Book Review: When Tides Turn by Sarah Sundin

“Stay the course. When things get tough—and they will—stay the course.”


Back Cover Blurb: When fun-loving glamour girl Quintessa Beaumont learns the Navy has established the WAVES program for women, she enlists, determined to throw off her frivolous ways and contribute to the war effort. No-nonsense and hoping to make admiral, Lt. Dan Avery has been using his skills to fight German U-boats. The last thing he wants to see on his radar is a girl like Tess. For her part, Tess works hard to prove her worth in the Anti-Submarine Warfare Unit in Boston–both to her commanding officers and to the man with whom she is smitten. When Dan is assigned to a new escort carrier at the peak of the Battle of the Atlantic, he’s torn between his lifelong career goals and his desire to help Tess root out a possible spy on shore. The Germans put up quite a fight, but he wages a deeper battle within his heart. Could Tess be the one for him?

My Review:

My first encounter with Sarah Sundin was years ago when I was in Barnes and Noble’s. I was looking for a book but I wasn’t quite sure what type of book I wanted. My mother pointed me in the direction of the Christian Fiction section and I spotted a book by Sarah Sundin. The cover immediately caught my attention and the back-cover blurb also piqued my interest. However, there was one slight problem. The book was number three in her Wings of Glory series. I didn’t want to read book 3 before books 1 and 2. I ended up not getting it but I did write down the name of the series and the author’s name. So, I went to the library and checked out the first book and the rest is history. No pun intended.

Ever since reading, A Distant Melody, book 1 in the Wings of Glory series, I have been hooked. I have read every book Sarah has written and published save two. In Perfect Time, which is book three in the Wings of the Nightingale series, I have yet to finish because I started while in college and my studies overwhelmed me and I had to put it down. Hope to finish it soon. The second one is Where Treetops Glisten which is a collection of Christmas Novellas written by three of my favorite WWII authors: Sarah Sundin, Tricia Goyer, and Cara Putman.

What I love about Sarah’s books is that they are not only set in the Second World War (my favorite time period to read, watch, study, and write) but they are also accurately portray different aspects of this war. She took the time to track down all the facts to make sure her stories were accurate.

When Tides Turn, the last book in her third series Waves of Freedom, is no different. What I love the most aside from the history is the fact it is set in one of my favorite cities: Boston, MA. I am originally from Massachusetts and four years ago I had the privilege of visiting Boston (which I had never visited before) and walk the streets—the very same streets her characters in this series walked. I saw the Bunker Hill Monument. I explored the Charlestown Navy Yard. I was so thrilled to be able to do it again—this time though in the 1940s.

In addition to the setting and the history, Sundin’s characters are so well-written you feel as if you have known these men and women your whole life. You cry when they cry. You get angry at them when they do something stupid. You cheer when they do something right.

There is also a wonderful intricate mystery plot that keeps readers guessing all through the novel and keeps you turning the page at night.

If you like Christian historical fiction set during WWII, that involves well-crafted characters, swoon-worthy romance, and an intricate page-turning mystery, then When Tides Turn is the book for you. And don’t forget to check out Sarah’s other books.

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