Through Waters Deep by Sarah Sundin {book review}

Through Waters Deep by Sarah Sundin {book review}:  first in the Waves of Freedom series, WW2 Boston.

Sundin weaves together beautifully the characters and plot in this story on multiple levels.  Definitely a must-read for historical fiction lovers.

Through Waters DeepSummary:

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 bewildering maze of suspects emerges, and Mary is dismayed to find that even someone close to her is under suspicion. With the increasing pressure, Jim and Mary find that many new challenges–and dangers–await them.

My Reaction:

In her usual fashion, Sundin has put together another (her third) romantic World War II series, of which this is the first. I particularly identify with this series set in the place of my birth, Boston. Sundin does an excellent job researching the settings for her books, and incorporating many landmarks into the story. This book is no exception.

Through Waters Deep includes a mystery of sabotage (not historical) in the Naval shipyard, which adds an exciting twist. The contrast between the main character, Mary Stirling, and that of the shipyard environment was extreme, but other than that the story was believable, and the mystery hard to solve.

I especially enjoyed the descriptions of Park Street Church and Dr. Ockenga’s preaching. My mother attended Park Street Church after the war when she lived in Boston. I wonder if she sang in the choir with Mary?

The parallel stories of the main characters, Mary and Jim, and the inner struggles of each stemming from childhood experiences, is brilliant. I am in awe of a writer who successfully weaves so many pieces together without dropping any thing. Beautifully done, and I can’t wait to read the next two books in the series.

Thank you once again, Sarah, for another great read!

I highly recommend this squeaky clean and tactful romance to all readers. Sundin’s books are not quick reads, lending themselves to plenty of technical understanding (in this case of a Navy destroyer) and historical description woven into the story. And most importantly the growth in her characters’ hearts in their walk with God, and of God’s care for them.

I borrowed this from my local library.

Sarah SundinFrom the Author:

Although I came from a home wallpapered in books, I only briefly envisioned myself as a writer, when my sister and I co-wrote Funny Dancing Fruits and Vegetables complete with crayon illustrations.

Then I discovered science, so I studied chemistry in college and earned my doctorate in pharmacy. In pharmacy school, I met my husband, Dave. We settled in northern California and were blessed by three bright, funny children.

In January 2000, I woke from a dream so intriguing I had to write it down. I proceeded to write a really bad 750-page contemporary Christian romance. That book will never be published, but it led me to join a critique group, attend writers’ conferences, and join American Christian Fiction Writers.

For more about Sarah Sundin and her books check out her website or connect with her on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

This review is also posted on and Goodreads.


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