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 the two spend concentrated time together in the pressure cooker of war, their deepening friendship threatens to turn to love. Dorothy must resist its pull. Her bereaved father depends on her, and her heart already belongs to another man. Wyatt too has much to lose. The closer he gets to Dorothy, the more he fears his efforts to win the war will destroy everything she has ever loved.
The tense days leading up to the monumental D-Day landing blaze to life under Sarah Sundin's practiced pen with this powerful new series.
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The Sea Before Us
Fantastic. I am not a huge WWII fan and prefer reading books that are set before the 1900's, but I immensely enjoyed this book. The characters were strong and relatable. The plot was well thought out, and scripture was carefully ,but not overwhelmingly, scattered throughout the book. Also, the romance between Dorothy and Wyatt was sweet and interesting to follow. What a great couple? The history about D-Day was woven in the novel expertly. Overall, I found this a very satisfying read, and I will look forward to finding out what happens with the rest of the Paxton boys.
This is an absolutely incredible historical romance!
The main characters are fantastic! They are so well developed that I felt like I was their friend and just sitting down with them for a cup of tea. The heartaches that both Wyatt and Dorothy were carrying around were deep and very easy to understand.
I have one favorite quote that grabbed my attention and held me fast on one page for a good 5 minutes. “At least God had forgiven him. Thank you, Lord. Your forgiveness is all I need, but you know it isn’t all I want.” There have been many times and situations in my life that I have felt that way. I was just never able to put it into words so clearly.
The way that Wyatt and Dorothy slowly built a solid friendship was wonderful. They supported and encouraged each other so much.
I loved seeing what was involved in the planning of D-Day! It was also a lot of fun to get a look at how the U.S. Navy and the British Navy worked together and some of the differences in their terms and procedures. I had heard about the Blitz in London. This book really helped me to understand more fully how terrifying that had to have been.
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Great WW2 story
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 willful blindness. Not saying it was right to accept his kisses when she knew she wasn't the only girl getting them, though!
I did love her work and found it very interesting. The whole idea of making a map for the invasion based on pictures was something I wasn't aware of and was fascinating.
Wyatt was a neat hero. His good humor and his strong faith put me on his side right away, and it was a delight to watch him encourage all the best qualities in Dorothy. He's determined to be a man of honor, and when Dorothy challenges him on things like his decision not to contact family, he's humble about it.
The plot...oh, my! There were a couple of epic twists that had me on the edge of my seat. Who knew a little poking after an embezzler could lead to such a discovery? Whew!
Highly recommended, especially to lovers of WW2.
Thanks to Revell for a free review copy. A positive review was not required.