Through Waters Deep by Sarah Sundin | Blog Tour and Anchors Aweigh Giveaway

Dive into Sarah Sundin’s explosive new series, Waves of Freedom, with book one, Through Waters DeepWhen evidence of sabotage on the Atwood is found, Jim and Mary must work together to uncover the culprit. A bewildering maze of suspects emerges, and Mary is dismayed to find that even someone close to her is under suspicion. With the increasing pressure, Jim and Mary find that many new challenges–and dangers–await them in the midst of their budding romance.

Join Sarah in celebrating the release of Through Waters Deep by entering to win an Anchors Aweigh prize pack!


One grand prize winner will receive:

  • A copy of Through Waters Deep
  • A nautical tote bag
  • A set of compass rose notecards
  • A “Hope Anchors the Soul” journal
  • A Boston Tea Party earl grey tea set
  • Through Waters Deep apron
  • A set of nautical tea towels


Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on August 24th. The winner will be announced August 25th on Sarah’s blog.



{More about Through Waters Deep}

Through Waters Deep (Revell, August 2015)

It is 1941 and America teeters on the brink of war.

Outgoing naval officer Ensign Jim Avery escorts British convoys across the North Atlantic in a brand-new destroyer, the USS Atwood. Back on shore, Boston Navy Yard secretary Mary Stirling does her work quietly and efficiently, happy to be out of the limelight. Yet, despite her reserved nature, she never could back down from a challenge. When evidence of sabotage on the Atwood is found, Jim and Mary must work together to uncover the culprit. A bewildering maze of suspects emerges, and Mary is dismayed to find that even someone close to her is under suspicion. With the increasing pressure, Jim and Mary find that many new challenges–and dangers–await them.

Sarah Sundin takes readers to the tense months before the US entered WWII. Readers will encounter German U-boats and torpedoes, along with the explosive power of true love, in this hopeful and romantic story.

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{More About Sarah Sundin}

Sarah Sundin is the author of eight historical novels, including “Anchor in the Storm.” Her novel “Through Waters Deep” was named to Booklist’s “101 Best Romance Novels of the Last 10 Years,” and her novella “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” in “Where Treetops Glisten” was a finalist for the 2015 Carol Award. A mother of three, Sarah lives in California, works on-call as a hospital pharmacist, and teaches Sunday school.

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Don’t let fear hold you back from your true calling

Sarah Sundin launches new World War II series rich with historical detail, mystery and romance

7/8/2015 || Seattle: With the first book in her new Waves of Freedom series, Through Waters Deep (Revell/August 4, 2015/ISBN: 978-0800723422 /$14.99), Sarah Sundin transports readers back to the 1940s — a fascinating time when ordinary men learned they could do extraordinary things and women explored new roles while still remaining ladies. It’s an era Sundin enjoys living in while she weaves her stories. “When we read of how people in the 1940s prevailed in times of uncertainty, fear and danger, it gives us hope we can prevail today, no matter what we face,” Sundin explains.

Described by Booklist as “an optimal hybrid of 1940s crime and romance,” Through Waters Deep takes readers through the tense months right before the U.S. entered World War II. There they’ll encounter German U-boats and torpedoes, along with the explosive power of true love.

In 1941, as America teeters on the brink of war in the months before Pearl Harbor, , outgoing naval officer Ensign Jim Avery escorts British convoys across the North Atlantic in a brand-new destroyer, the U.S.S. Atwood. Back on shore, his old high school friend, Boston Navy Yard secretary Mary Stirling, does her work quietly and efficiently, happy to be out of the limelight. Yet despite her reserved nature, Mary never could back down from a challenge. When evidence of sabotage on the Atwood is found, Jim and Mary must work together to uncover the culprit. A bewildering maze of suspects emerges, and Mary is dismayed to find that even someone close to her is under suspicion. With the increasing pressure, Jim and Mary find many new challenges — and dangers — await them.

Sundin is known for finding inspiration for her stories from the Bible, but Scripture found its way into this tale in a different way. “Verses emerged when I wrote the story,” Sundin admits. “For Mary Stirling, who struggles with fears of attention and failure, her theme verse is Matthew 5:15-16: ‘Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.’ Mary learns that using your gifts isn’t prideful when you do it to call attention to God, not to yourself.”

Sundin launches her new Waves of Freedom series with a title she hopes will encourage her readers to hoist their sails with renewed confidence in who they are in Christ.  Using sailing as a metaphor in Through Waters Deep, Sundin illustrates how in order to fly with the wind, ultimately we need to let the Lord fill our sails and resist the current any time it threatens to get us off course.

Readers can expect to be swept away by the Waves of Freedom titles and can look forward to the next installment, Anchor in the Storm, in summer 2016.

Learn more about Sarah Sundin and Through Waters Deep by visiting, becoming a fan on Facebook (SarahSundinAuthor) or following her on Twitter (@sarahsundin) and Pinterest (sarahsundin).

Advance Praise

“Working with a large cast of characters and an intricate and dramatic plot, Sundin brilliantly builds tension between American isolationists and interventionists. Readers will be struck by the thoughtfulness and care Sundin brings to every thread in this chilling story as they are swept up into exciting plot twists leading to a thrilling climax.”

~ Booklist, starred review

About the Author

Sarah Sundin is the author of The Wings of the Nightingale series and Wings of Glory series. Her novella “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” in Where Treetops Glisten is a 2015 finalist in the American Christian Fiction Writers Carol Awards. On Distant Shores was a finalist for the 2014 Golden Scroll Award from both the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association (AWSA) and the Christian Authors Network (CAN).  In 2011, Sundin received the Writer of the Year Award at the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference. Sundin just launched her new World War II series, Waves of Freedom, with Through Waters Deep. Anchor in the Storm is expected to release in summer 2016.

A graduate of UC San Francisco School of Pharmacy, Sundin works on-call as a hospital pharmacist. During WWII, her grandfather served as a pharmacist’s mate (medic) in the Navy, and her great-uncle flew with the U.S. Eighth Air Force in England.

A mother of three, Sundin lives in California, where she teaches Sunday school and women’s Bible studies. She also enjoys speaking for community and writers’ groups.

Suggested interview questions

—Through Waters Deep is the first book in your new Waves of Freedom series. What’s it like for you to start a new series?

—You are known for finding inspiration for elements of your story plots in Scripture. Which verse did you choose for Through Waters Deep?

—Why do you like setting stories during the World War II period?

—Do you know anyone who served in the Navy during World War II? Did you draw from real stories as you wrote Through Waters Deep?

—What fact did you find most interesting as you did research for this book?

—How does Mary’s fear of attention hold her back? Do you have past or present fears that have held you back? How did you overcome?

—Jim has always floated with the current, and he struggles to be bold when necessary. Do you tend to be bold, or do you “go with the flow”?

—How do events that happen in our childhood shape our present character? Is it possible to overcome these past events and forge a new future?

—Have you ever been on board a WWII-era ship? What did you think?

—The U.S. was united immediately after the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, but earlier that year a different cultural temperature existed. How does this time remind you of today’s world?

—What significance does the imagery of sailing have in Through Waters Deep?

—This book contains an element of mystery; is it hard to create that kind of suspense?

—What message do you hope readers take away from reading Through Waters Deep?

—What can readers anticipate as you continue the Waves of Freedom series?

Sarah Sundin is available for interviews to promote the release of Through Waters Deep. To request a review copy, schedule an interview or for more information, please contact Audra Jennings,


“Working with a large cast of characters and an intricate and dramatic plot, Sundin brilliantly builds tension between American isolationists and interventionists. Readers will be struck by the thoughtfulness and care Sundin brings to every thread in this chilling story as they are swept up into exciting plot twists leading to a thrilling climax.” —Booklist, starred review

“Fascinating history, interesting location, touching romance—Sarah Sundin packs it all in this page-turning story. Readers are sure to enjoy living this stirring WWII-era adventure.” —Ann H. Gabhart, author of Love Comes Home and The Innocent

Through Waters Deep reeled me in from the start. Endearing characters combine with intrigue and mystery in a tale that begs to be read in record time.” —Jocelyn Green, award-winning author of the Heroines Behind the Lines Civil War series

“Sarah Sundin is a gifted novelist. Bottom line—this book is perfect for lovers of WWII romances and mysteries that would give Nancy Drew a run for her money.” —Cara Putman, award-winning author of Shadowed by Grace and Where Treetops Glisten

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    This is the first book I have ever read by Sarah Sundin. I was surprised at how quickly it grabbed my attention! There is much intrigue as Mary struggles to fine the saboteur on the Navy ship she is helping get commissioned. Through it all, she learns to find her self worth and fall in love. In a pre-American Involvement-WWII, tensions are high as it builds up to that fateful day at Pearl Harbor.

    The characters are really great in this book. They are full of depth and character. God is not an afterthought either, which I really like. He is woven throughout the pages. It’s a fun mystery and a sweet story. I absolutely recommend it!! Please pick up a copy.

    Thank you, Litfuse, for this great read! As always, this is my honest opinion. Here’s to many more!!

    Written by aTransParentMom on August 26, 2015
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    I am always a fan of WW2 stories, there is a reason they were called the greatest generation, and this book certain was an enjoyable read. With characters that actually had depth and I enjoyed, a good mystery that kept one engaged and a interesting plot line, this book was a very easy read and I highly recommend it. I look forward to reading other books by the author in the future, she is a good writer for sure! I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

    Written by Perfect Beginnings on August 26, 2015


    Through Waters Deep is probably my favourite Sundin work yet. Sarah gave me exactly what I wanted and was hoping for in this novel. The writing was almost flawless, and the romance was a big part of the story and didn’t seem to be an after thought. If your a fan of Historical romance I would recommend you pick up this book.

    Written by A Vintage Girl in the Modern World on August 25, 2015


    From the amazingly developed characters, to a plot that flowed nicely and a book that kept my attention throughout, Sarah Sundin has nailed it with Through Waters Deep. I love WWII novels and this is absolutely one of my favorites in that genre. You will not be disappointed by this book at all, including the stunning cover!
    I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!

    Written by A Mom After God’s Own Heart on August 24, 2015


    I love any book about World War 2, especially Christian historical novels set in this time frame. Sarah Sundin does not disappoint with this novel. I’ve read so many novels of this genre but this is the first I remember reading set in the United States. It was so interesting to read about the different view points America had during the war. This book had me going from the first chapter. I loved the love story, although at times I wanted to slap them upside the head. But what truly made this book was the main character of Mary. She is just such a relateable character. She struggles with self-confidence from thinking she has too much pride. She was just such a lovable character that I found myself rooting for her through out. This book has love, friendship, war, and mystery.

    Written by The Crafty Home on August 24, 2015
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    I so enjoy learning/reading/pretending I’m living in the 1940’s, so this book immediately drew me in from that aspect. The writing is great, and the plot kept me reading and reading..and reading! (This is my second Sarah Sunden book, so I wasn’t at all surprised by that fact) I don’t know much about naval life, so it was enjoyable discovering the different nautical terms that would pop up throughout the story. Besides a good mystery and clean romance, something else I thoroughly enjoyed was seeing how Sarah wove Truth through the story. In the story, Mary is reticent/reserved, but can’t resist a good mystery, and even through her fear, she learns it is important to shine her light brightly – not to show the world how great she is, but how great He is.

    Written by Leafy Not Beefy on August 24, 2015
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    Through Waters Deep was an amazing story. Maybe it was just my love for Jim and Mary as a couple or the honesty of the historical context, but I really enjoyed this book and stayed up late one night so I could finish it in two days.

    Mary is a girl after my own heart. Loving adventure while hating the limelight, I felt like she was a person I would have liked to have known. Jim was nearly the opposite, enjoying adventure while feeling perfectly at home with any attention he might draw by being himself. They complimented each other well, creating a pair whose happily-ever-after I could believe in.

    Written by Backing Books on August 24, 2015


    Like all books written by Sarah Sundin, you get the feeling of being right with her characters. You, can feel the love, the hurt and you ALWAYS get a little bit of history out of them. I always enjoy her books, even though I have found myself having a hard time to get into one of her past books, it was well worth the read. This series is not on the top of my list to finish reading!!!

    Written by Life With 3 Boys & 1 Girl on August 24, 2015
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    Through Waters Deep is the first book in Sarah Sundin’s latest series, Waves of Freedom and it is great! As a fan of historical fiction I really was excited to read it. Also my Dad and my husband both served in the Navy so I am always interested in reading about the Navy, so this book had both. Sarah Sundin writes with authority about the 1940’s, the Navy, WWII and events leading up to it, and Boston. Sarah Sundin writes a perfect mixture of fact and fiction that kept me engaged. I loved learning about the shipyards and the different ships that were built and used during this time. I found myself looking up names and places to get a better picture of the story. I found myself unable to put this book down because it kept me guessing until the end. This story had a little of everything romance, mystery, history, and adventure. As I read this book I felt like I was there with Mary Stirling seeing the story unfold. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Christian Historical Fiction, you will not be disappointed. I cannot wait to read the rest of this series! I give this book 5 STARS.

    Written by For The Love of Books on August 24, 2015
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    There were alot of historical facts and political turmoil through out the book because of the time period. I enjoyed the story and budding romance between Mary and Jim, but it was a little difficult reading through all the history and technical wordage. If you like reading books during the WWI and WWII time period, you will love this book!

    Written by EmpowerMoms on August 24, 2015
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  • This is an enthralling story. I found all the nautical terms throughout make the story more gripping. I relish history, and stories set during the World War 2 period, so I was instantly drawn to Through Waters Deep. I learned more about the time period just before the U.S. entered the war, and some of the little-known events which took place.This is a well crafted story, and builds to a powerful, on-the-edge-of-your-seat climax. I highly recommend this if you enjoy history, and mystery. A great summer read.

    Written by Life at Rossmont on August 24, 2015
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    If I were to name a favorite author in the historical fiction category, it would definitely be Sarah Sundin. Her books are full of history and you can tell she does her research well before she starts writing. I have read many of her books and have enjoyed each one so far.

    Through Waters Deep didn’t disappoint me at all. The first book in her new series, Waves of Freedom, focuses its time in 1941. The reader is introduced to, and instantly hooked on, Jim and Mary. I was captured by this story from the first page.

    Written by When life gets you down…read a book on August 24, 2015
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    Through Waters Deep by Sarah Sundin is the First book in the Waves of Freedom series. The story is set in 1941, right before WWII and it is full of history, romance and mystery. This book really is the whole package! It took me a While before I was fully engaged in the story, but once I got into it and started getting acquainted with the characters I was hooked!

    Written by Welcome to Our Crazy World on August 24, 2015
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    Mary’s gumption to try and figure out who was sabotaging the ships was admirable. Even though the FBI discouraged her from helping, her boss had faith that she would be an asset and encouraged her. (Jim) was also Mary’s cheerleader, encouraging her to face her fears and live life to the fullest.
    If this book is a sign as to the rest of this series, it will be one to watch for. I really enjoyed this novel, as I have all of Susan Sundin’s other publications, and look forward with great expectation for the other two books.

    Written by Our Little Corner of the World on August 23, 2015
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    When I first started reading this novel, I enjoyed the characters of Jim and Mary right away. I very much related to Mary and her struggles. Jim was also a likeable guy. At the beginning, these many secondary characters were a bit hard to keep straight, but as I kept reading, things fell more into place, and the sabotage aspect of the plot lent a great deal to the overall story. As for the other characters, there were a lot of them.

    The era of the 1940s and its culture was an especially fun backdrop for this romance. Overall, Through Waters Deep is another winner from Sarah Sundin, and I am looking forward to the next one!

    Written by Shoopette’s Book Reviews on August 23, 2015


    I absolutely loved this book! The story was mysterious, intriguing, and hard to put down! I thought that the characters were well developed throughout the story too.
    If you love the WWII era and are looking for a new series to start, then make sure to pick up this book.

    Written by Amanda’s Pile of Books on August 23, 2015
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    Sundin’s Through Waters Deep was just plain fun to read! I absolutely loved Jim and Mary. Sundin wrote with the perfect balance of a budding romance, intrigue and mystery. She captures the WWII era with good characterization and dialogue as well as description of the times and places affected during the war. Sundin has started off her new Waves Of Freedom series with a real winner. I can’t wait to see what comes next!

    Written by Mother of Three on August 23, 2015
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    I liked how the characters matured over the course of the book. Great start to a new series. I have read and enjoyed all of this author’s books. Recommended.

    Written by A Book Lover Forever on August 23, 2015
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    Can I just say that Jim and Mary are an adorable couple? They’re both so thoughtful and lighthearted, while also sharing an interesting combination of selflessness and self-consciousness. Their interactions are very “aww”-inducing! And their respective journeys to freedom and a deeper understanding of both humility and boldness are very well-crafted.

    Written by Seasons of Humility on August 23, 2015
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    Through Waters Deep was the perfect combination of history, romance, and a little bit of mystery. I love getting a glimpse into a different aspect of history, and Sundin’s writing is well researched; transporting you back in time to the 1940s. I’m looking forward to reading the next book in this series when it comes out next summer!

    Written by Love and a Prayer on August 23, 2015
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    Sarah Sundin is one of those rare authors who comes along and makes you delve into a time period you may not really want to read, and enjoy yourself the whole time:) I am not a real big fan of WWII time period books. They just aren’t my favorites. But this author here can make me read them and love them!

    I would definitely give this more than 5 stars if I could!

    Written by Giveaway Lady on August 22, 2015
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    I am quickly falling in love with Sarah Sundin as an author. I’ve read a few of her other books and love how she makes WWII come alive. I’m particularly in love with her books on the nurses in the war! This book definitely was a great one. I loved learning about what women did in the home front during the war and a different side of the war. We as a country were at war on the waves just as much as we were in the air or on land. I loved reading how being at war on the waves really affected people at home.

    And then of course we have the spy issue. Can Mary find out who the spy is without getting herself or others killed? While the country is at war sometimes those at home didn’t always understand it. This book brings the war home. We were at war on the waves and land in America.

    Written by For Him and My Family on August 22, 2015
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    Filled with historical gems, romantic tension, and a mystery to solve, Through Deep Waters will draw you in and have you thinking like Nancy Drew right along side Mary Stirling and Ensign Jim Avery.

    Written by Thinking Thoughts on August 22, 2015
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    I become more and more of a fan of Sarah Sundin with each new book she releases. Her newest book, Through Deep Waters is set in the Boston Navy Yard in the Spring of 1941, prior to the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Ms. Sundin always does extensive research and always lets her readers know in her Author’s Note at the end what things are based on fact and what is fiction. With historical accuracy she takes her readers on a journey back in time when America was at odds with each other. Some wanted to help England in the war but others did not. Ms. Sundin brings the emotional stress of the time to life in this book.

    In my humble opinion, this book is Ms. Sundin’s best to date. The characters are real & still reside in my mind.

    Well done Ms. Sundin! 5 Huge Stars!!!!!

    Written by All Things Are Possible on August 22, 2015
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    After reading In Perfect Timing I absolutely fell in love with Sarah’s writing as well as her characters and stories. I was not in the least disappointed with Through Waters Deep as it had an excellent amount of action and romance! I love the characters and the story was thrilling. And how about that cover?! Awesome! Honestly, I really didn’t notice anything particularly “bad” in this book, but there were a few detailed kissing scenes that may annoy/disturb some. Also, the story tends to lag a bit in the middle, but not bad. So overall, I rate Through Waters Deep 4 out 5 stars and will definitely be reading book 2 to the Waves of Freedom series!

    Written by Accelerate the Jesus Movement on August 21, 2015


    Through Waters Deep is the first book in author Sarah Sundin’s Waves of Freedom series. Sarah Sundin writes charming books that take place during World War II. She is a fantastic storyteller and author.

    Through Waters Deep is a historical drama with some mystery and romance. If you like reading historical fiction and in particular books about WWII then this book is for you. Sarah is also a Christian writer so you know it is going to be a good, clean tale.

    Written by MysteriesEtc on August 21, 2015
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    I absolutely LOVED Sarah Sundin’s previous series, Wings of the Nightingale! So when I saw that she was starting another series, I was SO EXCITED!!!

    I absolutely LOVED Through Waters Deep just as much as all her others, but maybe a tad more because I always wanted to join the Navy. Therefore, I really loved the insight into the Navy world.

    The romance was great, the mystery was great and the storyline was so great! I love Sarah Sundin and I love her books!

    Written by The Review Stew on August 21, 2015
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    Through Waters Deep offers a great piece on WWII. This is also a great read for those who love mystery and a little bit of romance. I also enjoyed the Christian foundation and talking about humility in relationships. This is a fun read of World War II inspirational fiction with lots of intrigue packed into the book.

    Written by Finding My Yellow on August 21, 2015
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    The mystery aspect of Through Waters Deep provides a great framework for the story of America’s reluctant entrance to WWII. Isolationist and interventionist proponents rally and protest as the government supports it allies in Europe. This is a part of history I didn’t learn in school — I am glad Sundin chose to include it. The main characters of Mary and Jim, as well as supporting characters, are likable and quickly make a place in the reader’s heart. They struggle with real issues — pride, humility, direction and purpose — that all can relate to. I did think the romance moved a bit slowly. I was ready to shake them if one of them did not make a move! But all in all, I really enjoyed Through Waters Deep and am looking forward to more in Sundin’s Waves of Freedom series.

    Written by By The Book on August 21, 2015
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    Come join Sarah as she takes you on journey of discovering love where you least expect it and solve a crime. Sarah takes you on a journey with the early stirrings before World War II.

    Join Mary Stirling and Jim Avery as they find love unexpectedly and how one person can destroy the budding relationship or build it up. While aboard the Atwood and doing testing on the ship, it was discovered the works of sabotage. Jim and Mary embark on finding the person or persons responsible. As the list of suspects grow, so does the danger of getting to close to the person responsible.

    This is World War II romance at its best mixed with a who-done-it twist.

    Written by Caffeinated Christian Raves – N – Reviews on August 21, 2015


    As is always the case when I read a Sarah Sundin novel, I adored this book! WWII is my absolute favorite time period and Sarah’s books are probably the best that I’ve read set during that time! I loved how this book was set in the time preceding Pearl Harbor and USA’s entrance into WWII. As much as I love this time period I had never read much about the events that happened in the months before we joined the war. It fascinated the history fan in me and I loved all the historical aspects almost as much as I loved the characters and their romance. Sarah truly knows how to sweep her readers to another time and every time I opened the pages I felt like I was there with the characters!
    And speaking of the characters, I loved both Mary and Jim so much! I had a lot of things in common with Mary..

    Written by Christian Novels on August 20, 2015
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    I wouldn’t have thought that saboteurs would be busy prior to a major World War, but in the context of this novel, the overall sensitivity and suspicion of one group of people toward another serves as the perfect catalyst for the mystery at hand! The motives are also realistic for the time period, and the entire plot line is filled with realistic relationship struggles set against a backdrop of mystery and intrigue that is driven by fear.

    Fear is something that Mary recognizes in herself, and it is brilliant to watch her character grow and change as she struggles to overcome the emotion that keeps her bound. This is a finely written novel that begins the Waves of Freedom series! If you enjoy historical romances – this is the novel you have been searching for!

    Written by Window To My World on August 20, 2015
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    Riveting, powerful,edge-of-my-seat excitement are words I’d use to describe Through Waters Deep by Sarah Sundin. Mary and Jim, the main characters, work so well together. Sarah knows how to weave her characters so that they function together in the story without difficulty–no weird vibes or fake-feeling characters.

    There are several secondary characters involved, but not so many that I was getting everyone confused. Each person’s role in the story was specific and defined, and Sundin paid careful attention to detail.

    Written by Jami’s Words on August 19, 2015
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    I was so excited to read this book – so excited! After reading “A Distant Melody” by Sarah Sundin, I was quite hooked on her writing. And Through Waters Deep didn’t disappoint. While it didn’t top “A Distant Melody” for me (not much can! Hehe), it was still very satisfactory.

    I loved the main characters, Mary and Jim. I related to Mary in her quiet, calm manner, and felt deeply for her in her struggles. And Jim was a dashing hero. He had his own struggles too, and I appreciate that he and Mary shared their struggles and burdens with each-other, each growing in the Lord as well.

    Written by God’s Peculiar Treasure Rae on August 19, 2015
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    Once again, while reading one of Sarah Sundin’s books, I felt totally immersed in the time period of the story. This time, I traveled back to 1941, shortly before the United States would fully enter World War II.

    This story was a great combination of romance and the feeling of reading a Nancy Drew mystery. I enjoyed trying to determine who the saboteur was, right along with Mary. The author did a good job of providing many people in the story who could possibly have the motive and means to pull off the subterfuge going on in the book.

    Written by Britt Reads Fiction on August 18, 2015
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    I love any WWII historical fiction, but this was an interesting twist with the story set just before the US enters the war (a time not often covered in novels). Loved the romance between Jim and Mary and the “mystery” thrown in, too. It’s the first in a new series so I look forward to the upcoming titles!

    Written by Beth’s Book-Nook on August 18, 2015


    Sarah Sundin is a wonderful historical novelist. She does such thorough research. She portrays her stories so real to life that you feel as if you are there!

    This novel gave insight to how tense American feelings were prior World War II. I admit that it did take me a while to get into it, but once I did, I really enjoyed it. Reading about all of the technical ship stuff was kind of difficult because I’m not familiar with ships.

    Mary was a true heroine in this book! God gave her the strength to overcome her fears. Once she overcame them, she was used of God more and became the person God intended her to be.

    Written by Dixie n Dottie on August 17, 2015
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    My thoughts: THROUGH WATERS DEEP is a fantastic book! I loved how Jim slowly became enchanted with and fell in love with Mary. It felt realistic. I also could identify with how Mary felt so uncomfortable in the limelight. While I never had a traumatic experience as she did, it is something I struggle with as well. I also loved how Jim worked on her to draw her out of her shell.

    A hint of suspense, a war underway, and there is plenty of tension to go around. If you like WWII books, then THROUGH WATERS DEEP is a must read!

    Written by Lighthouse Academy on August 17, 2015
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  • I would say that Through Waters Deep is the best book from Sundin yet! I loved the setting, the building friendship to budding romance, the friendships, the inspirational moments, and the suspenseful aspect of the story. If you have enjoyed Sundin’s other books or enjoy books in the Christian historical romance genre, then this is a definite read!

    Written by Wishful Endings on August 16, 2015
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    A treasure for historical fiction fans! Sarah’s research is impeccable, but more than that, she has the ability to bring you right into the sights & emotions of that era. The writing flows, often with a lighthearted feel, yet there are some vividly-depicted situations that truly reflect wartime – sabotage, racial prejudice, unimaginable split-second decisions with lives on the line. Historical detail is one of this story’s strengths and while it took a while to capture my interest, I was fully engaged as the story unfolded. Strong secondary characters contribute greatly to the story & we will see some of their stories as the series unfolds. I didn’t enjoy this quite as much as Sarah’s previous series, but am fully invested in the characters and look forward to the next book.

    Written by The Power of Words on August 16, 2015
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    Once again, Sarah Sundin delivers a captivatingly historical romance with purposeful yet conflicted characters in the midst of World War II drama. Through Waters Deep begins her newest series, Waves of Freedom, focusing on characters connected with the U.S. Navy. A fantastic read that won’t leave Sundin’s fans disappointed, Through Waters Deep is a wonderful choice for interested readers. I would highly recommend it.

    Written by Book by Book on August 16, 2015
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    What I loved about this story are the strong characters, they are very-well written, they truly come to life in the pages. You can feel their sadness, pain, fear and so much more. You are right there with them through it all. I love that Mary is not described as some vivacious, beautiful woman that all men want to have. No, she’s just an average young woman trying to make it in the world. Her quiet demeanor, helps her to observe without drawing too much attention to herself. She will use this to her advantage as she begins her quest in finding the saboteur on the Atwood.

    Written by My Daily Trek on August 16, 2015


    What a fantastic story! There were many great elements about this so I will touch on a few of them.

    This is a perfectly paced story. Some stories drag. Others rush. This one was perfect. It moved through time and just when it needed to pick up, it did. The romance wasn’t rushed. It was real and deep.

    Written by Book Reviews on August 16, 2015
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    This story is full of intrigue, mystery, and romance. I enjoyed the historical aspect of this novel. The parts where Jim was at sea were exciting to me. I really liked the characters in this book a lot. I would love to read more in this series as they come out.

    Written by The Talbert Report on August 16, 2015
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  • They both had traumatic events in their pasts and it was inspiring to see them strive to overcome them. There were lots of sweet romantic moments. The mystery was interesting and there was definitely some action! I liked learning about the tensions leading up to World War II in America; I hadn’t heard about that before.

    Written by Veronica’s ‘Views on August 14, 2015


    I enjoyed this book tremendously! Both Mary and Jim had strong inner turmoil which drew me in and made me cheer for them. The action was exciting and well-written, and faith and Biblical principles were woven in seamlessly. I had a very hard time putting this book down and easily could have read it in one sitting. This is only the second book I’ve read by Sarah Sundin, but it won’t be the last!

    Written by ReviewsByErin on August 14, 2015
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    A fascinating look at the events leading up to World War 2, Through Waters Deep showcases the very best aspects of bold courage, breath-stealing romance, intriguing mystery and sweet friendship. For every woman who still dreams occasionally of being Nancy Drew, this is the book you need to read next!

    Written by Reading Is My SuperPower on August 14, 2015
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    This is a great view into the life of navy soldiers. Especially before there were cell phones or emails. This was definitely a book that I had to read as much as I could. Being on a ship with a saboteur is not a good thing. There is no where to go. Add in a war, and a new relationship, and I could not stop reading. I liked the ending and I really liked the ups and downs in this story. I can not wait to read the next book in the series. I am giving this book a 4/5. I was given a copy to review, however all opinions are my own.

    Written by Deal Sharing Aunt on August 14, 2015
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    Through Waters Deep has plenty of action, suspense, and romance to meet the needs of most readers. Historical details added authenticity to the story and helped me as a reader to understand a bit more about life during that era. I highly recommend this book and any other book this author has written.

    Written by Daysong Reflections on August 14, 2015
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    Great story! Both characters suffered scars from past incidents that left them fearful of making waves or drawing attention to themselves. Through their learning to trust God in every circumstance and place their cares with Him, they both gained freedom from their fears. In the midst of dire straits, they both prayed and placed their trust in God that no matter the outcome they were trusting in Him. What inspiration! This is a wonderful beginning to this new series, which continues in the summer of 2016 with the release of book two. I can’t wait!

    Written by Seeking with All Yur Heart on August 14, 2015
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    First, I just want to say that Sarah Sundin does an absolutely amazing job in researching her settings. One would think that she knew every detail of what she wrote about it. Of course I am not a world war 2 veteran, yet I have read enough historical accounts to be alert to any mistakes an author of fiction might make. A fascinating touch in Through Waters Deep is that the author delved into a new realm for her…mystery! Throughout the book, the main character Mary along with the reader struggles to discover who the local saboteur could be! I found this an interesting twist.
    As always, Sarah Sundin writes with heart and vigour, making the reader both enjoy and benefit from reading each chapter.

    Written by Books, Beautiful Books on August 14, 2015
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  • A fantastic novel from start to finish. Mary transforms in this novel and it is beautiful to witness as she struggles on her journey and the freedom she finds at the end. The mix in of a little bit of romance by Jim’s character tops off a completely heart warming, exciting and beautiful story. A story that reminds us that there is always much more to a person then the outer features or the fears that people hold against others.

    Written by Working Mommy Journal on August 14, 2015


    I absolutely loved this novel. Mary is an intelligent, likable protagonist. I love that she was inspired by Nancy Drew to work to solve a mystery. Jim is also strong and sympathetic. I loved the deep friendship, respect, and growing romance between these characters.

    I loved the mystery in this novel. It was complex, and kept me guessing.

    Written by View from the Birdhouse on August 14, 2015
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    Picking a favorite Sarah Sundin book is near impossible but this one may be her best one yet! It was so easy to feel drawn to Mary and her kind, gentle spirit and her love for Nancy Drew made her even more likable. I can’t wait to see what Sarah Sundin has in store for us in the next book in her Waves of Freedom series!

    Written by Cows and Lasers and Everything in Between on August 12, 2015
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    I’ve truly enjoyed this book and love Mary’s character who is super relateable. I was so in love reading this story where the main girl was more introverted and introspective over anything else and dealt with a fear of being in front of others. Mary is a character that I could see myself in. Sundin has done amazing with her historical research, character development and just creating a captivating story. I can’t wait to find the time to read some of her others!

    Written by Elle in Organic Shoes on August 12, 2015
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    To say my experience reading Sarah Sundin’s newest novel, Through Waters Deep, was interactive would be an understatement. I actually spoke to certain characters as the book progressed because their actions, while noble, were also incredibly frustrating! And the fact that I cared so much is a testament to just how engaging Sundin’s novels are.

    Written by Christian Chick’s Thoughts on August 12, 2015
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    Through Waters Deep is an engaging tale of action and adventure, mystery, and romance! Sundin’s extensive research and attention to detail is evident as she describes life in and around Boston and the Navy Yard. The time and setting are masterfully conveyed, and I loved the descriptions and dialogue. I also enjoyed the historical details that were included; they allowed me to gain a greater knowledge and understanding of what was happening during this tumultuous time in history. Weaving spiritual lessons through this historical romance, Sarah Sundin has penned a novel that will encourage, educate, and entertain!

    Written by Buzzing About Books on August 12, 2015
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  • Sundin is absolutely the best author I’ve read when it comes to World War II era historical fiction. Dale’s grandfather (who I never met) served in the Navy in WWII, so that makes me even more interested in this particular series.

    Written by Footprints in the Butter on August 12, 2015


    First the beautiful cover to this book made me want to pick it up, and once I turned the first page I was hooked. Now I have to wait another year for the second book in this series, and this one is still lingering with me, and will for a long time.

    Written by Maureen’s Musings on August 12, 2015
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    There truly was good mix of mystery, intrigue and romance. The time period, right before WWII ‘officially’ broke out, certainly lends a hand to the intrigue. People were being divided into pro-war or anti-war groups. Sundin does a good job of twisting and turning the story, so that, just like Mary, we are suspecting one character or the other up to the very end.

    Mary and Jim themselves are good characters and they struggle with some big issues.

    Overall, liked! And I like that I can read summaries for the next two books on Sundin’s website! It makes me pretty excited for the rest of the series. If you enjoy a good Nancy Drew vibe, some good 1940’s romance, or anything involving WWII, Through Waters Deep is your very next choice. 4 stars.

    Written by Sunrise Avenue on August 12, 2015
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    Sarah Sundin kicks off a new series set in WWII with Through Waters Deep and once again, she has written a tale that kept me glued to the pages. Engaging characters dealt with authentic issues: Mary as she struggled to balance her mother’s strict and legalistic teachings about staying out of the limelight with the need to be bold in presenting information regarding possible saboteurs in the Navy Yard, and Jim as he walks a fine line between “going with the flow” and being a pushover…..

    Written by Mocha with Linda on August 12, 2015
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    When it comes to novels set in the 1940’s, you can’t find many authors that do it better than Sarah Sundin. Now she has gone and added mystery and suspense to the list of her ever-widening writing abilities. Mary Stirling made a great heroine and amateur sleuth; I cannot brag enough about the character development that went into these main characters. This story had it all; the romance is front row worthy! Jim and Mary make a dashing pair; you will find yourself rooting for their love affair from the very start. They complement each other so well, and at a time when nothing seemed sure for America, these two bring out a light in each other. The rest of the series is sure to be just as delightful as this one! Sarah Sundin, you are still the best in the business!

    Written by Charming Chelsey’s on August 11, 2015


    World War II is not a time period that I usually read. Because of that, this book started really slow to me. I simply wasn’t used to the time period that was involved. However, once things got going it was hard to put this one down.

    This book has two or three different story lines going on. There is a friendship between Jim and Mary that seems to be turning into a romance during much of the book. There is the mystery of trying to figure out who is sabotaging the navy yard. And then there is the story of survival when Jim and his crew are out to sea during their missions.

    Written by Ting’s Mom Books on August 11, 2015
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    My son is in the Navy and that alone was my first interest in this book. From the very first words, I was hooked. Through Waters Deep – Waves of Freedom Book #1, is full of suspense, exciting Naval happenings, a lot of love, and a lot of being able to see God through the story of Jim and Mary. Maybe not in some magnificent way, but just in the little things like Respect, Honor, Joy, Friendship.

    Written by Memawsstuff on August 10, 2015
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    As always, Sarah provides credible WWII descriptions and details in a way that provides a history lesson in the wrappings of an intriguing story. In this story, she masterfully weaves together elements that are romantic, suspenseful, dangerous, serious, and fun. Her characters are sometimes transparent and simple and oftentimes complex. Many twists and turns along the way help maintain an exciting pace.

    If you enjoy a good “who-dun-it” with a taste of Nancy Drew, if you are a sucker for a great love story whose outcome you can’t be sure of until the very end, or if you appreciate well-written authentic WWII history, Through Waters Deep is a great choice for you.

    Written by Southern Gal Loves to Read on August 10, 2015
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    Sarah Sundin’s newest World War II series focuses on the American Navy in the Atlantic and the Avery family. In this book, readers are introduced Jim Avery from Ohio shortly before the launch ceremony of one of the Navy’s newest destroyers. There he meets Mary, a woman he remembers as being the quiet friend of his buddy’s vivacious girl. He quickly learns there’s more to Mary when she’s determined to discover who sabotaged her arrangements for the launch.

    I could take or leave the romance, but I liked how Mary had to define the line between pride and what I saw as over the top humility. At the same time Jim had to learn to be decisive instead of drifting along in life. My favorite parts, however, were the historical detail of the Boston Navy Yard and the drama of the sabotage plot.

    Written by Proverbial Reads on August 10, 2015
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    Mary and Jim are both wonderful main characters as they became so real and they were easy to connect and empathize with. They are both struggling with some things in their lives and they are forced to work together to discover what is really going on and whom is behind it. I love the suspense that is tied in with this story and the romance that is throughout. I also enjoyed the minor characters and I love how Sarah introduces them in the first book and then continues on their stories in later books in the series.

    Written by Moments on August 10, 2015
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    What more could a reader want then a story about a handsome Naval Officer? Talk about perfect summer read! In this book we meet sweet Mary who doesn’t like to have any attention focused on her. She has some baggage from the past that makes her tend to just fade in the background. Then comes Jim, he too has his own baggage and tends to just ‘float’ along to not rock the waters.

    This was really a good book. I love how Sundin took the time took the time to really develop the characters. There is a mystery needing solving and Jim faces some hard adventures on the seas – both keep you wanting to read more. I loved the slow romance, it took awhile for romance to bud. I’m looking forward to additional books in this series!

    Written by A Rup Life on August 10, 2015
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    Through Waters Deep, is a nice historical romance for fans of Christian fiction and suspense. Fans of World War II inspirational fiction are almost certain to love this sweet read.

    Written by Renee @ Black ‘n Gold Girl’s Book Spot on August 9, 2015
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    No doubt about it Sara Sundin really knows how to tell a story. This current book takes place before the U.S. Entered WWII. You wouldn’t think you would find an interesting, highly suspenseful thriller taking place before but Ms. Sundin has come through beautifully. I have never read a story that takes place around the Boston Navy Yard and I was fascinated to find sabotage and mystery there. Jim and Mary are childhood friends who team up to find the saboteur. Ms. Sundin has provided us with a wild ride that will keep you flipping pages to see what will happen next. And did I mention that this is a romance? Through Waters Deep is an exciting book. Ms. Sundin has done it again and I recommend this book highly.

    Written by Vic’s Media Room on August 9, 2015
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    In my opinion, Sarah Sundin is by far the best WWII fiction writer I have ever read. Sundin makes her readers feel as if they were in the story, and Through Waters Deep was definitely no exception.

    Written by Our Perfectly Imperfect Life! on August 8, 2015
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    As a historical romance this book does not disappoint. It was a fun distraction with likable characters that are easy to get to know. This is the first of Sarah Sundin’s novels that I have read and I look forward to reading more.

    Written by Finding Joy in Everyday on August 7, 2015
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    My thoughts: I fell in love with these characters! The romance was so sweet and came about naturally, I love how the hero and heroine interact with one another! The mystery kept me guessing, with its many twists and turns. And, I loved this historical side, since it showcases what America was like in the year leading up to Pearl Harbor, how we were involved in the war without being officially involved. I think Sarah really outdid herself with this one! It is the perfect historical tale to curl up with and enjoy!
    I received this book from Litfuse in exchange for my honest review.

    Written by Inklings and Notions on August 7, 2015


    I love the story of these two characters that come together after some time, to see how they have each grown in different ways. Not like an Officer and a Gentlemen, this one felt real to me as both of my parents served in the Navy and subsequently fell in love much like these two do without solving a mystery along the way. Perhaps that is why I could relate to this one so much and saw these characters taking the place of my own parents in a different time from the past. Absolutely LOVED it and well worth all 5 out of 5 naval stars in my book.

    Written by Reviews From The Heart on August 7, 2015
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    Through Waters Deep by Sarah Sundin was another great book. I have read another series by this author so this book had big shoes to fill and it lived up to everything that I hoped it would.

    Written by The World As I See It on August 7, 2015
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    This is a well researched and very informative historical romance. I had no idea that we had lost ships in the Atlantic before Pearl Harbor. Sundin really highlighted the tension in America before the U.S. entered the war. The romance was well done but I really liked the historical information in the book the most. It’s a good reminder of the strength of that great generation.

    Written by Book Reviews from an Avid Reader on August 6, 2015
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    Sabotage. German spies. Isolationist theories. Who is telling the truth? And who is trying to frame innocent people?

    Join secretary Mary as she works as an amateur detective trying to get to the bottom of, just who is sabotaging the naval vessels.

    A historical mystery and a Christian romance, Through Waters Deep has it all.

    Written by Avid Reader Reviews on August 6, 2015
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    I’ve been a fan of Sarah Sundin’s novels since I read her first novel a few years back, but I found this one a bit harder to get into. It was more about various crews in the navy and who did what which didn’t capture my attention. However the intrigue and mystery around a possibly sabotuer did. The romance was semi-predictable, but still enjoyable.

    Written by Living, Laughing, Loving on August 5, 2015
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    From the streets in and around the Boston Navy Yard, to life on the destroyer USS Atwood, Sundin’s details make you feel like you are right there, being chased by a German U-boat. The characters of Mary and Jim are complex and deep – each of them has issues from their past that they are still working through. And as a result developing new and deeper relationships with God and each other.

    Written by Adventures of D and V on August 5, 2015
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    Through Waters Deep is a great book and a wonderful start to a new series that I cannot wait to read.

    Written by 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, Too!on August 4, 2015
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    I am thoroughly immersed in Sarah Sundin’s novels that take place during World War II. Each of them is written with such a deep heart that I am convinced as I am reading it that not only is there a war going on in my backyard, but I am in the middle of it! Imagine my surprise when I step out of the story into my living room into a quiet, hot summer day! No thundering of explosives, no enemy to fear. Vivid imagery takes the reader into the book and makes the characters life long friends. Liberal usage of words describing all the senses makes for a memorable read and makes what could be a dull history lesson into living characters. There are references to past characters and incidents and having read the earlier books will make for a richer understanding of this story, but not having read them will not decrease your enjoyment of it. As such, i would venture to call this a stand alone novel.

    Written by Reviewing Novels Online on August 4, 2015
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    Through Waters Deep the author Sarah Sundin brings to her readers another gripping tale that is making waves this summer. It’s a wonderful beginning to a wonderful new series known as Waves of Freedom. It has everything a summer read needs! From sabotage and undercover work to the growing romance between Mary and Jim, readers and fans of Sundin can be rest assured that this new series will give them everything they could ask for and more. Join me in my review as I reveal the reasons why this book should be read immediately.

    Written by Taylor Reid Reads and Breathes on August 4, 2015
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    Through Waters Deep is book one in the Waves of Freedom series. Sarah Sundin has done it again with this amazing book. Through Waters Deep is an epic novel full of romance and mystery with a wonderful sprinkling of history. I can not wait to see book two in this series.

    Written by A Simple Life, really?! on August 4, 2015
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    I am an ardent fan of anything pertaining to World War II and I have found a wonderful author who writes about this time in history with knowledge and sensitivity.

    Written by I’m Hooked on Books on August 4, 2015
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    I’ve read one other book and a novella by this author and really enjoyed them. But this book is now my favorite of hers. The characters were authentic and had depth. The plot of the story came alive with her descriptions, but I never felt bogged down in the details. The mystery and suspense fit well with the romance of the story and the time period. I felt like I was reliving a part of history as well as enjoying a great story. Those who enjoy historical fiction, especially WWII, will really love this book. But anyone who enjoys mystery or romance will also enjoy it. This is an author to put on your favorites list.

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  • Kimberly Fischer says:

    Love Sarah’s books. I have all but this new one. Her writings make you feel like you are in the book.

  • Natalie sanchez says:

    Great read!