21 February 2018

Compelling Historical Drama & Romance | The Sea Before Us by Sarah Sundin


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.


The Sea Before Us begins Sarah Sundin’s Sunrise at Normandy series, and just like her previous novels, it explores a fascinating aspect of World War II history with great characterization, drama, and romance. I’m thrilled to see where this series will go next.

The story follows U.S. naval officer Lt. Wyatt Paxton and “Wren” officer Dorothy Fairfax. In the days preceding D-Day, the two cross paths in London and strike up a friendship. It’s complicated, sure, as they navigate the tensions of war and personal aspirations, yet Wyatt and Dorothy prove to be immensely likable characters, despite (or because of) their flaws and amidst the obstacles, as the story progresses.

The Sea Before Us is a delight. Elements of faith, forgiveness, and much-needed humor added to the war and romance aspects make it a compelling read. I loved it and now highly recommend it to readers of historical fiction.


Thanks to Revell Reads, I received a complimentary copy of The Sea Before Us and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.

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