Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Through Waters Deep

GIVEAWAY

SUNDIN, SARAH
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.

My Review:

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.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY

If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of Through Waters Deep 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 August 23 2015. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!

77 comments:

  1. My Dad was in World War II and I am enjoying all the new books set in that era. There is so much history in these books. The mystery in Through Deep Waters will add an extra spark!
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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    1. You'll love this one, rubynreba. Good luck.

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    2. Thank you! It's even more interesting to read about WWII when a loved one was involved!

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  2. Throw my name in the hat, please, Kav! :)

    ckbarker at gmail dot com

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  3. One book I want to read. kamundsen44(at)yahoo(dot)com.

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  4. Sounds like a book not to be missed! Add me to the drawing please.

    pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  5. I have enjoyed Sarah's other books so I always look forward to a new release. Through Water's Deep sounds like it will be really good. I love that this book has a mystery in it. Since I read Nancy Drew books when I was young (and my daughter after me), the references to those books are a big draw too.
    Thanks for the chance to win this book.

    pmkellogg56[at]gmail[dot]com

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    1. I know -- the Nancy Drew references were so fun. Good luck, Pam.

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    2. Thanks, Pam! The mystery was a lot of fun to write!

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  6. Love WWII novels, I've read numerous rave reviews of 'Through Waters Deep'. Added to your beautiful glowing review, Kav - I'm dying to read it. Thanks for your wonderful review, and for the giveaway opportunity!!

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    1. P.S. In my excitement (it must be catching, Kav) - forgot my addy: bonnieroof60(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    2. Thank you, Bonnie! Kav was definitely enthusiastic :)

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    3. Especially about that declaration of love scene -- but you might not have noticed that. LOL. Good luck, Bonnie.

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  7. I love Sarah Sundin's books. Always romantic.
    Please enter me, thank you.

    freda.mans[at]gmail.com

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  8. I've been wanting to read this one ever since I saw it for the first time. I love, love, love the cover and the story sounds amazing :D

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway! :)

    samanthabis23 at gmail dot com

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    1. The cover is gorgeous, isn't it? Really has the forties vibe and so romantic. Good luck, Samantha.

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    2. Thanks, Samantha! Revell did an outstanding job with the cover!

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  9. Ok, this is my third try at a post, forgive me if it actually posts three times! Apparently my computer isn't happy tonight. So I have heard great things about this book! I can't wait to read it. :)
    LattebooksAThotmailDOTcom

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    1. Sometimes it's blogger who isn't happy. LOL Good luck, Susan.

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  10. I am so excited to read this book! I've almost finished her other two series in the past month & a half. If this book is anywhere near as good as her others, I know I'll like it! :)
    Thanks for the giveaway! :)

    sleepy_bookworm_aery [at] yahoo [dot] com

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    1. I've only read two other books by this author so I have some catching up to do. I really enjoyed the mystery aspect to this one. Good luck, aerykah.

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    2. Thanks, Aerykah! I'm glad you're enjoying all the books!

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  11. Kav, I can't tell if you are excited at all about this story.....;-) You always get me excited about the books you feature and your descriptions are vivid and fresh! I'd love to dive into this one myself, thanks for the chance! And I have some serious cover love too....beautiful!

    teamob4 (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. And I forgot to mention....a serious love for naval officers ;-) haha!

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    2. Yes, there is something about a man in uniform, isn't there? Thanks, Trixi. Good luck!

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    3. Thank you, Trixi! Yes, there's something about that uniform... :)

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  12. thanks for the chance to read this beautiful novel, kav

    karenk
    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

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  13. Thank you for a great review and this wonderful opportunity.

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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  14. This sounds like one of Sarah's best books! Would love to win a copy. rmaney(at)firstarpchurch(dot)org.

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  15. Thank you so much for the lovely review, Kav! I'm glad you enjoyed Jim & Mary's story!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Sarah. Yes -- I adored this book -- so looking forward to the next one. Already have a romantic match in mind. :-)

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  16. Oh oh oh, sounds like another winner from Sarah Sundin! Can't wait to read it. :)
    mbaaij (at) hetnet (dot) nl

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    1. A definite winner, Marian. Good luck.

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  17. I would love to read this book,thanks for the chance to win it.
    lisaboesehaems (at) hotmail (dot) com

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

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  18. Sounds like a great book.
    Thanks for a chance to win a copy of this book.
    Blessings,Tina
    tfrice(at)comcast(dot)net

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  19. I'm wanting this in my TBR Stack! ! thanks for a chance to win a copy :) dkstevensne(AT)outlook (DOT) coM

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    1. I think it belongs in everyone's TBR stack -- right at the top! Good luck, Deanna.

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  20. This book looks so great! I've been itching to get my hands on a copy because all I've seen are wonderful reviews! Thanks for the giveaway! Mdp94 (at) bellsouth (dot) net

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    1. I can't imagine anyone not liking it. Good luck, Morgan.

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  21. I'm so excited to read this book! It looks like a great love story.
    kwhittle(at)wgem(dot)com.

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    1. Great and infuriating. LOL Good luck, Newsgirl.

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  22. Since the first time I saw this book, I have been wanting to read it. The cover is just awesome! I love WWII historical fiction books. Kav, you drew me right in to the story line with your review. Spellbinding....I'm chomping at the bit to read it...especially the declaration of love scene. Sweet, clean romance with action & suspense...Sign me up PLEASE! :)

    nj[dot]bossman[at]gmail[dot]com

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    1. Oh yes, agboss, you need to read that scene! LOL Good luck.

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  23. I've been reading WWII books all summer, this has been added to my list. it sounds fantastic!!

    Lea
    ladepooh AT hotmail Dot com

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    1. There are a lot of really great ones out at the moment. Good luck, flipflopprincess.

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  24. I love books about the world war 1 & 2 and I would love the chance to read this book

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  25. Wait...best declaration of love...ever? Good gravy PALEASE enter me Kav! I love Sarah Sundin and I love taking a trip in the past, but a love story that makes me weakish in the knees...this is a must must! Please include me. :)
    KellysShining(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Well, it sure made an impression on me. LOL Good luck, Kelly.

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  26. I have a friend who has told me many times, "You've got to read one of Sarah Sundlin's books!" This would be the perfect opportunity to get "hooked."

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    1. Definitely the best opportunity because it's the first in her new series. Smart friend, by the way. Good luck, karnor.

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  27. I've enjoyed all of the Sarah Sundin books I've read. I'm excited for this one because of the Nancy Drew references --Not a lot of people know that the first 30 volumes or so were revised in the late 1950s, so it's most likely that those of us today haven't read the 1st editions/versions. *random fact of the day* =)

    Thanks for the chance to win, Kav!

    jafuchi7[at]hawaii[dot]edu

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    1. Oh -- uber cool random fact of the day. I did not know that. Good luck, Artist Librarian.

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  28. New author .... any time. rrwalter34ATgmailDOTcom

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  29. Through Waters Deep sounds like it would be a fabulous movie! Great review, Kav.
    worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

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    1. You know, it would be an awesome movie. Good luck, Merry.

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  30. What an exciting review of this book. This is way up on my want to read list. What a wonderful cover as well !
    Deanne Patterson
    Cnnamongirl at aol dot com

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  31. I am hearing only good words about this authoress and i am more than willing to try her books!

    Count me in, please.

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

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