Monday, February 3, 2020

Sarah Sundin:The Land Beneath Us

By Kelly Bridgewater

In 1943, Private Clay Paxton trains hard with the U.S. 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?

From Goodreads

My Thoughts:

World War II fiction is one of my two favorite genres, and Sarah Sundin is one of my favorite writers. So I figure I can't loose with any of her books. Again, I was proven correct. If readers had read the first two books in the Sunrise at Normandy series, The Sea Before Us and The Sky Above Us, then they have already met two of the Paxton brothers. In those books, readers are introduced to Clay Paxton, our hero in The Land Beneath Us, but readers finally see his love story. The path of forgiveness for Clay and all three boys is finally laid out in the final story. I really liked it. Sundin handled it really well. The story does have a lot of romance and the buidling of Leah and Clay's relationship as the story progresses. In With Every Letter, another Sundin novel, she uses letters as a way of a couple to fall in love. I adore this element. Not many people write letters anymore. It is such a wonderful element of historical importance. Clay Paxton is a Ranger at Normandy, so I love how Sundin shows the training leading up to the final battle. Lots of research and it shows.  I truly enjoyed this novel, and it will be going on my forever shelf with the rest of her novels. I'm curious to see what Sundin crafts next.

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

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Purchase: The Land Beneath Us

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