Blog Tour: Through Waters Deep

Book one in the Waves of Freedom Series.

Sarah Sundin released her latest series this summer, and instead of following the B-17 pilots and flight nurses of World War II, Sundin takes to the seas in Through Waters Deep.

Set in early 1941, readers can expect a little Nancy Drew and a lot of Boston scenery.

Naval officer Jim Avery is reunited with former classmate Mary Stirling on shore. When evidence of sabotage on the USS Atwood is found, Jim and Mary form a special bond as they work together to help crack the case.

As always, Sundin writes in rich historical detail, putting you on a destroyer facing German U-boats and torpedoes, or on shore along cobblestone streets in Boston.

Photo evidence of Boston 2009.
Photo evidence of Boston 2009.

The scenery took me back to my first Boston trip in 2009, when I took an impromptu trip to the East Coast with my friend Gwen. We ate lobster chowder (chow-dah), took in a Celtics game, toured Fenway and soaked up all the history surrounding us.

Thank you to Litfuse Publicity for sending me a copy of this book!

Save the date! Book two, Anchor in the Storm, will release next summer!


A Book for the Holidays


Christmas music plays and my Holiday Mornings candle burns as I sit down to write this. Litfuse Publicity sent me Where Treetops Glisten back in September, but I wanted to wait closer to Christmas to share this novel of courage and Christmas romance set during World War II.

I have blogged about author Sarah Sundin ever since I came across her Wings of Nightingale series. Sundin teamed up with authors Tricia Goyer and Cara Putman for a special Christmas story centered around three siblings that spans the war.

There’s Abigail, a college student who lost her love in the attack on Pearl Harbor. There’s Pete, a fighter pilot, back home in Indiana after a European Theatre tour. And there’s Merry, a combat nurse on the front lines who is betrayed by the person who matters most.

The Turner family has dealt with its share of heartaches, but at the center is grandmother Louise. Strong in faith and wisdom, Louise encourages, mends and guides her three grandchildren as best she can while spreading the joy and hope of Christmas.

This novella is the perfect book to curl up in front of the fire place on these cold days. And, bonus, cookie recipes are included!

Happy reading and Merry Christmas!

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Merry Christmas from my puppies, La Di and Bailey!


What I’m Reading Wednesday

Sarah Sundin’s Wings of the Nightingale series wraps up beautifully with the finale, In Perfect Time (released Aug. 1). World War II-era fans will appreciate Sundin’s attention to detail from Lt. Roger Cooper piloting a C-47 in enemy territory to Lt. Kay Jobson’s role as an Army Air Force flight nurse.

Sundin’s latest series centers around a trio of flight nurses who become friends and find love while serving during the war. After touching briefly on Kay’s character in the previous two novels, In Perfect Time delves deep into a past in which she was constantly put down and disappointed by her father.

Kay runs away to a life of servitude as a nurse and freedom from her cruel family. But Kay believes she’s in control juggling multiple boyfriends, never letting a relationship develop further than dating.

Meanwhile, Roger has also escaped a past that disappointed him and left him to believe he was of little value.In-Perfect-TimeThe two broken people find the encouragement and love in each other, but life goals and misconceptions keep them apart and fighting against God’s will for their lives.

While the story focuses on Roger and Kay’s relationship, the novel is also rich in historical detail. Sundin writes of the 802nd Medical Air Evacuation Transport Squadron, as well as an incident based on the true account of 26 flight nurses and medics of the 807th MAETS who crash-landed in Nazi-occupied Albania in late 1943. Sundin aimed to highlight some of the unsung heroes of World War II.

Sundin has stopped by A Writer’s Purpose a few times the last couple of years to promote past novels. Check out this Q and A after the release of the first novel of the Wings of Nightingale series, With Every Letter.

Sundin is celebrating the release of In Perfect Time with a fun giveaway. Check it out!

Thank you to Litfuse Publicity for the review copy of In Perfect Time. For more information about Sundin, visit her website.

‘On Distant Shores’ Weekend Getaway Giveaway, Facebook Party and Blog Tour

Sundin - On Distant Shores(2)The Wings of Nightingale series by Sarah Sundin continues with “On Distant Shores,” the second book in the three book series. Sarah shares her talent of Christian historical fiction with yet another page-turning World War II-era romance. Purchase a copy here!

Sarah visited “A Writer’s Purpose” about a year ago when I wrote a post about her Wings of Glory series. This time around I received a free copy of her latest novel to review and share with you all. To celebrate the release of “On Distant Shores” Sarah is offering a weekend getaway giveaway (contest ends Sept. 2!). The winner will be announced Sept. 3 at Sarah’s Facebook party! Click on the image below to enter!

In her trademark fashion, Sarah develops her characters to allow her readers to relate to their success and struggles. Lt. Georgie Taylor and Sgt. John Hutchinson become friends while stationed in Sicily. Georgie is a flight nurse who longs for the comfort of home and feels unsuited for her duty while Hutch is an enlisted pharmacist determined to become one of the Army’s first pharmacy officers.

The two friends become each other’s encouragement and support as they strive to fulfill God’s calling for them as both of their lives back home start to fall apart. But obsession and false idols shake up their relationship and lessons in humility humble both her characters and readers.

“On Distant Shores” is a must read for fans of WWII-era historical fiction, because Sarah knows the era so well. I asked Sarah a few questions about some of her WWII-era favorites:

Q and A with Sarah Sundin

Q: What is your favorite song from the era?

A: I love String of Pearls” by Glenn Miller. It’s so romantic and really evokes the era to me.

Q: Favorite plane?

A: I’m very fond of the B-17 Flying Fortress — not only does it have graceful lines, but it was a reliable bomber and very rugged. It could withstand lots of damage and bring its crew safely home.

Q: Favorite military uniform?

A: I do love the Army Air Force pilot’s uniform — the khaki and olive drab, the leather flight jacket, and the “crush” cap. But I also love the naval officers’ uniforms and the WAVES uniforms — blue is my favorite color, and the designs are smart."SundinQ: Favorite historical event?

A: Favorite? How about most interesting to me? That depends on what I’m researching at the time. Right now I’m doing research for my next series about the Battle of the Atlantic in 1941, before the U.S. was actually at war — but our ships were escorting British convoys and battling U-boats. Really interesting.

Q: Favorite movie about WWII?

A: It’s a tie between “The Longest Day” (for combat) and “Mrs. Miniver” (for the home front).

Q: Favorite book about WWII (fiction or non-fiction)?

A: I read Herman Wouk’s The Winds of War when I was in college and couldn’t put it down, which was bad because I was reading it during midterms. He covered areas of the was through one family, and I was riveted.