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The Land Beneath Us By Sarah Sundin | Review & Giveaway

Several years ago, our family was introduced to a new (to us) author named Sarah Sundin. All the girls in our family immediately became huge fans of these WWII-era Christian fiction novels. We loved the detail in each story that give proof to the meticulous research Sarah does for her books, the sweet romances, the well-crafted plot lines, and the characters you end up feeling like you know at the end of the novel.



Needless to say, I was so excited about this book that finishes out the Sunrise at Normandy series. Each book in this trilogy focuses on one of the Paxton brothers, and The Land Beneath Us tells the story of Clay Paxton, the youngest brother in the family. If you've read the previous books, you're aware of the history between the brothers, the fight split them apart, and the need for reconciliation that each brother is facing. Of course, each brother also finds romance along the way and Clay is no exception. He meets Leah, an orphan who comes to work at the library on his base, and when tragedy strikes, Clay steps in to help. I won't give the story away, but I love how Sarah worked out this romance! I'm not a huge fan of most Christian fiction that places most of the emphasis on physical attraction because, while that is part of it, for a Christian I believe love is much more than just being attracted to someone's appearance. The Land Beneath Us shows how Clay and Leah like each other as friends, even appreciate the other's appearance, but their love goes so much deeper and grows as they see how the other deals with life, people, and hard times that come their way.



Obviously, there is more to this book than just the romance aspect. I would say the main theme in here is forgiveness, and it shows an especially hard side to forgiving others - the times when we have been betrayed and hurt by those closest to us, with no fault on our side. Clay is struggling with forgiving his brothers (one who stole his money and the other who "stole" his girlfriend) and throughout the story he realizes that it's more than simply saying he forgives them, he needs to truly let go of the bitterness and anger he feels towards them. It's wonderful when fiction can be used to teach lessons, and Sarah Sundin has done just that with this book, and forgiveness is something that most of us struggle with from time to time.


On Leah's side, forgiveness comes easy but it's feeling unworthy of love and belonging that she deals with. Again, something most of us have felt at some time or another, and I think it's important how Leah realizes that she is just as "worthy" as the other women around her simply because God made her. Being an orphan who grew up without a family and looked down upon by society didn't make her less valuable, and it's neat to see how this truth of all being made in God's image comes alive to her.



As you can tell, The Land Beneath Us is a top-notch novel that I thoroughly enjoyed reading. It does deal with a sensitive subject, but it's done so tastefully and carefully.
An impressive finale to an enthralling series, Sarah graciously offered to gift one of my readers with a copy of The Land Beneath Us so enter below!

And remember this book releases today and you can find it at Amazon, ChristianBook.com, and many other online book retailers so order your copy today!!



Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.


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Comments

  1. I love this series, and I am excited for this book.

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  2. I enjoy historical romance and suspense.

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  3. Historical Christian Fiction is my favorite.

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  4. Historical fiction is my favorite! I love learning things through stories. :-)

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  5. I like a variety but Historical Christian is probably my favorite! jarning67(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  6. Historical fiction and Amish do tion

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  7. This book is a treasure. I am in my third time through the book two days after its publication.

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  8. Christian. I read & enjoy all genres. The Christian World & Life View most important. Thanx for the giveaway. I love Sarah's books!!!!

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  9. I do love a good Suspense or historical :) and anything Christian Fiction

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  10. What an excellent review! I’m super excited for this book.

    My favorite genre is historical fiction, mostly WWII.

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  11. Mystery and suspense. Historical romantic suspense.

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  12. Historical fiction is my favorite.

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  13. I can’t narrow it down but to two: historical and suspense. Christian, of course.
    perrianne (DOT) askew (AT) me (DOT) com
    Perrianne Askew

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  14. Definitely Historical/Historical Romance.

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  15. Usually thrillers but also like historical books.

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