Anchor in the Storm
By Sarah Sundin
Rating: 4 of 5
Book 2 of Waves of Freedom series
Revell – Fiction | Historical Romance
Lillian Avery is excited to start her first job as a pharmacist in Boston. As a young woman, she would have never been able to get the job unless World War II had created a shortage of young men pharmacists. When rather large prescriptions for sedatives keep coming in, Lillian begins to question why the patients and doctors are allowing this, so she begins an investigation of her own.
Ensign Archer Vandenberg is Lillian’s brother’s best friend who’s been reassigned to a destroyer to defend the Eastern border from German U-boats while based out of Boston. Archer suffers from PTSD but is trying his hardest to fight off the paralyzing fear. When he realizes that some of his crewmates are constantly suffering from drowsiness, he begins to suspect some of his men to be self-medicating. When he enlists Lillian’s expertise and help, she reveals her own suspicions surrounding the sedatives. Can they figure out what is happening? Can they find a way to work together without getting caught or killed?
Since this story was the second in a series, I was a little concerned I wouldn’t be able to catch up, but the story read as a standalone novel. I thoroughly enjoyed the story and the setting of World War II. As someone studying in the medical field, it was interesting to see the incorporation of the different drugs that were used during that time period. I really enjoyed getting to know Lillian and Archer and all of their individual struggles. As someone who also loves history, I really enjoyed learning more about military life on a destroyer and also the state of medicine. I will have to hunt down the first book in the series to read!
I definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good historical romance.
I received this book for free from the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.