The Land Beneath Us (Sunrise at Normandy #3)
By: Sarah Sundin
Release Date: February 4th, 2020
Genre: Historical Fiction, Christian, Romance
Pages: 384 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)
In 1943, Private Clay Paxton trains hard with the U.S. Army Rangers at Camp Forrest, Tennessee, determined to do his best in the upcoming Allied invasion of France. With his future stolen by his brothers’ betrayal, Clay has only one thing to live for—fulfilling the recurring dream of his death.
Leah Jones works as a librarian at Camp Forrest, longing to rise above her orphanage upbringing and belong to the community, even as she uses her spare time to search for her real family—the baby sisters she was separated from so long ago.
After Clay saves Leah’s life from a brutal attack, he saves her virtue with a marriage of convenience. When he ships out to train in England for D-Day, their letters bind them together over the distance. But can a love strong enough to overcome death grow between them before Clay’s recurring dream comes true?
I truly have no words to describe how breathtaking this book is….as much as I love books 1 and 2, I honestly think this one is my favorite due to many elements woven throughout this beautiful novel. My heart is so full and I honestly do believe my pupils are in heart shapes right now. I am so in love!
Clay was a cinnamon roll who deserves that world and I am so happy with how this book ended for him. My heart ached for this poor man while reading his older brother’s books, but I connected with him so much more and deeper through this novel. I saw what his brothers were talking about when they said that he was sweet, caring, and just a sunny character. His protectiveness and willingness to fight was so adorable and made me fall in love with him even more. Honestly all the Paxton boys are amazing and I am so happy with how this series concluded for them.
Just like Clay, I really, really loved Leah’s character. I related to her on many levels, not all but most. She was a breath of fresh air to read about and even though she went through so much, she had such a positive attitude through it all. The way that she saw the positive in everything and trusted in God no matter what was so inspiring.
I really do wish all these characters were real because they sure do feel real. Mrs. Sundin does a FANTASTIC job as crafting realistic characters that you can relate to not only through their personalities but also their struggles. I found myself convicted on a few things throughout this series right along with most of these characters. Honestly though, I do hope I get a mother-in-law like Mrs. Paxton. She is such an amazing role model and just an amazing woman, I loved her so much!!
I loved all the connections with Joseph and the Prodigal Son woven through this book. I loved the way that Mrs. Sundin wove these Bible stories through this series and I loved how convicting it was even if I wasn’t struggling right now at this moment, this whole series was still a great reminder that self-righteousness and unforgiveness is sin.
I loved this book so much. I don’t even know what else to put in this review only because I can’t place some things into words. Mrs. Sundin once again confirms why she is one of my favorite authors ever. She even included the letter trope, which which is one of my all time favorites romance tropes EVER! If you haven’t read her before, I HIGHLY recommend reading her now!
*I received an arc copy of this book from Revell books in exchange for my honest opinion. All thoughts are my own. I was not required to write a positive review.*
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.