The Land Beneath Us

The Land Beneath Us

by Sarah Sundin


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In 1943, Private Clay Paxton trains hard with the US 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 orphanage upbringing and belong to the community, even as she uses her spare time to search for her real family—the baby sisters she was separated from so long ago.

After Clay saves Leah's life from a brutal attack, he saves her virtue with a marriage of convenience. When he ships out to train in England for D-day, their letters bind them together over the distance. But can a love strong enough to overcome death grow between them before Clay's recurring dream comes true?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780800727994
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/04/2020
Series: Sunrise at Normandy Series , #3
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 38,205
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Sarah Sundin is the author of The Sea Before Us and The Sky Above Us, as well as the Waves of Freedom, Wings of the Nightingale, and Wings of Glory series. Her novels have received starred reviews from Booklist, Library Journal, and Publishers Weekly. Her popular Through Waters Deep was a Carol Award finalist, and both Through Waters Deep and When Tides Turn were named on Booklist's "101 Best Romance Novels of the Last 10 Years." Sarah lives in Northern California. Visit for more information.

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The Land Beneath Us 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
lolly-pops 3 hours ago
THE LAND BENEATH US is the third and final book in this series and one I was looking forward to with great anticipation. I loved this book and rather hate to see this series end! Leah was a rather bookish soul, dreaming of someday getting a degree in librarian science. Circumstances out of her control changed her course forcing her to make some hard choices. But through it all, she held fast to God' grace and goodness, enabling her to see the silver-lining behind every cloud. With Clay dreaming of his death and his future stolen, Clay has nothing to lose and nothing to fear. He needs to become an Army Ranger so he can die the way he dreams. D-Day spells The End of Clay's life, but not in the way he imagined. As I said earlier, I loved this book and this series. Ms. Sundin is one of the very few historical writers that I absolutely must read. I love her books. I was given a copy free. All opinions are my own.
parmilespages 6 hours ago
This book is the conclusion to the Sunrise in Normandy series, which I had the privilege of reading all three books. It is the story of the third and youngest Paxton brother, Clay, who is in the US Army Rangers at Camp Forrest, Tennessee during World War II. Clay was betrayed by his brothers and leaves to join the Rangers to fulfill a reoccurring dream. It is at Camp Forrest that he finds himself drawn to a woman he rescues from a brutal attack. As a man of honor, Clay offers to marry Leah Jones to save her reputation, just before he must ship out to train for the D-day invasion. Leah Jones, an orphan, is determined to find her younger sisters, but with a limited memory of her past, she is struggling with how to proceed. I really liked the two main characters in this book, Clay and Leah. They were genuine and courageous, although neither had a perfect life, they were both determined to make the most of their situations. Their love for one another grew over the course of time and through letter writing, catching both by surprise. I loved how both Leah and Clay matured and drew strength from one another. The narrative had the themes of forgiveness, redemption and finding a place to belong woven throughout. It also had solid Christian themes with Biblical references. I would take caution for younger readers as there were a few scenes that were more adult in nature, although not overly descriptive. The author did a nice job of alternating between Clay and Leah’s point of view and describing their individual struggles. Mrs. Sundin also did a fine job of describing the time period with accuracy, evidencing her in depth research. I thought the author gave enough background information about Clay and his family dynamics so that you could read this book without reading the first two. However, I would recommend reading them in order because doing so enhances the story. I would highly recommend this book if you like historical romance.
THouchin1 11 hours ago
Sarah Sundin is a new to me author. I will definitely read the first two books in this series as well as anything else written by this author. I love her writing style and attention to historical details. The characters have such depth and dimension, flawed but not unredeemable. Since I love historical fiction, this time period, World War II era, was a delight to read. Set during WWII, Clay is at a Ranger training camp in Tennessee. He meets and befriends Leah, who works in the camp library. The story is told from two alternating view points, Leah's and Clay's. We get get to see what is happening in Leah's life back home and through her letters to Clay. We get a glimpse into the training Clay received, his experiences on D Day and as a husband away from wife and family. I loved this book. If you like historical fiction I hope you'll check the one out. I'm getting the first two book in the series. I'll let you know if they are as good as this one. I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.
PreppyBookQueen 4 days ago
The Land Beneath Us was my first experience with a Sarah Sundin novel, and I'm now completely hooked on this amazing lady's writing. I'd heard wonderful things about her books in general, and this trilogy in particular, but I still wasn't prepared for just how much I was going to enjoy this beautiful story. The World War Two era tends to be one of my favorite time periods to read about in historical fiction, and yet I don't think I've ever truly read a novel set in this time period that's as well researched and historically accurate as The Land Beneath Us is. The reader can tell that Sarah Sundin put a considerable amount of time into researching the events of Normandy and other aspects of World War Two, and it blends together with her original story flawlessly. With how much historical information is included, it's impressive that the story never drags or seems hard to follow, and instead keeps the reader invested right from start to finish. Marriage of conveniences are something I've truly come to love reading about in Christian fiction, and it was the perfect setting for romance in this lovely story. Clay and Leah come together in the aftermath of a horrific circumstance, and since Leah's found herself in a complicated manner, and Clay truly believes that God is telling him he's going to die in battle, a marriage seems the best way to benefit them both. After Clay ships out, the two continue to communicate through letters, and the reader gets to see Clay's point of view in training and battle, and Leah's point of view as she struggles to adapt with the changes in her life, and the prejudices still coming her way. Clay only wants to fulfill his destiny, Leah's only ever wanted a family and to feel like she belongs somewhere, and if they're willing to trust God's perfect plan for their lives, they'll come to realize that their destiny includes more than they ever could have hoped for. I'm only sorry that it's taken me this long to finally read a Sarah Sundin novel, and now I can't wait to read more of her books. While I do think you could read any of the books in this trilogy as stand alones, I still plan on reading the first two now since I loved this installment so much, and I'd love to read Wyatt and Adler's stories as well. The Land Beneath Us is a breathtaking story about overcoming harsh circumstances, sacrifices, bravery, and learning to forgive with the help of our Heavenly Father whether we feel the person deserves our forgiveness or not. I personally really enjoyed Clay and Leah's story, and the way they are able to keep and grow their faith even when neither of them has had much in their lives to remain positive about. Their romance is truly beautiful, and I finished this one with a big smile on my face. Final Rating: 5/5. I couldn't possibly recommend this heart wrenching story enough, and my first experience with a Sarah Sundin novel was everything I was hoping for and more. Thanks so much to Revell for providing me with a complimentary copy of this novel to read and review! I received a complimentary copy of this novel from the publisher, Revell, as part of the Revevll Reads Blogger program in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I was not required to give a positive review.
grammy57 4 days ago
I was so excited to be chosen to read and review this book through Revell Reads. I have read other books by Sarah Sundin and I have never been disappointed. This book was no exception. This is the third book in the series Sunrise At Normandy. Each book tells one brother's views and experiences after a tragic accident. This book is about Clay Paxton, the youngest son. It shows how Clay felt about the treatment he received and how he dealt with those feelings. It also tells his part in the war and how his past shaped the way he acted and thought. This is a Christian book without being preachy. It shows how the main characters use their faith in their daily lives. It shows how depending on God is the best. It is also a war story and a love story all combined. Sarah Sundin did a wonderful job of weaving these stories together and bringing her characters to life. She made you feel you were not just reading a book but that you were actually getting to know these people. I give this book a 5 out o 5-star rating. I would recommend this book to my friends. I was given this book by Revell but a positive review was not required. This is my own view of the book and my own words.
MJK108 5 days ago
What motivates Clay Paxton, a handsome young man from Texas, to risk his life and change his future? The reasons are actually more complex than they seem on the surface. A powerful, recurring dream of his death influences Clay to join the U.S. Army Rangers in 1943. While doing his Ranger training at Camp Forrest in Tennessee, Clay meets a lovely young woman, Leah Jones, a new librarian on the base. Clay struggles with his inclination to heal and a strong interest in medicine with his need to fulfill his mysterious dream. Leah, raised in an orphanage, fights a battle of self-worth and personal identity and works continually on an ongoing search for her twin sisters from whom she was separated at a very young age. A traumatic event conspires to bring about a marriage of convenience for Clay and Leah before he leaves for Europe. Can the friendship they had and the shared letters and hopes they share during the war bring them into a lasting relationship? The Land Beneath Us is an outstanding historical fiction story interspersed with real people and events from this dramatic time during the war. The author’s detail of the war and the specific battles she details is impressive. She gives personality and depth to the characters bestowing them with a very real, unique presence in the story. The themes of unrelenting courage, forgiveness and reconciliation, the meaning of family, faith, hope, love, and friendship all play strong roles in this story. The book is an excellent read for people who enjoy inspirational historical fiction or any reader of historical fiction. This ARC copy was received from Revell and The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.
Phyllis_H 6 days ago
A stunning conclusion to the series! I've been looking forward to reading The Land Beneath Us, but now that I've finished, I'm a little sad this wonderful series has concluded. So now that I know how things worked out - I'm so glad!! It was the perfect conclusion. I even got teary at the end. I could easily fill this review about all the things I loved about Clay. His innate need to heal. His compassion. His protectiveness. His kindness. The way he didn't question whether to do the right thing. The way he wanted to play by the rules - even in a time of war. His insecurity caused by being a "half-breed". His brokenness. His need to forgive from his heart, which he longed to do - he just didn't know how. Clay's struggle to forgive his brothers had him realizing his role in the prodigal story of his family. And he didn't like it one bit! He struggled with pride, hurt and unforgiveness, as many of us do. Thankfully, he had a much stronger desire to have a right relationship with God. It was humbling and convicting to watch his spiritual journey. The recurring dream Clay had of how he would die allowed him to display a bravery he might not have had otherwise. "This isn't how I'm going to die". It allowed him to not second-guess his choice to marry Leah when she discovered the rape had resulted in a pregnancy. After all, she would be able to get his pay and his benefits and he wouldn't be losing a thing. Poor Clay hadn't realized that this marriage would make him want to live and question his resolve. Instead, I could fill the review about Leah and why she tore at my heart. An orphan who had been separated from her twin baby sisters when she was only four. Who had been treated with contempt because of her Greek heritage. Who had grown up knowing little but want. Who still understood love and forgiveness in a way many never will. Who was full of kindness and grace. Who exemplified such strength after being treated abominably. Leah's longtime desire was to be a librarian. She had an incredible love for books and words and sharing them with the world. Though her I learned so much about wartime efforts to bring books to the soldiers through book drives. She also had a heart for orphans, understanding personally what it was like to be cast aside. I was so surprised to see the attitudes of people towards orphans - as if the very fact of them not having parents was a reflection on them. She had been questing her entire life to discover who she was, where her sisters were, and to finally belong. But if I only told you of the way I loved Clay and Leah, I would be negligent in telling you many other wonderful things about this story! I loved the way Clay and Leah's relationship was mostly established through their letters. And how they struggled to navigate their marriage of convenience with an expiration date. I don't remember loving Clay's mom in the other books in this series as much as I loved her here. Her mother's heart and the way she so quickly embraced Leah and cared for her in such a beautiful way touched my heart. As with the other books in the Sunrise at Normandy series, I learned so much about the preparations for the D-Day invasion and the events that ensued. I was fascinated to learn the ways the Rangers trained and their role on the ground. Keeping the focus on the action and away from gore, Sarah Sundin made history come to life. While I could gush on, I'll spare you and simply recommend you read The Land Beneath Us and rea
DebbH1 8 days ago
Loved every page of the final installment in Sarah Sundin's Sunrise at Normandy series. Typically, historical romances don't grip me right away, but this one really did. Leah's story is beautiful and I think I felt every slight with her, and celebrated the small but significant victories. Clay's character is beautiful and I really enjoyed seeing him wrestle with his love of medicine and compulsion to serve as a ranger. For anyone who enjoys the WW2 time period, this is a must read.
CarolJo 9 days ago
A book that may keep you up most of the night! The Land Beneath Us takes place during WWII and the Normandy Invasion. Leah is a wonderful protagonist who feels abandoned by everyone but is determined to become a better person. She was placed in an orphanage when her parents were killed in an accident when she was small. Then her adoptive parents decided they could not care for her and left her in an orphanage. She remembers having twin sisters and knows a few Greek words so feels she must have Greek heritage. I felt sorry for Leah when she arrived at her job in a military base library poorly dressed and groomed wearing her only dress which was ill-fitting. Private Clay Paxton is an excellent male protagonist who becomes acquainted with Leah at the library and saves her life when she is attacked and raped! Clay believes he will be killed in action and persuades Leah to marry him so she will be protected by his name and receive his check and life insurance. Leah is a determined, independent woman for 1941. You will face action with Clay as he trains and is part of the Normandy Invasion! The Land Beneath Us is part of the Sunrise at Normandy series but can be enjoyed as a stand alone book. I received a complimentary e-book through NetGalley and the publisher. This is my honest opinion.
RobinWillson 9 days ago
Overcoming obstacles . . . Christian Historical 1944. I'm excited to read this story, back with old friends and learning about the others who had been in the background in the previous books, bringing it all together. This can be read stand alone, but you'll find you want to read the rest. It's easy to become invested in these characters lives. The three brothers have issues that tore them, their family apart. They each join the war effort, under different branches of the service. Their struggles to learn their way in the world on their own after being so close are heart wrenching. Both Clay and Leah, with their backgrounds, need to find their self worth, strengths. He's half Mexican, she's an orphan. Orphans were terribly looked down on at that time. She especially needs to develop courage to step out into the world, other people and groups and find where she fits in. We're all given our own strengths and talents, and she learns that she has a lot to contribute. Expertly told story that weaves these characters lives together, sometimes on bumpy roads. Beautiful story of love as it grows. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher and NetGalley book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” #TheLandBeneathUs #NetGalley
LGHudson 10 days ago
COMPELLING! THE LAND BENEATH US (Sunrise at Normandy Book #3) by Sarah Sundin is Compelling! I highly recommend this book and the entire series. This book needs to be read in sequential order to fully appreciate and understand all of family dynamics that are mentioned and dealt with in this book. This is Private Clay Paxton’s account of training with the US Army Rangers at Camp Forest, TN and follows his journey for more training in England and then on to France and his date with destiny at D-Day. Clay has a deep sense that God has a specific plan of sacrifice for him while he’s serving in the War. He is at complete peace as he heads off into battle. While in TN, he meets Leah Jones, who is working in the library at Camp Forest. Leah has not had an easy life but against all odds is taking advantage of all available opportunities to better herself. She is like a sponge, absorbing something from everyone and quickly to differentiate between good and bad. One thing she’s known about all her life is bullying. These two young people are brought together when Clay saves Leah’s life by rescuing her during a brutal sexual attack. There lives will be forever changed from that moment on. Sundin is a consummate researcher as is evidenced in each of her books. Her detailed descriptions of people, places and things are exquisite! Sundin has the ability to make readers feel as though they are active participants in the story. We see the action, feel the pain, taste the salt from the tears running down our face, feel the emotional stress, feel the heartache, feel the fear as well as feel the love and feel the bliss. Sundin covers it all! Themes covered in THE LAND BENEATH US are: good v. evil, dysfunctional families, abandoned children, orphanages, war training, war, home front during the war, deep personal friendships that last a lifetime, faith that grows immeasurably and the discovery that LOVE NEVER FAILS.
Betsy Tieperman 10 days ago
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 other letter F descriptors that came to mind were forgotten, fearless, fighting, foes, France, and (Camp) Forrest. In addition to Leah and Clay’s marriage of convenience story that had an unusual premise, I loved the way the author seamlessly wove scriptural truths into the story with references to the story of Joseph and his brothers as well as the Biblical Leah. This book made me pause and reflect not only on the heartfelt and engrossing storyline, but on the many sacrifices that were made by soldiers as well as families on the home front during wartime. If you are looking for a light read, this book isn’t it. But if you’re seeking an emotionally gripping tale that will tug at your heart strings and linger in your thoughts, then you’ve found it with The Land Beneath Us. I received an advanced reader copy from NetGalley and Revell Publishing. I was not required to write a positive review and all opinions expressed are my own.
Nicnac63 11 days ago
I knew I’d enjoy this story because I’ve never been disappointed by anything Sarah Sundin has written. This is her best yet! If you enjoy WWII stories, stories of faith, family, and forgiveness, then this is the author for you. Ms. Sundin is a gifted, poignant writer who creates memorable characters and delivers wonderful historical tales of love. Leah’s past is heartbreaking, Clay’s is tragic in a different way, and their friendship might be what heals them both. I loved their relationship and how they were brought together under less than perfect circumstances. I connected with them, sympathized with them, cheered for them, and was touched by their transformations. It is evident Ms. Sundin has done extensive research to make her characters feel genuine and stories believable. I love her writing style, and most of all her biblical ties, themes, and principles. #TheLandBeneathUs #SunriseatNormandy #RevellReads I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher.
Anonymous 11 days ago
Sarah Sundin is brilliant when it comes to WWII fiction. This, the 3rd in her Sunrise at Normandy series, is a re-sounding conclusion to the trilogy. I found myself immersed in this story from the very beginning, following the story of Ranger Clay Paxton and Leah Jones. What I love most about Sundin's work is her ability to create a tale that brings history to life. I felt as if I were living the pages of this book, walking alongside characters that I cheered for every step of the way. With their relatable flaws, admirable bravery, and yearning for belonging, they quickly took root within me. This book was hard to close, knowing I was saying goodbye to a place and people I had grown to love. This book is amazing, but I do recommend reading the series in order. I received this book from Netgalley. All opinions are my own.
sandralb 11 days ago
I love this series by Sarah Sundin. In each of these novels we get to learn a little more about the Paxton brothers. In this last book in the series, Private Clay Paxton the youngest sibling, is training hard to make the coveted US Army Ranger-qualified soldiers. Who's motto is Rangers Lead The Way. He has been betrayed by both of his brothers, with catastrophic life changing situations. Leah Jones is a 18 year old orphan who loves books and has always wanted to be a librarian. She lost her mom and dad in a tragic accident, was separated from her twin baby sisters when she was only four and lost her identity including her true name. Sarah Sundin has such a gift of creating characters you will genuinely care for. Once I start one of her books, it's hard to put them down. I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishing through NetGalley. The opinions expressed in this review are my own.
Kristi_D 11 days ago
This book is just so beautiful in so many ways. The main characters are both so kind and compassionate, so often willing to put others before themselves, and yet both have flaws to try to overcome. The events throughout the book meld together so well, and yet, not everything turns out perfectly. And the writing itself is clear, with a style that I found I particularly enjoyed. I am not a history buff at all, so understand I have very little basis to say this, but I felt that the book was very well researched. With real events, real locations, and even some real people from history who were participants in this part of the invasion, it all felt very real for me. As far as the romance goes, I know everyone has their preferences–what they like and don’t like in romance. This one hit all of the right buttons for me. I requested the ARC specifically because of 3 words in the synopsis: “marriage of convenience”. I have always loved stories where a romance develops between two people who married because they felt they had to. And it absolutely did not disappoint. There was something in the last quarter of the book that started to bug me a bit (being vague to avoid spoilers), but it paid off in the best scene ever! I also love the fact that the romance isn’t right there in your face the whole time. It’s not the main plot, while a few other things happen as a vehicle for it. The rest of the story is full in its own right, and the romance is interweaved into that so wonderfully. I also love how both characters are so incredibly faith-driven and turn to God for help and strength constantly. Both of these characters are paralleled with Biblical characters–Leah with her namesake who was unloved by her husband. And Clay even more strongly with Joseph, who was cast into a pit by his brothers, which is how Clay feels about his own situation. When I first requested this ARC to read & review, I saw that it was #3 in a series, but it looked to me (with a quick glance) that the novels were stand-alones. While reading, I quickly realized that they aren’t really. The three books in this series are about 3 brothers, and the other two appear in this book in some form too. This book ties up a storyline that I’m sure must thread through the first two books in some way. I’m a little sad that I read the last one first, but I loved this one so much, I’m going to have to read the others very soon! And then I’ll probably go on to try a different series by this author. This book will be the standard by which I measure all Christian romances in the future, and I don’t see it getting much better than this. In case it’s not clear from my review, I absolutely recommend this book to all who enjoy Christian romance, Christian historical novels, and/or books with a strong focus on forgiveness and finding a place to belong. Thank you so much to Netgalley and Barbour Publishing, Inc. for providing me a copy of this book to review!
Rachel McDaniel 12 days ago
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 Over 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 she knows her stuff concerning the World War II era, and this time she takes us into the trenches with the Rangers of the U.S. Army. There are portions that are intense, filled with combat, and then there are places when the romance steps forward and you find yourself sighing. There’s such an artful balance to it all! The heroine, Leah Jones, has faced a series of heartbreaks since her childhood. I found myself rooting for her to see herself as God sees her—valued, cherished, and loved. Then there’s the youngest Paxton brother, Clay, who had born the brunt of injustice and yet maintains that honorable spirit. His tenderness with Leah undid me several times throughout the story. This book is the perfect finale to a phenomenal series. I am going to miss those Paxton brothers, but a visit is only a bookshelf away. **I received a copy from the author/publisher. All opinions are my own.
Cheryl Koch 12 days ago
It has been a while since I have read a book from this author. Every book that I have read has been a four or five star read. Fans of historical fiction stories who have never tried a book from this author, need to pick up a book. You are in for a real treat. Clay and Leah may have come from different walks of life but they had on thing in common. They were both broken. With each other's support and God's strength, Leah and Clay were able to gain mended hearts filled with love. Both of their stories were great. The heart does grow fonder with distance. You could feel the love that Clay had for Leah with his letters. As I was reading this book, I was transported back in time. I could see everything that Clay and Leah experienced as if I was there with them. I have discovered a renewed love again for author, Sarah Sundin with this book.
Christianfictionandmore 12 days ago
While I truly enjoyed the first two books in Sundin's Sunrise at Normandy series, The Land Beneath Us is by far my favorite. While the stories of Clay Paxton's courage in the face of intense Army Ranger training and participation in D-Day, and orphan Leah Jones' courage in meeting all of the obstacles that life threw her way was extremely engaging, it was the number of well-developed, meaningful themes that make this book stand out. Sundin deals with forgiveness through analogies to the stories of the Prodigal Son as well as Joseph and his brothers. She also deals with the important topics of prejudice and self-centeredness vs selflessness, while emphasizing the importance of integrity. She does this through superb character development. I highly recommend this book, but do suggest reading this series in order to insure the best reading experience. I am grateful to have received a copy of this book from Revell via NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion. I was under no obligation to provide a positive review, and received no monetary compensation.
NanceeMarchinowski 12 days ago
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 brought me to tears, and other times I rejoiced. Prejudice, empathy and forgiveness are highlights through this touching story. I have read several of this author's books, and find that she weaves deep human emotions into her characters that have a major impact on the reader. Family issues are at the core of both main characters, and overcoming those obstacles is an important part of healing and reconciliation. I enjoyed this book very much, and will more than likely pick up copies of the prequels to it. I highly recommend this book. Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through a LibraryThing giveaway. All expressed opinions are honest and my own.
AngelaC323 12 days ago
So, so good!!! I fell in love with Sundin's writing the first time I picked up one of her books, but The Land Beneath Us is now my favorite of all! Sundin is a master at tackling difficult subjects with grace and creating strong, compelling characters - just saying, if Clay Paxton had a twin, I'd be packing my bags for Texas! Whooee!!! ;) But in all seriousness, Leah and Clay's story is an excellent conclusion to the Sunrise At Normandy series. Don't miss it! *I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. A positive review was not required, and all opinions are my own.
PinkGranny 12 days ago
The Land Beneath Us is the third book in Sarah Sundin's Sunrise at Normandy series. Each book in the series follows a Paxton brother and their lives after a fateful night where life in a warm, loving family changed for good. Angry words, feelings of revenge and unthinkable behavior. Each young man was a time bomb full of anger and, remorse. Sarah Sundin is a renowned author in the Christian fiction world. Her research on the complex theater of World War II is amazing. Her characters come alive amid battles the reader may have seen distant descriptions of yet in reading Sarah's books find themselves in the midst of the story. I have long been a fan of her work. It makes me appreciate all the more, the brave men and women who served our country in dark times. Clay and Leah's story is one beautiful love story. Both have baggage that could upset the perennial apple cart. They are both courageous beyond their young ages. I believe that could be said of many young people faced with the challenges of a war that caused so much uncertainty in the world. Their faith yielded a strength of character that kept them going. From Leah's upbringing in an orphanage to Clay's bitter feelings toward his brothers, this book came alive and has a strong message of forgiveness and difficult choices. This is a book that historical fiction readers will enjoy. It is engaging, entertaining and full of compassion. Yes, even a few tears showed up. I am sad to see this series end, but I am confident that Sarah Sundin has more stories to write.
AE2 12 days ago
I absolutely loved the first two books in this series--and yet, this one might be my favorite. I adored Leah; she was just such a loveable character. Her feelings of being unlovable and a desire for a family were so poignant (but not overly sappy). I also loved Clay, who is so relatable--he's been wronged and he's hurt and struggling to forgive his brothers. His journey was so realistic; forgiving his brothers didn't come easily to him and wasn't without relapses of anger. This book was just beautifully written and so interesting. It's definitely one of the best books of 2020! Five stars. I read an ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley. All opinions are my own.
caribougirl 12 days ago
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 anxiously awaiting this final installment. Clay Paxton is the youngest of the 3 Paxton brothers and was greatly wronged by both of his older brothers before they left home. After working for the family business for a couple of years, he was drafted into the Army and joined the Rangers, thus bringing in the "land" of the land, air and sea raid at Normandy. While in training, he meets Leah Jones, a young girl working at the base library. Leah grew up as an orphan and didn't even remember her birth name, but she has found the good in all of her circumstance, and the 2 of them help each other to heal from past wounds. While being rich in historical details of D-Day, this story was a beautiful tale of love and forgiveness. This book had wonderful characters and was so well written. The action had me on the edge of my seat, and the romance was so sweet - Clay and Leah are a couple worth rooting for. The faith thread was strong as they both learned to give up their dreams into the arms of their Savior and seek out healing and forgiveness. There were even some good mystery elements as Clay tried to find out who the "villain" of the story was and Leah sought the details of her past. This book had a little bit of something for everyone and I absolutely adored it! I would strongly recommend this book to fans of historical fiction. Speical thanks to NetGalley for an advanced e-copy of this book. I was under no obligation to provide a review and the thoughts contained herein are my own.
swimreadbreathe4JC 12 days ago
Sarah Sundin’s final novel in the “Sunrise at Normandy” trilogy ties up the stories of the Paxton brothers during WWII–one by plane, one by sea, one by land, each fighting for freedom. I have read each book in this series, but I think it would work fine as a stand-alone if you haven’t read the previous two books. There is a lot of tie-in to the other books, but there is also a good bit of recap of what happened. The Land Beneath Us picks up with the story of the youngest Paxton brother, Clay. Having joined the army in WWII, we get to see the war from the perspective of being on land. One of the reasons I love Sundin’s books is because they seem so well-researched and authentic, and I feel as if I walk away from reading it more educated than when I started, but still thoroughly entertained. I really enjoyed this final installment in the trilogy, but I would like to put a content warning that there is a rape scene–well written, implied more than it said, but could still be a trigger for some. The themes of forgiveness and reconciliation were strongly present throughout the book, which was inspiring. I appreciated that they were woven in, not in a bright and cheery Hallmark movie type of way, but in a real, hard, gritty situation where it would be easier to hold a grudge. I felt it made it more relatable and real. I would recommend this book to older readers, particularly if you read the first two books prior, as it brings a fullness to the story when you do. Thank you to Net Galley and Revell publishers for sending me an electronic copy of this book to read and review. All opinions are my own and were not required to be positive. *Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention/review it on my blog. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion – which I’ve done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.*