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What is this book about?

When fun-loving glamour girl Quintessa Beaumont learns the Navy has established the WAVES program for women, she enlists, determined to throw off her frivolous ways and contribute to the war effort.

No-nonsense and hoping to make admiral, Lt. Dan Avery has been using his skills to fight German U-boats. The last thing he wants to see on his radar is a girl like Tess. For her part, Tess works hard to prove her worth in the Anti-Submarine Warfare Unit in Boston–both to her commanding officers and to the man with whom she is smitten.

When Dan is assigned to a new escort carrier at the peak of the Battle of the Atlantic, he’s torn between his lifelong career goals and his desire to help Tess root out a possible spy on shore. The Germans put up quite a fight, but he wages a deeper battle within his heart. Could Tess be the one for him?

My review:

Romance, espionage, and deeply rooted in historical details, this story was good even before the main characters are factored in. Add a pretty girl wanting to be taken seriously and a straight laced military man needing to enjoy life more and it becomes a recipe for a top read.

I enjoyed Tess from the moment she made her appearance in the pages of book one of this series, but I really fell in love with her wonderful character walking in her shoes in this book. She was kind and strong at the same time. People who have the gift of encouragement are sometimes looked over because not as much value is placed on that strength versus many others. I loved that the author chose to build it up here with Tess.

Dan was quiet and serious as befitted his military aspirations but he was also a man of integrity and I liked that he didn’t hesitate to admit when he was wrong.

Oh what fun it was watching the two of them together. Tess teased and encouraged Dan in so many great ways. It was definitely a case of ‘behind every good man is a good woman’.

What I enjoyed most about this book:

The way that Tess was able to positively touch all the people around her, most importantly, Dan.

What I didn’t like about this book:

I skimmed over much of the technical details.

Would I recommend this book to others? Yes. Great characters, sweet romance, educational historical details, and even a little espionage. This is the third book in this series. It can be read as a standalone.

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

Sarah Sundin, author website

-Loraine Nunley

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