Waves of Freedom Series
SUMMARY: In the time of sacrifice, what price can one put on true love?
Nothing slows Lillian Avery down - not her personal challenges and certainly not America's entry into World War II. She finally has a chance to prove herself as a pharmacist in Boston. The demands of her new job energize her. But society boy Ensign Archer Vanderberg's attentions only annoy - even if he is her brother's best friend.
During the darkest days of the war, Arch's destroyer hunts German U-Boasts on vain as the submarines sink dozens of merchant ships along the East Coast. Still shaken by battles at sea, Arch notices his men also struggle with their nerves - and with drowsiness. Could their be a link to the large prescriptions Lillian has been filling?
As the danger rises on both land and sea, the two must work together to answer that question. But can Arch ever earn Lillian's trust and affections?
REVIEW: This book tackles some difficult subjects - physical disabilities, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and women working in traditionally men's roles. Lillian wears a prosthesis on her left leg after a childhood accident. That, along with being a woman, makes it very difficult for her to find a job, much less one as a pharmacist, since those positions were held by men. After the sinking of his previous ship, Arch deals with PTSD. He observes men on his new destroyer having the same issues coping by taking strong medication that starts to interfere with their job performances.
Lillian's determination to break through the barriers is admirable. She does the best she can and doesn't back down from adversity. Along the way, she starts to win people over and their attitudes start to change as they see her instead of just her sex. She uses a painful episode in her past to help her in a very difficult situation to bring criminals to justice.
Arch finds out that he is not along in struggling with the death and destruction he's witnessed on the sea. I like how he works to find another way besides drugs to help the men under his command and breaks up the prescription drug ring causing the damage. Even though he hates the wealth and status he was brought up with, I was impressed with how he uses it to help others with PTSD and other wounded warriors.
The author kept me guessing as to how the drug ring would be captured and how all the relationships that were hurt and wounded would mend in the end.
This is the second book in the Waves of Freedom series. It stands well on its own but reading the first book will fill in the gaps around some of the other characters. This is a remarkable book and a wonderful series.
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Sarah Sundin is the award-winning author of the Wings of Glory and Wings of the Nightingale series, as well as Through Waters Deep. During WWII, her grandfather serves as a pharmacist's mate (medic) in the Navy and her great-uncle flew with the US Eighth Air Force in England. Sarah lives in California with her husband and three children. Learn more at www.sarahsundin.com.