Lillian Avery has fought hard for a chance to prove herself, and now that the men are away at war she might finally have the chance to use her degree as a Pharmacist. Her first job is at a small drug store whose owner is set in his old fashioned ways, when she sees suspiciously large prescriptions rolling through, she begins to question the sources.
Archie Vandenburg has lived a privileged life as the heir to a considerable fortune, but he left the expectations of his family and socialite girlfriend to prove himself by serving in the Navy. But a terrible loss of life at sea has left him shaken, and he sees that his men seem to have similar struggles that they are masking with a form of drug use. He is drawn to his best friend's sister, Lillian, but she wants nothing to do with him. He wants to help his men, and finally he convinces Lillian to work together with him to connect the dots.
Sarah Sundin has woven another riveting novel honoring the men and women who sacrificed for our country. Lillian is determined to prove herself indispensable after finally landing a job as a pharmacist, she has never been one to let life's setbacks hold her down. Archie is drawn to her intelligence as well as her indifference to his charm and wealth.
Archie and Lillian are both very compelling characters, I especially admired Lillian's go-get-em attitude, as well as her determination to cheer up Mr. Dixon's store. Lillian is clever and has worked hard to earn her accomplishments. She is also brave in the face of danger. Archie is a strong Christian, and works to live his faith in the trying times of war.
Fast paced, with excellent character development, mystery, and an explosive ending. I love the close knit Avery family and how protective Jim is of his little sister, and how they welcome Archie right away. A mystery that kept me guessing throughout, with great character growth. I've never met a Sarah Sundin book that I didn't love and this is no exception to that. Highly recommend!
I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.