Anchor in the Storm

Sarah Sundin  

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Publication Date: 2016

Number of Pages: 373

Series: Waves of Freedom-Book 2



Summary of back cover:

Nothing slows Lillian Avery down-not her personal challenges and certainly not America’s entry into World War II. She finally has a chance to prove herself as a pharmacies in Boston. The demands of her new job energize her. But society boy Ensign Archer Vandenberg’s attention only annoys her—even if he is her brother’s best friend.

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 for sedatives Lillian has filled?

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 affections?



After reading Through Waters Deep, I couldn’t wait until the next one came out. When I found out that it was going to be about Lilian, Jim’s little sister, who was in an accident years ago and now has a wooden leg, I was really anticipating it. I’ve never read a book with the main character with a disability. I was super excited. I know this sounds wired, but I’m so tired of the main female character being labeled “perfect” in societies eyes. Because Lillian doesn’t have a leg and the problems and mean comments that go with it, she was insecure and had trouble trusting other people. This made her character very relatable.


The relationship between her and Arch was also realistic. It wasn’t all rainbows and sunshine between them and that is rarely the case. I love how Sarah Sundin puts history and mystery together. Notice I didn’t say suspense. This wasn’t a heart-pounding, action-packed book, rather a “something’s-fishy, let’s go investigate kind of book”. Not that it doesn’t have its moments, but it has more elements than just those.


This book takes you into a time machine and drops you right into the 1940’s. It has everything; history, sweet romance, mystery and so much more. Anchor in the Storm will have you laughing, crying and hoping that the story will never end.




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