The Land Beneath Us by Sarah Sundin

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Leah Jones desires a family and a home, dreaming of her baby sisters she was separated from at a young age at the orphanage.  She uses her background as a librarian to research her sisters, desperate to locate her family.  Her life is forever changed when Private Clay Peterson, a US Army Ranger with his own painful past secrets, saves her from a brutal attack and offers her a marriage of convenience.  When he ships to England for D-day, they communicate through letters across a great distance, their love slowly growing despite the separation.  But war is a fickle thing and Leah fears that her new family may once again be lost forever.

Full of greatly researched history, gripping emotional characters, and deeply woven spiritual concepts, this book is captivating from beginning to end!  I really liked this story, and I do think it was my favorite of the series.  You do not have to read the stories in order, but there is definitely a common thread of brothers throughout the series that is best enjoyed if you read them all!  I loved Leah in this book, her captivating backstory, her quiet and strong faith, and her determination to do anything for those she loves captured me and allowed me to connect with her character easily.  I also really liked Clay, who has a painful past but is a genuinely good man with a heart of gold as he learns a lesson of forgiveness in this story.  The history is very well researched and integrated. I greatly enjoyed this book and highly recommend it!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell Publishing.  Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

The Sky Above Us by Sarah Sundin

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Violet Lindstrom, serving with the American Red Cross, is sent overseas to Britain to help with programs for the local children as well as the men of the US 357th Fighter Group in 1943.  She is hoping that her experience will help her with her future goal of becoming a medical missionary to Africa like her great aunt and great uncle.  She meets Lieutenant Adler Paxton, a pilot with ambitious goals of being an ace.  He struggles to manage the skies over France before the D-day invasion.  As he and Violet work side by side, their past secrets are brought to light and may affect their relationship forever.

I enjoyed the history and storyline of this book.  Sarah Sundin always does such a great job of researching the time period and the specifics of the military to give a detailed backdrop to an interesting plot. The characters are flawed and relatable but through journeys of faith and maturing, they are transformed with God’s grace and forgiveness.  It is not absolutely necessary to read the first book in this series to enjoy this one, but it does give you some background information.  I am looking forward to the next book!

I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

The Sea Before Us by Sarah Sundin

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Wyatt Paxton joins the Navy to escape from his mistakes in Texas and arrives in London in time to prepare for D Day in 1944. He is hoping that his work will help to assuage his guilt from past actions and help repay his family for what he has done. He is tasked with working “Wrens,” females in the Navy service who are responsible for putting together pieces of France to assist with the invasion. Dorothy Fairfax, one of the Wrens, particularly intrigues Wyatt as she uses her steadfast determination to do her part for her family and her country. Wyatt and Dorothy soon find themselves spending more and more time together as they work together to turn the war in the favor of the Allied forces.

I am always impressed with the historical research and military knowledge of Sarah Sundin’s novels and this book is chalked full of both! I enjoyed the setting of the novel and the events and details leading up to a pivotal event in World War II. I liked seeing Wyatt’s growth and transformation throughout the story. There was a surprising part in the story that I did not see coming! I also enjoyed the pieces of different characters coming together to create a central theme of forgiveness. The romance was tastefully done. I look forward to the other books in the series and recommend this first installment to lovers of historical fiction.

I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

When Tides Turn by Sarah Sundin

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Quintessa Beaumont decides to help out with the Navy WAVES (Women Accepted for Voluntary Emergency Service) to do her part for World War II. As she is working to prove herself, she is forced to work with Dan Avery, who is more concerned with his goal to make admiral than helping her. But when Quintessa discovers a possible spy link in the Navy, she tries to enlist Dan’s help, hoping he can set aside his career advancement to assist her in a dangerous mission.

I have enjoyed the first two novels in this series and was excited to read more about Tess. She is determined to prove she is more than a pretty face and I admired her gumption and tenacity in this book. I enjoyed getting to know the characters and appreciated the depth the author invested into their personalities. The passion of the characters combined with the interesting detailed history makes for a fascinating read. I also liked the suspense and mystery interspersed in the story. Combined with hidden romance and true spiritual struggles, this novel is a great read. Recommended to all lovers of historical fiction!

I received a copy of this book from Netgalley/Revell Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

Anchor in the Storm by Sarah Sundin

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Lillian Avery has struggled her whole life to prove herself since an accident at a young age damaged her physically. She successfully becomes a pharmacist despite opposition for her gender and condition and manages to secure a position in Boston with the help of her brother. Upon arriving, however, she discovers that she still has much to prove to her new boss. As strange events begin to occur in the pharmacy, she seeks the help of her brother’s friend Archer Vandenberg, the wealthy sailor who spends his life demonstrating that he is more than simply money. Despite his own nightmares after battles at sea, Arch agrees to help the courageous Lillian, neither of them realizing how deep they must go in order to do the right thing, battling their own personal trials along the way.

I enjoy every novel by Sarah Sundin because she writes with a perfect blend of history and romance, creating characters that possess significant depth, struggle with realistic trials, and emerge with great growth and maturity. They are easy to connect with and challenge me in my own spiritual journey. One critique for this story in particular is that I did not like the final trial that Arch faces; I found that the book would not have been hindered if he did not face this situation and it felt a bit forced and too coincidental to be realistic for me. Overall, however, I did really like this book and was pleased to see a few characters from previous novels in this series, which, although also enjoyable, do not necessarily need to be read first. I recommended this book to all lovers of historical fiction!

I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

Through Waters Deep by Sarah Sundin

In 1941 America, the United States is torn between its fragile neutrality, resistance to World War II, and desires to join the fight. Outgoing naval officer Jim Avery dreams of leading a bright crew of young men to assist England in her war efforts. He is surprised to run into his childhood friend, Mary Stirling, while docked in Boston for several weeks. Mary is beautiful and reserved, but has a quite spunk that comes in handy with her job as a naval secretary. As tensions begin to rise over the war, Mary uses her anonymity and skills as a secretary to notate various crewmembers actions and attitudes. But when real danger arises on Jim’s ship, her scribbles and observances may be vital to saving lives, thrusting her usual timid self her right into the middle of the action.

Sarah Sundin is a great storyteller. Her novels seamlessly weave together fascinating history, Biblical principles, and exciting romance. I enjoyed learning about the details surrounding the early months of 1941 America, with particular attention to the jobs and duties of naval officers. The plot contains enough mystery that it is difficult to foresee the true villain. The characters also undergo significant growth and development, which truly creates a story that is realistic, relatable, and interesting. Another twist also makes the romance a bit unpredictable, adding to the delight of the story. Personally, I enjoyed the relationship and camaraderie of the characters a bit better in In Perfect Time (another great read by the same author), but this book is still very enjoyable! I look forward to the next novel in the series. Highly recommended!

I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

In Perfect Time by Sarah Sundin

Flight nurse Lt. Kay Jobson has a passion for healing those in war and a passion for good-looking men. She avoids commitment, however, and leaves behind a string of broken hearts. Yet handsome Lt. Roger Cooper seems to be immune to her good looks and flirtatious ways. As Kay becomes determined to win his heart, she discovers that focusing on physical appearance is dissatisfying and empty. Through heartache and danger, she learns to come to terms with her past while questioning her spiritual life for the first time. Roger, meanwhile, struggles to overcome negative events in his own past and avoid Kay’s charms even as he learns that God may have a different plan for his life.

In Perfect Time is a wonderful novel with significant depth that addresses difficult personal struggles that many readers may find applicable. Ms. Sundin does a fantastic job of communicating great spiritual truths without being preachy. It takes true talent to deliver such emotional messages so well and Ms. Sundin does so impeccably. The characters contain a perfect amount of complexity that makes the personalities believable and loveable. Their vulnerabilities and emotional trials are artfully told and illustrated. The plot is not predictable with its constant surprises and suspense and is also multifaceted in nature. It is a difficult novel to put down! The story flows naturally and flawlessly and offers interesting historical insight and detail into the roles of pilots and flight nurses during WWII. This novel may stand alone, but the first two books in the series give more background on a few additional characters. The book is most highly recommended!

I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishing in exchange for an honest review.