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Through Waters Deep by Sarah Sundin

In 1941 America, the United States is torn between its fragile neutrality, resistance to World War II, and desires to join the fight. Outgoing naval officer Jim Avery dreams of leading a bright crew of young men to assist England in her war efforts. He is surprised to run into his childhood friend, Mary Stirling, while docked in Boston for several weeks. Mary is beautiful and reserved, but has a quite spunk that comes in handy with her job as a naval secretary. As tensions begin to rise over the war, Mary uses her anonymity and skills as a secretary to notate various crewmembers actions and attitudes. But when real danger arises on Jim’s ship, her scribbles and observances may be vital to saving lives, thrusting her usual timid self her right into the middle of the action.

Sarah Sundin is a great storyteller. Her novels seamlessly weave together fascinating history, Biblical principles, and exciting romance. I enjoyed learning about the details surrounding the early months of 1941 America, with particular attention to the jobs and duties of naval officers. The plot contains enough mystery that it is difficult to foresee the true villain. The characters also undergo significant growth and development, which truly creates a story that is realistic, relatable, and interesting. Another twist also makes the romance a bit unpredictable, adding to the delight of the story. Personally, I enjoyed the relationship and camaraderie of the characters a bit better in In Perfect Time (another great read by the same author), but this book is still very enjoyable! I look forward to the next novel in the series. Highly recommended!

I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

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Trial Run by Thomas Locke

Dr. Gabriella Speciale has developed a program that seems almost impossible. She has unlocked a portion of quantum physics that allows people to transcend, or travel through time and space. But her research has not gone unnoticed. Reese Clawson may be on the other side of the world, but she also has invested much time and money into similar technology. As their two worlds clash, danger begins to leak into the science and loyalties are questioned. However, the multidimensional world in which the scientists are working only makes things much more complicated.

This book is fairly exploding with complex physics, action, and suspense. It was easy to delve into the world of science and speed through the chapters. There are a lot of characters and mystery initially, which makes the first few pages a big harder to get through, but once the pieces start coming together, the book flows seamlessly to the end. I was also a bit disappointed to find the ending somewhat a cliffhanger, as I can be impatient waiting for the next novel. I must also caution that this book is full of very complex science themes, which may be overwhelming for some readers, a true testament to the great mind of the author. Overall, the book is very creative and well written, perfect for those who enjoy suspense and complexity as it certainly makes its readers think!

I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

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Hope Harbor by Irene Hannon

Michael Hunter is looking for a respite from a busy life and a painful past. He travels cross-country to Hope Harbor, Oregon, in search of peace and relaxation. Almost immediately, he meets Tracy Campbell, a local cranberry farmer who has stretched herself with too many commitments of late. Despite his desire for a quiet vacation, Michael feels himself drawn to the same organizations that Tracy feels passionate about, allowing him to spend more time with the intriguing Hope Harbor resident. But it will take all the charm of Hope Harbor to overcome their painful pasts, allowing them to open their hearts to the possibility of love and change again.

This novel is a perfect summer read. The setting is detailed in such a way that it is easy to imagine the west coast with its sandy beaches and rocky shoreline. The significant depth of the characters coupled with their interesting and not-so-typical pasts creates a unique and fascinating story. The central theme of regret is beautifully told and effortlessly relatable. Irene Hannon always weaves in such wonderful details into her novels and this modern romance is no exception. Add a few quirky characters and intertwine some Christian messages and you have a wonderful contemporary fiction novel!

I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

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