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The Sea Before Us

The Sea Before Us

By Sarah Sundin

The Story

Nothing but love could heal the wounds of war

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, who pieces together reconnaissance photographs with holiday snapshots of France–including those of her family’s summer home–in order to create accurate maps of Normandy. Maps that Wyatt turns into naval bombardment plans for D-day.

As the two spend concentrated time together in the pressure cooker of war, their deepening friendship threatens to turn into something more. But both of them have too much to lose to give in to love . . .

(Back cover summary from Revell)


Sarah Sundin’s books just keep getting better and better. This love story, set during the plans leading up to and the actual invasion on D-Day between an Englishwoman and a Texan is so sweet.

I loved Dorothy’s character. She’s so sweet and loyal but broken at the same time. Her desire to be loved is one that all women can relate to, as is the temptation to change oneself to better appeal to another. As she learns to trust God and grow, she becomes a truly strong, incredible woman.

Wyatt stole my heart from the tragic beginning. His backstory is so sad, as is his struggle with it. His desire to protect and control created a strong character, but one with flaws as well.

The elements of family in this story were multi-layered and intricate, looking a lot like real families today. Sarah Sundin shined a spotlight of hope on the mess of the world, because of the love of a God who doesn’t change.

This story stands apart in World War II fiction, combining history, romance, faith, and incredible storytelling into one riveting book that I could not put down. I’ll be the first in line to read her next novel in the series, The Sky Above Us.

Five stars to this gripping tale, The Sea Before Us.

About the Author

Sarah Sundin 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. Her novels have received starred reviews from Booklist and Library Journal. Her popular Through Waters Deep was a Carol Award finalist and named to Booklist’s “101 Best Romance Novels of the Last 10 Years.” A graduate of UC San Francisco School of Pharmacy, she works on-call as a hospital pharmacist. Sarah lives in California. Visit http://www.sarahsundin.com for more information.

(Biography from Revell)

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.


When Tides Turn

Book Review: When Tides Turn

Author: Sarah Sundin

Review by Grace Olson

The Story

Back Cover from Revell of When Tides Turn:

In a time of war, sometimes battles take place in the heart.

Tess Beaumont is tired of being thought of as just a pretty face. Eager to do her part for the war effort, she joins the Navy’s newly established WAVES program for women. Perhaps there she can convince people that there is more to her than meets the eye.

Lt. Dan Avery has been using his skills in the fight against German U-boats and hoping to make admiral. The last thing he wants to see on his radar is a girl like Tess. Convinced that romance will interfere with his goals, Dan is determined to stay the course, no matter how intriguing a distraction Tess is.

But love, like war, is unpredictable. When Dan is shipped out at the peak of the Battle of the Atlantic, he finds himself torn between his lifelong career goals and his desire to help the beguiling Tess root out a possible spy on shore. Could this fun-loving glamour girl really be the one?


            The third book in the Waves of Freedom series, When Tides Turn is a fascinating look at the Navy and Naval culture during WW2 encompassed in a sweet story that challenges the reader. I loved the different aspects of the Navy that Sundin brought out, from research to actual ship-submarine warfare. I felt as if I’d taken a step into a history book that educated as well as entertained. I didn’t know much about the WAVES, and learning about the women’s service and impact on the war was very cool.

Tess and Dan are as different as two people can be, which made their story so fun to read. They complemented each other and challenged each other by turns, and I loved reading how their story played out. The mystery thrown in also helped to keep my attention as I tried to figure out who-dun-it.

When Tides Turn is a sweet story that explores looking beyond a person’s surface to who they truly are on the inside, and who they can become. It’s also about submitting our will to God, in every area and aspect of our lives, and what that looks like practically. I highly recommend it, though you may want to learn from my example and not start at the end of the series. 😊

About the Author

Biography from Goodread’s website: Sarah Sundin enjoys writing about the drama and romance of the World War II era. She is the author of the Waves of Freedom series (Through Waters Deep, 2015, Anchor in the Storm, 2016, When Tides Turn, March 2017), the Wings of the Nightingale series, and the Wings of Glory series. Her novel Through Waters Deep won the 2016 INSPY Award, was a Carol Award finalist, and was named to Booklist’s “101 Best Romance Novels of the Last 10 Years.” 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.

I was provided a copy of this book from the publisher. The opinions expressed are my own.

In Perfect Time


Book Review: In Perfect Time
Author: Sarah Sundin
Review by Grace Olson

The Story

Taken from Baker Publishing Group’s website description of In Perfect Time:

Two hearts are about to learn the rhythm of love

Bold, sophisticated, and coy, Army Air Force flight nurse Lt. Kay Jobson collects hearts wherever she flies, leaving men pining in airfields all across Europe. So how can ruggedly handsome C-47 pilot Lt. Roger Cooper be all but immune to her considerable charms? In fact, he seems to do everything he can to avoid her.

Still, as they cross the skies between Italy and southern France, evacuating the wounded and delivering paratroopers and supplies, every beat of their hearts draws them closer. Can they overcome the fears and misunderstandings of the past in order to take hold of the future?

Sarah Sundin seamlessly weaves together emotion, action, and sweet romance into a tale that transcends time and calls us to believe in the power of love.


You may have noticed it’s been a little quiet on here recently. Well, I have a good reason for that. I’m back at school, givin’ it the old college try, so I’ve been busy starting up classes and the like. However, now that everything is settling back down, I’ll still be able to review, just not as much as before.

In Perfect Time is only the second book I’ve read from Sarah Sundin, and I started in at the end of this series. In doing so, I didn’t have any background knowledge about the main character, who apparently was somewhat of an antagonist in the other books. Even so, Sarah was able to take Kay and turn her into a compelling character that I felt so much for. Both Kay and Roger have heart-breaking backgrounds that have deeply affected their lives. Both do their best to avoid the other. I loved how Roger was such a support for Kay throughout the book, and I really enjoyed the development of their relationship. It was bumpy, but it felt very natural. In Perfect Time is packed with exciting action and vivid detail, making this novel stand out for me as unique among others WW2 novels I have read. The moment when Roger uses his drumsticks to communicate a longer message with Kay was so much fun to read. What a unique twist!

All in all, I really enjoyed this book. If you like to read historical romance, novels in a WW2 setting, or books that carry a strong thread of redemption, then you will definitely want to give In Perfect Time a try.

About the Author

Biography from Baker Publishing Group’s website: Sarah Sundin is the author of With Every Letter, On Distant Shores, and the Wings of Glory series. In 2011, A Memory Between Us was a finalist in the Inspirational Reader’s Choice Awards, and Sarah received the Writer of the Year Award at the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference. A graduate of UC San Francisco School of Pharmacy, she works on call as a hospital pharmacist. During WWII, her grandfather served as a pharmacist’s mate (medic) in the Navy and her great-uncle flew with the US Eighth Air Force in England. Sarah lives in California, with her husband and three children. Visit http://www.sarahsundin.com for more information.

I was given a review copy of In Perfect Time from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I received no monetary compensation for my review. The opinions expressed are my own.