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The Avid ReaderDunedin, FLAge: 45-54Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5Captivating historical novelFebruary 16, 2019The Avid ReaderDunedin, FLAge: 45-54Gender: FemaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4The Sky Above Us is a well-written and captivating historical novel. The pacing is mixed throughout the book. Sarah Sundin captured the time-period and historical elements very well. I can tell that the author did her research for this series of books. Lt. Adler Paxton loves to fly, and his dream is to become an ace pilot. Major Shapiro believes Adler needs to learn to be a team player and assigns him to be the wingman for Capt. Nick Westin. You can feel the struggle Adler is going through with this new assignment. Violet wants to become a missionary, but they only accept married couples. Her former fianc, Dennis Reeves was influenced by money and decided to take a different path. Violet now finds herself in England working for the Red Cross and managing an aeroclub. Her job is to feed and entertain the off duty pilots. Unfortunately, thefts are thwarting her mission. Violet will lose her job if she does not find the culprit. There is plenty of activity in The Sky Above Us. Adler is flying mission, Violet setting up the aeroclub, both are dealing with their past, activities with local children, uncovering a thief, and much more. I like how Sarah Sundin incorporated the Christian elements into the story. One of my favorite phrases is "only God can take away the pain". The author provides vivid details that brought the story alive. As a reader, I could visualize the scenes and characters thanks to Sarah Sundin's writing. It was interesting to learn more about aeroclubs and how the pilots flew their missions. I did find the book slowed down in the middle and I could have done without some of the kissing scenes (they were a bit much). I did, though, like how Violet and Adler's relationship progressed, and how she never let go of her Christian values. The Sky Above Us can be read alone if you have not picked up The Sea Before Us. There is a preview of the next Sunrise Over Normandy novel included which features Clay Paxton and Leah Jones. Discussion questions are also provided which are a good aid for book clubs. If you are looking for an intriguing historical novel, then look no further than The Sky Above Us.
jyoung4 Stars Out Of 5Impeccably Researched!February 13, 2019jyoungQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4Just like book 1 in this series, The Sea Before Us, The Sky Above Us takes the reader on a trip to Europe through the eyes of those on the ground, and in the air during WWII. Impeccably researched, this book makes you feel like you're right there with the men and women who gave their lives for our country. The love story that moves along side the war and fighting lightens the air and brings the story more full circle to give the reader a picture of what it was like for the men and women of war in the time when they weren't fighting. I loved the themes of grace and forgiveness and how the characters lives were transformed because of it. The Christian elements were well placed and natural in the flow of the story. They added another layer of depth that helped bring the story to life even more. There is so much going on in this story. It kept my attention well for the most part. I did find myself glossing over some of the fighting scenes. While they were wonderfully researched and well written I felt a little bored with the amount of detail.
I love Ms. Sundin's writing and am looking forward to her future books! I received a complementary copy of this book as part of Revell's blogger program. I was under no compulsion to write a positive review. All thoughts are my own.
CaroljoFarmington, MOAge: Over 65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Word War II AirfieldFebruary 13, 2019CaroljoFarmington, MOAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Experience World War II from the British airfields! You will admire Violet, a teacher from Kansas, who joins the Red Cross and is sent to England! Adler is a pilot who carries secrets from his past. Adler's goal is to be an Ace but he learns that sometimes being second is best. Violet learns that sometimes God wants us to be willing to be a missionary but may not be asking us to be one! The Sky Above Us is extremely well-written! I recommend it to others. I received a e-book through NetGalley. This is my honest opinion.
sstormAge: 25-34Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Amazing Historical Novel!February 10, 2019sstormAge: 25-34Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The Sky Above Us has the most inviting cover that allowed me to sink deep into the book because of who I felt the character is and was based of what the covered look like, I am not going to lie. The plot and characters of this story were well written. I loved Violet and how she is a very hard worker, making the most of every situation. She just has this sweet spirit that I enjoyed reading. Alder was an interesting character and he was a character that had to grow on me a little bit, but I love how the author wove scripture throughout the characters.
The plot was great in historical research during the WWII era. It was fascinating to me and enjoyable, especially with the authors immense details. The romance between characters was great and the pages flew on by as I was easily won by creative story. This book is one that you will enjoy and find as a great read! I highly recommend this book by Sarah Sundin and other title by her!
Mel A4 Stars Out Of 5WWII Historical RomanceFebruary 9, 2019Mel AQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5History comes alive through the words of Sarah Sundin! The concept behind the Sunrise at Normandy series is magnificent. We first saw D-Day through the eyes of Paxton brother, Wyatt, who is a Lieutenant in the US Navy in The Sea Before Us. In The Sky Above Us, Lt. Adler Paxton shares his prospective on D-Day from a P-51 Mustang in the US Air Force. Next, we will be introduced to the youngest Paxton brother, Clay, who's has joined the US Army. It's a real treat to have one series show how these different branches of our US military worked together on D-Day!
In this story, Adler Paxton is running from his memories, his guilt, and the consequences of the night his fiance fell to her death. He believes he is fully responsible for what happened to her, so he runs away and ends up joining the Air Force...where God introduces him to Nick and Violet. His goal is to make ace pilot (shooting down 5 enemy aircraft) and open his own shipping business. But in order to make ace, Adler's going to have to learn how to be second before he can be first.
Violet Lindstrom has every intention of becoming a missionary, but when her fiance breaks their engagement the mission team won't allow her to go as a single woman. So, Violet does the next best thing, she joins the American Red Cross. She intends to work with children, but when she's assigned to work with the pilots, she attempts to mesh the two and gets the pilots to help her arrange programs for the local children. Violet is very relatable. She's sweet and has a good heart, she loves the Lord and wants to serve Him, but she's got a lot to learn and needs a little humbling.
The relationship between Adler and Violet is precious. They are both extremely cautious, but they're very attracted to each other. Each of them has a lot of maturing to do and they help one another in that. I appreciated how their attraction grew.
I'm already "chewing-at-the-bit" to read Clay's perspective of the Paxton Brothers drama! And see just how/if these three brothers can come together at last!
I received a complementary copy of this book through NetGalley. All opinions expressed are my own.