Sarah Sundin is returning to the blog this week because she has a new release! It’s always a happy day for me when I hear she has something new out there. I love reading other views of WWII. Her newest book is When Tides Turn
When Quintessa Beaumont learns the US Navy has established the WAVES program for women, she enlists, eager to throw off her frivolous ways and contribute to the war effort. Lt. Dan Avery employs his skills in antisubmarine warfare to fight U-boats at the peak of the Battle of the Atlantic, but the last thing he wants to see on his radar is fun-loving Tess. As Dan and Tess work together in Boston, the changes in Tess challenge his notions—and his heart.
It’s always fascinating to hear about little-known parts of the war. What inspired you to write When Tides Turn?
When Tides Turn was inspired by two World War II events, the establishment of the WAVES and the turning point of the Battle of the Atlantic.
The US Navy established the WAVES (Women Accepted for Voluntary Emergency Service) on July 30, 1942. At first the Navy was reluctant to take women due to fears that women wouldn’t be capable or would distract the men. In my novel, Tess Beaumont joins the WAVES and has to prove herself. During the war, the WAVES quickly proved their worth, and soon all branches of the Navy were clamoring for more WAVES. By the end of the war, 86,000 women served as aviation machinists, yeomen, engineers, parachute riggers, radiomen, and more.
The Battle of the Atlantic was the longest battle of World War II, as German U-boats attacked Allied shipping and Allied warships fought back. In When Tides Turn, American naval officer Lt. Dan Avery serves during the peak of the battle in March 1943, when the U-boats sank 95 ships. However, the tide was already turning. Allied advances in breaking the German Enigma code and in radar and radio direction-finding helped locate the elusive U-boats. And air power turned the hunter U-boats to prey. In 1943, the Allies began using auxiliary carriers (also called escort carriers) in convoys. The carrier aircraft detected U-boats, sank them, and drove them away from the vulnerable cargo ships. May 1943 represented the turning point in the Battle of the Atlantic, when U-boats sank 41 ships, but 44 subs were lost, several to carriers such as the USS Bogue, the real ship my fictional hero serves on. Although U-boats remained active until V-E Day, they never again posed as serious a threat. Victory in this battle led to victory in the war by allowing American and Canadian troops to safely cross to Britain for D-day in June 1944.
Sarah Sundin is the author of nine historical novels, including When Tides Turn. Her novel Through Waters Deep was a finalist for the 2016 Carol Award, won the INSPY Award, and was named to Booklist’s “101 Best Romance Novels of the Last 10 Years.” A mother of three, Sarah lives in California, works on-call as a hospital pharmacist, and teaches Sunday school. She also enjoys speaking for church, community, and writers’ groups.
Thanks for stopping by, Sarah! I always learn something when you’re on.
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