Y’all may know that World War II is one of my favorite eras in historical fiction. If you didn’t know that, well, now you do! So when Sarah Sundin’s latest WWII novel, Anchor in the Storm, popped up on ye old NetGalley, I snatched it off the e-shelf faster than you can say “Ooh, look!”
Sarah Sundin is known for her well-researched, fascinating fiction set around World War II. I’m happy to report that Anchor in the Storm lives up to that reputation. 🙂
This book is set in Boston, where young Lillian Avery has found a position as a pharmacist – or, as she comes to be called, the plucky girl druggist. In the early 1940s, women weren’t often in the workplace, though they made great strides during the war with all the men away fighting. But Lillian is smart and spunky, and she fights for her independence and her right to work.
Sundin pairs Lillian with Arch, her brother’s best friend and a Navy Ensign. Arch is a devoted Navy man with his own personal battles. The two find themselves at odds at first, but soon begin to fall in love. They also find themselves embroiled in an investigation into a drug ring – one that is threatening Navy sailors on U.S. ships.
I loved watching Arch and Lillian sort through their emotions and the pieces of their drug investigation. For their own reasons, each of them fights against the idea of romance for a while – until their shared interests in the war and stopping the drug problem aboard Navy ships unite them. It was great fun to follow these two characters’ relationship, and I hope they appear in book 3 of this series, too! I want to find out how their story continues. 🙂
Anchor in the Storm is preceded by Through Waters Deep in the Waves of Freedom series.
My rating: 4/5 stars
Recommended for: fans of Sarah Sundin’s other WWII fiction; those who enjoy historical fiction, especially the mid-1900s period; readers who appreciate real history mixed with fiction and romance, plus no little amount of faith
Note: I received a copy of this novel via NetGalley.