Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Book Review: "The Sea Before Us" by Sarah Sundin

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 ÒWrenÓ 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.

My Thoughts Since I picked up her Wings of Glory series, Sarah Sundin is on my "automatic read author" list. If she comes out with a book, I read it. "The Sea Before Us" is the first book in the Sunrise at Normandy series. The WWII history and depth of research makes the book become real. I feel as if I'm there and the characters are my friends. Biblical truths are woven through the book and the characters developed and grew. Besides the romance in the book, there is also a mystery that needs to be solved, which had some interesting surprises. The main story line between Wyatt and Dorothy reaches a "happily ever after", but there is a secondary story about Wyatt and his brothers that is not concluded and will (I assume) continue on through the next two books. I look forward to reading Adler's and Clay's stories.

Sarah Sundin

About the Author  Sarah Sundin enjoys writing about the drama and romance of the World War II era and is the author of Through Waters Deep, Anchor in the Storm, and When Tides Turn in the Waves of Freedom series, as well as Wings of the Nightingale and the Wings of Glory series.  

A mother of three, Sundin lives in northern California, works on-call as a hospital pharmacist, and enjoys speaking to community, church, and writers' groups. Her novels When Tides Turn and Through Waters Deep were both named to Booklist's 101 Best Romance Novels of the Past 10 Years. Through Waters Deep was a 2016 Carol Award Finalist and won the INSPY Award, and her novella in Where Treetops Glisten was a finalist in the 2015 Carol Awards. In 2011 she received the Writer of the Year Award from the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference. Her novels have received starred reviews from Booklist and Library Journal.
Please visit Sarah at, on Facebook at SarahSundinAuthor, and on Twitter at @sarahsundin.

"The Sea Before Us" is available in paperback:
  • Series: Sunrise at Normandy (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Revell (February 6, 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0800727975
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800727970
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 1 x 8.5 inches

and in Kindle edition:
  • File Size: 10296 KB
  • Print Length: 386 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0800727975
  • Publisher: Revell (February 6, 2018)
  • Publication Date: February 6, 2018
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0741F7VN8

I got a free copy of this book from the publisher. All thoughts and opinions are my own and given voluntarily. No compensation was received for my review. 

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