THROUGH WATERS DEEP
It is 1941 and America teeters on the brink of war. Outgoing naval officer Ensign Jim Avery escorts British convoys across the North Atlantic in a brand-new destroyer, the USS Atwood. Back on shore, Boston Navy Yard secretary Mary Stirling does her work quietly and efficiently, happy to be out of the limelight. Yet, despite her reserved nature, she never could back down from a challenge. When evidence of sabotage on the Atwood is found, Jim and Mary must work together to uncover the culprit. A bewildering maze of suspects emerges, and Mary is dismayed to find that even someone close to her is under suspicion. With the increasing pressure, Jim and Mary find that many new challenges--and dangers--await them.
Best declaration of love ever...ever, ever, EVER!!!! Classic film worthy. I wanted to stand up and cheer! Ahem -- please excuse my euphoric tizzy -- I guess I should start at the beginning.
Love the way Sundin brings the early 1940s to life. From the slang to the mannerisms and the clothes -- especially the dresses -- completely captivating and served to make me feel like I'd slipped back in time or right into a vintage movie. And all the naval details! And actions scenes. Not to mention the political climate in pre-war America that I was totally unaware of. Thrilling stuff!
Adored Mary's intrepid sleuth tendencies as well as the Nancy Drew references peppered throughout the novel. Here's where I reveal what a hopeless book nerd I am because I fell into a frenzied fever when I realized that -- gasp -- Mary had actually read first edition Nancy Drews because she was alive when they were being written and published. Take a moment to process that profound thought. Yeah -- I bet some of you are experiencing the same kind of thrill, right?
Okay -- back to the mystery. Intriguing doesn't begin to describe it. And I loved Mary's doggedness. She has to fight her natural tendencies to hang back and keep a low profile in order to fight for what she believes to be right. Definitely gives Nancy a run for her money!
The romance is sweet and slow and exasperating in a page turning kind of way. There were times I wanted to knock some heads together. Lucky for the characters I couldn't fit in the pages so they were safe. I had to rely on the expertise of the author, thankfully, because I was able to swoon my way through that aforementioned declaration of love scene she delivered at the end. Blissful sigh.
A wonderful inspirational thread about placing your trust in God -- forging ahead in His purpose -- in order to fulfill your destiny affects both Mary and Jim in different ways. Sundin creates a powerful parallel between their two stories which turns into a profound conclusion.
Honestly, this book has it all, intrigue, romance, action and a killer declaration of love scene (did I mention that already?). Definitely one for my keeper shelf.
Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
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