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“When Tides Turn” by Sarah Sundin

I have read all of Sarah Sundin’s books that she has written about America in World War II, the Wings of Glory series, the Wings of the Nightingale series, and now the Waves of Freedom series.  I have been eagerly anticipating the third book in her Waves f Freedom series, “When Tides Turn”.  Finally!  This third book in the series follows another member of the Avery family as he fights the Nazi U-boats in the Atlantic.  The shipping lanes have been hounded by German wolf packs that terrorize merchant ships trying to ferry needed supplies to England.  Lt. Dan Avery is a no-nonsense naval officer who is stuck on land when he really wants to go to sea.  Tess Beaumont is a beautiful woman who longs to contribute to the war effort.  Since Dan is “married to the navy”, Tess has to be content to be his friend although she would like to be something more.  She decides to join the WAVES to do her duty for her country.

Along with the give and take between Dan and Tess, Ms. Sundin provides us with terrorism, espionage, treason, suspicion and a feel for life in the 1940’s during wartime.  Ms. Sundin’s extensive research is evident in her writing as she brings real history into her fiction.  She has also given a history of the WAVES along with the storyline.  I find her books to be interesting, true to actual events and romantic.  My wait for this book was rewarded with a wonderful story.  I am now eagerly waiting for the debut of her next series.  Don’t keep me waiting too long, Sarah!

I received a print copy of this book from RevellReads.com in return for my honest review.

“In Farleigh Field” by Rhys Bowen

Rhys Bowen is one of my favorite authors.  She wrote the Royal Spyness Myusteries, the Constable Evans Mysteries, and the Molly Murphy Mysteries.  I have read most of these and you will fine reviews on my blog.

I have just read “In Farleigh Field”, which takes place in England during the Blitz.  At one of the fields on Lord and Lady Westerham’s estate, a man dressed as a soldier is found dead.  Apparently the man parachuted into the field, but the chute failed to open, plunging him to his death.  Although the man is dressed like a soldier from the same unit that is occupying part of the Westerham mansion, Farleigh, something is not quite right.

Ben, Jeremy, and Pamela have been friends since childhood.  Pamela is one of the daughters of the Westerhams and Jeremy is the son of another lord of the realm who lives nearby.  Ben Creswell is the son of the local vicar and definitely not in the same social set as his friends.  Pamela and Ben works for MI5 and Pamela is a code-breaker at Bletchley Park.  Neither one knows that the other is involved in the war effort.  Jeremy has been shot down over Germany and is languishing in a prison camp.

This book, even though fiction, gave me a thrill a minute.  The clandestine investigation kept promising and delivering.  The possibilities of betrayal by one of Britain’s own was extremely interesting, especially since I had heard of some British who supported Hitler’s regime and were prepared for Britain to surrender.  I love the way Ms. Bowen incorporates historical fact in her novels.  I’m sure much research goes into each and every word she writes.  Although I have read many of her books, this one, “In Farleigh Field” is my favorite to date.  I sincerely hope that she is working on another novel in this same vein.  I will be looking for it.

I highly recommend this book, especially if you are interested in stories about World War II.  I received a print copy of this book from NightOwlReviews.com and was asked to do an honest review.

“An Extraordinary Union” by Alyssa Cole

“An Extraordinary Union” by Alyssa Cole was a very intriguing book about people of color working with the Union as spies in the South.  Ellie Burns, a former slave, has the ability to remember with astonishing accuracy things, conversations, written words, most everything.  Her talents are greatly prized by the Union.  She is sent back into slavery in the South as a spy to garner any information that she can to help the North.  Malcolm McCall is a detective with Pinkerton who is sent to infiltrate a Southern stronghold.  Elle and Malcolm are very much attracted to each other although their liaison, since one is black and the other white, is much frowned upon in that day and age.  As the two of them work together, they discover a plot that would be disastrous to the North.  They have to work together to make sure that this plot is uncovered and destroyed.

I found this book to be very interesting and well-written.  I enjoy novels about this time period and thought that this one in particular was intriguing because of the forbidden love of the two main characters and how they handled the situation.

I received an advance reader copy of this book from NightOwlReviews.com in return for my honest review.

“The Paris Librarian” by Mark Pryor

“The Paris Librarian” is a Hugh Marston crime fiction book by Mark Pryor.  I had not read his books before and so found this novel to be appealing.  I enjoy crime fiction and found that this setting in Paris with all the accompanying Parisian sights and sounds was very thought-provoking.  The fact that Hugo’s friend Paul has unexpectedly died in a locked room is first found to be death by natural causes.  However, Hugh’s nose for trouble leads him to suspect otherwise.  Working with a Parisian detective, jumping through the hoops in the investigation keeps Hugh thinking.  Is there a connection with an aging actress and the murder of a Nazi officer?  Does this murder have anything to do with a new exhibit that is being shown at the library?  There is a plethora of suspects, each with a reason to do away with Paul.  When other bodies start to pile up and the list of suspects is reduced because of their deaths, Hugo has to be quite inventive in his investigation to find out how someone is killed in a locked room with no visible means of entry by anyone else.

I really enjoyed this crime thriller.  I was kept in suspense throughout the novel because I kept deciding on the wrong suspect as the killer.  The ending will be a total surprise and the lead up to it equally surprising.

I was sent a complimentary print copy by NightOwlReviews.com.

“Woman in the Shadows” by Jane Thynne

“Woman in the Shadows” by Jane Thynne is the third book in the Clara Vine Series that I have read.  Jane Thynne has become one of my very favorite authors.  Not only is her subject matter one that I love to read about, but her style of writing keeps me coming back for more.  I am so glad that she is expanding this series to five books.  I delight in reading about prominent characters who were engaged in the pre-World War II cat and mouse games of espionage.  I can picture myself in Berlin along with Clara, so vividly does Ms. Thynne describe the surroundings.  I feel the intrigue, the helplessness, the terror that must have been part of most persons’ lives during this time in Germany.  I fear for Clara as she does her duty for the Crown and possibly provides information that will someday save many lives.

Clara Vine is a young woman, part English, part Jewish German.  Her very existence is in peril as long as she lives in Berlin and hobnobs with the Reich’s top echelon.  She must watch every word, every nuance, every look, and every movement, to make sure she does not give herself away.  As an actress, is she acting the part in her own life, or just when she is around the Nazi hierarchy?  Whom can she trust?  Whom can she talk to?  Who knows the truths?

In England, the titles of Ms. Thynne’s books are different from those offered in the United States.  For instance, this same book I am reviewing has the title, “The Winter Garden” in the U.K.  This may be confusing for some, but I have researched the books and am aware of the differences.  I highly recommend this series and I will continue to read all that Ms. Thynne writes.

I received a print copy of this book from NightOwlReviews.com in return for my honest review.

“Where Treetops Glisten” by Tricia Goyer, Cara Putnam and Sarah Sundin

Tricia Goyer, Cara Putnam and Sarah Sundin have joined three of their short novels into one lovely book, “Where Treetops Glisten”.  The stories are set in Lafayette, Indiana in the 1940’s, my favorite time period.

Louise Turner lives with her son and his wife.  Her husband Henry fought in the Spanish-American War.  Her son Robert fought in the Great War.  And now her grandchildren are being drawn into the drama that is the Second World War.  This book is about the Turner grandchildren and their work and love during the war.

Sarah Sundin writes about Pete, a pilot who has flown many missions and is being assigned stateside, but will also ferry planes to Europe.  He has been a bully and a miscreant during his growing-up years.  Grace was the sister of his friend and also the one he picked on the most.  Can these two ever forget their childhoods and come together as one?

Cara Putnam’s story is about Abigail, Pete’s sister who has lost her high-school sweetheart at Pearl Harbor.  Can she find love and happiness with someone else?  Can she find a course in her life that will satisfy her?

Tricia Goyer tells the story of Meredith Turner, a nurse, who is stationed in the Netherlands during the Battle of the Bulge.  She is working in a field hospital caring for the wounded Americans and sometimes a German.  She has been badly hurt by a young man whom she loved and hoped to marry.  He was of German descent and at the beginning of the war returned to his homeland she presumed to help the Nazi cause.  Was her David a spy?  Did he use her to try to get information from her contacts in the service?

Miracles can occur as you will see if you read about this wonderful Indiana family as they do the best they can to live fulfilled lives during a trying time.  I loved this book.  I am familiar with Lafayette, Indiana, and just reading about the different stores and areas was interesting.  I found this book comforting and well worth my time.

“Circle of Spies” by Roseanna M. White

“Circle of Spies” is Book 3 in the Culper Ring series by Roseanna M. White.  This novel is set in the time of the Civil War in Baltimore, Maryland.  Baltimore has been in Union territory, but has many Confederate sympathizers.  Marietta Hughes is a widow with a Union family and sympathies, living in a household of Confederates.  She is engaged to her brother-in-law, who is waiting for her to come out of mourning for his brother, in order to marry her.  As the story progresses, we are privy to the secrets of the house.  The Pinkerton Agency has sent at agent to infiltrate a clandestine group who is secretly trying to start another revolution after the South admitted defeat.  Their primary goal is to kidnap President Lincoln, but plans keep going awry and they resort to another plan.  Marietta finds that her intended is not the man she thought and since her family is part of the Culper Ring of spies, she is also included in helping them and the Pinkerton Agent.

I really enjoyed this novel because it provides another story behind the Lincoln assassination and shows the mood of the country after the surrender.  I was also heartened by the fact that Marietta found herself as we went along in the book.  This novel was full of suspense and surprises.  I highly recommend it.  I am also going to find the first two books in the series, which take place during different periods of war in America.  I’m sure I will enjoy reading them.

I received a free Kindle copy of this book from NetGalley.com.  No review positive or otherwise was required – all opinions are my own.