I was long overdue for a Sarah Sundin read, so the start of a new series seemed the perfect time to finally read a book from this author I’ve heard so many wonderful things about.
Y’all, why did I wait?
In My Opinion
In The Sea Before Us, Sundin takes readers behind the scenes and into the precision, planning, and preparation during the months leading to World War II’s D-Day. Anyone who has taken a high school history class knows about this battle and has seen the pictures (and perhaps a movie or two about it).
As Dorothy Fairfax—a member of England’s Women’s Royal Naval Service—and Wyatt Paxton of the US navy spend time together, they form a friendship. Wyatt’s faith and constant encouragement bolster Dorothy as she cares for her grieving father, yet he has his own problems. He’s learned to lean on God and encourages Dorothy to explore her faith.
I kinda have a crush on Wyatt Paxton. A strong and sensitive man with a sense of humor. Someone who sees Dorothy not for her faults but for the woman God made her to be.
Plenty of twists, turns and complications keep this story moving. And when D-Day arrives, I was right in the midst of the battle with Wyatt on the ship.
While completely satisfied with this story, Sundin manages to leave an open end that has me wanting the next book in the series right now. But, alas, that’s not how the publishing world works. You better believe I’ll be picking up book two of the Sunrise Over Normandy series the day it is released.
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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.