Sarah Sundin’s final novel in the “Sunrise at Normandy” trilogy ties up the stories of the Paxton brothers during WWII–one by plane, one by sea, one by land, each fighting for freedom.
I have read each book in this series, but I think it would work fine as a stand-alone if you haven’t read the previous two books. There is a lot of tie-in to the other books, but there is also a good bit of recap of what happened.
The Land Beneath Us picks up with the story of the youngest Paxton brother, Clay. Having joined the army in WWII, we get to see the war from the perspective of being on land. One of the reasons I love Sundin’s books is because they seem so well-researched and authentic, and I feel as if I walk away from reading it more educated than when I started, but still thoroughly entertained.
I really enjoyed this final installment in the trilogy, but I would like to put a content warning that there is a rape scene–well written, implied more than it said, but could still be a trigger for some. The themes of forgiveness and reconciliation were strongly present throughout the book, which was inspiring. I appreciated that they were woven in, not in a bright and cheery Hallmark movie type of way, but in a real, hard, gritty situation where it would be easier to hold a grudge. I felt it made it more relatable and real. I would recommend this book to older readers, particularly if you read the first two books prior, as it brings a fullness to the story when you do.
Thank you to Net Galley and Revell publishers for sending me an electronic copy of this book to read and review. All opinions are my own and were not required to be positive.
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