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.
What I Loved: I’ve been invested in the Paxton family since page one of book one. The Sky Above Us was just as remarkable as The Sea Before Us, and I’m eagerly waiting for book 3 of the series.
The Sky Above Us was everything I’ve come to expect from Sundin: a sound message for the soul, endearing characters, a timeless romance, an accurate WWII setting, and all the historic details your heart can hold.
I always appreciate Sundin’s characters because they’re often humble Christian role models. Violet and Nick were two of those characters. Her heart longed to go out into the missionary field, and yet there was room for sweet Violet to grow. Sundin did an excellent job with this character. There’s something satisfying about rescuing the bad boy, and we get a dose of that here too! Adler was a terrific bad-boy-turned-good and a great lesson in accepting God’s forgiveness.
If you’re familiar with Sundin’s work, then you already know that she brought out all the stops to create a novel that you feel as if you can step into. And if you haven’t picked up one of her novels yet, then you’re really missing out.
Rating and Recommendations: I gladly give it 5 stars and recommend it to WWII fiction fans and Christian Historical Fiction fans.
~ I received a copy from Revell. I was not compensated for this review. All thoughts are my own.