, but I also really love how her heart and mind works. When we see the true Lillian, it’s really impossible not to love her, because she has such a beautiful soul. Arch Vandenberg is nothing like Lillian’s initial perception of him, and I am so thankful for that, because I’m not sure I could love that character, but I definitely love the sweet, thoughtful, very broken Arch that is featured amid the pages of this novel. His patience with Lillian is astounding, but that is what real love is, isn’t it. They do stumble over quite a few small roadblocks in their path, and one really big one, but what love doesn’t? I just can’t help but love the two of them together, but I won’t spoil all that really happens in this novel. There are some very surprising turns that this story takes, some good, some bad, but it makes for a very interesting story that never leaves you bored, and the ending is absolute perfection, mainly because of Arch. All in all, I really enjoyed this story, so much so that I’m definitely excited for the third and final book in the series to come out. Unfortunately, it has a 2017 release date, so I’ll have to wait a while. Maybe I’ll find time to read Through Waters Deep before then. Anyway, I can’t imagine giving this book anything but all five bookshelves, and it already has a place on my all-time favorites list. I fell in love with Arch and Lillian from the very beginning, and I was so glad to read their story, though I will confess I did not want it to end. At least it had a very beautiful ending! I received a copy of this book through the Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for only my honest review. (This review is from my blog,
LannieM More than 1 year ago
I recently finished reading Anchor in the Storm by Sarah Sundin. I am such a fool for World War II era novels, and this one hit every target for me. Not only was it romantic, it was also incredibly mysterious and intriguing. The characters were very realistic, and I couldn't help rooting for their success. The plot was also very well executed--it was not too fast paced to be overwhelming nor too slow. Overall, this was a very romantic and enjoyable read. I cannot wait for the next in the series! I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my fair and honest review.
Bookworm_Debbie More than 1 year ago
Another wonderful historical romance/mystery! This book can be considered part of a “true” series in the fact that the lives of the main characters from book one continue running a natural course in this book as secondary characters. The mystery itself is a stand-alone story with no connection at all to the previous book. I loved seeing where Jim and Mary are now, a short time after the end of their story. Along with that I got to learn a lot more about Arch and his background. Add on top of that the joy of meeting Lillian Avery. She is a delightful character who has been horribly wounded both physically and emotionally in the past. Both Arch and Lillian have a difficult journey learning to trust others. Watching their struggles as they learn to rely on God as their anchor is tremendous. They are both drawn into a mystery just by the fact that they are observant of their surroundings and other people. As they work on solving it from two different directions they and others find themselves in danger. The twists in the story kept me guessing as to all the connections between people on land and on the ship that Arch is assigned to. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.
JoHuddleston More than 1 year ago
Book 2 of the Waves of Freedom didn’t disappoint. This story of Lillian and Arch was a delight to read. Sarah Sundin develops all her characters, not only the hero and heroine, so well that they remain memorable after the last page is turned. Historical detail in this book is excellent.
MeezCarrie More than 1 year ago
I adore reading Sarah Sundin’s books – the mystery is well-done, the characters are vibrant and endearing, the kisses are toe-curling, and the humor is natural and aptly timed. Anchor in the Storm fits the bill perfectly! This Waves of Freedom series especially intrigues me because it touches on what to me at least are little known facts about America’s involvement in World War 2. I L-O-V-E learning while I read fiction, and Sundin’s books always give me an entertaining story with a fascinating history lesson as a bonus! Lillian and Arch both have handicaps (physical, mental, emotional, spiritual) that they must overcome to succeed in relationships and in life. When they meet through Lillian’s brother Jim (the hero in Through Waters Deep), their chemistry is palpable. Watching their friendship slowly develop and then gradually blossom into something more lasting is full of smiles and heart-melting moments that are sure to delight any fan of romance! The mystery to be solved in Anchor in the Storm is foreshadowed by Lillian early on when she jokes with her family that she won’t solve a murder mystery like her roommate Mary (Jim’s girlfriend) – with her occupation as a pharmacist, she says, “…it’ll be a drug ring.” Yep. Got it in one. The drug ring is far reaching and I loved watching Lillian really come into her own strength (and God’s) as she worked on cracking the case But more than the history and the romance and the mystery, I most loved the spiritual theme weaving through Anchor in the Storm. Both Lillian and Arch – for their own separate reasons – had to come to the understanding that Jesus is the only secure Anchor in any storm, that His hope does not disappoint. Words that are true for their fictional situations, for the world during World War 2, for the world today, and for you and me today as well. Bottom Line: If you like a blend of history, romance, faith, and mystery, then you for sure need to add Sarah Sundin’s Waves of Freedom series to your TBR list! Anchor in the Storm is sweet and funny and poignant, and it will gently challenge you to cling to the only secure Anchor in a turbulent world. Kisses aplenty, hunky sailors, a feisty independent heroine, and the backdrop of 1940s Boston will treat you to a delightful afternoon of reading with truth to take with you. Anchor in the Storm can be read as a standalone but you’ll love Through Waters Deep too so make sure you start there! (I received a copy of this book in exchange for only my honest review.)
millstreetreader More than 1 year ago
In her latest novel ANCHOR IN THE STORM, Sarah Sundin continues her fascination with WWII, and the hardships, sacrifices, and bravery of the greatest generation. The second book in her Waves of Freedom series, ANCHOR IN THE STORM is again set in Boston, but features another member of the Avery family from Ohio. This time the story revolves around Lillian Avery, one of the few female pharmacists in the country. Smart and feisty, Lillian is ready to tackle her new job and hopes to impress Mr. Dixon, the owner of the pharmacy where she will be working. But Lillian's confidence and bravado is much stronger at work than in her private life. Self conscious of her leg prosthesis and still wounded from an abusive relationship, Lillian intends to stay far away from all men. But her brother's best friend, Ensign Archer Vandenberg is set on breaking down the beautiful Avery's defenses. Soon a common interest -- a fear that there is a drug ring selling phenobarbital to young navy crew members--- brings the two together in a secret plan to find who is writing the forged prescriptions and how the drugs get on Archie's battleship. Sundin's writing shines in many ways in this novel. First, she captures the feel of America at war --- rations, separations, women moving into jobs typically filled by men, the battle to keep our coasts free from attack. She especially excels at showing that life went on during that time; people sacrificed and made do, but they also continued to live. She also manages to blend criminal drama and romance with the right amount of suspense and tension. All that said, I was looking for a note at the end that she based the novel on real evidence of illegal drug use was apparent within the Navy protecting the Eastern seaboard. But it appears that part of the novel is purely fiction, and for me, that takes away from the book's success. I guess I prefer historical fiction heavily steeped in fact with just the slightest stroke of fiction. However, if you approach this series, not so much as historical, but instead as fiction with the backdrop of American 40's life, you will be swept away in a good story. Plus, you'll get to see that gorgeous cover every time you pick up the book! I received a copy of this title for my honest review.
BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
Anchor in the Storm is book two in the Waves of Freedom series, however, it can be enjoyed even if you have not read book one. However, it was fun to reconnect with some characters from the first book! I loved this story so much! Lillian and Arch were great characters and I loved the way Arch pursued Lillian, whether it was outright flirting or having to back off and just be friends. These two characters were definitely complex! Lillian had a lot of baggage due to her disability and the way she had been treated in a previous romantic relationship. Arch was not used to being liked or loved for the man he was, rather than for his extreme wealth. He had some very big difficulties to try to overcome and although it was rough at times, it was so extremely interesting to watch his journey. Anchor in the Storm had a great mystery running through it. Lillian and Arch both played big parts in discovering the villains and working to bring things right. The romantic tension was wonderful and I truly felt like I was back in the midst of WWII as I read. I am really looking forward to book three in the series! I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
J_Augustine More than 1 year ago
Step back into the 1940's... Once again Sarah Sundin transports readers to a time that we would love to think of as simpler but in reality was as challenging as today. I was totally immersed in the lives of Lillian and Arch feeling as if I'd been transported directly into the 1940's. Arch was not one of my favorite characters in the previous book but it really didn't take long for him to grow on me. I liked Lillian right off even though there was a time or two I wanted to shake some sense into her. A wonderful cast of characters and I hope to meet some of them again in the next book. One of my favorite things about Anchor In The Storm it is more than just a historical romance novel. There is a wonderfully chilling thread of suspense woven into it that leaves the reader questioning the motives of just about everyone. Also, Sarah Sundin's meticulous research is readily evident in the richly detailed story. I learned quite a bit in this book as well. I had no clue about the sheer number of attacks on American vessels right of our own East Coast, I also didn't know about the shortage of escort vessels for convoys. Anchor In The Storm is a wonderful story of love, forgiveness, and learning to trust. It was a great read and I sincerely look forward to the next book in the series. (I received a copy of this book from Revell in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.)
BethErin More than 1 year ago
Arch is convinced Lillian could be the woman for him but he proceeds with care when she responds to his advances with annoyance and fearful hesitancy. Nevertheless, Lillian’s encounters with suspicious prescriptions and Archer’s observations of his shipmates’ behaviors lead to them to join forces and track down an illegal drug ring. A lack of understanding and limited treatment options during WWII for what we now know as PTSD provide a likely backdrop for Sundin’s drug ring scenario. I requested the opportunity to read and review this book and a complimentary copy was provided by the publisher. The opinions expressed are my own.
Nutz2read More than 1 year ago
Anchor in the Storm is the second book in Sarah Sundin’s, Waves of Freedom series. It picks up shortly after the first book left off and follows Archer Vandenberg, Jim Avery’s best friend. I was very excited for this book, since I really loved Arch and can happily say that it did not disappoint in the least. Ms. Sundin has made a name for herself in the historical genre, with the focus on WWII and the upheaval of the times. She always does a fantastic job of capturing this era and the sense of the time. This particular series is set at the beginning of the War, when America was just joining in and it was a very uncertain time for the nation. I’ve long had a fascination with history, specifically WWII, so Sarah’s books always captivate me and this one is certainly no different. She’s also begun including mysteries in her books with this series, something I immensely enjoy! This one kept me guessing for a while, though I did figure a bit of it out before the characters did, it was still fun to contemplate “whodunit” while appreciating the rest of the story. Lillian Avery is a very unique character. She’s strong, bold, very blunt, and isn’t that sweet or soft. She has a thick barrier between herself and the world’s opinion of her and it keeps her from connecting with others. She’s also an amputee, something that isn’t mentioned much in fiction. It starts out as a touchy topic for her, but after a while she’s able to joke about it and it no longer holds her back from her dreams. I loved her resilience and determination to the right thing, no matter the cost. She has her struggles and her doubts and fears, but they don’t keep her from fighting for others. I really enjoyed getting to know Archer Vandenberg much better in this book. I vaguely recall him being something of a rogue in the first book and he’s still a flirt here. Much of his story is heavier. He struggles with PTSD, before they were able to put a label on it. They called it nerves and told soldiers to “buck up,” or else they were discharged. I loved how real Arch is, as he worked to do his job and care for his crew, all the while struggling with something he couldn’t control. He never comes across as weak or less than because of his issues, but rather they seem to make him a better man. Both he and Lillian learn to trust God and that He truly is their only anchor in the storms of life. I loved the message that is illustrated through Arch’s character. My only negative comment is that I thought the tension between Lillian and Arch, the issue that causes them to split for a time, seemed a bit ridiculous. I really enjoyed their relationship: how Arch teaches Lillian to see herself in a different light, how Lillian allows Arch to be “weak” and never faults him for his “nerves.” But that part of it seemed a bit overblown. I know the author was trying to stretch it out a bit further to allow time for the final climax of the mystery and the suspense, but I wish she’d handled it a bit differently. This is mostly just a nitpick of mine, though truth be told, it really didn’t detract from the story much at all. Overall, I really enjoyed this book and am looking forward to reading the next one! I can’t wait to find out whose story is next! I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical fiction. My thanks to the publisher for my copy of this book! This is my honest review and all opinions are my own.
ARS8 More than 1 year ago
Anchor in the Storm is Sarah Sundin’s second in her series Waves of Freedom and it was a highly anticipated read for me. In the first book of the series we meet Jim Avery and his best friend and fellow Ensign Officer Archer Vandenberg. I really liked Archer and I was looking forward to his story which pairs him up with Jim’s little sister Lillian. Lillian is such a great character and I liked her spunk and tenacity and how she strived to overcome the obstacles in her way. First off she went to school to become a pharmacist which was an unusual occupation for a woman during the 1940’s. Not only that, but due to an accident as a child, she was missing a leg and used a prosthesis. Archer on the other hand comes from a very wealthy family yet he wants nothing to do with his wealth. He wants to find a woman who will love him for who he is and not for his name or the substantial riches behind it. As he and Lillian get to know each other while investigating together on a secret case possibly dealing with a drug ring, they begin to fall for one another. However, both must overcome past disappointments and fears before learning to fully trust each other. Their story takes place during the backdrop of World War 2 and their very lives become dangerously exposed. This novel lived up to my expectations and more and I even learned about some WW2 history that I previously had not known. I very much look forward to getting to know the next Avery sibling, Dan, and his story in the third of this series. I was provided a copy for an honest review from Revell Publishing and the opinions are my own.
knowltonnest More than 1 year ago
Anchor in the Storm is book 2 in the Waves of Freedom series from award winning author Sarah Sundin. Lillian Avery is excited to start her new career as a pharmacist in Boston and to be near her brother, Jim. Lillian is caught by surprise and a bit of put off by the attention of Jim's best friend and fellow officer Archer Vandenberg who also comes from a wealthy family. Lillian's disability (one leg and a prosthesis for the other) prevents her from coming close to anyone who could hurt her. Arch longs to let go of the "rich kid" label and be a man who can care for Lillian despite her physical difference. As Arch gets back on a new ship, the USS Ettinger, after he almost drowned in the USS Atwood, he begins to have the shaking feeling in his hands from the trauma he experienced. He decides to take some prescription drugs and feels drowsy and unable to do his job. Meanwhile, Lillian is filling prescriptions for huge amounts of the same drug and is becoming suspicious. She's a bit intimidated by her boss, Mr. Dixon and decides to keep the information to herself. When Arch discovers many of the naval officers suddenly acting sleepy and becoming secretive, he begins to investigate. Both Arch and Lillian discover an underground drug ring forming among the naval officers on board his ship. They start to spend time together discussing the case and checking out leads. They become close and fall in love. But eventually a misunderstanding separates them and creates a rift between their relationship and stops their investigation together. Lillian tries to recover from the hurt and gets too involved with the drug case by herself. Arch is busy trying to sink German U-boats and trying to discover the links to the drug ring. He is broken over his split with Lillian and after a tragedy he makes a huge decision that changed his life. But will Lillian still be part of his life? Sarah's latest novel is filled with history, romance, tragedy and true love. This novel is rich in character development, intricate weaving of emotions and realistic historical war situations. Both Lillian and Arch have physical disabilities that they try to hide and emotional baggage that they eventually share with one another. The slow romance and eventual sweetness they discover in each other is conflicting to the growing tension of the war and probable drug ring forming around them. Lillian is determined, brave and smart and she fights for what's right and grieves for what's wrong. Arch is man of wealth, but doesn't want to flaunt it or live on it, but determines to make his life purposeful even in the midst of changing circumstances. But most of all he wants Lillian at his side. Do they lay aside their stubborn hearts and embrace the love they shared? Find out in Sarah Sundin's new and thrilling historical fiction, Anchor in the Storm.
Lane_Hill_House More than 1 year ago
Saturday, May 28, 2016 Anchor in the Storm by Sarah Sundin, © 2016 Waves of Freedom series, Book 2 World War II era; story: December 11, 1941-July 30, 1942 We might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us: Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast. --Hebrews 6:18-19 My Review: Lillian Avery finally sees her life take off. She has been accepted as a pharmacist in Boston! Amid war and the lack of qualified male pharmacists, she has been selected. When she arrives for her first day, her employer at Dixon's Drugs keeps her initially behind the counter because of what he sees as a detriment to his business. Her prosthesis showing beneath her dress hem. Lillian's life brightens as she is beckoned to play her elderly neighbor's piano. Soothing music floats through the sitting room as her heart heals ~ from unease, uncertainty, and her acceptance being questioned. Strains fill the air, and her heart. Away from home for the first time beyond college, her trepidation lifts as she is soothed. Mrs. Harrison's welcome has done wonders in a bleak day, as she set the sheet music before Lillian. Wisdom of a friend. Her brother Jim and his long-time friend, Archer Vandenberg, are stationed out of Boston, assigned aboard the US Navy destroyer warship, the USS Ettinger. It is helpful to have her brother nearby when they come ashore. Lillian is not too sure about any attachment with Arch, although he frequently comes along. Lillian questions the quantity of habit-forming sedatives in stock at the pharmacy, prescribed in unusual large doses at a time. Mr. Dixon isn't concerned about it. When does your job as pharmacist become detective work because of conscience? Building friendships and bonding together bring stresses beyond war. Those aboard the Ettinger are on alert for the next mission, with lives in peril. Some businesses are choosing not to follow black-out, to not lose customers, making those at sea easier targets as they patrol. Exhaustion and the need for keen awareness bring to light other difficulties. The characters are well-developed. The story progresses amid the internal setting of World War II. I enjoy reading Sarah Sundin's series. Although this is book 2, it can be read as a standalone novel without feeling like you are lost in the story. Author Sarah Sundin works on-call as a hospital pharmacist. This storyline within her profession will be first-hand for Lillian. ***Thank you to author Sarah Sundin for including me as a reviewer for her novels and providing a copy of Anchor in the Storm. This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.***