The Sea Before Us (Sunrise at Normandy, #1) by Sarah Sundin

The Sea Before Us (Sunrise at Normandy, #1)

In 1944, American naval officer Lt. Wyatt Paxton arrives in London to prepare for the Allied invasion of France. He works closely with Dorothy Fairfax, a "Wren" in the Women's Royal Naval Service. Dorothy pieces together reconnaissance photographs with thousands of holiday snapshots of France--including those of her own family's summer home--in order to create accurate maps of Normandy. Maps that Wyatt will turn into naval bombardment plans.As th...

Details The Sea Before Us (Sunrise at Normandy, #1)

TitleThe Sea Before Us (Sunrise at Normandy, #1)
Release DateFeb 6th, 2018
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction, Romance, Christian, Fiction

Reviews The Sea Before Us (Sunrise at Normandy, #1)

  • Hannah
    Oh, what a delightful read! I won't deny that I didn't wish to slap Dorothy a few times for her naïve attitude toward the guy who had too many women in his life, but even then the character roused some caring attitude in me. She believed his words because she wanted to believe them, and she didn't want to believe the opposite. And, given that she had staked every hope in her battered life on what he said was true, I can even forgive her the will...
  • Kellyn Roth
    Originally posted on Reveries ReviewsTitle: The Sea Before UsAuthor: Sarah SundinSeries: Sunrise at Normandy, #1Genre: Christian Historical Romance (WW2)Era: 1944 (WW2)Setting: London, England (prologue set in Texas) with a bit in Edinburgh, Scotland (!!!)Publisher: RevellSource: from Netgalley (in exchange for an honest review)Time Taken to Read: under two daysOverall Rating: 5/5 stars (+!)I’m in love with this book! *cue excessive fangirling*...
  • Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
    About this book:“In 1944, American naval officer Lt. Wyatt Paxton arrives in London to prepare for the Allied invasion of France. He works closely with Dorothy Fairfax, a "Wren" in the Women's Royal Naval Service. Dorothy pieces together reconnaissance photographs with thousands of holiday snapshots of France--including those of her own family's summer home--in order to create accurate maps of Normandy. Maps that Wyatt will turn into naval bomb...
  • Shantelle
    Oh my heart! This was breathtaking, fun, and beautiful! I don't know why I worried I might not like this book. For one, almost everything I've read by Sarah Sundin has been phenomenal! From the new series, SUNRISE AT NORMANDY, The Sea Before Us may just be my new favorite from this author. Seriously, people ... this book! It reminded me why I love reading. Why I love Sarah Sundin's work. And why I love this era.The Sea Before Us is set in the 194...
  • Maddy
    I've seen this book floating around Goodreads, and I was very excited about getting a copy. This is the first book I've read by Sarah Sundin and it will definitely not be the last. I absolutely fell in love with this story.This book captured my attention immediately. If a book has anything to do with a war I'm in. ;) The first scene was action packed and quickly pulled me in. Wyatt's past with his family definitely added to the story. There was a...
  • Hannah
    Golly, where do I begin? I have anticipated this book for so long, and now that I've read it, I just want to dive back into it and get to know these characters all over again!The story hooks you from page one! I promise that after you read the prologue, you won't want to put this book down! The thing that interested me about this new book by Sarah Sundin was that one of our protagonists was an American sailor from down in Texas, and the the femal...
  • Abigail
    Okay one thing.....YOU CANNOT END A BOOK LIKE THAT!! Okay yes, it did end on a happy note, but now we have to wait for another book to come out before we find out what happens next!! Why Sarah? Why?!? This book will leave you in a mess of emotions! This is my first even Sarah Sundin book and I am very happy to say that it will not be my last! Everything from the characters to the plot was amazing!! The romance was simple and sweet. Although, Doro...
  • Victoria Lynn
    Sarah Sundin is truly a master of historical fiction. I have experienced it once before when I had the privilege of reading one of her books, and this one was no different; it did not disappoint. She goes into such detail about the period and the tasks of the military that I was blown away, and I walked away from the book with so much more knowledge than I had before. Getting to be immersed in such an environment and knowing that it was incredibl...
  • Deanne Patterson
    This is the first Sarah Sundin book I've read. I've seen a lot of reviews of her other books and she is highly recommended so I thought I'd read one and see what all the fuss is all about. I am so glad I did as I was not disappointed at all! My attention was held captivated in this historical novel taking place in 1944 . It takes place in the stressful days before D-Day. Why is it that women want the bad guy, is he better looking,more exciting,wh...
  • Olivia
    {3.5ish stars-more or less depending on my mood}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 e...
  • Maureen Timerman
    I just finish another of Sarah Sundin’s books and like her others it does not disappoint, a mix of history and a bit of romance, and the anticipation of a battle. With this book, there is an all-out combined effort to take down Germany, and we are heading toward D-Day.The author has given us two strong characters in Wyatt and Dorothy, and we get up close and personal with them, learning about their family and their lives growing up, and the hur...
  • Loraine
    This debut novel of the Sunrise at Normandy series by Sarah Sundin continues her excellent historical fiction writing. Focusing on World War II and the events that led up to the D-Day invasion, it features Dorothy who is a "Wren" or member of the Women's Royal Naval Service in England and Wyatt who is an officer in the US Navy. This novel is a wonderful mix of history, mystery, romance, and twists and turns. It captures the feeling of England at ...
  • Emilie Hendryx
    Yet another stunning novel by Sarah Sundin! The Sea Before Us was everything I hoped for and more. Sarah managed to weave a sweet romance between the bitterness of war and the disillusionment of misplaced expectations. With a prologue that will reel you in and many unanswered questions about the Fairfax family, this story of forgiveness, both human and Devine, as well as characters riddled with flaws and brimming with honesty and potential, will ...
  • Amanda Tero
    Wyatt had me from page one. He was more of the quieter hero, the one who made terrible mistakes, was overly-protective… YET… he learned. He was a hero with flaws, but not without progress. He understood forgiveness, but still had to learn it on other levels. He understood the importance of God’s love more than human love. I totally liked Wyatt.But this story was only half of him. The other half was Dorothy. She made me want to both knock se...
  • Kelly Bridgewater
    I adore Sarah Sundin's writing. She is a master at bringing the world of World War II to life in a realistic fashion with memorable characters. I look forward to reading every single book she writes. With her newest addition to her new series, The Sea Before Us, I fell in love with the story instantly. Her research doesn't shine on the page. Instead, the words and research flow together to make a seamless story. I love being caught up in the acti...
  • Hayden
    Why do Sarah Sundin's book always have to be so good? I say this because I'm running out of ways to describe how great she is at character development, how effortlessly but accurately she crafts her historical settings, and how relateable her characters are--even characters like The Sea Before Us's Dorothy and Wyatt, neither of whom are much like me at all. Maybe it's not so much that I find them relateable, then, but more like despite their flaw...
  • Jen.
    .The Sea Before Us is the first book in Sarah Sundin's newest series, Sunrise at Normandy.The story takes place in the months leading up to D-Day, the Allied invasion of Normandy during World War II. Dorothy Fairfax is a Wren for the British military with an interesting job. She uses old leisure photos to draw maps of the beaches where the invasion will take place. An American Navy Lieutenant from Texas, Wyatt Paxton, is stationed at Dorothy's of...
  • Kav
    A book that is as luscious as this cover promises! And how exciting to be at the beginning of this new series. I adore the way Sarah Sundin brings her historical novels to life. From characters to setting to the World War II backdrop -- this author has a talent for weaving facts and fiction together in a most compelling way.And I especially appreciate the strong faith thread she has woven into the fabric of this story. Bold but not preachy, I was...
  • Eva
    I want to hug this book and (almost) all the characters. The first book I read by Sarah Sundin (With Every Letter) left me bored and wondering why everyone raved about her. With this book (her newest, I believe) I understood. I’m a huge fan of WWII fiction (and nonfiction) and I enjoyed learning about Operation Neptune, Wrens, and the Navy in general. There was a real, vital plot that wove throughout the romantic parts and so I could enjoy the ...
  • Brittany
    With a fantastic start to a new series, Sarah Sundin has me invested in a whole new set of lives that will forever be changed by the events surrounding D-Day! I could hardly set this book down and I can tell you that book two can not arrive soon enough for me!The main characters really captured me, along with the time and place that this book was set in. Both Dorothy and Wyatt had things from their pasts that definitely impacted their present dec...
  • Amy
    What happens when a Texan with a slow drawl and a Londoner meet during a time when the whole world was at war? The Sea Before Us takes us to the time before the Allies invasion of Normandy. Both Dorothy Fairfax (Royal Naval Service) and Wyatt Paxton (American Naval officer) meet together with others and begin an interesting investigation. This novel is packed with interesting historical tidbits that surround D-day and many were new to me. We also...
  • Laura
    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....
  • Amanda
    There's a reason why Sarah Sundin is considered the Queen of World War II fiction. Her combination of meticulous research and realistic characters elevates her stories above the norm and leaves readers -- or at least this reader -- eager for the next one.
  • Chloe (aka Crystal)
    Previously published on Purely by Faith Reviews.This was my first time reading a book by Sarah Sundin and I'm going to say that I loved it, because it's true! She really has a way with words. It was like a movie in my head, and I just had to know what happened next. It really draws you in. I remember being on page 200 and then when I looked again, I was on page 250! It's really incredible, again, how she writes her stories. The beginning was real...
  • Abbi
    I first have to talk about how much I love this whole series idea, three brothers, one in the navy, one in the air force, and one in the army, each taking part in a different facet of the D-Day invasion. Giving us three different looks at the same historic event. I could not love the genius of this more, it's completely brilliant.Wyatt is the oldest of the three brothers, but after an unfortunate accident and a wrong committed in fear, he hasn't ...
  • Martha
    First of all, the cover on this book is absolutely stunning! I don't know how they do it, but they get better and better all the time. I got this book yesterday, a little ahead of when it is released, and from the opening chapter, I was drawn in. I couldn't put it down. It is the tale of people that have experienced pain, heartache, abandonment, and have made some really wrong choices that caused pain to others. The main characters allow the pain...
  • Rebekah
    Wow. What a story! I loved every bit of it! The history, the romance, the mystery... I didn't want to put this book down! Here's what I loved about this book in detail...•The characters. Even though Dorothy made some poor decisions, and wasn't very wise about relationships, I could still relate to her fears and her desires. As the story progressed, I could tell she matured as a result of everything happening in her life. And Wyatt? What a sweet...
  • Trisha Robertson (Joy of Reading)
    I was drawn into the story from the beginning and kept captivated throughout the entire book. Every moment is brimming with emotion and tension. The relationship between the characters is so real and poignant, you just can’t look away!As D-day draws ever closer, and the Blitz over England continues, two characters from different walks of life will leave a lasting impact on each other. This newest story from Sarah Sundin is one you won’t want ...
  • Amy
    Sarah does it again! A thrilling start to a brand new series! I loved Wyatt and Dorothy's story... and not just because part of it takes place in Scotland. 𗂭As with any initial book in a new series, this story took a little while to get going. The opening prologue laid the groundwork not just for this book, but for the two that will come after it. Personally, I would love to see the same prologue retold from the other brothers' points of view ...