Reviewed by Martha Artyomenko
About the book:
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.
I have throughly enjoyed all of Sarah Sundin’s books, I mean, what is not to like? Beautiful covers, flawed characters, World War 2 fiction? All of my favorite things!
This one is a little different than her others, which threw me for a loop at first and I realized that I wanted to sit down and concentrate on it. I usually do a fly by reading, which means I read in very short segments. My life has been busy, so it has been more 5 minutes here and 10 minutes there, than anything else for reading. It is not terribly satisfying, but better than nothing.
However, for this book, I highly recommend giving it your full attention. It starts out slow, but pulls you in with the subtle mystery surrounding events that take place before WW2. Sarah’s ability to create pretty characters with distinct flaws is no different in this book. I loved seeing the characters grow and change throughout the story.
I will also say this, if you love 1940’s fashion, you will adore this book! Check out Sarah’s Pinterest board for pictures, but this book describes the dresses in such good detail, I felt like I could go and buy it at the store and I knew what it looked like already!
While this book surprised me with the more mystery bent of it, I throughly enjoyed it and will look forward to the rest of this series! I already bought a second copy to lend/give away of this one and I suggest you do the same!