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?
What I Loved: Everything. Am I allowed to say that? But seriously, there are some authors who always manage to cross off everything I could hope for in a book, and Sundin is one of those.
The Land Beneath Us is the final of the Sunrise at Normandy series. The series can be read out of order, but I’d recommend you read it in order. Besides, there’s no reason why you’d want to miss any of these fantastic novels. But being the last of the series, we’re given the final ending for the memorable Paxton brothers.
I have loved each of their stories. And just like the others, Clay had some deep spiritual lessons to learn. Leah’s spiritual lessons were centered around acceptance while Clay’s were on forgiveness. I always appreciate the way Sundin weaves a solid message for the soul in an equally solid entertaining story.
Rating and Recommendation: I’m giving The Land Beneath Us 5 stars and recommending it to those who enjoy WWII fiction or Christian historical fiction.
~ I received a copy from the publisher through NetGalley. All thoughts are my own. I was not compensated for this review or required to give a favorable one.