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The Land Beneath Us

(Sunrise at Normandy #3)

4.77  ·  Rating details ·  47 ratings  ·  41 reviews
In 1943, Private Clay Paxton trains hard with the U.S. Army Rangers at Camp Forrest, Tennessee, 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
Paperback, 384 pages
Expected publication: February 4th 2020 by Fleming H. Revell Company / Baker Publishing Group (first published February 2020)
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    Rachel McMillan
    Jan 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
    Unparalleled in her research and exposition of American World War II history, Sundin draws on the Biblical tale of Rachel and Leah in this deftly woven treatise on two people yearning to belong amidst a time of tragedy and loss.

    Clay Paxton is certain of death. He dreams it every night over and over again, seeing the same minutiae of detail that will signal his untimely end. Leah Jones is desperate to belong after living as an orphan: ridiculed and judged.

    Both meet at a training center in
    *This book was provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group/Revell, through Interviews & Reviews.*

    A story captured with encouraging lessons and characters portrayed with authenticity in a setting of a war that affected the world.

    I adored Clay and Leah from the start. I knew before I began this one that it would be a completion of the trilogy that was necessary and beautiful. But as I read, I soon realized it very quickly reached my favorite by this author. Clay needed something to live for.
    Paula Shreckhise
    The Land Beneath Us by Sarah Sundin is the third book of the series Sunrise at Normandy.
    Ms. Sundin has given us another gripping glimpse into a pivotal time in WWII history.
    A horrific personal incident and war have torn three brothers from their home in Kerville, Texas. Can forgiveness and God’s love bring them back together? This story is primarily about Clay, the youngest of three Paxton brothers and his journey to D-Day in Normandy but also about reconciliation from an event that ripped
    Kellyn Roth
    Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    *mumbles under my breath* I really need to get more Sarah Sundin control. I decided to just read the first couple chapters last night to give myself a taste, and I ended up reading all the book before *yawns* 4 AM?? Something like that. 3:40 anyways.

    But wow. Great book! I already want to reread it (and the rest of the series). Review to come when published!
    Rachelle Cobb
    Jan 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: kindle-read
    Sarah’s best, most epic novel yet. Full review coming soon!
    Dec 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    A tragic accident forever changed Leah’s life when she was just a toddler. Her parents were killed and she and her younger twin sisters were thrown into an orphanage. Her adoption doesn’t work out well, and she again is dumped at an orphanage for the rest of her growing up years, having no idea what became of her sisters. Now, she is hoping to find them, and is working at a library, researching when she has time. Again, tragedy stuck when she is brutally attacked after hours in the library, ...more
    Danielle Urban
    Nov 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    The Land Beneath Us by Sarah Sundin is about sacrifices, bravery, and forgiveness. Love develops between two characters but it does not solidify until much later. A man whose family never made him feel proud of being a part of them, leaves for the military. He works his butt off and proves to be a wonderful soldier. But he battles with his sorrow, loss, and anger daily. Until, little by little it dissolves. A young woman works her way up in life and searches for her family. She too, is battling ...more
    Jul 24, 2019 marked it as to-read
    Shelves: sarah-sundin
    Ever since I discovered Sarah Sundin's books in the spring of 2015, with "With Every Letter" I've looked forward to her newest book every spring, this one is no different. I'll read it as soon as I can get my hands on it.
    Erin Laramore
    Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Oh my - what a satsifying conclusion to this series! I loved both of the other books, but I believe this one was my favorite. This is book 3 in the Sunrise at Normandy series, and while the story-line itself could stand alone, I'd definitely recommend reading the other books first so you can get the overall family dynamics of the Paxtons, as well as get the full effect of the epilogue. Fans of the series will be glad to see the youngest brother, Clay, finally get his story. I know I've been ...more
    Maureen Timerman
    Jan 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: 2020
    I loved this book, and the only thing I didn’t like was that it ended! The whole series was wonderful, and loved how it all tied in together, and each son did his own part on D-Day.
    This is the third son of the Paxton family’s story, Clay, we have previously met Wyatt and Adler, and if you haven’t read them, their books are just as good!
    We also met a girl who has grown up in an orphanage, and is searching for her identity, she wants to know who she is, and the world has tried its hardest to put
    Jan 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    "There are even more blessings I can't yet see. But I will. I only have to watch."

    I've loved every book by Sarah Sundin that I've read so far. I've also been a huge fan of the Paxton brothers from this Sunrise at Normandy series and have been anxiously waiting for the youngest brother's story to unfold. And, boy, the book was totally worth the wait. Though it's the third and last book of the series, it can definitely be read as a stand-alone. I really enjoyed the details of the Army Ranger
    Jan 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    This book y'all!! This author!! She sure knows how to tell a story!! Blew me away!
    This story hit too close to home for me.
    The only difference is Leah was able to accomplish her goal where I wasn't.
    I mean I sat down and bawled right along with Leah.
    I love the gentle reminder that was in the book.
    I really didn't like how Clay kept repeating the same thing all the time. It did get on my nerves after awhile but he is a good man. I loved how he took his responsibility seriously and I really enjoyed
    Dec 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
    When Clay and Leah first meet at Camp Forrest, Tennessee, they are both lost and confused in their lives. Clay is estranged from his brothers and wants to go to war to fulfill his dream and Leah is a librarian who has had a tough life. She was adopted as a young girl when her parents were killed in an accident. After a few years, her new parents got tired of her and dropped her off at another orphanage. When she has free time, she does research to try to find out more about her earlier life and ...more
    Jan 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: to-be-read
    The Land Beneath Us is the third in this series, and I had not read the first or second books. There was only one reference to a person that I did not recognize, so in my opinion this book can easily stand on its own. The cast of characters is diverse and well described, and the settings throughout were very well documented. It is obvious that a lot of research went into this book, particularly of D-Day, and the preparation that went into it.

    This book evoked a wealth of emotions that at times
    Linda Klager
    Dec 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Review of "The Land Beneath Us" by Sarah Sundin

    The cover of the book showed a beautiful woman's concern as she thought of her sweetheart climbing the dangerous cliffs at Normandy!

    I can't imagine the immense grief Leah felt to have lost her parents and her two younger sisters! The loneliness and despair of being an orphan must have been just so terrible. And then to have been treated so badly by others, too! Leah related her unloved life to Leah in the Bible.

    Clay Paxton was mistreated by his
    Lisa Johnson
    Jan 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Title: The Land Beneath Us (Sunrise at Normandy #3)
    Author: Sarah Sundin
    Pages: 384
    Year: 2020
    Publisher: Revell
    My rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    Sarah Sundin has succeeded once again in telling a story that captivates the imagination during the WWII era. The series has two previous novels in it that might help readers fully appreciate the concluding story in The Land Beneath Us; they are The Sea Before Us & The Sky Above Us.
    The series begins by introducing us to three brothers who enjoy a close
    A. Harrison
    My Review Of The Land Beneath Us by Sarah Sundin: Five stars.

    I was not prepared for this book. I knew I needed to read it, I knew I would enjoy it, yet I did not know how much The Land Beneath Us would touch my heart. After reading the first two books in the series, The Sea Before Us and The Sky Above Us, -- both of which I loved and even plan to reread in order -- I was waiting in suspense for my copy of The Land Beneath Us.

    What had me unprepared for this book was not the first books, rather
    Christine Roberts
    Dec 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Leah is on her own for the first time in her life. Leaving the orphanage that has been her home, she volunteers to help run the Camp Forrest Army library. Surrounded by her beloved books, she meets Private Clay Paxton and is impressed by his kindness. Leah is also intrigued by Clay’s interest in medicine, when he states he just wants to be an Army Ranger, not a medic because his destiny is to die in battle. When Leah’s life is threatened, Clay steps forward to help her...but might she be the one ...more
    Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: 2019-reads
    Goodness do I love Sarah Sundin’s novels! Each and every one of them have become favorites and I always eagerly await the next. It was such a treat to be able to read The Land Beneath Us – it is such a beautiful conclusion to this wonderful series. That epilogue pulled everything together so nicely, and just filled me with all the warm feelings.The characters are so beloved – I immediately took to main character Leah (Thalia!) in this book, and Clay was a perfect hero. Their relationship was ...more
    Kristi Drillien
    Jan 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: netgalley
    Clay Paxton is training to be a U.S. Army Ranger in advance of the Allied invasion of France in WWII. Leah Jones is a librarian on the military base where he’s training. He has no future, due to a recurring dream that he sees as a premonition of his death during the invasion. She has no past, orphaned at the age of 4 and torn away from her baby sisters, with no familial connections. A marriage as friends gives them both something they need, and shortly thereafter, Clay ships off for further ...more
    Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    I have been looking forward to the conclusion of author Sundin’s Sunrise at Normandy and to have Clay’s story finally told. I will never forget how the opening of the series began and to see the fallout of these three brothers’ relationships as a tragic accident happens. Now a few years after those events, Clay has signed up as an Army Ranger and is preparing to go to war.

    Clay was actually betrayed by both of his older half brothers and I certainly felt for him. Except for the fact that he was
    Jeanette Fallon
    Jan 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Jeanette's Thoughts

    Tuesday, January 21, 2020
    Sarah Sundin- The Land Beneath Us
    What a classic love story! I have read every book of this series. I love the Paxton brothers. They each have an individual battle to overcome while serving our Country!

    Speaking of personal battles- Leah's was so heart wrenching. It is great to read how her faith in GOD helped her through the most difficult times. She was a disciple of Christ. Her passion and caring nature spilled over to everyone she touched.

    Both Clay
    Dec 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
    I really enjoyed reading this third book in the Sunrise at Normandy series.
    This is a continuation about the Paxton brothers, and this book gives us Clay's story.

    The youngest son, the one wronged by both his brothers. The half-brother who believes he is not wanted....this is where we find Clayton at the beginning of the story.
    We are also introduced to Leah, an orphan who finds herself in the middle of soldiers taking basic training. In search of a job, she finds one at a library, which is right
    Jan 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    It's not often a book exceeds my expectations, especially one that has a trope that can tend to have objectionable content, but this book did exactly that.
    The character development is a defining element here. Clay was harshly treated because of his ethnicity and betrayed and robbed by his brothers, who were supposed to back him up and support him, but he never became angry at the world or turned his back on God. I was bracing myself for the impact that never came, because pleasantly Clay turned
    Jan 11, 2020 marked it as to-read
    In The Land Beneath Us, author Sarah Sundin has created the perfect ending to a thrilling series you will want to read again and again.

    If you have read the first two books in the Sunrise at Normandy series, you already know Wyatt and Adler Paxton. This third and final book in the series introduces Clay Paxton. The story Sundin has weaved about the animosity between the three brothers and what started it comes to completion with Clay's perspective of the rift between them.

    With the backdrop of
    Dec 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
    I received this ARC from LibraryThing and the publisher Revell in exchange for an impartial review.
    I would have really enjoyed this book except for one reoccuring thing. The story is terrific but the use of guilt and feelings of worthlessness by both main characters over and over took away from the wonderful story of love and redemption. If the author would have used these thoughts to set the background and not continued to insert them with every action or thought by Clay and Leah it would have
    Jan 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    What a satisfying conclusion to a riveting series! Sarah Sundin’s knowledge of World War II history is so meticulous and detailed that I almost felt like I was there watching the Rangers climb those cliffs and take cover from enemy fire. Along with her thorough research, she has crafted another poignant and heartfelt story that could be described by many words, interestingly enough, beginning with the letter F. Themes of forgiveness, faith, friends and family were significant to the book while ...more
    Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Sarah Sundin has done it again. And she's saved the best for last in this trilogy! I love that our heroine was a librarian. The love of books is real, and very relatable for me. That she was an orphan and learned how to persevere through difficult circumstances (including a violent attack by a man bent on having his own way) was inspiring. That she questioned her self worth was both believable, genuine and real.

    What she had to offer Clay Paxton, the third brother tying this series together is
    Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    This was a great conclusion to the Sunrise at Normandy series. It was fascinating to learn more about Normandy from three different perspectives: air, sea, and land. Sundin’s writing style feels effortless. I never notice the mechanics. I’m just there, completely drawn in.

    Clay’s dream made for an interesting twist. He’s so sure he’s meant to die, and in a specific way, that it causes him to take enormous risks and do crazy things. He’s like Joseph in the Bible. God uses the horrible things that
    Jan 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    I have been anxiously awaiting the release of this book! It's the third book of a series, each story is told from the point of view of three different brothers. Excellent stories! This one could probably be read as a stand alone book, but many of the references in it will not make sense if you haven't read the other two. I have GREATLY enjoyed this series! This third and final story completes the series. Clay is the youngest Paxton son, and he has valid reasons for being angry with both ...more
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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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