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    NEW! #3: The Land Beneath Us
    Sarah Sundin
    Revell / 2020 / Trade Paperback
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  1. Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: Female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Well done historical settings both abroad and at home
    February 27, 2020
    bookwomanjoan
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Reading Sundin's historical novels has always been a pleasure and this one is no exception. She deftly takes us to the mid-1940s and the war effort abroad and at home. Our hero is Clay, a Ranger sure of his coming death in battle because of a recurring dream. Our heroine is Leah, an orphan in youth, given the opportunity to work in a library at Camp Forrest. Clay happens upon Leah as she is being sexually assaulted. He saves her life and when she later finds out she is pregnant, he protects her fragile honor by marrying her. After all, he'll die soon after he is shipped out to Europe. I like how Sundin creates the characters in such a way that I wanted to know their future.

    This is a great story. Besides learning much about the war effort, the plot contains the challenges of forgiveness and trusting God. We also see the attitude at the time toward orphans and orphanages. As with the earlier books in this series, the theme of a prodigal son is strong, although with Clay it is more his attitude than physical locations that makes him one.

    Sundin adds a note at the end of the book with historical references. Much of the novel is based on historical fact, from the 5th Ranger Battalion climbing the cliffs of Pointe du Hoc to the way babies were cared for in the 1940s. Sundin also provides photos of locations in the novel on Pinterest. There are Discussion Questions given so this would make a good choice for a reading group.
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Excellent finish to a fantastic series
    February 27, 2020
    ReviewsByErin
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Clay Paxton knows how he's going to die. He's had the recurring dream for years. It will be in Europe during a big battle. The sights and sounds of it are embedded in his brain, and he's at peace with this. He lost his future a long time ago, when his brothers stole everything that was important to him. Now in Ranger training, Clay can finally complete his life's purpose.

    When his young friend Leah is attacked and faces losing her own future, Clay sees another purpose added into the rest of his brief life. He can give Leah his name and some security. They won't even have to pretend they have a real marriage all that long before he ships out.

    After a lifetime marked by loss and abandonment, Leah thought she'd never have to take charity again once she moved out of the orphanage. However, when faced with losing the only thing she's ever really hoped for, she agrees to accept Clay's marriage proposal. He insists that helping her is one of the reasons for his dream. It's not charity, it's purpose for his short time left on earth.

    As Clay heads to Europe and D-Day approaches, letters fly between Clay and Leah. He wrestles with truly forgiving his brothers, while she continues to face and fight prejudice on the home front.

    There's so much to love in this story. Leah is a wonderful heroine. She reminded me of Pollyanna in the fact that she's faced incredible hardship but always wants to find the bright side and cling to the good even if awful situations. Clay's story brings full circle the tale of the Paxton brothers (which we already know about through the first two books of the series), and he understands that he is the key to reunite the family at long last. This is a winning conclusion to Sundin's Sunrise at Normandy series, one that should not be missed by any fans of WWII fiction.

    I received my copy of the book from the publisher. All thoughts in this review are my own.
  3. Montana
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Can love and faith get them through dark times?
    February 26, 2020
    TellNJasmine
    Montana
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Wow, this was quite a story. I've only read a few of Sarah Sundin's books but I've come to expect a lot from her. The Land Before Us topped them all. I do have to admit that I have not read book two in the Sunrise At Normandy series as of yet. But that did not diminish the impressiveness of this book. In The Land Before Us readers finally get to find out Clay's perspective of the events that tore his close-knit family apart, driving all three Paxton sons into various branches of the military during World War II. There's a lot of emotion in this story. Both Clay and Leah have painful pasts in addition to turmoil of present circumstances.

    Sarah Sundin captured my attention right from the start. I became immersed in the setting and invested in Leah and Clay's story very quickly. They are just the kind of people you love to have as friends in real life. And, I'll tell you, that made some parts of the story a little difficult.

    I really did enjoy The Land Beneath Us and was reminded just how much I like Sarah Sundin's books. The story is by turns, fun, poignant, romantic, and even has an unexpected mystery angle. Clay's recurring dream was a surprising twist that I positively liked. All in all, this is a great wartime historical romance from a good author, a story you won't want to miss.

    (I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions are entirely my own.)
  4. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great Read
    February 24, 2020
    mypreciousbitsandmusings
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This was a beautiful and poignant tale. I haven't read the first two books in the series so I don't know much about Wyatt and Adler but I love how the author brought their stories together with Clay taking the mantle of the brother who stayed back and decided to help the family.

    This is a tale of grace, of immeasurable forgiveness of redemption and of love. Both Clay and Leah despite being so young had a maturity about them that helped them when it came to making tough decisions.

    I love how they went from friendship to more and how Clay was willing to step up and protect Leah even when he didn't know her so well. Leah's love for books was also exciting to read about, her strength and resilience in the face of her circumstances were definitely admirable.

    I love the research that went into the story. I definitely learned a lot and felt like I was taken back in time.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley. All opinions expressed are solely mine.
  5. Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great Historical Romance!
    February 24, 2020
    LifeofLiterature
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Full of greatly researched history, gripping emotional characters, and deeply woven spiritual concepts, this book is captivating from beginning to end! I really liked this story, and I do think it was my favorite of the series. You do not have to read the stories in order, but there is definitely a common thread of brothers throughout the series that is best enjoyed if you read them all! I loved Leah in this book, her captivating backstory, her quiet and strong faith, and her determination to do anything for those she loves captured me and allowed me to connect with her character easily. I also really liked Clay, who has a painful past but is a genuinely good man with a heart of gold as he learns a lesson of forgiveness in this story. The history is very well researched and integrated. I greatly enjoyed this book and highly recommend it!

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell Publishing. Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.
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