The Sky Above Us (Sunrise at Normandy Series #2)

The Sky Above Us (Sunrise at Normandy Series #2)

by Sarah Sundin

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ISBN-13: 9781493416585
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/05/2019
Series: Sunrise at Normandy Series , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 12,871
File size: 10 MB

About the Author

Sarah Sundin is the author of The Sea Before 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 and Library Journal. 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, where she works on-call as a hospital pharmacist. Visit for more information.

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The Sky Above Us (Sunrise at Normandy Series #2) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
KrisAnderson_TAR 2 days ago
The Sky Above Us is a well-written and captivating historical novel. The pacing is mixed throughout the book. Sarah Sundin captured the time-period and historical elements very well. I can tell that the author did her research for this series of books. Lt. Adler Paxton loves to fly, and his dream is to become an ace pilot. Major Shapiro believes Adler needs to learn to be a team player and assigns him to be the wingman for Capt. Nick Westin. You can feel the struggle Adler is going through with this new assignment. Violet wants to become a missionary, but they only accept married couples. Her former fiancé, Dennis Reeves was influenced by money and decided to take a different path. Violet now finds herself in England working for the Red Cross and managing an aeroclub. Her job is to feed and entertain the off duty pilots. Unfortunately, thefts are thwarting her mission. Violet will lose her job if she does not find the culprit. There is plenty of activity in The Sky Above Us. Adler is flying mission, Violet setting up the aeroclub, both are dealing with their past, activities with local children, uncovering a thief, and much more. I like how Sarah Sundin incorporated the Christian elements into the story. One of my favorite phrases is “only God can take away the pain”. The author provides vivid details that brought the story alive. As a reader, I could visualize the scenes and characters thanks to Sarah Sundin’s writing. It was interesting to learn more about aeroclubs and how the pilots flew their missions. I did find the book slowed down in the middle and I could have done without some of the kissing scenes (they were a bit much). I did, though, like how Violet and Adler’s relationship progressed, and how she never let go of her Christian values. The Sky Above Us can be read alone if you have not picked up The Sea Before Us. There is a preview of the next Sunrise Over Normandy novel included which features Clay Paxton and Leah Jones. Discussion questions are also provided which are a good aid for book clubs. If you are looking for an intriguing historical novel, then look no further than The Sky Above Us.
FHlady 3 days ago
This series focuses on three brothers before and during World War 2. The first brother, Wyatt, after some family discord, leaves home and enlists in the Navy. Book 1, The Sea Before Us, covers Wyatt's story as a naval officer. Book 2 now turns to Adler, the second brother. He enlists in the Air Force filled with pain and regret for the family problems he feels he has caused. This book is as well written as the first with Sundin's obvious research into the Air force and the airplanes used during World War II. Her main characters, Adler and Violet, have depth and realism. Each of them is carrying baggage that can only be sorted out with God's help, good counsel, and the understanding they were on a journey towards redemption. The way they helped one another as their relationship developed was sweet and encouraging. A cast of secondary characters added to the heart pounding war action. The relationships among the pilots and their support teams as well as among the Red Cross girls was so well portrayed. Sundin definitely wrote another amazing World War II novel that put me right in the middle of the D-Day invasion and helped me picture the heartache, the joys, and the tragedies of this horrible conflict. **I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell through NetGalley. Opinions are mine alone. I was not compensated for this review.
JLYoung 4 days ago
Just like book 1 in this series, The Sea Before Us, The Sky Above Us takes the reader on a trip to Europe through the eyes of those on the ground, and in the air during WWII. Impeccably researched, this book makes you feel like you're right there with the men and women who gave their lives for our country. The love story that moves along side the war and fighting lightens the air and brings the story more full circle to give the reader a picture of what it was like for the men and women of war in the time when they weren't fighting. I loved the themes of grace and forgiveness and how the characters lives were transformed because of it. The Christian elements were well placed and natural in the flow of the story. They added another layer of depth that helped bring the story to life even more. There is so much going on in this story. It kept my attention well for the most part. I did find myself glossing over some of the fighting scenes. While they were wonderfully researched and well written I felt a little bored with the amount of detail. I love Ms. Sundin's writing and am looking forward to her future books! I received a complementary copy of this book as part of Revell's blogger program. I was under no compulsion to write a positive review. All thoughts are my own.
CarolJo 5 days ago
Experience World War II from the British airfields! You will admire Violet, a teacher from Kansas, who joins the Red Cross and is sent to England! Adler is a pilot who carries secrets from his past. Adler's goal is to be an Ace but he learns that sometimes being second is best. Violet learns that sometimes God wants us to be willing to be a missionary but may not be asking us to be one! The Sky Above Us is extremely well-written! I recommend it to others. I received a e-book through NetGalley. This is my honest opinion.
Bookworm_Debbie 7 days ago
This is an absolutely incredible historical romance! The characters are extremely well developed. I connected with both Adler and Violet very quickly. They were both on journeys learning to trust God. They each had a great friend that supported and encouraged them. I was captivated by the story from the beginning. The period of WWII leading up to D-day is very compelling. It is hard facts to read about with all the lives lost on both sides. Yet I’m drawn to keep the history alive about what all the troops, in all branches of the service when through. This book did a marvelous job of that. The connection between this book and the first book in the series is fantastic. I love the way the author is presenting the three brother, their pasts, and the presence. I’m really looking forward to the third book, Clay’s story. The wait for it to come out is going to be hard. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone. Disclaimer: *Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book 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. 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.*
Fala19 7 days ago
There aren't many books that I greet with as much anticipation and delight as a new one from Sarah Sundin. Her books never disappoint and The Sky Above Us is another stellar WWII romance from one of the masters. The whole concept of this series is so great. To get a look at the events leading through D-Day from the eyes of the three estranged Paxton brothers is fascinating and informative. In the first book we were at sea with Wyatt, this time we're in the air with Adler, and next time we'll be on the ground with Clay. I seriously can't say enough good things about this book. Sundin's attention to detail, the flawless way she weaves fact with fiction, the heartfelt spiritual message, the wonderful characters, the swoonworthy romance... I could go on and on. I was sad when I reached the final page. I didn't want the story to end. I didn't want to say goodbye to Adler or Violet. It was just so good. I highly, highly recommend it and can't wait for Clay's story! I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley and voluntarily reviewed it. All thoughts and comments are my honest opinion.
RobinWillson 7 days ago
Numbing pain, amazing grace. Excitement. Riveting. Drama. Christian Historical Fiction. I read at night to get to sleep, and again when I wake up during the night for the same reason. This book didn't work so well for that. This edge of your seat, just can't put it down story is pretty intense. Sarah's miniscule detail of WW2 brings it like watching a movie. Maybe because this isn't the first she's written or because of Sarah's daily Facebook posts about the War, this one particularly came to life for me. The Paxton brothers are good looking, strong, and competitive. When tragedy happens, it shakes up all three of them, their whole family, with actions that will rip them apart and forever shape their futures. This is the story of Adler, the middle son and the center of it all. Violet dedicated her life to become a missionary overseas like her aunt, but circumstances after she signed up for the red cross twisted in a way that took her away from that dream. Both young people have a lot to learn about themselves. Both are grounded in strong Christian faith and have to learn to give it all over to God. Adler has to allow himself to be forgiven, by God and others, and to take a backseat to his determination in order to learn to lead. You can't go wrong with any of Sarah's books. This one is fabulous. I can't give it a higher recommendation! 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.” #TheSkyAboveUs #SarahSundin #Netgalley
EmsID 7 days ago
I received this book yesterday. I finished it yesterday. It's rare for me to devour a book in one sitting, but it was unavoidable with this gem. I absolutely loved it, and I didn't want to put it down for anything. It was full of everything that I love in Sarah Sundin's books - clean romance, WWII drama, plenty of action, a mystery to solve, and fabulous characters. All in all, it definitely made for a 5-star book. I really loved how BOTH characters had to go on a journey of redemption, not just one or the other. It drives me crazy when one party is set up to be the perfect one, and the other has to elevate to that level. Not so here. Both Adler and Violet (I really love that name!) had to come to terms with parts of themselves that weren't up to their standards. They traveled the path together, with God, and on their own at times. It was very believable and something I could totally relate to. I really liked both of them and was cheering for them the whole time. I appreciate how much painstaking research Sarah does into the battles she writes. I'm a student of WWII myself, and I didn't see anything that gave me pause. She's very careful with her history, and I really like that. It makes the war come alive, and helps me immerse myself in the story. In my opinion, that's the hallmark of a fantastic writer! In the end, I absolutely loved this, would recommend it to anyone looking for a good historical fiction read, any fans of WWII fiction, and pretty much just anyone. My one complaint is that I now have to wait a year for Clay's story...
Melissa Andres 8 days ago
History comes alive through the words of Sarah Sundin! The concept behind the Sunrise at Normandy series is magnificent. We first saw D-Day through the eyes of Paxton brother, Wyatt, who is a Lieutenant in the US Navy in The Sea Before Us. In The Sky Above Us, Lt. Adler Paxton shares his prospective on D-Day from a P-51 Mustang in the US Air Force. Next, we will be introduced to the youngest Paxton brother, Clay, who's has joined the US Army. It's a real treat to have one series show how these different branches of our US military worked together on D-Day! In this story, Adler Paxton is running from his memories, his guilt, and the consequences of the night his fiance fell to her death. He believes he is fully responsible for what happened to her, so he runs away and ends up joining the Air Force...where God introduces him to Nick and Violet. His goal is to make ace pilot (shooting down 5 enemy aircraft) and open his own shipping business. But in order to make ace, Adler's going to have to learn how to be second before he can be first. Violet Lindstrom has every intention of becoming a missionary, but when her fiance breaks their engagement the mission team won't allow her to go as a single woman. So, Violet does the next best thing, she joins the American Red Cross. She intends to work with children, but when she's assigned to work with the pilots, she attempts to mesh the two and gets the pilots to help her arrange programs for the local children. Violet is very relatable. She's sweet and has a good heart, she loves the Lord and wants to serve Him, but she's got a lot to learn and needs a little humbling. The relationship between Adler and Violet is precious. They are both extremely cautious, but they're very attracted to each other. Each of them has a lot of maturing to do and they help one another in that. I appreciated how their attraction grew. I'm already "chewing-at-the-bit" to read Clay's perspective of the Paxton Brothers drama! And see just how/if these three brothers can come together at last! I received a complementary copy of this book through NetGalley. All opinions expressed are my own.
Phyllis_H 12 days ago
Dogfights, deception, and dreams Oh my! I loved this book. Not that I'm surprised. I've already read a couple of other books by this author and loved those as well. Adler was, on the outside, your stereotypical, cocky pilot seeking glory by becoming an ace in the war. He was brimming with arrogance. Yet as we learn of his story in The Sea Before Us, we discover that he was dealing with a horrendous amount of guilt over multiple events from that day he was forced to leave his home. While his actions had been repulsive, his sincere regret over them showed that he was already changed by them. Yet his pride (once again!) almost caused another tragedy. . . I was so drawn to this Texas cowboy/pilot. Despite his shameful past, he had a heart of gold and was so protective and noble. He was so determined to not make the same mistakes again. . . Violet was a fascinating character. When she was cast into a situation that was so different from what she had expected, she made the best of what she could, and in such creative ways. Yet she also had some serious heart matters that needed to be dealt with. In addition to them, she had a mystery to solve - if she didn't, she would be sent home in shame and her dreams would have been destroyed. I really enjoyed reading about the events leading to D-Day from the air force and Red Cross' perspectives. If you have been to the author's website or her Twitter feed, you know that she immerses herself in WWII history and does copious research for her books. And it shows. The details she includes are amazing and yet not overwhelming. I can't wait for Chad's story! He will obviously have a lot of baggage to deal with because he was the brother who was the most abused in the rift that occurred - he hadn't done anything wrong and yet both of his brothers betrayed him in a big way. I have a feeling that he is going to be my favorite Paxton brother. Write quickly, Sarah Sundin! Write quickly! Read with a Preview at I was given a copy of this book. I was not required to give a favorable review nor was any money received for this review. All comments and opinions are my own.
LGHudson 12 days ago
FANTASTIC! THE SKY ABOVE US (Sunrise at Normandy Book # 2) is fantastic! This book may be read as a stand alone but for the maximum reading in experience, it needs to be read in sequential order in the Series. This is the story of American Air Force Lt. Adler Paxton and American Red Cross Worker Violet Lindstrom. Each of them enlist to serve for very different reasons. Paxton is glad to be be serving his country as a flyboy because in the War effort and desperately wants to become an ACE pilot. Also, this way he can be as far away from his family as possible. Red Cross Volunteer Violet Lindstrom has been wanting to be a missionary for most of her life. She has no clue about working with soldiers as she has been an elementary schoolteacher. Both of them are in for many life lessons as they are part of the group preparing for Operation Overloard. Sundin has created characters that are realistic and complex. They are experiencing normal emotions and normal problems as they prepare to face the greatest military challenge in history. Sundin writes in such a way that you are drawn into the situations with the characters. Her descriptions of dogfights among the pilots is exceptional! The love story is beautiful because it doesn’t come easy. It takes a lot of work, a lot of encouragement from friends and mainly a whole lot of prayer. A true story of redemption and love. I was provided an ARC by Revell Publishing and NetGalley. The opinions expressed here are completely my own and without influence.
bmrawlins 12 days ago
I loved getting to know Adler. Knowing this series was about brothers, I was curious to see Adler's point of view after being introduced to Wyatt's point of view first. I was not disappointed. There are some horrible relational sins to be exposed and overcome; the forgiveness, mercy and grace shown are just beautiful. It leaves me hungry for Clay's story now. I love the military background to a wonderfully exciting, tense, and dark historical period. The research is thorough and spot on. I felt like I was there in the hanger with the characters in their downtime, or in the cockpit with the airmen during their flights. Thank you for bringing this story to life. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
Cindy-J 12 days ago
Forgiveness and reconciliation in the WW2 era Lieutenant Adler Paxton left his home and family after some sinful actions resulted in a huge division between him and his two brothers. Since then he has been running from his past, his family, and God. He doesn’t talk about his past with anyone, just deflects the subject, until he meets Violet Lindstrom and Nick Westin. Violet Lindstrom planned to go overseas one day, but she dreamed it would be as a missionary to Africa not as a Red Cross worker. She looks up to her namesake great-aunt who sends letters from her own mission field that are meant to encourage Violet. Adler and Violet portrayed typical people who wrestled with God, struggled with conflict, and sometimes floundered over decisions. I thought they were very realistic. I enjoyed seeing the characters grow and mature in their Christian walk. I loved secondary character Nick Westin, a strong Christian with a good influence on Adler. One theme was forgiveness, both from others and from self. Another theme was learning that responsibility goes with leadership. Being first isn’t always about the leader, it’s also about the people being led. The fact that sin has consequences, even when the person is repentant, was also touched on. Ms. Sundin’s books are always well researched and full of historical facts and details, and this one was no different. Some readers may find the details a bit overwhelming, but I enjoyed them. It takes a bit more time to read the book, but I don’t mind. This is book 2 of 3. Book 1, The Sea Before Us, is Wyatt’s story. Although I do think both books could be read independently of the other, I would definitely recommend that they are read together and in order as they complement and enrich each other. Book 2 is complete by itself, but I look forward to reading book 3, Clay’s story, to see how the overall conflict between the brothers is resolved. Great book! I would recommend it to mature older teens and adults. I requested a complimentary copy of this book through NetGalley with the intention of reviewing the book, but I was not obligated to post a positive review. The file I was provided was not a final text. All opinions expressed are my own.
AE2 13 days ago
Running from his past, pilot Adler Paxton heads off to England in 1943. He's frustrated when he's assigned to be a wingman, which will make it that much harder to become an ace. Although he's thousands of miles from home, Adler finally has to face up to his past, sins and all, but as he does so, he finds that maybe forgiveness--and a bright future--really are possible, despite all he has done wrong. Violet Lindstrom wanted to go to Africa as a missionary, but since they won't accept single women, she joined the American Red Cross, thinking she could work with English children who have been evacuated from London. When she finds out she's assigned to an airbase and is supposed to provide entertainment and activity for the airmen, she isn't thrilled. But as she works with the haunted and hurting Lieutenant Paxton, and gets to know the pilots better, she slowly starts to realize that being a missionary isn't the only way that she can serve God. I really, really enjoyed this book. I loved Adler's character and seeing his growth throughout the book. I really liked the theme of redemption and facing up to what he'd done wrong--and I also liked that it wasn't just a "one-and-done" situation but that there were ongoing issues because that's true to life. With Violet, I liked seeing her journey and realizations about herself and her future. The setting was really interesting; I love World War II stories, and I really enjoyed seeing details like how the Red Cross Aeroclub was set up for the airmen. Really enjoyable book. I can't wait for the third book! *Although this is the second book in a series, I think you could read it without having read the first. 4.5 stars. I read an ARC via #NetGalley. All opinions are my own.
caribougirl 13 days ago
4.5 Stars Fans of Sarah Sundin will enjoy this latest WWII historical romance novel! This book is the second in the Sunrise at Normandy series. We're given enough background information that this could be stand-alone, but I would strongly recommend reading the first book first as some pieces from that book fill in some blanks for this one. This series follows 3 brothers who are all fighting in Normandy. The first book was about Wyatt, the oldest, who joined the navy. This one is about Adler, the middle brother, who was in the Air Force. I look forward to reading more about the youngest Paxton brother, Clay, next year! While I thoroughly enjoyed the first book in this series, this one did not quite resonate with me as much. Adler starts out a bit cocky (I didn't care for him in Wyatt's story for this reason as well), and I struggled to like him. As the book went on and his character developed, that perspective definitely changed and it grew on me a bit more. I also felt like Violet lacked some of the depth the other heroines Ms. Sundin has written seem to have. Again, the development of her character brought that out as well. I have enjoyed all of this author's books and this one was no different, it just took a bit longer to get there. Adler Paxton is a typical fly-boy, come to save the day during WWII. Through a series of events, he gets served a good helping of humble pie by his squad leader. As the story goes, his faith deepens, he seeks forgiveness and becomes a better person. The goals that the had set for himself become more attainable, but no longer matter. Violet Lindstrom has joined the Red Cross in order to find her way into missionary work, which has always been her dream. When she reaches England and finds that she was mis-informed on what options she has, she begrudgingly helps her friend Kitty with an aeroclub. She learns a hard lesson in who the "least of these" can actually include. Food mysteriously goes missing and Violet's job is on the line if she can't catch the thief. Meanwhile, she finds herself drawn to Adler, in spite of several misunderstandings. This book had strong character development, a fun romance and a good mystery thrown in the mix. For readers of this series, it was nice to catch up with Wyatt and Dorothy at the end as well. Special thanks to Revell and NetGalley for an advanced copy of this book. I was under no obligation to provide a review and all thoughts contained herein are my own.
Ellen-oceanside 13 days ago
Adler was wanting to get oversea’s to do some good.with flying planes. Violet going overseas as part of the Red Cross. A Texan who was their commanding officer, told the guys to respect them as ladies and being in uniform. An unwelcome kiss, he had the guy apologize, any more trouble to let him know, his name was Adler. The mission was for the servicemen, not children as she had been told. She was a teacher and chosen for her administration duties. To finally settle in and to enjoy her job. Alder as he battles the German luftwaffe. The author did her homework and one feels like you are living in those days of WW II. Stationed at the same base this follows the growth with God leading them during this time. Another good story to follow the first in this series. Given ARC for my voluntary review and my honest opinion by Net Galley and Revell.
3C 13 days ago
Sarah Sundin has penned a second riveting World War II tale in the Sunrise at Normandy series. I consider her a historian as well as a novelist, and the technical details of the novel are very precise. Enjoying history, I have read a number of books regarding the war, along with hearing stories from family members who served. From Leiston Army Airfield in England, we see the preparations for the endeavor, Operation Overlord, using real and fictional individuals as representatives of different military units. Observations of military life, comradeship, and heroism offer an enthralling perspective on the events of World War II in Europe. Lt. Adler Paxton, an Army Air Force flyer, was an ambitious young man who was troubled by family conflicts. American Red Cross volunteer Violet Lindstrom, after earlier crossing paths with Adler, found herself stationed at the same English air base. The two captured the turmoil and struggles of how it was for their time in history; the story is about friendship, love, and life choices. To avoid spoilers, I won't give more specifics. I have been a steady fan of Sarah's since her first release, and I have many of her books on my shelf. I believe I slightly prefer The Sky Above Us over the first novel in this series, perhaps because there is less emphasis or immediate awareness of the specifics of the family conflict, which could more favorably have been a less dark occurrence. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher, through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
Christianfictionandmore 13 days ago
The detailed accounts of the lives of World War II airmen and the vivid mental images Sundin paints with her descriptions of the D-Day invasion on the beaches of Normandy set this book apart from many other World War II era books that I have read. We met American naval officer Wyatt Paxton in book one of this series, becoming familiar with the tragic circumstances that tore the Paxton family apart. In this second book we see the situation through the eyes of his middle brother, Captain Adler Paxton of the US Army Air Force. Both brothers encounter God and His grace and mercy while serving in Europe, but will they be able to put this family back together? We also meet Red Cross worker Violet Lindstrom in The Sky Above Us. Under the misconception that she is going to Europe to work with displaced children, Violet is discouraged to find herself running a Red Cross Aeroclub on an air base. God has many hard lessons for Violet to learn during her time in Europe, life-altering lessons from which we as readers may also benefit. I will be anxiously awaiting the story of Army Ranger Clay Paxton, the youngest of the three brothers, betrayed by both of his older brothers and also serving in Europe. It is wonderful that our God is a God of forgiveness and reconciliation. Readers will hope that Clay too encounters God. I am grateful to have received a copy of The Sky Above Us from Revell Books via NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion. I was under no obligation to provide a positive review, and received no monetary compensation.
Nicnac63 20 days ago
I knew I’d enjoy this book. I’ve read some of Sarah Sundin’s stories in the past (Through Waters Deep, I’ll Be Home For Christmas) and love how she brings the tragedies and treasures of WWII to life. The Sky Above Us is another wonderfully researched and lovingly portrayed novel during that time period. I love a book that teaches me something new or makes me see things in a different light. The dogfights are vivid and I loved the human connection. It was easy to connect with Violet and Adler. Though parts are somewhat slow-paced, the story kept my steady interest. I enjoyed this story and look forward to reading more from this author. First Line: Wars weren’t won with caution, and aces weren’t made in straight and level flight. I received a Review copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.