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Through Waters Deep

(Waves of Freedom #1)

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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 fr ...more
Paperback, 376 pages
Published August 4th 2015 by Fleming H. Revell Company (first published July 28th 2015)
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Sarah I think this book would be entirely appropriate. There are no descriptive scenes or really any scenes that are that intimate. It's a very sweet romanc…moreI think this book would be entirely appropriate. There are no descriptive scenes or really any scenes that are that intimate. It's a very sweet romance with some historical fiction woven in.(less)

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Kellyn Roth
(Originally Posted on Reveries Reviews)

Perhaps you think that everything I say about this novel will sound redundant. It’s a book by the author of A Distant Melody, which I reviewed just a few days ago. They’re both set during WW2, both are adventure/romances with very strong (amazing!) Christian messages, and both were absolutely adored by the person who’s writing this review. However, these two stories are very different.

First, the obvious. A Distant Melody is about an airforce man; Throug
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Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
About this book:

“It is 1941 and America teeters on the brink of war. Handsome and outgoing naval officer Ensign Jim Avery escorts British convoys across the North Atlantic in a brand-new destroyer, the USS Atwood. On shore, Jim encounters Mary Stirling, a childhood friend who is now an astute and beautiful Boston Navy Yard secretary.
When evidence of sabotage on the Atwood is discovered, Jim and Mary must work together to uncover the culprit. A bewildering maze of suspects emerges, and Mary is
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Beth
Through Waters Deep is my first Sarah Sundin novel – a bit surprising when I think about how many great reviews I’ve seen of her books. Nonetheless, it was my first, and it was an enjoyable experience all around. Suspense is not my preferred genre, but this story is a great blend of mystery, romance and some suspenseful moments. Though I was slow to become wholly invested in the story, the further I read the more interested I became. I wasn’t expecting a mystery to be such a big portion of the s ...more
Melanie
Aug 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Through Waters Deep was another great read from Sarah Sundin! It started a little slow for me and didn't grab my attention as fast as some of her other books, but it was still so good and the ending made me absolutely love the book!

I liked how the romance was gradual and of course the setting was great. There were a couple scenes that were nerve-wracking, as you didn't know what was going to happen and if things were going to turn out okay.

I can't wait to read the next book in the Waves of Free
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Cara Putman
Mar 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Open the cover to Through Waters Deep and step back to 1941 Boston in the days before the United States entered WWII. It’s a story of sabotage, mystery and sweet, heart-stopping romance. In this novel, Sarah Sundin demonstrates why she is a gifted novelist. The historical detail will transport lovers of historical fiction into the Naval Yards, a location ripe with sabotage and intrigue in the days leading to US entrance in the war. The characters are richly drawn, and people struggling with real ...more
Hannah
4.5 stars.
It gets a drop in stars because I set it aside for a week or so after a couple chapters focussing too much on physical draw/what they were and weren't wearing while boating as a group made me lose interest. But when I picked it back up, I was instantly drawn back in by the mystery of the saboteur and the delight of following the story to the end. It gets extremely suspenseful, and I loved the parts about both of them learning to be brave...of Jim learning the parallel to Nehemiah, to n
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Tricia Mingerink
Oct 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Um, why haven't I read a Sarah Sundin book sooner?

This book hit all the write notes for me. WWII history. US Navy. A dash of romance, suspense, mystery, and action.

Thanks to watching the TV show JAG several times, I was familiar with a lot of the naval lingo. I've toured several battleships, carriers, destroyers, and submarines from WWII era and onward, so a lot of the ship lingo also was familiar. I've toured the USS Texas that was briefly mentioned in this book, and I've toured the USS Const
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Anne
Sarah Sundin's World War II universe is one of my absolute favourites to get lost in and come back to again and again.

Her plots are always the perfect mix of adventure and romance, and this one even had a little mystery. Her characters are always so engaging and well-developed, and her writing style is lovely. Her books are prime examples of good Christian fiction that doesn't excessively preach, but manages to reach and connect with the reader while imparting a Christian message.

I was so thri
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Sarah
Another wonderful Sundin book. I really found myself relating to how mary felt about so many things. I mean, I know I feel like a silver girl when most guys go for gold. I really liked her struggles and that she was strong even with them. I liked how she was good at spotting lies that were told her.
Jim was a dear. I liked him a lot.
Victoria Goodbrand
Nov 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-stars, ww2
*spends $16.48 on AITS*
Hannah
Jul 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Where do I start? Hmm...let's just say this became one of my new favorite books! I was expecting to like it, but not love it!
If you want to know what the books is about, here's the blurb from the back of it:

War is coming. Can love carry them through the rough waters that lie ahead?
It is 1941 and America teeters on the brink of war. Handsome and outgoing naval officer Ensign Jim Avery escorts British convoys across the North Atlantic in a brand-new destroyer, the USS Atwood. On shore, Jim encoun
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Rissi
May 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Through Waters Deep - How to Explore History in a Romance!

Through Waters Deep by Sarah Sundin | Book Review

Journeying through Sarah Sundin’s books is like a quaint trip back to yesteryear. Saying this may sound silly considering the novel’s WWII setting, but there’s a special kind of nostalgia.

We meet Mary Stirling, a girl with a kind heart who enjoys the shadows where no spotlight shines on her. Secretary at a Boston naval base, Mary’s work is never done. It’s in her work that she meets again w
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Staci
Jan 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015
Nice beginning to the Wave of Freedom series.

Author Sarah Sundin has added the element of mystery to Through Waters Deep. Mary is a bit like Nancy Drew as she works to solve the mystery of who is the saboteur of the ship yard. Jim is a navy officer and Mary's high school friend. Both Jim and Mary struggle with confidence.

The novel includes historical detail about the sentiment of the United States just prior to the bombing of Pearl Harbor. This was my favorite part about the novel. There are a l
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Rachelle Cobb
Jun 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. Sarah Sundin is one of my top five favorite authors and no wonder so many others say the same! She is skilled at writing compelling characters whose growth arcs are unparallelled. She weaves her plot with intricate mastery to historical detail, and I'm never able to put down her books for long! I always finish them fast and can't wait to start the next one.
Loraine
SUMMARY: 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 cul ...more
Shantelle
Sarah Sundin’s novels never disappoint! I’ve read two trilogies by her, both set in the WWII time, and Through Waters Deep (set in 1941) still didn’t fail to thrill me! I can’t say enough good things. Just thoroughly intriguing and satisfying. I loved it!

In the first book of this new series, WAVES OF FREEDOM, we meet Mary Stirling, a quiet secretary in the Boston Navy Yard, and Jim Avery, a naval officer. Jim’s had his heart broken by a beautiful, out-going blonde … Mary can’t stand being in th
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Charity Andrews
Aug 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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 aft
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Amy
Sep 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Full review coming soon!
Lainie
Apr 14, 2017 added it
My first Sarah Sundin book and Wow! This book was full of suspense, mystery and joy. It started right off with a clue into the starting of a mystery and surprised me by carrying it, very evidently throughout the entire rest of the book.
There was so much to take away from this book, and not just the History of America in 1941.
One of the main characters Mary Stirling, a Boston Navy Yard secretary, had struggled with pride because of past experiences in her younger years and had since then avoide
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Rebekah Morris
May 18, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars for me.
I'm still not quite sure what I think about this book. I enjoyed it. I liked the main characters for the most part, but at the same time there were things I didn't really care for.

Mary– I liked her. I did. But at the same time I really wanted someone to come alongside her and tell her that (view spoiler) The way she worked on the mystery wa
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Dawn
With the nation teetering on the brink of war, a sailor and a secretary renew an old acquaintance and work together to stop sabotage. Mary Stirling is good at her job. She's a secretary in Boston's Navy Yard. She tries hard not to draw attention herself, but she's concerned about the little things. That's what makes her such a great secretary. Ensign Jim Avery has been assigned to the USS Atwood. When he happens to run into Mary on the Boston docks, he's delighted to renew their high school acqu ...more
Haley S
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 b ...more
Bookworm
Okay, so I stayed up till eleven last night to finish this-I just had to read Mary and Jim's triumphant and joyful reunion in the silence and calm of the night. <3 I really liked this one, better than A Distant Melody.
Let's see-well, when you combine a gentle and shy, cute girl named Mary Stirling, and a handsome, goofy (I loved that he was goofy sometimes, too often a hero is so properly quiet and serious), and caring Navy man named Jim Avery, some sabotage on a shipyard, and everyone suspec
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Rayleigh
Feb 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received this book from the author/publisher for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are entirely my own.

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
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Ruth
May 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Following a childhood trauma, Mary Stirling’s primary goal in life became a concerted effort to remain as unobtrusive and unnoticed as possible – for pride in one’s self and accomplishments brings notice, and as her mother was always quick to remind her, pride comes before a fall. Now a secretary at the Boston Navy Yard, far from family and the memories that so rigidly defined her, she excels at her job, but is careful to do all she can to remain out of the spotlight. With war in Europe leading ...more
Maureen DeLuca
Sep 02, 2020 rated it liked it
Not the worse historical fiction I have read- but not the best either. A few very boring parts of the book where I had to skim through - way TMI! Anyway, finished it and thought it was an ok kinda book
Rachel
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 b ...more
A.M. Heath
Feb 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What I Loved: Sarah Sundin. Let’s just stop for a moment and reflect on what this name means. It means well-researched WWII fiction. It means a gripping story. It means a solid Christian theme. It means my new favorite author.
Through Waters Deep was everything I’ve come to expect from a Sundin novel. I found two characters that I was quickly invested in and a plot that kept me fully engaged. There was a mystery unfolding in this novel and my Scooby-Doo-loving brain ate it up. I really enjoyed wa
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Tressa (Wishful Endings)
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!

Let me start off by talking a little bit about this setting. This is pre-WWII. The United States is anything but unified. Its servicemen and women are
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Emilie Haney
Aug 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Take a journey back to 1941 and the Boston Navy Yard with Sarah Sundin's latest release, Through Deep Waters.

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.

I have an affinity for WWII era novels and have loved the books I've read from Sarah. With that in mind, I had high hopes for this first book in her new series, "Waves of Freedom". I really en
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Sarah Sundin enjoys writing about the drama and romance of the World War II era. She is the bestselling author of When Twilight Breaks (coming February 2021),The Land Beneath Us (2020), The Sky Above Us (2019) and The Sea Before Us (2018), as well as the Waves of Freedom, Wings of the Nightingale series, and Wings of Glory series. Her novel The Land Beneath Us is a 2020 Christy Award finalist, The ...more

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