“You don’t want to report your findings for fear of drawing attention to yourself. But what if something happens? Someone gets hurt?” Jim asks Mary in Sarah Sundin’s novel, Through Waters Deep.
First in the Waves of Freedom series, this three hundred and eighty-four page paperback targets those who enjoy historical romance during the start of World War II. With no profanity or overtly sexual scenes, topics of sabotage and wartime may not be appropriate for immature readers. A note to the reader, acknowledgments, book club discussion guide, author’s biography, and advertisements are after the conclusion. This reader wishes all pronouns of God were capitalized for reverence.
In this tale set in Boston, Massachusetts, months before America enters World War II, Mary Stilling has been working for the Navy Yard as a secretary. Always with a notebook in her hand, she takes shorthand of conversations she hears while America’s battleships and destroyers are built. With a fear of drawing attention to herself, she is an analytical listener, ready to help whenever possible.
Noticing Ensign Jim Avery when he comes ashore, Mary recalls it has been five years since they had last seen each other. Recalling he was infatuated with her best friend, she is happy to be his friend and show him the sites around Boston.
Jim, a junior officer aboard the USS Atwood, uncovers a bomb on the ship, while Mary and the FBI get involved looking for the saboteur at the shipyard. The easy-going sailor who usually falls for bubbling blondes struggles to be bold, feeling he was the cause of an accident as a child.
As Mary and Jim work through their inadequacies, their friendship is tested when each must face their fears while trusting God for the outcome. Mentioning nautical terms, Old Testament Nehemiah’s decisions, and humility over pride, they wonder if love can carry them through deep waters.
Enjoying writing about romance and drama during WWII, the award-winning author is on her third series regarding the subject. Living in Northern California with her husband and three children, she is an on-call hospital pharmacist who is a member of several Christian writers’ organizations.
Thanks to Revell for furnishing this complimentary book in exchange for a review based on the reader’s honest opinion.
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