Sarah Sundin has quickly become one of the writers whose work I love to read. Her newest book, The Land Beneath Us was wonderful. This is the third book in Sundin’s Sunrise at Normandy series and this book focuses on the youngest of the Paxton brothers, Clay. Readers of the first two books, The Sea Before Us and The Sky Above Us, will already be familiar with the Paxton’s story. But it doesn’t take away from this book because you’ll get to see things through Clay’s eyes.
I loved the characters in this book, especially Clay, Leah, and the Paxton family as well as their close friends. The characters are decent, honest, and caring people whom I’d like to know. They are kind, but not perfect and have areas they need to grow in. Forgiveness is a big theme in this book. It’s was thought-provoking to see Clay and Leah wrestle with forgiveness and see them come to the realization that though they have been wronged they too have sins they need to deal with.
I loved learning about the training and preparation the Rangers and Army went through as they prepared for D-Day. While this is a small picture of what the men endured in WWII, it gave me a renewed appreciation for what they did as we come up to the 75th Anniversary V-E Day, May 8, 1945. D-Day was a critical part of winning that battle.
I appreciated that the Christian faith was included in the storyline and that the book was clean and not filled with sexual immorality and vulgarity. I found it interesting to learn what it may have been like to be an orphan growing up in the 1930s and 40s and the prejudice orphans may have faced. I loved the courage that Clay demonstrated in battle, in relationships, and looking in the mirror at his own flaws. Leah also demonstrated and lived out courage and chose to look at the good instead of focusing on the bad.
Though The Land Beneath Us is the 3rd book in the Sunrise at Normandy series, it would make a good stand-alone book. The author does a good job of filling in the background of what happened with the characters in the first two books.
The Land Beneath Us by Sarah Sundin was wonderful and I was sorry to see it end. This is a book and series I would want to read again. I loved this book and highly recommend it. If you haven’t read the first two books, you may want to read them as well, but it’s not necessary to enjoy this book.
I would like to thank Revell Publishing and NetGalley for the opportunity to read The Land Beneath Us. I was supplied with a complimentary e-book and was under no obligation to give a favorable review.