Monday, March 27, 2017

When Tides Turn by Sarah Sundin Book Review

When Tides Turn by Sarah Sundin
From back cover:
Tess Beaumont is tired of being thought of as just a pretty face. Eager to do her part for the war effort, she joins the Navy's newly established WAVES program for women. Perhaps there she can convince people that there is more to her than meets the eye.

Lt. Dan Avery has been using his skills in the fight against German U-boats and hoping to make admiral. The last thing he wants to see on his radar is a girl like Tess. Convinced that romance will interfere with his goals, Dan is determined to stay the course, no matter how intriguing a distraction Tess is.

But love, like war, is unpredictable. When Dan is shipped out at the peak of the Battle of the Atlantic, he finds himself torn between his lifelong career goals and his desire to help the beguiling Tess root out a possible spy on shore. Could this fun-loving glamour girl really be the one?

I've always had a bit of an interest in World War II history and the 1940's and 50's, so this book was right up my alley!

There was a lot going on throughout the book, but I never felt lost. And there are so many historical details, all of which are explained well (and not in a boring way!). You can tell a lot of research goes into writing these books. 

I wasn't too sure about Tess, as she is kind of portrayed as a bit of a flirt in the previous books, but it was nice to see another side of her and learn more about her.

And Dan was a bit of a jerk for a while, but you were given just enough backstory to know that there was more to his story so you didn't totally give up on him. I did feel like his point-of-view was a bit boring at times compared to Tess. I mean, it's hard to compete with her spy mystery!

While this does have romance angle to it, I didn't find it to be too cheesy or annoying. There was definitely some tension with Dan and Tess's friendship/relationship, and some serious ups and downs, but I liked how it all came together. And not in an obvious way either. 

Actually, I liked how all of the story lines ended. Everything came together in a unexpected but satisfying way.

Overall I really enjoyed this book!

This is the third book in the Waves of Freedom series, but you could read these out of order and not feel lost. I have read all the books and enjoyed every one. 

I received this book from Revell Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group in exchange for an honest review.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the lovely review, Nicole! I'm so glad you enjoyed Dan & Tess's story!