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What is this book about?

For plucky Lillian Avery, America’s entry into World War II means a chance to prove herself as a pharmacist in Boston. The challenges of her new job energize her. But society boy Ensign Archer Vandenberg’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-boats in 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 there be a link to the large prescriptions for sedatives Lillian has filled? The two work together to answer that question, but can Arch ever earn Lillian’s trust and affection?

My review:

Mystery, love and fascinating characters were the backbone of an interesting historical story. The pharmaceutical aspect mixed with the treatment of naval personnel with traumatic struggles was riveting.

Arch was introduced in the first book of the series and I loved his personality from the start. He was real, determined, and caring. I felt sympathy for his position about his wealth right from the start. I loved how he was patient about becoming friends with Lillian to build their relationship.

Lillian was sarcastic and strong. Even though her disability was forefront in her life, she rose to all the challenges and even the mysteries that came her way. She grew from thinking she needed to be strong all on her own to embracing a need for others, including Arch.

Individually they were interesting but together, Arch and Lillian were powerful together. The emerging romance was sweet and fun. I loved it.

What I enjoyed most about this book:

Arch and Lillian, who were interesting separately, were so good together.

What I didn’t like about this book:

Nothing.

Rating 5 out of 5 stars

Would I recommend this book to others? Absolutely. Sweet romance, interesting characters, riveting historical circumstances, and fascinating mystery. This is the second book in this series. It can be read as a standalone but Arch’s story is a little more rounded out if the first book is read prior.

Note: I received this book complimentary from a giveaway. I was not required to give a review. All of the opinions I have expressed here are honest and my own.

Where can I learn more about this author and their books?

Sarah Sundin, author website

-Loraine Nunley

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