cover image Anchor in the Storm

Anchor in the Storm

Sarah Sundin. Revell, $14.99 trade paper (400p) ISBN 978-0-8007-2343-9

Sundin's second Waves of Freedom novel (after Wings of the Nightingale), a delicious mix of mystery, romance, and girl power set at the beginning of WWII, will surely please fans. Lillian Avery faces particular challenges as an amputee with pharmacist ambitions. Her plucky drive and supportive family have helped her through a lot, but when she begins a romantic liaison with a wealthy naval officer, Lillian's life becomes more complicated than she could have imagined. Lillian's voice is strong and her battle is uplifting, but the nature of the crime she encounters and a few turns in her up-and-down relationship might strain credulity. Nevertheless, the drama of a U.S. on the brink of war experienced by a this independent young woman and the man she loves%E2%80%94who wrestles with what readers will recognize as PTSD%E2%80%94will keep readers interested despite moments of predictability. Lillian's adventures, her dashing man, their growing faith in God, and an exciting historical context will satisfy readers looking for an uplifting story in the midst of falling hope. Agent: Rachel Kent, Books & Such. (May)