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Anchor in the Storm

(Waves of Freedom #2)

4.32  ·  Rating details ·  1,234 ratings  ·  294 reviews
One Plucky Female Pharmacist + One High-Society Naval Officer = Romance--and Danger
For plucky Lillian Avery, America's entry into World War II means a chance to prove herself as a pharmacist in Boston. The challenges of her new job energize her. But society boy Ensign Archer Vandenberg's attentions only annoy--even if he "is" her brother's best friend.
During the darkest
Paperback, 400 pages
Published May 3rd 2016 by Fleming H. Revell Company
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I think this may be my favorite so far of Sarah Sundin's! I only wish I could grab book 3 right now and dive in to Dan's story, also.

I loved the depth of feeling in the romance! Lillian is an amputee who wears a prosthetic left leg, so the attraction is not a continual round of legs, rear, and gorgeous hair—so refreshing! She and Arch fall in love with each other as they attempt to solve a drug ring providing soldiers with illegally proscribed phenobarbital. It's their selves, not their bodies,
Amanda Tero
May 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

Lillian's prosthetic leg immediately drew me into this book. I just haven't read about many heroines that had an appalling "disability" and yet, you love the character, don't pity her. I could identify with Lillian in many ways--her "cold-heartedness" (or "wooden heart"), her bluntness, her blunders. She felt very real.

Arch was also to be admired. And yes, what I admired most was that he was real. He had a very real, very strong struggle to grow through in his naval career, and he didn
Jesseca Wheaton
Nov 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wow!!! That was the sweetest, saddest, most amazing book I've ever read! And oh, that ending was so bittersweet. I do hope the next book will explain a few loose ends from this book. :)
Full review coming soon!
Just as engaging and wonderful as Through Waters Deep. I'm a sucker for a good Sarah Sundin WWII series, and always need the next installment ready to go when I finish one of her novels. They are best appreciated gobbled up as a whole series, letting you be fully immersed in her world.

The pattern of the plot and romance were a little predictable (especially since I read pretty much all her books and have gotten used to her formula), but it was still fun to follow, and although the main couple w
Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
Nov 18, 2018 marked it as did-not-finish
Shelves: mini-review
Wanted to read this one because of Lillian having a prosthetic; we don't see many characters in Christian Fiction with physical disabilities. I really liked her spunk and her heart for trying to figure out the drug ring part of the plot.
I'm DNF-ing this one @ page 209, though, because the war parts aren't personally interesting to me in the details that are being shared. History lovers might enjoy those parts better. Also DNF-ing because I'm not really a fan of Archer and his thoughts about/not
Kellyn Roth
Right after reading it:
Wow ... I read that so fast that I can't remember a thing that happened ... except that it was amazing ... *falls back on my bed with a dazed expression*

After having reread it:

**Originally posted on Reveries Reviews**

This is going to be a short review due to limited time and me being behind on reviewing and struggling to catch up. However, I don't have a lot to say about Sarah Sundin's books that I haven't said before (not that they're the same, but that they all have the
Another heart-warming, suspenseful, and altogether fabulous WWII novel from Sarah Sundin! I'm always delighted to hear another book is coming from this author - love her stories! Anchor in the Storm is book two of the WAVES OF FREEDOM series, and it does not disappoint!

Lillian Avery is a young woman struggling to get by unnoticed with her prosthetic leg, shutting people out as well as she's hiding her secrets within.
Archer Vandenberg, a naval officer, struggles with nerves and is determined not
Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
I adore reading Sarah Sundin’s books – the mystery is well-done, the characters are vibrant and endearing, the kisses are toe-curling, and the humor is natural and aptly timed. Anchor in the Storm fits the bill perfectly!

This Waves of Freedom series especially intrigues me because it touches on what to me at least are little known facts about America’s involvement in World War 2. I L-O-V-E learning while I read fiction, and Sundin’s books always give me an entertaining story with a fascinating h
This definitely is one of my favorite Sundin books. Book three I enjoyed, but since it's the last in the series I didn't have quite the wonderful connection I would have had if I started from the beginning (and I know, that's my fault!). This one grabbed my attention from the beginning and I was caught up in the story all the way through.

Characters--yep, they're lovable and realistic. Arch and Lillian were a great couple, and I absolutely loved how they met! Their relationship with the others (e
Emilie Haney
May 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Anchor in the Storm is filled with mystery, romance, and historical details that will make you feel like you're living in Boston during WWII.

Coming on the heels of Through Waters Deep, book one in the Waves of Freedom series, follows Lillian Avery and Arch Vandenberg during the height of WWII. Lillian, a strong character with a past that haunts her, overcomes all odds to work as a handicapped female pharmacist. Arch, wanting to escape the stereotype of a wealthy son riding on the coat tails of
Cara Putman
May 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I love Sarah's WWII fiction. She is such a strong story-teller and researcher that her books sing. This book is no different because she has created such memorable characters, and both so broken that I couldn't help but cheer for them from the first page to the last. Lillian is a heroine with a broken body, but even more important, a broken spirit. She believes she is cold, heartless, and unlovable, because that is what important people have communicated to her at crucial moments. Art believes n ...more
I really enjoyed this newest book from Sarah Sundin. Just the right amount of romance with a thread of suspense to keep you intrigued. And I love the fact that the author introduces a couple of real life topics such as the disability Lillian struggles with and the "nerves" (what we now know as PTSD) that Archer is struggling with.

These characters are real and are each struggling with their own self-worth. Lillian because of her disability and Archer because of his wealth. They each struggle wit
Feb 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was so excited to read this second book of the Waves of Freedom series and, as always, Sarah Sundin has delivered yet another excellent novel.

The protagonists Lilian and Archer were refreshing and interesting characters - Lilian has an obvious physical disability, and Arch struggles with what we know today is PTSD. Also they each have their own hang-ups that has shaped their personalities and makes relationships difficult for them, so it was especially sweet to see them change and fall for ea
Jan 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley-read
Anchor in the Storm, the second book in the Waves of Freedom series, was an intriguing continuation of the series. I really liked the characters and that the main characters from book one were in this story a few times (always love that!!).

I felt for the heroine and all that she went through due to her disability (although, I will say, she was very tenacious!)...and then hearing her story was heartbreaking, at times.

All in all, a good read that I think, if I wouldn't have been in such a reading
Victoria Goodbrand
Nov 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018-reads, ww2
Nov 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Feb. 17, 2016 When will May get here! I wake up every day anticipating this book more and more. How am I supposed to wait?! Please, come May, please!


Apr. 18, 2016 I need this right NOW! I just finished TWD last night (reread) and can't wait for my copy of this to arrive!

One Plucky Female Pharmacist + One High-Society Naval Officer = Romance--and Danger
For plucky Lillian Avery, America's entry into World War II means a chance to prove herself as a
Lillian Avery is thrilled to finally get a chance at being a pharmacist. With most of the young men signing up to fight, she knows that qualified pharmacists are in short supply and most don't want to take a chance on a woman let alone one who is crippled. As she settles into her job in Boston, she starts to notice something odd with specific prescriptions to be filled. It seems that the dosages are too high. Lt. Arch Vanderbilt is grateful to be alive after his ship sank. Yet he can't sleep. Wh ...more
Maureen Timerman
May 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016
I should state that I’ve read every one of the author’s books that I could get my hands on, and loved them all. That being said this book is no exception, once you pick it up, your gone page turning.
We are back with some dear friends that we met in Through Waters Deep, and get reacquainted, and was happy to see Mary and Jim’s relationship moving forward. Jim’s friend Arch who we also met, and wasn’t sure if I really cared for him, but he seemed changed, and he becomes interested in Jim’s sister
I liked the theme of relying on God in all things, the dual povs and the historical details, but this story was just ok. I enjoy a story that features characters who grow in maturity and faith; however, I do not really like reading about people who have so little insight into their own pasts that they develop borderline ridiculous hang-ups.

For example, my grandmother used to make sure I always held her hand when crossing the street by telling me that if I didn't, I wouldn't be blown away by a t
Rachelle Cobb
Jun 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Sarah Sundin writes exquisite WWII novels. I learn so much by how she brings the era to life! And her themes and character arcs are expertly written.
Apr 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The ultimate test of a book in my review is its ability to move me emotionally and to stir me to change. When a book does either or both of those things, in addition to being a clean faith-based read with strong characters and page-turning plot, it gets 5-stars in my review.

In addition to which the west coast author wrote superbly a story based in Boston decades before she was born. Well done, Sarah!! Love the history, the patriotism, the Navy, the culture, the technical details aboard the ficti
Kim Stringfellow Long
A lovely story

I really enjoy Sarah Sundin's books! She writes wonderful stories filled with beautiful messages of faith yet she doesn't bang you over the head with it. I loved the story of these two broken people finding each other and leaning on their faith as they do.
Abby A.
Apr 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
A quick review here:
Loved the spiritual content, loved how the main characters grew but loathed how they relapsed into old insecurities making them act quite stupid-in my own humble opinion-I so loved the ending.

Please excuse the long sentence fragment.
Carole Jarvis
Reviewed at The Power of Words:

Although I’m not usually a fan of WWII fiction, I adore the work of Sarah Sundin. Anchor in the Storm has that perfect blend of historical detail, rich characterization, suspense, romance, and spiritual depth – resulting in a highly entertaining story that was hard to put down. I’ve read five of Sarah’s novels, all of which are excellent, but I believe this one is my favorite so far. It was great to reconnect with Jim Avery from book #1, Throu
Aug 19, 2013 rated it liked it
I'm enjoying this series which features the Avery siblings and their loves during the first years of US involvement in WWI. Anchor in the Storm follows Lillian Avery as she leaves her home to live in Boston to work in a pharmacy ran by miserly old druggist, Mr. Dixon. She encounters adversity at work and in her personal life due to a disability she's lived with since she was a child. Lillian believes a normal person could never love her because of her appearance and her "cold" heart. Enter ensig ...more
Caitlyn Santi
Nov 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely fell in love with Arch in the first book of this series, Through Waters Deep, and even though Lillian was not actually in book one I couldn't wait to 'meet' her! So needless to say I was totally looking forward to this book, it was one of my most anticipated releases of 2016! And I am absolutely thrilled to say that I was most definitely not disappointed! Anchor in the Storm exceeded every single one of my expectations, Arch and Lillian's adventure was every bit as amazing as I had ...more
Haley S
Mar 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
One Plucky Female Pharmacist + One High-Society Naval Officer = Romance--and Danger
For plucky Lillian Avery, America's entry into World War II means a chance to prove herself as a pharmacist in Boston. The challenges of her new job energize her. But society boy Ensign Archer Vandenberg's attentions only annoy--even if he "is" her brother's best friend.
During the darkest days of the war, Arch's destroyer hunts German U-boats in vain as the submarines sink dozens of merchant ships along the East
Meghan DeWalt
It has been quite some time since I read a novel set in WWII and this novel had me fall in love with the era in fiction all over again. Sarah Sundin wove a powerful, intriguing tale expertly set in multiple locations, chock-full of history and a tender romance. In short--this novel has it all.
One of the best things, to me, about historical fiction is what you can learn from it. And it takes a masterful storyteller to weave the meticulous research done in preparation for the story, into the novel
Jul 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2016
While I've enjoyed Sarah Sundin's prior series, the Waves of Freedom series is a notch above the others. My new favorite Sarah Sundin novel is Anchor in the Storm.

As with Through Waters Deep, I thoroughly enjoyed the mystery element. In addition, it was incredibly interesting to learn about how PTSD was "treated" during WWII and other historical details. Through Arch and Lillian's story, we learn the importance of looking at the heart and actions of a person rather than the surface.

I recommend
Mar 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Lillian and Avery are too cute together! While I really loved the first book - Through Waters Deep - Anchor in the Storm was just as good! I related to Lillian a lot as she was cautious to let people past the walls she had created. But I'm so glad she let those walls come down. Avery was so afraid that people loved him for just his money, it nearly destroyed his relationship with Lillian and Jim. I am looking forward to reading When Tides Turn!
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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 The Land Beneath Us (February 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 Sky Above Us won the 2020 Carol Award, The Sea Before Us received the 2019 Reader's Choi ...more

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