Monday, May 29, 2017

When Tides Turn- Sarah Sundin

My Rating: 4 Stars

Description: Tess Beaumont is tired of being thought of as just a pretty face. Eager to do her part for the war effort, she joins the Navy's newly established WAVES program for women. Perhaps there she can convince people that there is more to her than meets the eye.

Lt. Dan Avery has been using his skills in the fight against German U-boats and hoping to make admiral. The last thing he wants to see on his radar is a girl like Tess. Convinced that romance will interfere with his goals, Dan is determined to stay the course, no matter how intriguing a distraction Tess is.

But love, like war, is unpredictable. When Dan is shipped out at the peak of the Battle of the Atlantic, he finds himself torn between his lifelong career goals and his desire to help the beguiling Tess root out a possible spy on shore. Could this fun-loving glamour girl really be the one?

My Thoughts: I love the Avery brothers!! Both Jim and Dan are amazing heroes and I was so happy to read Dan's love story. Despite his hard exterior, he's still a big goofball who just needs someone to help bring out that side of him. Queue Tess, a princess on the outside who needs someone to see the strength within. All of Sarah's characters have played so well off of each other, building the other up where they are weakest.

The mysteries are also good. While I thought Tess as a little quick to judge Yvette's actions, the rest of it was interesting and it took me most of the novel to figure out "who dun it". My only complaint is that in Dan's portion of the novel, the battle scenes were not as interesting as in the last two books. Rather than being full of first hand action, it is more of Dan watching events unfold.

Still, I'm sad to see this trilogy come to an end. I would have loved to see it continue with all the Avery brothers. The romance in Sundin's stories is well balanced between romantic and realistic, with manly heroes who are just dorky enough to make them adorable.

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