Book Review: When Tides Turn, by Sarah Sundin

From the Back Cover

In a time of war, sometimes battles take place in the heart.

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?
About the Author
Sarah Sundin is the author of Through Waters Deep and Anchor in the Storm, as well as the 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.
My Thoughts
Sarah Sundin is a talented author. I have read a few of her other books and thoroughly enjoyed them. This book, When Tides Turn, is the third book in a series, Waves of Freedom. I have to be honest and say that I have not read the first two books and that may have played a part in how much I enjoyed this particular book.
Things I didn’t like: (Let’s get this short list out of the way first. :)) I didn’t care for all the military references and abbreviations. I’m not from a military family and all the letters like ASWU, TBF, etc., were a little distracting for me. Also, there were a lot of minor characters in the book and that made it a little confusing at time. The “suspense” or “mystery” part of the story seemed a little forced also. I felt that it was kind of added into the story just so the publisher could say it had it.
Things I did like: I liked the story. I liked the historical part being blended into the overall story. I can tell that Sarah did a lot of research and tried to be accurate. The characters were well developed and I could see their growth through the book. The book was well paced and I didn’t feel like it dragged on, but it kept my attention and ended well. In fact I liked it more and more as I read it.
I would give this book a four out of five stars. Revell furnished me with a copy of this book for an honest review.

About Norma Downing

Christian romance author Norma Downing has been writing for years. She writes both contemporary and historical. She currently has a contract with CrossLink Publishing for her first novel, A Promise Made, set in Kansas in 1899.
This entry was posted in book review, Christian fiction, HIstorical romance, Sarah Sundin, Uncategorized and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s