The Sea Before Us

Revell. Feb. 2018. (Sunrise at Normandy, Bk. 1) 384p. ISBN 9780800727970. pap. $15.99; ebk. ISBN 9781493412587. CF
In 1944 London, as the Allied forces prepare for the Normandy invasion, American naval officer Lt. Wyatt Paxton and British Wren officer Dorothy Fairfax work to piece together a map of Omaha Beach and its surroundings, drawn in part from reconnaissance photos, Dorothy's memories, and snapshots of her childhood vacations. As D-Day draws closer, explosive family secrets are revealed with the potential to derail the couple's focus and jeopardize a crucial victory the Allies need. Sundin weaves a story that is part wartime romance and part suspense, bringing to life the months and days leading up to the Normandy invasion. Both the personal pain suffered by the protagonists and the intrigue revolving around Allied plans combine to make this a full-bodied story rich with historical details.
VERDICT The author of When Tides Turn kicks off a new wartime series, mixing her usual excellent historical research with fast-paced, breathtaking suspense. World War II fiction is hot, and this period romance will have wide appeal.
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