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.
I was first introduced to Sarah Sundin when I read her novella in Where Treetops Glisten. Out of the four novellas Sundin's was my favorite, so I was more than happy to read one of her full-length novels and experience more of her writing!
WW2 novels are some of my favorites and while I've read my fair share of them I must say that Sundin's brought up a different aspect of the war. Through Waters Deep focused on the tensions in America before we joined the war, as well as life on board a destroyer ship and the impact of German U-boats. I love getting a glimpse into a different aspect of history, and Sundin's writing is well researched, transporting you back in time to the 1940s. (I also loved how she described the different fashions of the day, everything was so much classier then!)
The characters were well developed and I was quickly drawn into the story. I loved that Jim & Mary's relationship took some work, and things didn't fall perfectly into place for them. I also appreciated how Sundin displayed their flaws and didn't build them up into these picture perfect characters, there was some reality and depth to them.
Through Waters Deep was the perfect combination of history, romance, and a little bit of mystery. I'm looking forward to reading the next book in this series when it comes out next summer!
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* I received this book for free from Litfuse Publicity. All opinions are my own
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