My February Beyond the Book group book was The Land Beneath Us by Sarah Sundin and oh am I happy this was the choice! This book has refueled my love for Ms. Sundin’s stories.
This is book three of the Sunrise at Normandy series and I was worried it would ruin the two previous for me, but fear not, fellow book lovers, there is just enough in the book to pique your curiosity to want to read books one and two (which I have already ordered and are on my shelves wanting to be read) without giving away the details. with that said, on with this tale.
It is 1943 and Private Clay Paxton is training with the US Army Rangers in Tennessee. He is still reeling from his brothers’ betrayal (which we get a glimpse at but books one and two go into better detail of course) and the only thing he is living for is his dream of death. Leah Jones is a librarian in Camp Forrest, trying to rise above her life as an orphan while also search for her missing sisters. When Leah is attacked and Clay saves her life he finds he has more to give. He offers a marriage of convenience and shortly afterward is shipped out. Can they learn to love each other? Will Clay’s dream of death come true?
Sarah Sundin is amazing at her details. I do not know where to start! I loved reading about a camp library and having Leah as a librarian was such a treat. We learn not only details about the war but also orphanages and their records, hospitals in the 1940’s, medical procedures, families. I enjoyed the story immensely and am looking forward to more from her.
Parental Guidance- Sexual assault (no details are given), stabbing, war fighting and injuries