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The Sea Before Us

(Sunrise at Normandy #1)

4.32  ·  Rating details ·  1,241 ratings  ·  331 reviews
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 (WRNS), who pieces together reconnaissance photographs with holiday snapshots of France—including those of her own family's summer home—in order to create accurate maps of ...more
Paperback, 365 pages
Published February 6th 2018 by Revell / Baker Publishing Group
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Asteropê It's inspirational/Christian fiction, so yes, Christianity and faith will be part of the book.

It's also published by a well known Christian…more
It's inspirational/Christian fiction, so yes, Christianity and faith will be part of the book.

It's also published by a well known Christian publisher: Revell
Which describes itself as: "Revell began over 125 years ago when D. L. Moody and his brother-in-law Fleming H. Revell saw the need for practical books that would help bring the Christian faith to everyday life. From there, Fleming H. Revell Publishing developed consistently solid lists which have enjoyed the presence of many notable Christian writers over the years. This same vision for books that are both inspirational and practical continues to motivate the Revell publishing group today. Whether publishing fiction, Christian living, self-help, marriage, family, or youth books, each Revell publication reflects relevance, integrity, and excellence."


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Oh, what a delightful read! I won't deny that I didn't wish to slap Dorothy a few times for her naïve attitude toward the guy who had too many women in his life, but even then the character roused some caring attitude in me. She believed his words because she wanted to believe them, and she didn't want to believe the opposite. And, given that she had staked every hope in her battered life on what he said was true, I can even forgive her the willful blindness. Not saying it was right to accept ...more
Oh my heart! This was breathtaking, fun, and beautiful! I don't know why I worried I might not like this book. For one, almost everything I've read by Sarah Sundin has been phenomenal! From the new series, SUNRISE AT NORMANDY, The Sea Before Us may just be my new favorite from this author. Seriously, people ... this book! It reminded me why I love reading. Why I love Sarah Sundin's work. And why I love this era.

The Sea Before Us is set in the 1940s, in England during World War II. D-Day is
Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
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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
Kellyn Roth
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Title: The Sea Before Us

Author: Sarah Sundin

Series: Sunrise at Normandy, #1

Genre: Christian Historical Romance (WW2)

Era: 1944 (WW2)

Setting: London, England (prologue set in Texas) with a bit in Edinburgh, Scotland (!!!)

Publisher: Revell

Source: from Netgalley (in exchange for an honest review)

Time Taken to Read: under two days

Overall Rating: 5/5 stars (+!)

I’m in love with this book! *cue excessive fangirling*

Once again, Sundin has delivered a story that stands
Deanne Patterson
This is the first Sarah Sundin book I've read. I've seen a lot of reviews of her other books and she is highly recommended so I thought I'd read one and see what all the fuss is all about. I am so glad I did as I was not disappointed at all! My attention was held captivated in this historical novel taking place in 1944 . It takes place in the stressful days before D-Day. Why is it that women want the bad guy, is he better looking,more exciting,what? This is how it is for Dorothy . But then there ...more
Jen. (JenGalaxy4 Christian Book Reviews)
The Sea Before Us is the first book in Sarah Sundin's newest series, Sunrise at Normandy.

The story takes place in the months leading up to D-Day, the Allied invasion of Normandy during World War II. Dorothy Fairfax is a Wren for the British military with an interesting job. She uses old leisure photos to draw maps of the beaches where the invasion will take place. An American Navy Lieutenant from Texas, Wyatt Paxton, is stationed at Dorothy's office as they work together to prepare for that
Apr 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Definitely 4.5 stars for me. This was a great story of the behind the scenes making of D-Day.

This is the story of Dorothy Fairfax, a WREN in the Royal Navy, and Wyatt Paxton, a sailor with the US Navy, who work together through maps and photographs to get a better look at how the beaches of Normandy look to make their D-Day attack. Though both are running from different life events, Dorothy running towards what she thinks she wants in life, and Wyatt from his family. They meet planning the
Feb 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: all-time-favs
Golly, where do I begin?

I have anticipated this book for so long, and now that I've read it, I just want to dive back into it and get to know these characters all over again!

The story hooks you from page one! I promise that after you read the prologue, you won't want to put this book down!

The thing that interested me about this new book by Sarah Sundin was that one of our protagonists was an American sailor from down in Texas, and the the female protagonist was a girl from proper England. I
Feb 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned-books, reviewed
I've seen this book floating around Goodreads, and I was very excited about getting a copy. This is the first book I've read by Sarah Sundin and it will definitely not be the last. I absolutely fell in love with this story.

This book captured my attention immediately. If a book has anything to do with a war I'm in. ;) The first scene was action packed and quickly pulled me in. Wyatt's past with his family definitely added to the story. There was actually a good bit of suspense in this book (
Apr 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2019
Nice start to a new WWII series. I especially loved that the main male character is from Texas, graduated from my alma mater and plays baseball. The author was spot on with details about Texas and Texans.

While the story begins in Texas with a disagreement between two of three brothers, much of the story takes place in London. The role of the navy and wrens leading up to and on D Day is the backbone of the story.

I look forward to continuing the series where the focus will be on the Army Air
Okay one thing.....YOU CANNOT END A BOOK LIKE THAT!! Okay yes, it did end on a happy note, but now we have to wait for another book to come out before we find out what happens next!! Why Sarah? Why?!?

This book will leave you in a mess of emotions! This is my first even Sarah Sundin book and I am very happy to say that it will not be my last! Everything from the characters to the plot was amazing!! The romance was simple and sweet. Although, Dorothy did frustrate me on something and it took her
Victoria Lynn
Feb 22, 2018 rated it really liked it

Sarah Sundin is truly a master of historical fiction. I have experienced it once before when I had the privilege of reading one of her books, and this one was no different; it did not disappoint. She goes into such detail about the period and the tasks of the military that I was blown away, and I walked away from the book with so much more knowledge than I had before. Getting to be immersed in such an environment and knowing that it was incredibly accurate was not an experience I will soon
Victoria Goodbrand
Apr 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Best Sundin book evahhhh!! Wyatt was the best, Dorothy and Bonnie Prince Charlie were adorable and Lawrence was just, well, an idiot.
This debut novel of the Sunrise at Normandy series by Sarah Sundin continues her excellent historical fiction writing. Focusing on World War II and the events that led up to the D-Day invasion, it features Dorothy who is a "Wren" or member of the Women's Royal Naval Service in England and Wyatt who is an officer in the US Navy. This novel is a wonderful mix of history, mystery, romance, and twists and turns. It captures the feeling of England at war and places the reader right there in the midst ...more
Amanda Geaney
Feb 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
After reading The Sea Before Us, Sarah Sundin has become an author I’ll be on the lookout for. Prior to reading this story, I had only read a novella by Sundin. How imprudent of me to wait so long to enjoy her writing over the span of an entire novel! A mistake I plan to rectify quickly by downloading her backlist to my iPhone.

What I relished most was the effortlessness of her storytelling. Sundin’s portrayal of the build up to Normandy was delivered with the gravity and respect it deserved. It
{3.5ish stars-more or less depending on my mood}

I knew I was in for a treat when I saw this book coming out. I always expect a book that fits well in a setting and brings to life historical details—this book does just that. Right along with it, are fabulous characters who caught my attention from the beginning. Especially Wyatt's opening scene!

Dorothy and Wyatt are well-developed characters who have their own share of troubles, yet strengthen each other in their weakness'. I could understand
Maureen Timerman
Jan 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
I just finish another of Sarah Sundin’s books and like her others it does not disappoint, a mix of history and a bit of romance, and the anticipation of a battle. With this book, there is an all-out combined effort to take down Germany, and we are heading toward D-Day.
The author has given us two strong characters in Wyatt and Dorothy, and we get up close and personal with them, learning about their family and their lives growing up, and the hurts that have made them what they are today. We are
Apr 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
5 “Full loaf” Stars!

Sarah Sundin I do wish there is a way to demonstrate a standing ovation when writing a review. Because that is the expression of my heart. An absolutely beautiful, creative and captivating writer! This is an absolutely fantastic novel! My first read by you but not my last!

Over the past two years I have venture into the historical Christian fiction world and I have started to really enjoy many authors. One thing I have lacked though is an appropriation for the history that is
Emilie Haney
Mar 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Yet another stunning novel by Sarah Sundin! The Sea Before Us was everything I hoped for and more. Sarah managed to weave a sweet romance between the bitterness of war and the disillusionment of misplaced expectations. With a prologue that will reel you in and many unanswered questions about the Fairfax family, this story of forgiveness, both human and Devine, as well as characters riddled with flaws and brimming with honesty and potential, will hold you captive until the end.

As we follow the
Feb 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
With a fantastic start to a new series, Sarah Sundin has me invested in a whole new set of lives that will forever be changed by the events surrounding D-Day! I could hardly set this book down and I can tell you that book two can not arrive soon enough for me!

The main characters really captured me, along with the time and place that this book was set in. Both Dorothy and Wyatt had things from their pasts that definitely impacted their present decisions. The personal and spiritual growth in both
Amanda Tero
Feb 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Wyatt had me from page one. He was more of the quieter hero, the one who made terrible mistakes, was overly-protective… YET… he learned. He was a hero with flaws, but not without progress. He understood forgiveness, but still had to learn it on other levels. He understood the importance of God’s love more than human love. I totally liked Wyatt.

But this story was only half of him. The other half was Dorothy. She made me want to both knock sense into her and kindly point her in the right
Kelly Bridgewater
I adore Sarah Sundin's writing. She is a master at bringing the world of World War II to life in a realistic fashion with memorable characters. I look forward to reading every single book she writes. With her newest addition to her new series, The Sea Before Us, I fell in love with the story instantly.

Her research doesn't shine on the page. Instead, the words and research flow together to make a seamless story. I love being caught up in the action and thrown for a loop while watching important
Apr 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
One of the many things I enjoy about a Sarah Sundin book is the consistency. I can pick up any of her novels and know that I will enjoy it . . . not just the setting (WWII is one of my favourite time periods about which to read), but the characters, and especially the Christian message.
I absolutely adored Dorothy and Wyatt. They were flawed enough to be 'real', but also likeable enough that you wanted to root for them. I also didn't end up wanting to throw either of them off a cliff for making
Tricia Mingerink
May 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I knew this book was going to be amazing, but it still blew me away. Wow!!!! Just, wow!

This reminded me a lot of the old John Wayne war movies. Love story subplot, big battle main plot. Lots of military action. I grew up studying a lot of military history, so the lingo wasn't difficult for me. I've even toured one of the destroyers the author also toured as research.

Dorothy drove me nuts for most of the book, but the author does a great job in making sure her reasons for doing what she's doing
Why do Sarah Sundin's book always have to be so good? I say this because I'm running out of ways to describe how great she is at character development, how effortlessly but accurately she crafts her historical settings, and how relateable her characters are--even characters like The Sea Before Us's Dorothy and Wyatt, neither of whom are much like me at all. Maybe it's not so much that I find them relateable, then, but more like despite their flaws, I find them endearing. That's good, because ...more
Apr 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
An exciting and sweet historical romance, as well as a tale of triumph over tragedy.
Feb 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A book that is as luscious as this cover promises! And how exciting to be at the beginning of this new series. I adore the way Sarah Sundin brings her historical novels to life. From characters to setting to the World War II backdrop -- this author has a talent for weaving facts and fiction together in a most compelling way.

And I especially appreciate the strong faith thread she has woven into the fabric of this story. Bold but not preachy, I was never in doubt that I was reading Christian
Mar 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
What happens when a Texan with a slow drawl and a Londoner meet during a time when the whole world was at war? The Sea Before Us takes us to the time before the Allies invasion of Normandy. Both Dorothy Fairfax (Royal Naval Service) and Wyatt Paxton (American Naval officer) meet together with others and begin an interesting investigation.

This novel is packed with interesting historical tidbits that surround D-day and many were new to me. We also have front row seats to a strong friendship that
Mar 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
THE SEA BEFORE US is the first book in Ms. Sundin's newest series and it is a winner. Both Wyatt and Dorothy won my hearts, my sympathy, and my complete attention. Wyatt is a good, honorable man, a true hero. Wounded to be sure, but beyond sweet. I absolutely adored him. Dorothy is struggling to win the love she most needs, settling for crumbs of attention, and willing to risk herself for a tiny drop of attention, bless her heart. I wanted to give her a good talking to, tell her what she was ...more
Feb 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-books
I want to hug this book and (almost) all the characters. The first book I read by Sarah Sundin (With Every Letter) left me bored and wondering why everyone raved about her. With this book (her newest, I believe) I understood. I’m a huge fan of WWII fiction (and nonfiction) and I enjoyed learning about Operation Neptune, Wrens, and the Navy in general. There was a real, vital plot that wove throughout the romantic parts and so I could enjoy the romantic parts even more.

The characters are what
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Sarah Sundin enjoys writing about the drama and romance of the World War II era. She is the bestselling author of The Land Beneath Us (coming February 4, 2020), The Sky Above Us (February 2019) and The Sea Before Us (2018), as well as the Waves of Freedom, Wings of the Nightingale series, and Wings of Glory series. Her novel The Sea Before Us received the 2019 Reader's Choice Award from Faith, ...more

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“Do you see? Isn't it incredible?' Wyatt's voice shook with excitement. 'No matter what - when life feels as light as the morning or as dark as the depths of the sea, He's there. His hand leads us and holds us.'

The words prickled and poked and rearranged things inside her, a most unsettling feeling, but it didn't unsettle Wyatt. It energized him.”
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