family's summer home--in order to create accurate maps of Normandy. Maps that Wyatt turns into naval bombardment plans for D-day.
As the two spend concentrated time together in the pressure cooker of war, their deepening friendship threatens to turn into something more. But both of them have too much to lose to give in to love . . .
Reviewer: Sabrina Wade
Exciting. Inspirational story of love, Grace, and forgiveness. Even a military illiterate like myself found this book to be an excellent read. Some chapters had me tripping over the unfamiliar language but with the help of the dictionary on my Kindle I picked up my reading pace and pressed on. Thankfully so, otherwise I would have missed such a great read. Wartime is such a brutal season, yet when people decide to make amends, to cherish relationships and build new ones, a blessing is earned. Looking to reading the next novel in the making.
Reviewer: Olivia R.
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 Dorothy's fear of a “quiet” man and understand her struggles. I wasn't keen about her interest with Lawrence, as I felt like it weakened the beautiful relationship with Dorothy and Wyatt. It is a love-triangle, but not quite as awful as other I've read. There is some miscommunication throughout that got a little frustrating, but thank goodness for happy endings and explanations!
As the time nears for D-Day I grew fidgety with anticipation. Wow, talk about suspenseful! I also loved the bit of mystery with Mr. Fairfax's company, and the trip to Edinburgh. Superbly described! The ending was satisfactory, although the last scene was slightly too sappy for my liking. There are several kisses shared throughout this book, most none detail, but one in general was a bit too detailed for my liking. I liked how the relationship came together—the one couple focusing on each other and not just feelings.
The faith content is spot on and extremely uplifting for those striving to serve the Lord. There is a brief focus on forgiving oneself which I wasn't a fan of, but otherwise I have no complaint on the spiritual aspect in this book. Very beautiful!
Lastly, I loved the little British tidbits in this book. Not overly done, but enough to feel a different country. Very well done there!
This is a book that will pull you in from the beginning and keep you reading until the end!
Book provided courtesy of Baker Publishing.
Reviewer: Laura J. Davis
In The Sea Before Us, author Sarah Sundin takes her readers back in time to WWII and the run-up to D-day. Her main characters are Dorothy Fairfax and Wyatt Paxton. Dorothy is an insecure red-head with freckles who is trying to become someone she is not, to catch the eye of another someone she has pined over for years. Wyatt is on the run after accidentally contributing to the death of his brother's fiancee. He hasn't seen his family in two years. They have no idea if he is dead or alive. The two meet and end up helping each other in more ways than one.
Many themes are running through this book that kept me riveted to it, starting with Dorothy's insecurities. She has been in love with a family friend for years, but could never seem to get his attention. So she began to change herself to attract him. The problem, of course, is that she could never be who she really was when around him. Too many women do that for men, thinking they will never find love if "they don't change" and when the man she "loves" turns out to be a cad in every conceivable fashion, Dorothy still makes excuses for him. Thank goodness, she had a friendship with Wyatt, who showed her how a real man should treat a woman and what real love looks like.
The other theme was that of how we tend to run away from our problems. Wyatt did that and broke off all contact with his parents because he couldn't face his sin. The story of the prodigal son spoke loud and clear and was beautifully written into this story, so much so, that I can't wait for the second book in this series.
Adding to these themes was the surprise at the end I wasn't expecting. No, it has nothing to do with D-Day or romance but is an added mystery on the side that really made this book top-notch. The author has done an excellent job in her research of WWII, making me feel like I was watching a movie, rather than reading a book, which is a testament to her skill as an author.
If you love historical fiction, romance, excitement and a little intrigue put this book on your shopping list!
Book provided courtesy of Baker Publishing.