I've had World War II on my mind for the last week. Firstly, between Memorial Day and the commemoration of D-Day I've been reading a lot about the era. But I've also been reading Anchor in the Storm, Sarah Sundin's novel set during the war. Lillian Avery, the main character is a pharmacist in Boston. Women pharmacists are rare at this time and Lillian's work efforts, her growing relationship with her brother's friend, Ensign Archer Vandenberg, and a plot that includes a mystery, contribute to a novel that was engrossing and kept me reading past my usual bedtime.
My mother worked for the Navy Department in Connecticut during the war and I always enjoyed hearing her memories of life during this time. While my mother and Lillian Avery had very different experiences, the stories told in Anchor in the Storm seemed to be so close to those my mother related to me. But as my mother's stories weren't all history, neither is this novel a recitation of dates and places. The characters are vivid and yes, there is romance.
I previously read In Perfect Time, which also takes place during World War II and I enjoyed it a lot. too. Anchor in the Storm is the second novel in the Waves of Freedom series and that gives me another volume to look forward to. Thanks, Sarah Sundin, for the first book in my summer reading.
What's the first book in your summer reading?
Tuesday was a perfect almost summer day in New York. I started with a visit to the allergist and then enjoyed walking, coffee and sitting outside and reading the NY Times. Despite my leisure I made it to the gym -- some days I am so reluctant -- and even got a second walk in after dinner.
As ever, thanks for visiting and happy summer reading!
Please note, thanks to my friends at the Litfuse Publicity Group, I was given a copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. The opinions are all mine.