Review of Through Waters Deep by Sarah Sundin

Through Waters Deep by Sarah Sundin

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


I held off on reading this book for some reason (again, it just sat in my pile of library books waiting to be read for weeks), and I don’t know why I took so long to open it! I think maybe I needed to be in a Sarah Sundin, WWII mood, but once I started reading, it was so easy to just keep going!

Something I enjoy in most of Sundin’s books is the realism of her characters. In so many books, the characters seem just like that – characters. They can do everything perfectly, always have good reactions, always know what to say, and just don’t feel like normal people who make stupid, normal mistakes. However, Jim and Mary both felt more like normal people, especially Jim. He make mistakes. He had average, twenty-something-year-old reactions to problems. I also appreciated that Mary’s traumatic past experience was something that wasn’t earth-shattering, but something that could happen to any kid. It was a nice change from the super dramatic backstories many characters possess.

The mystery part of this book wasn’t my favorite – I got a little confused with all of the possible suspects, and I was really tired when I got to where they were explaining how the whole thing sorted out. (Of course, that’s my own fault, so for anyone else, it’d probably make a lot more sense.) There was a fair amount of action, mostly at the end, but the rest of the book moved along nicely, too. The morals of the story, following God’s leading and trusting Him, were both brought through in an understandable way. The romance was sweet was not overdone, and the author set up the next book in the series quite well. All in all, this was what I expected from Sarah Sundin – an enjoyable read with so much quality research and great characters!

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