The Sea Before Us by Sarah Sundin
Release Date: February 6, 2018
Genre: Historical Fiction / World War II / Romance
Series: Sunrise at Normandy, Book One
About the Book:
In 1944, American naval officer Lt. Wyatt Paxton arrives in London to prepare for the Allied invasion of France. He works closely with Dorothy Fairfax, a “Wren” in the Women’s Royal Naval Service. Dorothy pieces together reconnaissance photographs with thousands of holiday snapshots of France–including those of her own family’s summer home–in order to create accurate maps of Normandy. Maps that Wyatt will turn into naval bombardment plans.
As the two spend concentrated time together in the pressure cooker of war, their deepening friendship threatens to turn to love. Dorothy must resist its pull. Her bereaved father depends on her, and her heart already belongs to another man. Wyatt too has much to lose. The closer he gets to Dorothy, the more he fears his efforts to win the war will destroy everything she has ever loved.
The tense days leading up to the monumental D-Day landing blaze to life under Sarah Sundin’s practiced pen with this powerful new series.
The Sea Before Us by Sarah Sundin won’t leave readers disappointed. It’s yet another World War II novel that will be impossible to put down. One of the things that I love about this fabulous author is that her knowledge and love for World War II history always shines above and beyond and flows beautifully with her story. If anything, it always adds depth and I always find myself learning something new.
This time Sundin takes us to London where the American Navy is working with our British Allies to prepare and plan for D-Day in Normandy. I found it fascinating to learn how the Navy battleships played a major role during D-Day as well as all of the risks and obstacles they had to overcome.
Since we are in London, we also get to learn about the WRNS (Women’s Royal Navy). I love learning how women in history take on roles in the military in order to help defend our countries.
Speaking of which, I absolutely loved our characters. Wyatt Paxton is probably one of my favorite male leads. He is a gentleman, loves the Lord, but has a difficulty forgiving himself for something that was beyond his control. Dorothy Fairfax is a beautiful young woman who struggles with seeing herself as beautiful and loved. Something I think all of us women struggle with at some point in our lives. There were also themes of fully trusting the Lord and truly understanding the forgiveness and love of the Lord as Father and the redemption of the Cross.
I truly loved every moment of this book and cannot wait for the next because I must know what happens next. Highly recommended for everyone and anyone.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review, which I have given. I was not required to write a positive review and have not been compensated for it in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.
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About Sarah Sundin:
Sarah Sundin is the author of With Every Letter, On Distant Shores, In Perfect Time, and the Wings of Glory series. In 2014, On Distant Shores was a finalist for the Golden Scroll Awards from both AWSA and the Christian Authors Network. In 2011, Sarah received the Writer of the Year Award at the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference. A graduate of UC San Francisco School of Pharmacy, she works on-call as a hospital pharmacist. During WWII, her grandfather served as a pharmacist’s mate (medic) in the Navy and her great-uncle flew with the US Eighth Air Force in England. Sarah lives in California with her husband and three children. Visit http://www.sarahsundin.com for more information.