The Sea Before Us

The Sea Before Us

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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.
Publisher: Grand Rapids, MI : Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, [2018]
ISBN: 9780800727970
Branch Call Number: FICTION Sundin, Sarah
Characteristics: 373 pages ; 22 cm


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Kim Potter
May 22, 2019

The Sea Before Us by Sarah Sundin is the first book in her Sunrise at Normandy series. Wyatt Paxton is stationed in England awaiting D-Day. He meets Dorothy Fairfax, who is a “Wren” in the Women’s Royal Naval Service. She studies snapshots of the coast of Normandy in order to create accurate maps for the allied landings. Wyatt transforms those maps into naval bombardment plans for D-Day. As they spend more time together will they learn to forgive or will they let their past rule their future? I loved the way that Wyatt clung to God during his trials instead of pushing Him away. It’s a lesson we all should learn. At times Dorothy was a little too thick-headed for my liking, but overall, she was a great heroine. Stories of World War two have always held a special interest for me. I have actually stood Omaha Beach and it was a very moving experience. So, it was easy to picture all the scenes as they unfolded. Dorothy’s love and devotion to her father was very touching. The humor that was woven through-out the story came at just the right times. Ms. Sundin is a very talented author. Her research was woven into a very moving story.

Sep 27, 2018

Wonderful book! Loved it! Highly recommended for anyone who loves romances, World War Two stories, and faith based books! One of the best novels I've read!

Aug 12, 2018

Exciting series set during WW2, three estranged brothers serving in different military branches meet at D-Day. Sarah Sundin does her homework to ensure historical details are accurate and fascinating.

Jul 03, 2018

I haven't read a good, clean romance in years. Very Christian friendly if you are looking for that. At the same time, it was good to the point I was squealing at my husband due to the crazy plot twists. I loved it.

May 07, 2018

Excellent book! Historically fascinating, clean love story, and a mystery too!

Mar 15, 2018

new series, have enjoyed her other series of the WW2stories

Feb 13, 2018

Loved reading this WWII story. Enjoyed the characters both were complex and through their journeys they were able to fall for each other! Great historical Christian fiction novel! Cannot wait for the next book in the series!


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