The Red Review

So Many Books… So Little Time!

by Sarah Sundin

Rating: 5 out of 5.

“No matter what happened in my life, I could always find one good thing to enjoy — a beautiful word, a sunset, a song.”

The Land beneath us

I came across The Land Beneath Us a few months ago and absolutely fell in love with the cover. If you were to judge the book by the cover, then you are in for a compelling, beautiful story! Loved… loved… loved The Land Beneath Us and I would highly recommend to add to your TBR list! You’ll thank me later 😉

1943, World War II

Sunrise at Normandy follows three Paxton brothers as they navigate disappointment, love, and faith during World War II. In the third installment, Private Clay Paxton trains hard with the US Army Rangers, 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. 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 loved this story for many reasons!

First of all, I loved all the historical detail Sarah Sundin has woven into the story. As an avid reader, I found it fascinating to learn how the army provided books for the soldiers. I never realized they had libraries on bases which makes so much sense as they learn geography, military tactics, weapons, and more. 

Second, I appreciated how Clay and Leah first built a strong foundation. They were loving and supportive, truly putting the other before themselves. They were honest and gentle. They were wise and willing to reprimand or encourage the other. They were accepting and forgiving. They were submissive and serving. They were a good example of a healthy, loving relationship.

Third, Clay and Leah were both incredibly compelling characters. They are real, raw, full of hurt and forgiveness. Clay is an honorable man of faith. He puts God first and seeks Him in everything. Leah is sweat and positive, despite all the unimaginable hardships in her life. I enjoyed reading as Leah went from girl to woman and from alone to loved by a family. 

Fourth, reading about Clay, the US Army Rangers, and those who bravely fought in WWII, made me appreciate and value more all that our veterans have sacrificed for our freedom. Many times I asked myself if I would be willing to endure all that Clay did in training and if I would have the bravery to storm the shores of Normandy alongside. For all our veterans, THANK YOU! From the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU!

Fifth, God plays such an important role in the story. Clay and Leah have both endured much and it is truly through their faith that they are of such great character.

I have yet to read the first two books in the series, but needless to say, they will be read soon and quickly! 

“I think God would say he believes in libraries. Think about how the Lord loves words. He spoke the universe into being, and He gave us His word both in written form and living form. Since the Lord knows everything, I reckon that makes Him the ultimate library.”

The Land Beneath Us

The Red Review: ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

***5 Stars: Compelling Characters, Well-Written, Interesting Storyline, Unable to Stop, Desire to Re-read

There are two more books in the series:

  1. The Sea Before Us
  2. The Sky Above Us
  3. The Land Beneath Us
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Today’s Review: The Land Beneath Us (Sunrise at Normandy Book 3) by Sarah Sundin Loved… loved… loved The Land Beneath Us and I would highly recommend you add it to your TBR list! You’ll thank me later 😉 • First of all, I loved all the historical detail Sarah Sundin has woven into the story. As an avid reader, I found it fascinating to learn how the army provided books for the soldiers. I never realized they had libraries on bases which makes so much sense as they learn geography, military tactics, weapons, and more. • Second, I appreciated how Clay and Leah first built a strong foundation. They were loving and supportive, truly putting the other before themselves. They were honest and gentle. They were wise and willing to reprimand or encourage the other. They were accepting and forgiving. They were submissive and serving. They were a good example of a healthy, loving relationship. • Third, Clay and Leah were both incredibly compelling characters. They are real, raw, full of hurt and forgiveness. Clay is an honorable man of faith. He puts God first and seeks Him in everything. Leah is sweet and positive, despite all the unimaginable hardships in her life. I enjoyed reading as Leah went from girl to woman and from alone to loved by a family. • Fourth, reading about Clay, the US Army Rangers, and those who bravely fought in WWII, made me appreciate and value more all that our veterans have sacrificed for our freedom. Many times I asked myself if I would be willing to endure all that Clay did in training and if I would have the bravery to storm the shores of Normandy alongside him. For all our veterans, THANK YOU! From the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU! • I have yet to read the first two books in the series, but needless to say, they will be read soon and quickly! • The Red Review: ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ ***5 Hearts: Compelling Characters, Well-Written, Interesting Storyline, Unable to Stop, Desire to Re-read • #sarahsundin #sunriseatnormandy #thelandbeneathus #worldwar2 #series #memorialday #historicalfiction #christian #ilovereading #bookgeek #bookgram #readersofinstagram #bookreview #booksofinstagram

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