Sarah Sundin is one of my favorite authors. She writes historical books with romantic and suspense elements.
In 1943, Private Clay Paxton trains hard with the US 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?
Yes there were trenches, rat-a-tat-tat machine guns, huge bombs digging equally huge craters in the soil of France at Pointe du Hoc, but this WWII novel by Sarah Sundin is way more than a war story. It's also about family, forgiveness, undeserved mercy, and liberally dispensed grace...all without being the least bit preachy. The character arcs of the hero and heroine immediately grab the sympathies of the reader... as does the story line. While I own most of Sarah Sundin's books, and have loved them, this reviewer believes The Land Beneath Us (Sunrise at Normandy Book #3) far and away surpasses her other books. This is an exquisitely written book about an incredibly difficult time in modern history. This reviewer wholeheartedly recommends The Land Beneath Us.