Friday, July 15, 2016

Anchor in the Storm

GIVEAWAY

SUNDIN, SARAH
ANCHOR IN THE STORM

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.

My Review:

Sublime. Truly -- there aren't any words...almost. Give me a second to recoup from my post-reading euphoria. Honestly, Sarah Sundin knows how to tell a compelling tale. What an incredible talent. It is so easy to slide right into a scene and when I'm reading I feel like we have all the time in the world for the story to unfold. Nothing is rushed or abrupt but the pacing never lags.

Though a mystery casts a shadow over our intrepid hero and heroine, there's still room for a relationship to develop in a normal boy/girl kind of way. Well, perhaps 'normal' isn't the right word for these two somewhat misguided individuals. I really wanted to knock some heads together a time or two. Gah, just when I thought things were going along famously -- they weren't. My heart feels like it's been stretched up and down like a yoyo!

I love the title tie-in to the faith thread -- such a powerful reminder that struck a deep chord with me. Both Archer and Lillian have issues that they need to come to terms with and God is the only way through.

Fascinating historical details, a dashing hero, a spunky heroine and plenty of action and intrigue make this a sit-down-and-read-in-one-go kind of novel. Exceptional.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of  Anchor in the Storm  please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you post a comment and add your email address, please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in the address to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please remember to put the title in the subject line so that it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday July 16 2016. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!

51 comments:

  1. I would love to win this! Sarah is one of my favorite authors and her books are so inspiring.
    kathrynlvossATgmailDOTcom

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    1. She really knows how to create a natural faith thread that inspires. Good luck, Kate.

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  2. Beautiful review, Kav. She is the master of historical details. tlhcoupon(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. Thanks, Terrill. And I always get a delightful history lesson when I read one of Sarah Sundin's books. Good luck.

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  3. I'm ready for a dashing hero! Add me please.
    Worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

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    1. Can't have too many of those, can we? Good luck, Merry.

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  4. Oh I want to read this series so much! The cover are amazing and I just love WWII books!
    Thanks for the chance!

    samanthabis23 at gmail dot com

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    1. WWII makes a fascinating backdrop for a story, that's for sure. Good luck Samantha.

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  5. Great review! lattebooksAThotmailDOTcom

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    1. It really was! Kind of getting all nostalgic for it now that it's over. :-)

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  7. I'm so glad that there are a lot of World War II novels out there! I really enjoy them!
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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  8. I loved Sarah's previous series, but wasn't crazy about the first book in this new series. This one, however, was divine! Don't enter me, by the way. Thanks, Kav.

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    1. I have a few to catch up in her pervious series. Loving this one. Divine is a good descriptor.

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  9. I really enjoy Sarah Sundin's books, though I haven't been able to start on this series yet. It does look like another really good one.

    pmkellogg56[at]gmail[dot]com

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    1. She doesn't write anything but go! :-) Good luck, Pam.

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  10. This looks so interesting. I,would love to be included in the drawing. Thanks Kav. Btw: how's the threat of the postal strike going?! I hope it doesn't happen for you.

    tracey14567 at gmail dot com

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    1. Threat's been calmed for now. Both parties are in negotiations again. I bought a bunch of books online to celebrate. Hopefully they'll keep talking at least until my books are delivered. :-) Good luck, Tracey.

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  11. I've been aching to get my hands on this book for so long! I'm so anxious to read it!
    J.C. -Indiana-

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  12. I keep reading good reviews for this book, so I'm anxious to read this one. Love that it's set during World War ll.
    pwestfall7 at hotmail dot com

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    1. This book has awesome reviews -- I think they are all 4 and 5 stars. Good luck, Pam.

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  13. LOVE WW2 books and she is a very talented author!
    dianemestrella at gmail dot com

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  14. Good review as always Kav. I really enjoy Sarah's novels. I get an entertaining history lesson with a great story at the same time. Thanks for the giveaway!
    momrain(AT)aol(DOT)com

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  15. Would love to read this book. I love all her books! steveandellengray(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  16. I have always been a history fan and what could be better than World War II and a romance between two well meaning stubborn individuals? 😉 Thank you Kav!
    Dblaser(at)windstream(dot)net

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    1. Exactly -- and it doesn't get much better than this. Good luck, Diane.

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  17. This was such a good book! I really love Sarah's blend of faith, romance, and history! mylittlebirdie (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  18. I Read the first book in the series, my first by Sarah, and really enjoyed it. I would love to read Lillian & Arch's story!

    pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. You'll really love this one then, Patty, because there's an overlap of characters between the two books. Good luck.

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  19. This one sounds wonderful and I love the cover. Thank you, Kav!

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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  20. Love Sarah Sundin's books! Sounds like this is another winner too. Thanks for doing a giveaway. :). kjrochon40(at)msn(dot)com

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  21. Ooh, I would love to win a copy of this book! I've really enjoyed her books so far & I'm looking forward to reading this series. :)
    Thanks for the chance to win, Kav! :)

    sleepy_bookworm_aery [at] yahoo [dot] com

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    1. It's a wonderful series. Good luck, Aerykah.

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  22. I always feel drawn to WWII fiction, since it is the time my parent met, fell in love and got married. Thank you, Kave, for offering a copy of Anchor in the Storm.
    may_dayzee(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. This book will have special meaning to you, Kay. This author is great with historical details. Good luck.

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  23. I have "Through Waters Deep" and would love to add this to it on my shelf! Sarah's a wonderful writer, thanks for the chance Kav!

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    1. Yes indeed -- it belongs right next to it on your shelf! TWD will be lonely without her sister. :-) Good luck, Trixi.

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  24. I read Through Waters Deep when it was released last year and loved it! I didn't want to put the book down and it was one of my favorite books read in 2015. This book has been on my want to read list ever since I finished the first one. I would love to read it! The WWII time period is also my favorite time in history to read about and I love how Sarah's writing and details make you feel like you're in the time period.

    Thanks for having the giveaway!

    ~Alisha L.
    lishy2193 (at) aol (dot) com

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    1. She does an amazing job with the historical details, doesn't she? Good luck, Alisha.

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  25. The review is totally intriguing, Kav. And I love Sarah Sundin.

    What more can I say? Oh yes - count me in, please :)

    janka(dot)halcinova(at)gmail(dot)com

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  26. Thank you so much for the lovely review, Kav! And thanks for doing the giveaway too.

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