When Tides Turn by Sarah Sundin

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The last thing naval officer Dan Avery wants to see on his radar is glamour girl Quintessa Beaumont—even if she has joined the WAVES.

When Tides Turn by Sarah SundinWhen fun-loving glamour girl Quintessa Beaumont learns the Navy has established the WAVES program for women, she enlists, determined to throw off her frivolous ways and contribute to the war effort. No-nonsense and hoping to make admiral, Lt. Dan Avery has been using his skills to fight German U-boats. The last thing he wants to see on his radar is a girl like Tess. For her part, Tess works hard to prove her worth in the Anti-Submarine Warfare Unit in Boston—both to her commanding officers and to the man with whom she is smitten. When Dan is assigned to a new escort carrier at the peak of the Battle of the Atlantic, he’s torn between his lifelong career goals and his desire to help Tess root out a possible spy on shore. The Germans put up quite a fight, but he wages a deeper battle within his heart. Could Tess be the one for him?

With precision and pizazz, fan favorite Sarah Sundin carries readers through the rough waters of love in a time when every action might have unforeseen world-changing consequences.

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My Thoughts

Ahoy there! It’s the conclusion of the Waves of Freedom series and a fitting finale for these WWII Navy men and women readers have grown to love!

Although she occasionally came across as a bit silly in the previous two books, Quintessa is determined to be more than just a pretty face. I admire her spunk and tenacity as she strives to do her part in the war effort and put her talents to good use. Tess is a good girl, she’s naturally inclined to follow the rules and shower others compassion and encouragement.

Dan has been an all work and no play kind of man since before he was old enough to be considered a man. He is driven and his work ethic is impressive but you can only burn the candle at both ends for so long before you are left with nothing but a handful of pain. Dan is man enough to take a good look at himself and scripture to make sure he is on the right course.

The rich WWII history shines through this entertaining romance. Readers will enjoy the thread of mystery and all the inside looks at the Navy’s inner workings and WAVES program. This series is a worthy tribute to those men and women who served our country during the war and those who did all they could to support them.

I requested the opportunity to read and review this title through Revell Reads and NetGalley. The opinions expressed are my own.

About the Author

Sarah SundinSarah Sundin is the author of the Waves of Freedom series (Through Waters Deep, Anchor in the Storm, and When Tides Turn), the Wings of the Nightingale series (With Every LetterOn Distant Shores, and In Perfect Time),and the Wings of Glory series (A Distant Melody, A Memory Between Us, and Blue Skies Tomorrow), all from Revell. In addition, she has a novella in Where Treetops Glisten (WaterBrook).

Her novella “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” in Where Treetops Glisten was a finalist for the 2015 Carol Award, and In Perfect Time received the 2015 Silver Scroll Award of Merit from AWSA. In 2014, On Distant Shores was a double finalist for the Golden Scroll Awards from both AWSA and the Christian Authors Network. In 2011, A Memory Between Us was a finalist in the Inspirational Reader’s Choice Awards and Sarah received the Writer of the Year Award at the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference.

A mother of three, Sarah lives in northern California, works on-call as a hospital pharmacist, and teaches Sunday school and women’s Bible studies.

She belongs to American Christian Fiction Writers, Christian Authors Network, and Advanced Writers and Speakers Association.

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3 Comments


  1. // Reply

    LOVED this one!!!! SO MUCH!!!! Sarah is a forever favorite! I can’t wait for her next series!


  2. // Reply

    Thank you for the lovely review, Beth Erin! I’m so glad you enjoyed Dan & Tess’s story!


  3. // Reply

    Great review, Beth! I’m excited to read Dan & Tess’s story. 🙂

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