Title: Anchor in the Storm (Waves of Freedom #2)
Author: Sarah Sundin
My rating is 5+ stars.
We met most of the characters in book one by the same author titled, Through Waters Deep. Here, the story focuses on Lillian Avery who is pharmacist and Ensign Archer Vandenberg. Lillian comes from a big family, though with normal sibling laughter and sometimes strife. Archer is an only child and heir to a vast fortune, but joined the Navy so as not to be forced to follow in his father’s footsteps.
Lillian has taught herself to be independent and that includes not leaning on her Lord, after she had suffered losing a part of a leg in a childhood accident. Lillian refuses to let her heart be loved or be soft because she sees it as weakness plus a former experience taught her how deep one can be hurt when a heart is risked in allowing someone to love them.
Archer too is a wounded man though he is seeking to allow the Lord to change him and to overcome the combat nightmares he has suffered since his first ship was torpedoed. Archer knows how his past made him look to women and family too, but he longs to no longer be that man. When he meets Lillian Archer, he feels as though a fresh breath of life and love may actually be a part of his life. Until he receives a letter and reverts back to the way he has tested women before coming to Christ.
The author writes a captivating tale of two broken people who long to be loved for who they are and not pity or because of wealth. For the Avery family, letting Lillian move so far away when she might need help because of her prosthesis is something Lilly wants to disprove. I love the mystery Lillian and Archer want to solve as it directly affects how sailors are able to do their job on their ships. I also was moved by how the men who are no longer able to serve on their ships because of nerves or physical injury have to once again return to civilian life even when they want to continue serving.
This is a very moving, climactic, suspense-filled with some romance that will entertain readers for hours! Read Through the Deep Waters before Anchor in the Storm so you can fully enjoy the developing tale!
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