It is 1941 and America teeters on the brink of war. Outgoing naval officer Ensign Jim Avery escorts British convoys across the North Atlantic in a brand-new destroyer, the USS Atwood. Back on shore, Boston Navy Yard secretary Mary Stirling does her work quietly and efficiently, happy to be out of the limelight. Yet, despite her reserved nature, she never could back down from a challenge.
When evidence of sabotage on the Atwood is found, 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.
World War II is not a time period that I usually read. Because of that, this book started really slow to me. I simply wasn't used to the time period that was involved. However, once things got going it was hard to put this one down.
This book has two or three different story lines going on. There is a friendship between Jim and Mary that seems to be turning into a romance during much of the book. There is the mystery of trying to figure out who is sabotaging the navy yard. And then there is the story of survival when Jim and his crew are out to sea during their missions.
Jim and Mary are both fun characters for me. They were friends in high school, but never really talked to each other. Their meeting in Boston was by chance and they seemed to instantly be connected to each other. I loved their fun lifestyle and the way they explored the city and all the historical points that came up. They both are people who are willing to put others ahead of themselves, no matter the outcome, and this trait in the two of them really made me want the best for them.
Although the war is not a time period I typically read, I do enjoy learning about the details of the war. Because of that, the story line of Jim and his crew was completely fascinating to me. Getting insight to how they trained and how they all worked together was amazing. When tragedy struck, Jim won my heart by the actions he took for the crew.
Overall, this is a great book. This is the first book in a new series from Sarah Sundin, and I will be putting the remainder on my list for sure. Go check it out!
Sarah Sundin enjoys writing about the drama and romance of the World War II era. She is the author of the upcoming Waves of Freedom series (Through Waters Deep, coming August 2015), the Wings of the Nightingale series (With Every Letter, 2012, On Distant Shores, 2013, and In Perfect Time, 2014), and the Wings of Glory series (A Distant Melody, A Memory Between Us, and Blue Skies Tomorrow). She also has a novella in the WWII Christmas collection Where Treetops Glisten (WaterBrook, 2014).
A mother of three, Sundin lives in northern California. She works on-call as a hospital pharmacist and teaches Sunday school and women's Bible studies. She enjoys speaking to community, church, and writers' groups.