Monday, February 4, 2019

Sarah Sundin: The Sky Above Us

By Kelly Bridgewater

Numbed by grief and harboring shameful secrets, Lt. Adler Paxton ships to England with the US 357th Fighter Group in 1943. Determined to become an ace pilot, Adler battles the German Luftwaffe in treacherous dogfights in the skies over France as the Allies struggle for control of the air before the D-day invasion.

Violet Lindstrom wanted to be a missionary, but for now she serves in the American Red Cross, where she arranges entertainment for the men of the 357th in the Aeroclub on base and sets up programs for local children. Drawn to the mysterious Adler, she enlists his help with her work and urges him to reconnect with his family after a long estrangement.

Despite himself, Adler finds his defenses crumbling when it comes to Violet. But D-day draws near. And secrets can't stay buried forever.

Bestselling author Sarah Sundin returns readers to the shores of Normandy, this time in the air, as the second Paxton brother prepares to face the past--and the most fearsome battle of his life.

From Amazon

My Thoughts:

I believe you can't go wrong with a Sarah Sundin novel. With every novel, Sundin invites me back in time to a world at war. She convinces readers to climb aboard the airplane or ship and fight for the American dream. With her second installment in the Sunrise at Normandy series, The Sky Above Us, Sundin allowed me to fly above the clouds and take a ride with Alder as he tries to run from his past and his family. The hurt of the main character gripped my heart. The moments of transformation and repentance made me a little misty. The plot around D-Day in the air was a wonderful new take on the horrific day. The only gripe I have with this story, and it doesn't happen a lot for me when it comes to Sundin's books, is the romance. It appeared to be the main focus of the story. The D-Day invasion didn't appear to be such an issue until the day of. Violet and Alder had to work through their issues from the past and the future in order to grow together, but their romance was rushed and then it became too gushy for me. I was a little disappointed. I don't remember there being this much focus on the romance in her previous books. While I still enjoy Sundin's writings, The Sky Above Us just wasn't one of my favorite novels of hers. I still believe the amount of forgiveness and seeing another Paxton brother is worth it to pick up this novel and add to my collection.

I received a complimentary copy of The Sky Above Us by Sarah Sundin from Revell Publishing, but the opinions stated are all my own.

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

About the Author:
Sarah Sundin
From Amazon

Sarah Sundin enjoys writing about the drama and romance of the World War II era. She is the bestselling author of The Sky Above Us (coming February 2019) and The Sea Before Us (February 2018), as well as the Waves of Freedom, Wings of the Nightingale, and Wings of Glory series.

A mother of three, Sundin lives in northern California, works on-call as a hospital pharmacist, and enjoys speaking to community, church, and writers' groups. Her novels When Tides Turn and Through Waters Deep were both named to Booklist's 101 Best Romance Novels of the Past 10 Years. Through Waters Deep was a 2016 Carol Award Finalist and won the INSPY Award, and her novella in Where Treetops Glisten was a finalist in the 2015 Carol Awards. In 2011 she received the Writer of the Year Award from the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference. Please visit Sarah at, on Facebook at SarahSundinAuthor, and on Twitter at @sarahsundin. (Taken from Amazon.)

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