Anchor in the Storm by Sarah Sundin | My Review & Giveaway

It has been quite some time since I read a novel set in WWII and this novel had me fall in love with the era in fiction all over again. Sarah Sundin wove a powerful, intriguing tale expertly set in multiple locations, chock-full of history and a tender romance. In short--this novel has it all.
One of the best things, to me, about historical fiction is what you can learn from it. And it takes a masterful storyteller to weave the meticulous research done in preparation for the story, into the novel without bogging it down or having it read like a history book. A fine balance has been struck in this novel by Sundin--one that only adds to the intrigue of the plot and plights of the characters. Speaking of...
Lillian Avery and Arch Vandenburg support the theory that opposite forces repel--which is how some of the best romances start. Much like the timeless Lizzie Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy, the hero and heroine of Anchor in the Storm both carry a lot of pride, and prejudices and, even though I am a history buff, my favorite part of this story was watching how these two imperfect people grew from beginning to end. The funny thing? They grew most once their hearts were opened to love, to being surprised, to grace--and yes, even through hurt. Watching Arch and Lillian slowly but surely uncurl their fists to wholly lean on Jesus' name was a beautiful and inspiring journey to go on through this book. Fans of historically rich stories with depth of character and faith--pick up Anchor in the Storm today.
*Disclaimer: I was given this book by Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for my honest review. I was under no obligation to give a positive review, all views within are my own*

In a time of sacrifice, what price can one put on true love? Pharmacist Lillian Avery and Ensign Archer Vandenberg are about to find out in Sarah Sundin's new book, Anchor in the Storm. During the darkest days of the war, Arch's destroyer hunts German U-boats in vain as the submarines sink dozens of merchant ships along the East Coast. Still shaken by battles at sea, Arch notices his men also struggle with their nerves—and with drowsiness. Could there be a link to the large prescriptions Lillian has been filling? As the danger rises on both land and sea, the two must work together to answer that question. But can Arch ever earn Lillian's trust and affection?

Sarah Sundin is the author of eight historical novels, including Anchor in the Storm. Her novel Through Waters Deep was named to Booklist’s “101 Best Romance Novels of the Last 10 Years,” and her novella I’ll Be Home for Christmas in Where Treetops Glisten was a finalist for the 2015 Carol Award. A mother of three, Sarah lives in California, works on-call as a hospital pharmacist, and teaches Sunday school.
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One grand prize winner will receive:

  • A signed copy of Anchor in the Storm

  • Nautical tote bag lined with anchor fabric

  • Anchor necklace made from copper reclaimed from the USS Constitution in Boston during restoration

  • 365 Devotions for Hope by Karen Whiting

  • Shine: Nautical Inspirational Adult Coloring Book

  • "Hope Anchors the Soul" journal

  • Set of two nautical tea towels

  • LF AIS full group 2 
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    1. I'm a work in progress, too! Love historical fiction & love this book!

    2. Thank you for the wonderful review, Meghan! I'm so glad you took a chance on a new author - and that you enjoyed the story!

    3. CANNOT wait to read and review this one. Sarah always has a beautiful style and way with words. This one is coming soon on my quickly growing TBR. :)

    4. Enjoyed your review. I just love books and movies that take me to a different era.


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