Wednesday, June 21, 2017

When Tides Turn

GIVEAWAY

SUNDIN, SARAH
WHEN TIDES TURN

Tess Beaumont is tired of being thought of as just a pretty face. Eager to do her part for the war effort, she joins the Navy's newly established WAVES program for women. Perhaps there she can convince people that there is more to her than meets the eye.

Lt. Dan Avery has been using his skills in the fight against German U-boats and hoping to make admiral. The last thing he wants to see on his radar is a girl like Tess. Convinced that romance will interfere with his goals, Dan is determined to stay the course, no matter how intriguing a distraction Tess is.

But love, like war, is unpredictable. When Dan is shipped out at the peak of the Battle of the Atlantic, he finds himself torn between his lifelong career goals and his desire to help the beguiling Tess root out a possible spy on shore. Could this fun-loving glamour girl really be the one?

My Review:

The kind of compelling story that sparks your imagination and plays through your mind like a cinematic wonder. It contains all the elements that make up a blockbuster hit -- a World War II theme with plenty of action and intrigue and glorious romance. Sundin is such a smooth storyteller. Her words drew me in until I was immersed in the lives of characters who are as real to me as my own family and friends (maybe more so!) I'd truly love to see this whole series on the silver screen!

If you like a hero that sets your heart all aflutter look no further than Lt. Dan Avery. A true Navy hero, he's married to his career. He doesn't have time for a woman in his life -- particularly not one as bubbly and outgoing as Tess. He is one serious man with his life all mapped out and every goal and advancement involves the Navy. If Tess manages to coax a half smile out of him she counts it as a good day. :-)

She's been the pretty, popular girl all her life. The proverbial adornment for a gentleman's arm. No one really takes Tess seriously until she joins the WAVES where being the pretty girl threatens to hold her back from her dream of contributing to the war effort. This is a really interesting twist for a heroine to struggle with and it makes for a fascinating -- and sometimes infuriating -- read. Especially since some of her harshest critics are women!

The historical details are divine! They are what made When Tides Turn such a vivid read for me. I'm not sure that I can explain how the author does it but the history is never at the expense of the story. There are just so many subtle ways she fits it in from fashion to '40s banter to battle drills! And, oh my goodness, those battle maneuvers! I don't know how she does it but they are full of accurate details that lend authenticity to some stellar action scenes. But not so technical that it's hard for the layman(woman) to absorb. All very rivitng (and nail biting) stuff.

The only bad thing about this novel is that it brings the Waves of Freedom series to an end. I had a bit of a bibliophile's hissy fit when I reached the last page. Saying goodbye to beloved characters can be such a hard cross for a dedicated reader to bear. But I'm on the road to recovery -- especially since I've just discovered that Sarah Sundin has a new series in the works. Here's a sneak at the gorgeous cover of the first book due out in Feb 2018



GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like a chance to win a copy of When Tides Turn, leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you add your email to your comment remember to use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in order to protect yourself from Spammers. If you enter the draw via email, please put the title in the subject line so that it's easier for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday June 25 2017. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck!

79 comments:

  1. I have this whole series on my shelf as we speak. Sadly, like most of my books on the shelves, yet-to-be read *sigh*

    I, too, am excited for the new ones she has coming out. I think that cover is the best of the bunch! Great review, I know I am in for a real treat whenever I get to read the "Waves of Freedom" series.

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    1. I hope you get to read them soon, Trixi. I've loved every book in this series.

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  2. I love this author! I need to read this series. LattebooksAThotmailDOTcom

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    1. Isn't she supercalifragilisticexpealidociously fantastic?! Good luck, Susan.

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  3. Sarah Sundin is a winner and so are her books! I am certainly keeping my fingers crossed!!!

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    1. She is totally amazing!!! Good luck, Melanie.

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  4. I LOVE Sarah Sundin's stories! I'm excited to read this series! KAV, thank you for the chance.
    psalm103and138 at gmail dot com

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    1. It's a wonderful series, Caryl. Hope you get a chance to read it soon. Good luck.

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  5. I have the first two in the series and have been waiting on this one!

    rachaeldalquist AT yahoo DOT com

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  6. Sarah is such a great author. Thanks for the giveaway!!!

    kathrynlvossATgmailDOTcom

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    1. You're welcome, Kate. Good luck.

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  7. I love books that make me feel like I'm watching a movie. Throw my name in the hat, please, Kav! :)

    ckbarker at gmail dot com

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    1. You're in the hat, Cheryl. Good luck.

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  8. It is hard to end a great series. Thanks for sharing it with us. Also for the chance to win :)
    iamabho (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. At least there's another good one on the horizone. Good luck, Linda.

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    2. That always makes it a bit easier Thanks

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    3. That does make it a bit easier Thank You

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  9. I have the first two in this series and I'm waiting to acquire this one before I read the series. Sarah is such a wonderful author and I always learn so much about WW2 history when I read her books. What a fun way to get a history lesson. :) Thanks for the review and the giveaway!
    momrain(AT)aol(DOT)com
    BTW I absolutely love the cover for her upcoming book!

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    1. You have such fortitude, Loraine. The books that come into my house don't last a month before I devour them. LOL And then I'm languishing and moaning because I have to wait for the next book int he series to come out.

      Sarah Sundin is so good at her research and she finds some unexpected gems to include in her stories which makes it all the more fascinating. And yes, that cover is quite striking, isn't it? Good luck, Loraine.

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  10. I need this one to complete my series. Thank you for the chance.
    leliamae54(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. You're welcome, Lucy. Good luck.

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  11. great review. this sounds like a great book.
    I will have to put these books down on my list.
    quilting dash lady at Comcast dot net

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  12. Ok you and all the other readers have me convinced that I'd like to read these books so count me in on this one. becci43atgmaildotcom

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    1. LOL -- glad we could persuade you, Becky. Good luck.

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  13. I love all of her books! I agree, they would be amazing as a movie...as long as they would stay true to the stories!lol I can't wait to read this series too!

    ladepooh AT hotmail dot com

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    1. Yes...word for word dialogue for the movie version and must include all those special toe-curling glances as well. LOL Good luck, Lea.

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  14. Always enjoy these World War II stories!
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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    1. I do too -- it's a fascinating era. Good luck, rubynreba.

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  15. I really enjoy Sarah's books and have read her two previous series. Unfortunately, I haven't read any of the books in this series, though I would like to.

    pmkellogg56[at]gmail[dot]com

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    1. You have lots of enjoyable reading hours ahead for you. Good luck, Pam.

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  16. I have not had the pleasure of reading one of Sarah's books yet and this series sounds like the perfect place to start. Thank you for the great review, Kav!

    Dblaser(at)windstream(dot)net

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    1. Ooooh, Diane, you are in for a treat!!!! You'll go into a reading frenzy when you realize how fantastic her books are! Good luck, Diane.

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  17. Would love to read this book. I have one other book in this series
    and I'm anxious to read the entire series. Thanks so much for your review of When Tides Turn.
    pwestfall7 at hotmail dot com

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    1. You're welcome, Pam. Good luck.

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  18. Thanks for the giveaway. This book has been on my wish list for some time now...

    mindyhoung AT msn DOT com

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    1. It's definitely a wish list kind of book. Good luck, Mindy.

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    2. Reading my first Sarah Sundin book right now and cannot put it down! Loving the history, characters and her style of writing! Will definitely be reading more of her books ��

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  19. I haven't had a chance to read any of Sarah's books yet but they sure sound great! This one would be a great one to start with.

    Cnnamongirl at aol dot com

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    1. Gasp! She's an awesome author so I hope you get to read some of her books soon. Good luck, Deanne.

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  20. I've not had the chance to read one of Sarah's books yet but have seen super reviews of several of them. If they had taught history by reading books like these in school, I would have had no problems liking it! Thanks for your review and giveaway. d[dot]brookmyer[at]yahoo[dot]com

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    1. Oh, you must, Donna!!!!! You'll love them. I promise! Good luck.

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  21. Thank you so much for the lovely review, Kav! And for the giveaway. I'm so glad you enjoyed Dan & Tess's story.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Sarah. Awesome series and so looking forward to the next one!

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  22. Would love to win this. Really enjoy Sarah Sundin! Ewe_r_merritt at yahoo dot com

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    1. Isn't she an awesome author? Good luck, R Merr.

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  23. Forgot my email: posbus4me at gmail

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    1. Somehow my original post did not appear...
      I'm so excited to hear about Quintessa!! I've so enjoyed the other books in this series...

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    2. Blogger likes to play tricks on us sometimes. Good luck, Tami.

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  24. I still need to read the second book in this series and you've made it a priority with this excitement-inducing review of the third. tlhcoupon(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. Happy to share my excitement. :-) Love the World War II era mixed with spies and romance. Woot! Good luck, Terrill.

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  26. I love Sarah's books and am excited to add this to my collection. Thanks for the chance to win. ktw8292(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. You're welcome, Kerri. Good luck.

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  28. I've read the first two books of the series and loved them. Sarah's books always capture my imagination and keep me reading.
    sarajohns95(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. You'll really enjoy this one then -- awesome conclusion to the series. Good luck, Sara.

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  29. I have just gotten Anchor in the Storm and I am going to start reading it today. I would love this one also. Spotts06(at)comcast(dot)net

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    1. Exciting!!!! Enjoy your reading time. Good luck, Stella.

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  30. I have wanted to buy and read these books for a while now,the covers are absolutely gorgeous. lisaboesehaems at hotmail dot com

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    1. Aren't the covers eyecatching? And the stories are just as good. Good luck, Lisa.

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  31. I would love to read. Thanks for chance. Janngroganatyahoodotcom

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    1. You're welcome, Judy. Good luck.

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  32. I have really enjoyed your World War II books that I've read! jarning67(AT)hotmail(DOT)com

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  33. Thanx for the giveaway!!!! We love Sarah Sundin's books! I have to hide them when they come in the house or my husband grabs them to read first!!!!! j4hibdon at Yahoo dot com

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    1. LOL -- oh yes, must hoard them until you have read them first! Good luck, Jennifer.

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  34. Nice article! I love this series and am sorry it is ending, so I am going back to re-read the earlier series.

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    1. What a great way to pass the time until Sarah Sundin's next book comes out. Good luck, Kathlene.

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  35. I love reading Sarah's books. It would be nice to finally own one...love the library.

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    1. Thank goodness for our libraries -- but it's fun to have our own home library too. Good luck, Nellie.

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  36. I LOVE her books! I have this one from the library to read but haven't gotten to it yet :) So many books, so little time!

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  37. Great review KAV! Thank you for a chance to win a copy of When Tides Turn. I have so enjoyed this series. I love Sarah's books.
    Blessings, Tina

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    1. Oops, forgot me email address...
      KINGsDaughter5683 (at) gmail (dot) com
      Blessings,s Tina

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  38. Would really really love to win this book.

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