Saturday, April 2, 2016

Through Waters Deep

Through Waters Deep by Sarah Sundin is the first book in the Waves of Freedom series.    Mary Stirling works as a secretary at the Boston Navy Yard in 1941.  She has been working there for the last four years after moving away from her hometown of Vermilion, Ohio.  Mary has just finished setting up for the launch of a new ship when she spots Jim Avery.  Jim is from Vermilion (they grew up together).  Mary liked Jim in high school, but Jim was infatuated with Mary’s best friend, Quintessa Beaumont (who was dating someone else).  They start talking while they watch the launch ceremonies.  After the champagne bottle is stroke against the ship, there is a commotion.  Someone had changed out the champagne for gasoline (sabotage).  This gets Mary excited.  She loves mysteries and this gives her an opportunity to investigate a real crime.  Mary and Jim start spending time together along with his friend, Arch and his girlfriend.  They share a kiss just before Jim is shipped out on the destroyer Atwood.  While Jim is away, Quintessa moves to town with the intentions of dating Jim (poor Mary).  On the Atwood more sabotage is discovered.  What is going on?  Mary is determined to find out.  To find out who is behind the sabotage and what happens to Jim and Mary, you will have to read Through Waters Deep.

Through Waters Deep was a good story.  I was drawn in immediately.  The book is a little predictable (the romance especially), but the novel is well-written.  I enjoyed the characters and could relate to them (especially Mary). I liked that the book contained a mystery.  We get to follow Mary through her investigation into the sabotage.   I give Through Waters Deep 4 out of 5 stars. 

The next book in the series will tell the story of Jim’s friend, Arch Vandenberg.  It is titled Anchor in the Storm and will be out on April 26.  I received a complimentary copy of Through Waters Deep from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

I am off to relax.  Have a delightful evening.  Take care and Happy Reading!

The Avid Reader

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