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The Sea Before Us

By Sarah Sundin


In 1944, American naval officer Lt. Wyatt Paxton arrives in London to prepare for the Allied invasion of France. He works closely with Dorothy Fairfax, a “Wren” in the Women’s Royal Naval Service, who pieces together reconnaissance photographs with thousands of holiday snapshots of France—including those of her family’s summer home—in order to create accurate maps of Normandy. Maps that Wyatt turns into naval bombardment plans for D-day.

As the two spend concentrated time together in the pressure cooker of war, their deepening friendship threatens to turn into something more. But both of them have too much to lose to give in to love . . .

Book Takeaway:

I hope readers will come to see, as Wyatt and Dorothy do, that our loved ones are in the Lord's hands, not ours. We must forgive, make amends, seek reconciliation, and genuinely care for them - but ultimately we need to trust the Lord for their welfare.


Year Title Description
2019 Reader's Choice Award from Faith, Hope, and Love Long Historical

Why the author wrote this book:

D-day is a pivotal event in modern history, and I wanted to write a series covering the magnitude of the operation, from planning to naval to air to the actual landings. The Sea Before Us covers the naval aspects, and the story also explores two people coming from families shattered by grief and betrayal.


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