Interview With Sarah Sundin + Review & Giveaway of The Sky Above Us!

 I was recently able to chat with Sarah about "The Sky Above Us", her advice for aspiring authors, what started her off writing historical fiction and much more!

Let me share a little bit about Sarah and then we'll get started with the interview.
 Sarah Sundin is a bestselling author of historical novels, including The Sea Before Us and The Sky Above Us. Her novels When Tides Turn and Through Waters Deep were named to Booklist’s “101 Best Romance Novels of the Last 10 Years,” and Through Waters Deep was a finalist for the 2016 Carol Award and won the INSPY Award. A mother of three, Sarah lives in California and teaches Sunday school. She also enjoys speaking for church, community, and writers’ groups. Please visit her at http://www.sarahsundin.com."



Mercy: Can you tell us a little bit about the new book?
Sarah: "In 1944, fighter pilot Lt. Adler Paxton battles the Luftwaffe over Nazi-occupied Europe, numbed by loss and hidden sins. Deprived of her missionary dreams, Violet Lindstrom serves in the Red Cross, where she arranges activities at Adler’s air base. Love blooms. But D-day draws near. And secrets never do stay buried."

Mercy: What inspired you to write historical fiction?
Sarah: "My grandparents were in the WWII generation, and they were storytellers. The era has always fascinated me, and it’s full of drama, daring, and romance—which is exactly what I want to write! As I’ve learned more and more about World War II, I’m driven even more to tell these stories. Seeing how people endured in such difficult times gives us strength and inspiration for our own difficult times."

Mercy: What is one of the most unique or interesting discoveries you've made while researching for a book?
Sarah: "Oh my. I wouldn’t know where to begin. For The Sky Above Us, I researched American Red Cross Aeroclubs and uniforms and requirements. I read the pilot’s manual for the P- 51B Mustang. I researched Dzus fasteners (don’t ask) and Colt .45 pistols and the troopship/ocean liner Queen Elizabeth. I toured London, an airfield in Britain, and the landing beaches of Normandy. I learned something new every day, which I love!"

Mercy: What is one thing most people don't know about you?
Sarah: "When I was in high school, I belonged to a puppet group at church. We put on plays and musicals with Muppet-type puppets. And it was a blast."

Mercy: What advice would you give a new or aspiring author?
Sarah: "Take a deep breath. Relax. Don’t be in a rush to publish. Take plenty of time to write and learn and edit. For most traditionally published authors, our first novel we wrote is NOT the first one we sold. I believe the average is the third novel. Every unpublished author gasps at that—and I did too. I adored my first novel. And my second. But neither is published, nor will they ever be. Many authors are able to rework their “starter novels,” but many abandon them. And that’s okay. I learned so much in the process of writing those two books that not one minute was wasted. In our quick-put-it-on-Amazon days, we have to be careful to give our writing some growing and maturing time."

And now for the review.

Reading about fictional people with true historical events happening around them is so neat.  I always learn some new historical facts too (which is just awesome).
As some of you may remember I reviewed the first book in this series last year when it released.  If you'd like you can view that Here.
Without divulging too much information that book shares the story of Wyatt and how he struggles to get past his past.  This is about his brother Adler.  Everything in their lives has been seemingly touched by what happened on that fateful day almost 3 years before.   They both struggle with feelings of guilt, anguish and loss while also both of them feel like the other wants nothing to do with them. (A small spoiler at the end for those of you interested in more information). Adler meets the lovely Violet who wants to be a missionary but instead, in part thanks to her former fiancĂ© she is now a member of the Red Cross.  She feels stuck; having to help soldiers instead of helping children which is her passion.


  My favorite part of this book was that it shows the power of forgiveness.  When Violet finds out about some of Adler's past mistakes she immediately lashes out. She's later reminded by a mutual friend of a scripture in Luke 18 (Y'all go look it up).

  Sarah's books are always full of humor, faith, courage, character growth (that is a very, very important thing that a lot of people forget about), history, and much more!  She makes historical fiction fun and interesting while always, and I mean always adding in very important life lessons.
This is one of the best books Sarah has ever written.  Her storys always become immediate favorites and this one is no exception to the rule.  With heartbreaking past, new love, mystery and a story of courage on both Violet and Adler's parts The spectacular "The Sky Above Us" is sure to become a favorite in your library as well!

For those who don't want to read a few spoilers scroll on down right past the next picture for details on how to enter the giveaway.
**Spoiler Alert**

One of the BEST parts of this book is the end where Wyatt and Adler finally meet for the first time in 3 years.  A very touching part of this intricate storyline thats still being "weaved".  Also for those interested, while letters have been sent, there is no word from/about their brother Clay on if he forgives them or not, OR if he is even alive.



Sarah kindly agreed to giveaway one copy of "The Sky Above Us" to a very lucky winner so enter below!!


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"The Sky Above Us" closed a part of the Sunrise At Normandy series but there is is still one more book coming out- "The Land Beneath Us" will be out in February of next year so make sure to put that on your calendars!


Thanks for reading!
~Mercy
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Comments

  1. I love the WWII era to see how people live through all the hardships. Thanks for the chance.

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  2. I really enjoy WWII and Regency England

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  3. The Regency Era, WWII, Wild West period, etc. I like a lot of different time periods.

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  4. Sarah's current series is my favorite so far. Since I haven't read all three books, I'm not sure yet which is my favorite one.

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  5. Sarah is a very favorite author! I like most historical time periods. One favorite time period is WWII, another is Regency. paulams49ATsbcglobalDOTnet

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  6. My favorite book by Sarah is the one about the pharmacist.

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  7. Sarah's books have all been great, it's a fascinating time in history.

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  8. I love the colonial/Revolutionary War Era! It was such a rugged, challenging time in our history, and it was such a pivotal time!

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  9. I love all of Sarah’s books, but On Distant Shores has a soft place in my heart! I have a relative who was a Chief Pharmacist’s Mate that died at Pearl Harbor. Learning about that MOS has been fascinating!

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  10. I probably have two favorite eras - the World War II era, particularly as I had family members who served and then talked to me about the period, and I also enjoy the westward expansion years of the 1800's. Thank you for the interesting article.

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    1. Thanks for reading. Kind of the same with me... I LOVE history so just choosing one time period is hard.

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  11. Favorite book is difficult to choose.....My favorite series is the first series, The Wings of Glory, and among my favorite books would be one of the Nightingale books, In Perfect Time.

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  12. Thanks for the fun interview! Can't wait to read the next one!

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  13. With Every Letter is my favorite!

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  14. I don't limit myself to one favorite time period. I love to learn all I can reading about all time periods!

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  15. The Sea Before Us is my favorite book by her.

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  16. My favorite time period is the ‘50s. It was the time of my childhood and a much simpler time.

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