The first book I read was one that Tracie Peterson wrote several years ago titled What she left me. It is a story about abandonment and abuse, but also about healing. There were several truths about forgiveness and the truth of situations that are the kind that leave deep scars for life. There were several parts that were extremely difficult to read--which I skipped parts of. The author explains at the beginning of the book in a note that it isn't a book for teenage girls to read. I agree. Tracie Peterson typically writes romantic fiction. This book is a realistic fiction in which she tries to tackle some of the yuckiness of life. It was good. I am glad that I read this book, although it will probably take some time to get a few of the yucky scenes out of my head. This is one of those books to read with caution.
The second book I read was by Sarah Sundin, titled Anchor in the Storm. A month ago, I picked up an older series by Ms. Sundin and reread it because I wanted to reread the plot. I enjoyed the easy read and also enjoyed that I didn't have to worry about certain scenes that have come up in the last few books by Julie Klassen's books. For this reason, Ms. Sundin is "safer" for me to read. She seems to like the World War I/World War II era. Anchor in the Storm is set in Boston during World War II. The main character Lillian has a prosthetic leg which makes her a cripple in the eyes of the world. The scenes from the story made me more curious about life back then. Lillian has set out for Boston to work as a pharmacist. She and her brother's best friend, Arch, become friends and partners trying to solve a medicinal mystery that involves the drug store Lillian works for and the ship where Arch is stationed. There are twists and turns, of course, and a good ending.
I enjoyed the story and how easy it was to read. Ms. Sundin's writing is competent. It wouldn't stand out, but her plot helps. It's a story--this one isn't necessarily realistic to history. It's just fun to read.
If you enjoy Christian fiction set in World War II and enjoy authors like Lauraine Snelling, Tracie Peterson, or others like them, then you'd enjoy this book.
Please note that I received a complimentary copy of Anchor in the Storm for review from Revell Books.