The Sky Above Us (Sunrise at Normandy #2)
By: Sarah Sundin
Release Date: February 5th, 2019
Genre: Historical Fiction, Christian, Romance
Pages: 356 pages
Where You Buy It: Amazon, Barnes and Nobles, Life Way, Christian Book, Baker Publishing, and anywhere else books are sold!
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Rating: ★★★★★ (5 out of 5 stars)
Numbed by grief and harboring shameful secrets, Lt. Adler Paxton ships to England with the US 357th Fighter Group in 1943. Determined to become an ace pilot, Adler battles the German Luftwaffe in treacherous dogfights in the skies over France as the Allies struggle for control of the air before the D-day invasion.
Violet Lindstrom wanted to be a missionary, but for now she serves in the American Red Cross, where she arranges entertainment for the men of the 357th in the airbase Aeroclub, and sets up programs for local children. Drawn to the mysterious Adler, she enlists his help with her work and urges him to reconnect with his family after a long estrangement.
Despite himself, Adler finds his defenses crumbling when it comes to Violet. But D-Day draws near. And secrets can’t stay buried forever.
I laughed. I cried. I got angry at some mean people. I fell in love with some of the best and broken characters. I honestly do not know how Mrs. Sundin does it. She writes beautiful masterpieces of fiction that draw you in and don’t release you.
This book…this book honestly broke my heart multiple times. I felt so bad for Alder….he went through so much and blamed himself for so much. I was so happy with his character developemnt. It was breathtaking and awe inspiring. I love redemption stories and this one is at the top of my list! I also loved Violet’s development in this book. It was a great reminder that we should not judge others just by their past sins, because we are no better off than they are.
Nick was also a fantastic character who I wish with all my heart could get a book, maybe even a short novella. I want to learn more about him and see him reunited with his family! One thing that irked me to no end was Violet’s great aunt. Gosh, that lady irked me.
Honestly y’all for this being a heavier topic book, it was so good. Mrs. Sundin does a fantastic job at getting it raw but not too detailed. My heart broke for everyone and sympathized. Though these types of heavy topics are not rare, Mrs. Sundin just did an amazing job with them.
Also Mrs. Sundin’s history facts and details have this WW2 history nerd with heart shape pupils. I LOVE how descriptive and accurate her history facts are. It just really makes the story that just more enjoyable and it makes me want to time travel back to D-Day to see the Allies kick some Nazi butt.
One last gushy thing before I go, I LOVED the ending. My gosh….that ending had me in near tears. I cannot wait to see if something like this happens in book 3 because I am praying that it does! I can’t say anymore due to spoilers, but if you have not picked up this book series, what are you waiting for? DO IT NOW! You will NOT regret it…it is THAT good! 😍
About the Author
Sarah Sundin enjoys writing about the drama and romance of the World War II era. She is the bestselling author of The Sky Above Us (February 5, 2019) and The Sea Before Us(2018), as well as the Waves of Freedom, Wings of the Nightingale series, and Wings of Glory series. Her novels Through Waters Deep and When Tides Turn were 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 and teaches Sunday school and women’s Bible studies. She enjoys speaking to community, church, and writers’ groups.