It is 1941 and America teeters on the brink of war. Handsome and outgoing naval officer Ensign Jim Avery escorts British convoys across the North Atlantic in a brand-new destroyer, the USS Atwood. On shore, Jim encounters Mary Stirling, a childhood friend who is now an astute and beautiful Boston Navy Yard secretary.
When evidence of sabotage on the Atwood is discovered, Jim and Mary must work together to uncover the culprit. A bewildering maze of suspects emerges, and Mary is dismayed to find that even someone close to her is under suspicion. With the increasing pressure, Jim and Mary find that many new challenges–and dangers–await them.
Read on to discover my thoughts on Through Waters Deep, a link to an excerpt, a behind the scenes video and information on a fun giveaway to celebrate the launch of the book.
Sarah Sundin’s newest World War II series focuses on the American Navy in the Atlantic and the Avery family. In Through Waters Deep, readers are introduced Jim Avery from Ohio shortly before the launch ceremony of one of the Navy’s newest destroyers. There he meets Mary, a woman he remembers as being the quiet friend of his buddy’s vivacious girl. He quickly learns there’s more to Mary when she’s determined to discover who sabotaged her arrangements for the launch. Other acts of sabotage follow, all on board ships launched from the Boston Navy Yard.
In the run up to Pearl Harbor, Americans were divided over whether or not the country should enter the war. Through Waters Deep portrays this not just with descriptions of various protests, but also in the choice of suspects. Is an isolationist responsible for the damage or an interventionist? There are other suspects too, such as the German welder and his Jewish colleague. Could Mary’s French room-mate even be responsible? Sarah Sundin also shows how Americans continued their everyday lives of work and fun even as their loved ones in the Navy faced danger on the high seas.
In the middle of all this drama, there is the growing romance between Jim and Mary and their character development. I could take or leave the romance, but I liked how Mary had to define the line between pride and what I saw as over the top humility. Mary was so used to being a wallflower that being assertive took a lot of courage. At the same time, Jim had to learn to be decisive instead of drifting along in life. My favorite parts of Through Waters Deep, however, were the historical detail of the Boston Navy Yard and the drama of the sabotage plot.
Thank you to Litfuse Publicity Group and Revell for my complimentary copy of Through Waters Deep, which I received in exchange for my honest review.
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Publisher: Revell (a division of Baker Publishing Group)
Publication Date: 04 August 2015
Page Count: 384