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

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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.


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Title: The Sea Before Us

Series (if applicable): Sunrise at Normandy

Author: Sarah Sundin

Publisher (if applicable): Revell

Genre(s): Romance, Historical Fiction, Christian, Fiction, World War II

Recommended Age: Great for those who are funs of WWII fiction. 15+ because of romance.

My Rating: five stars


My Review:

This was my first time reading a book by Sarah Sundin and I’m going to say that I loved it, because it’s true! She really has a way with words. It was like a movie in my head, and I just had to know what happened next. It really draws you in. I remember being on page 200 and then when I looked again, I was on page 250! It’s really incredible, again, how she writes her stories. The beginning was really sad, and drew me in.

Wyatt was my favorite character, mainly because of the beginning. I really wanted to know what would happen between him and his brothers. I was always looking forward to his parts in the book because he’s so interesting.

When I first “met” Dorthy, I didn’t particularly like her… but that’s probably because I chose Wyatt as my favorite right away. Dorthy’s story was interesting and I ended up liking her better as the story went along. I was really shocked to discover some things Dorthy was a unique character because she wasn’t like all the other women in other WWII books I’ve read (not saying anything bad about the other books;). It was really cool to know that she had freckles and red hair.

For content: It’s really obvious that Sarah’s books have romance in them from what I heard and this one has it. There was also some battles/violence, since it’s set in WWII.
I’m really looking forward to the next book in the series. It will be about Alder’s side of the story! But I must wait until 2019…. 😥


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