The Sea Before Us (Sunrise at Normandy #1) by Sarah Sundin


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.

My Thoughts:

I was drawn into the story from the beginning and kept captivated throughout the entire book. Every moment is brimming with emotion and tension. The relationship between the characters is so real and poignant, you just can’t look away!

As D-day draws ever closer, and the Blitz over England continues, two characters from different walks of life will leave a lasting impact on each other. This newest story from Sarah Sundin is one you won’t want to miss!

There is just so much to love in this story. Dynamic characters that seem so real, I felt like I was sitting in the room with them, hearing the story directly from their lips. Fascinating historical details that send you searching for more, a lively plot with twists and turns sprinkled in with a few unexpected surprises, and gripping emotion that flows from the pages and kept me up way past my bedtime.

These characters are real, they deal with real, everyday life struggles. From feelings of not being enough, learning forgiveness of not only others, but of self, and learning to rely on and trust God in both the happy times and in the times when all seems at a loss. I appreciated the real faith struggles the characters went through, and how it speaks to us today, and reminds us that we don’t always understand, but we can rest knowing that God is in control. God holds us in His hands, and no one can ever pluck us from His hands.

I simply loved this story! Even if reading WWII stories aren’t your favorite, I’d encourage you to give this story a chance. I give The Sea Before Us 5-stars and I am eagerly anticipating the next book in this series.

(I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including Netgalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own.)

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About the Author:

SarahSundin  Sarah Sundin enjoys writing about the drama and romance of the World War II era. She is the author of The Sea Before Us (coming February 6, 2018), the Waves of Freedom series (Through Waters Deep, Anchor in the Storm, When Tides Turn), the Wings of the Nightingale series, and the Wings of Glory series. Her novels Through Waters Deep and When Tides Turnwere named to Booklist’s “101 Best Romance Novels of the Last 10 Years.” Through Waters Deep won the 2016 INSPY Award and was a Carol Award finalist.

A mother of three, Sundin lives in northern California. She works on-call as a hospital pharmacist and teaches Sunday school and women’s Bible studies. She enjoys speaking to community, church, and writers’ groups.

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  The Sea Before Us (Sunrise at Normandy #1)

Book 2: The Sky Above Us, coming spring 2019

Book 3: The Land Beneath Us, coming spring 2020