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Reviewed by Charity Lyman
As an avid reader of fiction novels, I have stumbled upon books that I plain out don’t like, some that are tolerable, the ones that make the cut and are enjoyable to read, and then those few that are gems. The ones that make the world around you disappear for the hours you are ensnared in its pages. Anchor in the Storm by Sarah Sundin is one of those gems. While it is the second installment in the Waves of Freedom series, you can most definitely read it as a stand-alone story, though many of the same characters are involved from the first book.
Lillian Avery is our heroine, but a most unlikely one. Lillian had an accident when she was little and has lost her leg, wearing a prosthetic limb that allows her to walk, but most likely never to find love. After all, who wants a cripple for a wife? I really admired her spirit and she shows great pluck, though still fighting the temptation that will allow others to see the weakness she has. Our hero was a little hard for me to like at first. I have read the first installment in the series and remembered his attitude towards women, – the one where he dates them and drops them – but in this book his character is further fleshed out. Ensign Archer Vandenberg has seen war and been affected by it. The tremors in his hands are veritable proof of the damage done to his body. And while his outer fickleness makes him look like a player, we find out that inside he is yearning for a woman who will love him for just that, him.
Wow, I just threw myself into this story and was hooked from the beginning. Both lead characters are realistic with internal struggles that threaten to drag them down. Lillian has experienced many heartaches, from a sister who hated her for being able to run and play to the boyfriend in college who just wanted to control her. Archer, or Arch, is so steadfast, though I did want to punch him at the end–thank you for doing it for me Jim! See, he disappoints Lillian and when she blocks him out and lashes out towards him, her brother steps in and does what I wanted to do, giving Ensign Archer a black eye. Hurrah!
In all honesty though, I was drawn to these two characters who have their share of trouble and find their strength solely in the Lord. A gripping story that involves illegal drugs, danger in the waters, history, and a bit of romance that had me enthralled! This is a definite 5 out of 5 stars for me and I would give it more if I could!!
Charity lives in Illinois and is the oldest of 6 children. The family also has 3 dogs and a cat. Reading is a hobby when not cooking, baking, sewing or enjoying music. She reads many different genres but Christian fiction is a favorite. Charity can be found often at her blog, Giveaway Lady.
Review copy was provided by Revell. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.
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- “Hope Anchors the Soul” journal
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