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The Land Beneath Us

(Sunrise at Normandy #3)

4.51  ·  Rating details ·  1,155 ratings  ·  338 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 orpha
Paperback, 371 pages
Published February 4th 2020 by Revell (first published February 2020)
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No words...this story is too rich to describe without spoilers. My best attempt is to say that the characters are as palpable as if they really lived and that I feel like I could walk back in time and be friends with them.

I read it in under 24 hours and was immediately ready to read it all over again. (Lacking time, I just went over some favorites scenes again)

You definitely need to read this series in order, to get the full panoramic experience of the brothers’ saga. The wait between books was
Sarah Grace Grzy
I haven't read any of Sarah Sundin's books before now, but The Land Beneath Us has convinced me that I need to! I absolutely loved this one cover to cover!

Marriage of convenience stories are always hit or miss for me and I'm hesitant to read them as they can sometimes get too sexualized for me. But I'm so glad I gave this one a try because it was perfect in every way! Leah and Clay were such great characters and the motivation for their marriage of convenience worked really well. Clay is such a
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 Tennes
"Words make delightful playthings. They cost nothing, they never wear out, and no one can ever take them away from you."

What a rich and eventful story!

An excellent conclusion to the tale of the Paxton brothers as they each stand out during D-day and are reunited at last. We had calm, gentle Wyatt at sea, fun and outgoing Adler in the air, and now we have resourceful and caring Clay on land.

If you’ve read the first two books (which you really should before reading this one) then you know all abou
Carrie Turansky
Oct 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful conclusion to the series. I listened to the audio version and felt the narrator did an excellent job bringing the characters to life. Clay and Leah were unique characters and the story was unpredictable. Sarah wove the history of D-Day in very well, and it gave me a new respect for Army Rangers. The inspirational themes were well done and very meaningful. Highly recommended!
Christine Indorf
Jan 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
It took me a year to finish this series and I have to say I am glad I finally read it. The last book was wonderful. I love the story of Leah and Clay. Clay marries Leah in name only when she becomes pregnant from a rape. Will they ever fall in love with each other? I love Leah. Seeing the world through her eyes. Growing up in an orphanage she had nothing. She finds a hotel wonderful and shopping and then getting a box of chocolates amazing. She is fresh and innocent. When the unthinkable happen ...more
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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. Leah
Andrea Cox
FTC Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley. These are my honest thoughts.

My heart was shredded and stomped on and then stitched back together in a way that made it beat better than before.

This book—the whole trilogy, really—was spectacular. I keep discovering new favorites by this author, and I want more. It would be really fun to have a bonus book on Leah’s sisters at some point… but I’m not sure what the author’s plans are.

Tough topics were tackled in this book
I truly have no words to describe how breathtaking this book much as I love books 1 and 2, I honestly think this one is my favorite due to many elements woven throughout this beautiful novel. My heart is so full and I honestly do believe my pupils are in heart shapes right now. I am so in love!

Clay was a cinnamon roll who deserves that world and I am so happy with how this book ended for him. My heart ached for this poor man while reading his older brother's books, but I connected with
Feb 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2020
What a great series based upon the three different ways the U.S. fought at Normandy (air, land and sea). In The Land Beneath Us, the youngest Paxton brother becomes a U.S. Army Ranger while holding at bay his prior dream to become a doctor.

Leah Jones is a young adult that grew up from the age of four as an orphanage. Leah and Clay's paths cross at the Camp Forrest library where she is a librarian assistant.

Both of their stories were engaging. And the ending wraps up all three novels beautifully.
Kellyn Roth
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Ah, The Land Beneath Us! The book that (almost) snapped me out of a reading slump. (It didn’t cause me to start reading other books, but I read this one in less than a day nonetheless!)

All that aside, this is one of my favorite Sundin books now! It’s not my absolute favorite (the romance wasn’t as swoony as With Every Letter, Blue Skies Tomorrow, or A Distant Melody to me), but it’s up there!

Let’s dive into why this is such a great read (even though I’m sure I’ll get ac
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 the
Rachel Scott
Feb 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Sarah Sundin wrote a Marriage of Convenience story!! Repeat - Sarah Sundin wrote a Marriage of Convenience story!!!! And folks, it’s amazing! I can’t gush enough over her brilliant storytelling!

I’ve been not-so-patiently waiting for this last installment to the Sunrise At Normandy series, and so when I finally got my hot little hands on The Land Beneath Us, I devoured the book! I confess to staying up past one o’clock because that ending was just…wow!

This author has proven again and again that
Feb 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
"The Land Beneath Us" is a Christian historical romance set from June 1943 to June 1944 in England. It shows the training up to D-Day and the invasion from the viewpoint of the U.S. Army Rangers. This book is the third in a series. Though it includes enough information that it can be read as a stand alone, the three books are linked as each brother is motivated by a shared painful incident in their past.

Clay was betrayed by his brothers and feels that his future was taken from him. He has a recu
Jocelyn Green
Sarah Sundin is one of my favorite historical novelists, and The Land Beneath Us is a perfect example of why. She strikes the perfect balance between precisely accurate historical settings and timelines, and characters and plot that move the reader through it with ease. I learn something from every novel, yet they never feel bogged down with textbook-like passages. Instead, the history unfolds naturally, populated by characters we care about. The spiritual arcs are believable, insightful, and ad ...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 h
Rachelle Cobb
Jan 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle-read
I thoroughly enjoyed The Land Beneath Us by Sarah Sundin. Sarah is a gifted author whose talent for weaving WWII novels that put you right into the thick of the historical setting while also crafting a love story that keeps you turning pages! I stayed up way too late one night to read this book and highly, highly recommend it. I'm convinced this is Sarah’s best, most epic novel yet. ...more
Connie Saunders
Feb 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book emphasizes the sacrifices of all who were involved in World War II, both male and female, and it also justifies why these brave people were called The Greatest Generation. Sarah Sundin completely captures the fears, determination, and deep patriotism and vividly describes the horrors of war. Clay Paxton is the focus of this third book of the Sunrise at Normandy series and he is the man that most parents would choose for their daughter. He proves this by marrying a young woman, in an ef ...more
Jesseca Wheaton
Mar 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Well that was utterly delectable and the best one of the series, in my opinion. 😍
Alysha (For The Love of Christian Fiction)

5/5 stars!
Full review to come!
Courtney Clark
Mar 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Land Beneath Us is the perfect conclusion to the series. This approach to a group of stories, all three on a similar timeline with the stories of the brothers overlapping, is unique and expertly woven by Sarah Sundin. I really appreciate the bits of real history included in this story, especially concerning the Army's training and preparedness, and the way all the characters show true growth and maturity as a result of their experiences and relationships. Leah, especially, grows into her rol ...more
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, save ...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 br
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 anxi ...more
Sep 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Sarah Sundin has long been one of my favorite authors, so when I finally picked this book up, I soon found myself wondering what took me so long to read this one! Why did I let it sit on my shelf so long without reading it? I was fully engaged from the start.

I have to say, I loved these characters so much and both their stories broke my heart. Leah has been through incredible hardship that only began with growing up an orphan, but has remained resilient and positive. Clay has been betrayed from
Jan 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a beautiful conclusion to the Sunrise at Normandy series. It brought us to the end of WWII and gave us a lovely finish to the Paxton brothers’ story. Clay and Leah were probably the finest characters I’ve read in a Sundin novel. She has upped her game. But what I really give her kudos for, is the quality messaging that is jam packed in this novel. Forgiveness, repentance, faith, trust, unconditional love, and more were all incorporated without sounding forced or preachy. I also liked re ...more
I really liked reading the latest series by Sarah Sundin. Her books literally never disappoint!

While book 2 was my favourite of the series, The Land Beneath Us was great. This book definitely touched on some difficult topics, but it was tactfully done. Leah’s courage and beautiful spirit after so much devastation in her life was admirable and Clay was the sweetest (a real knight in shining armor). I fell in love with each of the Paxton boys but Clay was my favourite!

The dramatic story behind the
A gifted and inspiring WWII writer, in her story The Land Beneath Us, author Sarah Sundin has crafted a story that readers will immediately be sucked into. The story of an orphan girl who works as a librarian and an Army Ranger Private, this story will come to life as readers learn about their life situations and see how these characters grow as individuals and as a couple. The story also dives into what life is like for not only the soldiers out fighting, but those left behind at home, bringing ...more
Jul 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Lots of lessons from Bible stories used in this novel: Joseph’s brothers throwing him in a pit. Leah the unwanted wife. The prodigal sons.
Lots of good, solid lessons along with “stop whining about not feeling like you belong and join something.” She also had one of the characters thank God for the pit he was thrown into because of the things that happened because of it. Forgiveness lets you feel happiness again.

Unless you’re a marble statue or a totem pole you will cry while reading this. If yo
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
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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 When Twilight Breaks (February 2021),The Land Beneath Us (2020), The Sky Above Us (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 Land Beneath Us was a 2020 Christy Award finalist, The Sky A ...more

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