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Comment by Jeanie M Dannheim on February 20, 2016 at 8:13pm

Thank you, Nora, i am very sorry to have placed the review incorrectly. I have now found the correct page - I couldn't find it the day I posted it after much searching - obviously in the wrong pages!  Thanks again! 

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Comment by Jeanie M Dannheim on February 17, 2016 at 8:25pm


This review has been posted on Amazon, Goodreads, Barnes & Noble, Deeper Christian, Family Christian, Christian Book Distributors, Facebook, Google+

Thank you so much to Revell and Sarah Sundin - I absolutely loved this book!

‘Through Waters Deep’ is the very impressive first book I have read by Sarah Sundin; it is also first in her latest series, Waves of Freedom, set during WWII with characters actively involved. There are many things I was unaware of, including the varied feelings about sending our military to Europe to fight, the large number of women and non-military employees working at the Naval Yard, and sabotage to our equipment by our people. It is a sweeping novel of romance, intense suspense, and mystery. Mary Stirling is a young woman from the Midwest who has worked in the office at the Yard for four years and enjoys it. She chooses to not be in a spotlight in any area of her life, as she does not want pride to ever run her life again.


Mary and an old classmate ran into each other; Ensign Jim Brady and his friend Archer would soon be going out onboard ship. Mary and Jim accompanied Arch and his fiancé when their schedules fit. Mary remembered how Jim had, and seemingly still has, unrequited love for Mary’s best friend Quintessa, so she had no illusions that there would be more than friendship between them. Jim, knowing he would be leaving soon, also wanted only Christian friendship. Yet they grew closer with each passing week, neither wanting to admit their feelings.


Sabotage began to occur at the Naval Yard, including a bomb placed on one of the ships that fortunately was discovered before detonation. Other areas included work not passing inspection even when done according to plan. Mary, a huge fan of early Nancy Drew mysteries of her high school days, was in a unique position to gather information as she collected or distributed reports around the yard, especially listening to the various factions the workers fell into. She became a target when some of those men discovered her role, and Jim’s ship encountered danger from Nazis on the high seas, it became a pulse-pounding, exciting novel like none other.


Mary and Jim are very well described; they are highly likable, honorable and share their faith in Christ. We learn a bit about Arch and Quintessa; both are also likable. Employees of the Naval Yard, FBI men, and others are known minimally through conversations and actions. I didn’t like the FBI men as they at first as they weren’t sure her notes were any more than the imagination of a wannabe Nancy Drew or if the notes were accurate, and later did not want her to endanger herself. It was hard to know who might be possible saboteurs, especially with the extreme prejudice and those in factions who brought hard to other.


The author weaves an exhilarating story that is intriguing and has excellent spiritual lessons. It was hard to put it down! The plot is believable and intricate; trying to figure out who the bad guys or gals were was nearly impossible. There were plot twists and turns, dangers and emotions that heighten throughout the novel. The ending came too quickly yet with loose ends tied up and background incidents better understood. I highly recommend ‘Through Waters Deep’ to those interested in Christian WWII fiction with women central to the story. If one likes mystery, pulse-pounding suspense, and a possibility of romance, it is a worthy read. Sarah Sundin is one of my latest favorite authors; I’m looking forward to reading more of her novels.


With a grateful heart, I won a copy of this book from The Book Club Network.  All opinions are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.

Comment by Mary Young Robinson on January 9, 2016 at 12:41pm

So, can you review  books also sent directly from Bethany or just your contest? Please enter me in your contest as I do read fast and will need additional books. I rarely can afford to purchase brand new books and I do read a lot of older books. But that's OK too as I have so enjoyed catching up with Michael Phillips. Bodie Thoene, and older sagas.  Thanks, Mary

Comment by Margaret Graham on October 2, 2015 at 12:06pm

I love reading Suzanne Woods Fishers books.  I have read all that I can obtain from my library and interlibrary loan.  I am looking forward to reading her new book Imposter.  I know it will be just as well written and intriguing as her others.

Comment by Kristina M. Anderson on August 24, 2015 at 1:52pm

The Innocent by Ann H. Gabhart is an historical Christian novel.  It is September of 1865 and Carlyn Kearney has not heard from her husband in two years.  He went off to fight in the Civil War and she did not hear from him after the summer of 1863.    Carlyn is out of money and has no way to pay the lien on their property and home.  Carlyn does not know what to do.  She does not want to leave their home in case her husband, Ambrose comes back.  Ambrose was listed as missing in action. 


Sheriff Mitchell Brodie arrives one day with Curt Whitlow.  Curt owns the lien on the property.  He has offered to help Carlyn out in exchange for certain favors (we all know he means sex).  Curt is married with a family of his own, but that does not stop his roving ways.  Sheriff Brodie is very nice and polite to Carlyn.  Carlyn greets them at the door with a shotgun and her dog, Asher.  Asher has been her friend since the day he arrived starving on her doorstep.  Asher does not like Curt and is very protective of Carlyn.  Carlyn has one week to leave.


After much prayer Carlyn decides to go to the nearby Shaker village of Harmony Hill.  Carlyn is accepted into the village, but not Asher.  Carlyn asks Sheriff Brodie to watch Asher for her and give him a good home.  Carlyn tries to fit into life at the village, but it is very different.  They all have to dress the same way, no violence, a lot of work, many rules, and they are always being watched.  Sister Edna is assigned to be Carlyn’s teacher or guide.  Sister Edna seems to resent Carlyn (for her looks) and is always finding fault.  One day Carlyn overhears an argument between Brother Henry Stratton and Curt Whitlow.  The next night their barn with the horses is on fire and Brother Henry cannot be found.  Sheriff Brodie sets out to find out who set fire to the barn and who wanted Brother Henry dead (poor man is found under a hay bale).  Then Curt Whitlow is missing (and assumed guilty).  When Sister Edna is found at the bottom of some steps during the night by Carlyn, Carlyn is accused of pushing her.  What is going on in this village?  Sheriff Brodie has his work cut out for him.  Mitchell Brodie is also having feelings for Carlyn.  He would like to get to know her better, but he is unable to with her in the village (Shaker’s are against marriage).  Can Mitchell keep her safe and find a way to get to know her better?  Does Carlyn have feelings for Mitchell?


Read The Innocent to find out who is messing with the Shaker village and the fate of Carlyn and Mitchell.  I give The Innocent 4 out of 5 stars.  I liked it, but I admit to not loving it.  It is heavy in scripture (a tad preachy).  I enjoyed the mystery in the story (I cannot help it if I like mysteries).   I found pleasure in how the story ended.  Ann H. Gabhart is a good storyteller.  I have read books of hers before, and I will definitely will read more of them in the future.  She has a good understanding of the Shaker culture and put it together very nicely into this book (there are others as well).


I received a complimentary copy of The Innocent from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  The review and opinions expressed are my own.

Comment by Paula Young on August 10, 2015 at 11:00am

Hearts Made Whole is a fabulous historical Christian romance written by Jody Hedlund.  Although this author is new to me, I definitely will be reading more of her books!  I began reading this book after I received it in the mail about 9:00 on a Thursday and finished it on Friday afternoon.  I just couldn’t put it down! 

The heroine, Catherine Taylor, is a strong young woman who had been helping her father run the Windmill Point Lighthouse in Gross Pointe, Michigan on the shores of Lake St. Clair as well as helping to take care of her four siblings since the death of their mother.  After watching her father’s boat capsize during a furious storm, and he and the doctor he tries to save drowns, she discovers that the District Lighthouse Director views her unfit to continue taking care of the lighthouse because she is a woman although she is doing a great job, and he informs her that a veteran of the Civil War has been hired, and she must leave.  What will she do?  How will she support her siblings?  Carolyn remembers her father’s last encouraging words to her, “God is good all the time” and claims that for her life. The wounded war veteran, Ryan Chambers, arrives early.  Although he is a disheveled drunk and pain killer addict who is haunted by memories of the war, Carolyn sees past all his shortcomings to see who he really is and could be if he turns his life over to God and heals both in body and soul.  He makes an offer to Carolyn for her and her family to stay and be his assistant at the lighthouse, but someone does not like this arrangement and several strange and threatening incidents happen.  This story line does not get dull and will keep your interest until the conclusion of the book.  I received a copy of this book in a giveaway, but the choice to review it was mine.

Comment by Debora Wilder on June 9, 2015 at 9:17pm

Are the winners of the May contests going to be posted here? It would help if the title of the book won was part of the discussion title within this group.

Comment by Melony Teague on April 21, 2015 at 10:12am

I won "Where Rivers Part" by Kellie Coates Gilbert.

This book keeps you guessing right up until the end.  Dr. Juliet Ryan has spent most of her life to aquireing her considerable scientific knowledge to bring a high level of safety to the food and beverage industry. Her newly acquired position at Larimar springs is all that she dreamed of, or so it seems. While her life and career unravel before her, tragedy strikes from all sides and she must dig deep to uncover the truth. The truth about the company she works for and in her personal life, the truth about where she stands in relationship to her father with whom she has some issues.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book with its plot twists and turns. A hard one to put down once I got started.

Comment by Tina Rice on March 30, 2015 at 11:42am

In the last drawing I won a copy of The Trouble With Patience by Maggie Brendan.

When will they mail the books out?




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