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.