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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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Baker Publishing Group
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Waves of Freedom Series , #3
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5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

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When Tides Turn

By Sarah Sundin

Baker Publishing Group

Copyright © 2017 Sarah Sundin
All rights reserved.
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 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
joyful334209 20 days ago
When Tides Turn is a love story wrapped up in a mystery. Tess and Dan stayed in the military, which was a major part of their lives, but THE most important thing in their lives was their FAITH. Thee most important person in their life was not the D. O. D. but the GOD - AMEN? Dan did keep telling himself he had to focus on work but when you have feelings for someone your concentration isn't on work so right ya'll? There was a mystery with Tess and Yvette and the French group. It is a great Historical story, true to it's time Tess adds life to Dan's dull life and so do the kisses but most of all so does JESUS. I cannot wait to see the next one from Ms. Sundin because this book was amazing. I received the book from Revell to read. All the opinions are my own.
EmilyAnneK17 30 days ago
Intriguing Historical Romance When Tess Beaumont learns that the career goal she has been working toward for the last ten months is fruitless, she decides to change her course and make a difference in WWII by joining the new women’s program in the Navy called the WAVES. She hopes the distance and the rules against marrying a fellow Naval officer will help her forget her attraction to Lt. Dan Avery, but her hopes are in vain when he is ordered to become her commanding officer. However, Dan might be just what Tess needs to help solve the mystery of a potential spy that she has stumbled upon. When Tides Turn is an intriguing historical fiction. It weaved in elements of both sweet romance and mystery and couples them with rich historical detail. Sparks flew between the two main characters from the very beginning, though they were understandably clueless to the other’s affection. The ability to hide their emotions is part of what makes them both great Naval officers. The rule against officers in the same military branch also complicated their relationship, but the problem was overcome by the end of the novel. The mystery was intriguing and kept me guessing the entire time, although, I confess, I never was very good at solving mysteries in novels. The historical detail was fascinating. Since the main characters were military officers, they were occasionally placed in the middle of WWII battles. Living those experiences through the eyes of the characters was thrilling, and the book rarely branched into confusing military or seafaring jargon. The growth of the characters as individuals and as Christians was obvious and natural and contributed beautifully to the plot and the romance. I recommend When Tides Turn By Sarah Sundin to fans of WWII fiction, mystery, and romance. I hope you enjoy this novel as much as I did. I received a complimentary copy of this novel from Revell Reads, via NetGalley. All opinions are expressly my own.
lolly-pops 3 months ago
Oh, my word. Ms. Sundin's books just get better and better and better. I absolutely one hundred percent fell madly in love with Dan and Tess. WHEN TIDES TURNED held me spellbound all the way through from start to finish and it was so hard to put it down to do what I had to d0. Dan is a bit of a stick in the mud. Steadfast. Solid. Dependable. Set on the course and no deviation. And then there is Tess. A beautiful golden girl who totally captivated Dan, and even though he fought it he couldn't resist her. Add a touch of mystery, intrigue of sabotage of the war efforts, and false accusations against Dan from a former rival in another book, and I had to keep reading to see what would happen, although I knew there would be a HEA. There has to be. But getting there was the fun. I cannot wait for Ms. Sundin's new series, releasing in Spring 2018. I can't believe I have to wait a whole year! If you like historical romance, WWII fiction, military fiction, or even espionage, don't miss WHEN TIDES TURN. A fantastic read. "I was provided a free copy of this book. All opinions are my own."
VJones 4 months ago
The amount of research that Sarah Sundin put into this book is amazing. When Tides Turn is very detailed with a lot of naval and Historical facts. I learned a lot about World War II that I had not previously known. It was especially interesting the information she provided about the role WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service) played in World War II. It was a great reminder how far women have come when the main character Kate had to deal with the discrimination and false assumptions made about her because she was a woman. And this came from not only men but also women. In fact, I loved the change in Kate as she realized her own potential outside of the parameters previously set for her. Romance was also a part of When Tides Turn. However, it was a good balance. I am not a big romance fan and I loved the character development that first happened in the plot. When Tides turned had several twists and turns. It started out a little slow for me and contained more naval submarine detail than I could comprehend. So it really didn’t hold my interest. And while that isn’t my preference, I am sure that will make this a favorite of others. It is obvious that a lot of time and effort was taken to write When Tides Turn. The amount of effort with the details will cause me to check more books from this author. I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.
CaraPutman 5 months ago
When Tides Turn is the culmination of my favorite series of Sarah's. It has mystery, romance, a tiny touch of suspense, and a cast that just won't let me go. There's realism of the war and what it was like on the homefront. There's so much in the book that makes it feel like a smorgasborg of perfection. All my favorite elements are included and I closed the book with such a happy sigh. Sarah is one of those writers who truly gets better with each book. If you love World War II, historicals, and a little bit of Nancy Drew, this book is perfection. Read it. You will be so glad you did.
Bookworm_Debbie 7 months ago
An incredible history lesson in fiction form! This is a stand-alone story within a series. The two main characters in this book have appeared in secondary roles in the previous books. Also the main characters from the previous books make appearances in this one. I thoroughly enjoyed seeing how life is progressing for all of these characters. We finally find out what makes Quintessa “Tess” and Dan tick. We learn what events from their past shaped them. They each have past memories that act as road blocks to entering into a relationship. I really like seeing how they are trying to figure out what God wants them to do. The mystery develops very naturally. Tess is very aware of others around her and the way they act. When their behavior changes she notices. Most people are dealing with heightened patriotic fervor which causes many clashes. Who is hiding sinister motives? I love the passion for country that is displayed by many of the characters. I have never given the mixture of nationalities represented within the United States and how they would clash during World War II any thought before reading this series. Sarah Sundin has done a marvelous job of bringing this period of time in America to life for me. I received a free copy of this book from the author. I have chosen to write this review to express my personal opinion. Disclaimer: *Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book for free in the hope that I would mention/review it on my blog. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions 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.*
TheBookUniverse 7 months ago
* Full Review on http://thebookuniverse.weebly.com/ * Woah, man! This was a very interesting book. I have never read any of Ms.Sundin's books and I am pleasantly surprised. Additionally, I have not read the other books in this series and it wasn't hard to keep up with the book.The historical aspect of this book was spot-on. It was pretty fascinating being able to learn about the Navy, ships, and planes. If you're worried about the amount of romance that takes place in this novel, I wouldn't! When I first picked out this book I was worried that this book would be like a typical romance novel. I haven't read any of her other books so I am not sure how "romance heavy" those books are. In this case, I was picturing something along the lines of Titanic. Luckily, the romance in this book is very light and is just how I wanted. Additionally, if you were worried, there was no cursing or swearing in this book. Now, lets talk about the characters in this book. The two main characters were Dan and Tess. Right off the bat, we find out that they are total opposites. Tess is a very bubbly, energetic, and strong-headed character. Tess wants to do more for her country and not sell items for a living. Most importantly, she wants to prove Dan wrong that she, too, can get into WAVES and make a difference. Whereas, Dan is a little reserved and has some struggles in his life that he has to deal with. I won't reveal too much, but I think the history and the fiction intertwined perfectly! I learned things I hadn't known about before and had lots of fun reading this book. Would I recommend it? Oh, yes! This book had it's ups and downs, but overall it was spectacular! Thank you once again to Revell Reads for providing me a copy of this book! I applaud the author and can't wait to read the future tales she has in store for us.
BethErin 7 months ago
Ahoy there! It's the conclusion of the Waves of Freedom series and a fitting finale for these WWII Navy men and women readers have grown to love! Although she occasionally came across as a bit silly in the previous two books, Quintessa is determined to be more than just a pretty face. Tess is a good girl, she's naturally inclined to follow the rules and shower others compassion and encouragement. Dan has been an all work and no play kind of man since before he was old enough to be considered a man. Dan is man enough to take a good look at himself and scripture to make sure he is on the right course. The rich WWII history shines through this entertaining romance. This series is a worthy tribute to those men and women who served our country during the war and those who did all they could to support them. I requested the opportunity to read and review this title through Revell Reads and NetGalley. The opinions expressed are my own.
Becky6 7 months ago
When Tides Turn by Sarah Sundin is the final installment in the Waves of Freedom series. I’m so sad to see one of my favorite series end! Quintessa (or should I say Tess) Beaumont and Dan Avery are two characters who we have seen glimpses of throughout the series. Now it’s their turn for their love story. Tess isn’t the same person she was in the earlier books. Her character has matured and longs to no longer be just a pretty face. She longs to have a purpose, to do something worthwhile and useful, something that has meaning. Dan had to grow up fast so he is always serious and doesn’t know how to loosen up and have fun. Both characters are no longer who they are by the end of the novel. They have grown, matured, and made a beautiful love story. Sundin’s writing is beautiful and makes God the center of the story. This is a tale of love, forgiveness, and learning to trust again. I loved seeing all of my favorite characters interact and meet entirely new ones. You can easily read this as a standalone, but I recommended reading the entire series because you can better understand the characters and what’s happening. And like always there’s a mystery on our hands. Super fun! I loved learning about the anti submarine warfare and all about the WAVES program. I was hoping we’d get a story for Yvette next, especially after what occurred in this novel. Maybe we’ll see her again in a future novel. Highly recommended! Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review, which I have given. I was not required to write a positive review and have not been compensated for it in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.
MichelleKrim 7 months ago
This is a relatively new-to-me author and I'm in love with her stories! All three books in the series have a fun blend of romance and a bit of mystery that the main characters try to solve. I read them in just a few days. I loved the amount of historical detail in these books, and they're unique in that they focus mostly on the Navy's battles with the German U-boats. It was fascinating to learn about a lesser known part of the war effort. I enjoyed how the author used many real events and people in her stories Plot: Quintessa Beaumont knows she can be more than just a pretty girl selling clothing in a department store. Determined to be taken more seriously, she starts going by Tess and enlists in the WAVES (Women Accepted for Voluntary Emergency Service) to be more useful towards the war. Lt. Dan Avery's goal is to make Admiral and he'd like to be doing his part out on the open seas instead of stuck in a desk job, even if it is a job that will help the Navy improve their weaponry. Dan's completely dedicated to the navy and the last thing he needs is a woman distracting him, but that's exactly what Tess ends up doing. Then Tess gets caught up in a group of French expatriates, and it soon becomes clear that one of them's a spy. She may end up putting herself in danger, but Tess investigates, needing to know if her roommate Yvette is truly friend or foe. Characters: Having picked up bits on Tess's background over the first two books, it was great to finally see her side of things. She's been unlucky in love, which earns her sympathy, and I was really rooting for her to finally find a man that's worthy of her. While Dan may come across as boring and too serious at the beginning, I enjoyed seeing the little moments where he'd let down his guard and have fun. He definitely had to grow on me a bit, but by the end of the story, I really admired his character. Content: I didn't find any content of this book to be questionable. It's completely safe for younger readers. The author does an excellent job of mixing the faith of the characters into the story. It's not preachy, but she shows how they grow in their relationships with God. Recommendation: I'd highly recommend this book to those who enjoy WWII historical and inspirational fiction. While it's the third book in the series, it can stand alone. However, I'd suggest reading them all in order, because the characters show up in books one and two. Plus, they're just so good that you won't want to miss anything. I wish I started reading this author's books sooner, but at least I have a couple of complete series to look forward to reading now. Rating: 4.5/5 stars I received a copy of this book from Revell. This review is my honest opinion.
SouthernGalLovestoRead 7 months ago
Reading Sarah Sundin's When Tides Turn was a bittersweet experience -- it was great to see loose ends tied up from previous stories, but I'm sorry to lose touch with "good friends." As always, Sarah Sundin has combined her in-depth and detailed research with her fantastic storytelling to craft a story that picks you up and transports you right into a different time and place. After having read the entire Waves of Freedom series, I feel like I have visited Boston of the 1940s and would expect to have run into Tess, Dan, and their family and friends during my visit. The details of the workings of the Navy mixed with characters so real and alive bring a new level of understanding of life during WWII. It was a thrill to journey with Tess and Dan as they each worked to "stay the course" in the midst of an array of joys and sorrows. When Tides Turn has a great mix of history, war, and romance. Fans of any of those genres should thoroughly enjoy the story. While this book would be great as a stand alone, I would highly recommend reading the entire series in order. Thanks to Revell Books for providing me with a copy of this book. I am delighted to share my own thoughts in this review.
centraleast22 7 months ago
I have enjoyed reading this series and since I have been studying about WW2 in school, I enjoyed it all the more. I have liked being about to tie what I have learned in history class with what is in the book because even though it is fiction, it was well researched and gave me a different view on things. I also enjoyed seeing how the characters interacted even though it was a change of pace for both of them. I received a copy of the book from the publisher, but the review is entirely mine.
knowltonnest 7 months ago
In Sarah Sundin's newest Waves of Freedom novel, When Tides Turn, Quintessa (Tess) Beaumont and Dan Avery battle with their hearts and purpose. When Tess joins the WAVES program, Dan Avery is not convinced this pretty face could do the job of a serious Navy officer. Tess and Dan grew up in the same town, but their interests and pursuits were very different and their ways of relating to others was opposite. Yet, Tess was attracted to Dan's drive and ambition and despite her pretty looks she had her own passions and professional pursuits that she wanted to be noticed for and not her good looks. Dan's vision of being a full time sailor kept getting derailed from his supervisors and he felt lost and uptight knowing he wasn't on the path he had his course set. Both Tess and Dan were assigned to the same office in the Boston Navy Yard and they both become attracted to each other, but needed to refrain from anything beyond their official work since it was forbidden to date and/or marry another officer. However, Tess becomes involved in a confusing mystery with her former roommate who is a French expat who meets together with other Resistance members in a small bakery in Boston. Tess is sure there is a spy but is unable to discover any solid clues as she continued to share her reports to the FBI. And her relationship with Dan is strained when he shares more of his heart to Tess before he leaves for his final tour. Can Tess and Dan pull together to discover the spy and also unite their hearts? This was another exciting and romantic World War II novel that Sarah Sundin has delivered once again! I really enjoyed following the story of Tess who I "met" in the first novel in this series. Her story was fascinating and intriguing. She changed in so many ways and she chose to dig deep and discover what she really wanted to do in her life and in her heart. The hidden romance of Tess and Dan was such fun to read and gave the story another element of suspense. I recommend that you read the whole series since many of the characters are related and each story builds upon the other in some way.
MeezCarrie 8 months 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 8 months 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 8 months 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 8 months 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 8 months 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 8 months 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 8 months 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 8 months 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 8 months 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 8 months 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 9 months 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 9 months 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!