By Sarah Sundin
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.