The Sea Before Us

The Sea Before Us

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 holiday snapshots of France--including those of her own family's summer home--in order to create accurate maps of Normandy. Ma...

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The Sea Before Us Reviews

  • Hannah

    Oh, what a delightful read! I won't deny that I didn't wish to slap Dorothy a few times for her naïve attitude toward the guy who had too many women in his life, but even then the character roused some caring attitude in me. She believed his words because she wanted to believe them, and she didn't want to believe the opposite. And, given that she had staked every hope in her battered life on what he said was true, I can even forgive her the willful blindness. Not saying it was right to accept hi

    Oh, what a delightful read! I won't deny that I didn't wish to slap Dorothy a few times for her naïve attitude toward the guy who had too many women in his life, but even then the character roused some caring attitude in me. She believed his words because she wanted to believe them, and she didn't want to believe the opposite. And, given that she had staked every hope in her battered life on what he said was true, I can even forgive her the willful blindness. Not saying it was right to accept his kisses when she knew she wasn't the only girl getting them, though!

    I did love her work and found it very interesting. The whole idea of making a map for the invasion based on pictures was something I wasn't aware of and was fascinating.

    Wyatt was a neat hero. His good humor and his strong faith put me on his side right away, and it was a delight to watch him encourage all the best qualities in Dorothy. He's determined to be a man of honor, and when Dorothy challenges him on things like his decision not to contact family, he's humble about it.

    The plot...oh, my! There were a couple of epic twists that had me on the edge of my seat. Who knew a little poking after an embezzler could lead to such a discovery? Whew!

    Highly recommended, especially to lovers of WW2.

    Thanks to Revell for a free review copy. A positive review was not required.

  • Shantelle

    Oh my heart! This was breathtaking, fun, and beautiful! I don't know why I worried I might not like this book. For one, almost everything I've read by Sarah Sundin has been phenomenal! From the new series, SUNRISE AT NORMANDY,

    may just be my new favorite from this author. Seriously, people ... this book! It reminded me why I love reading. Why I love Sarah Sundin's work. And why I love this era.

    is set in the 1940s, in England during World War II. D-Day is appro

    Oh my heart! This was breathtaking, fun, and beautiful! I don't know why I worried I might not like this book. For one, almost everything I've read by Sarah Sundin has been phenomenal! From the new series, SUNRISE AT NORMANDY,

    may just be my new favorite from this author. Seriously, people ... this book! It reminded me why I love reading. Why I love Sarah Sundin's work. And why I love this era.

    is set in the 1940s, in England during World War II. D-Day is approaching and preparations are being made. English native, Dorothy Fairfax and American, Wyatt Paxton both work with the Royal Navy. During this tumultuous time, and each with personal family issues, they form a beautiful friendship. But for various reasons, things began to crumble as their feelings deepen ...

    All Sarah Sundin's novels are set during WWII, but she manages to make each unique and fantastic! Perhaps because of the research and authenticity she puts into her work! I'll admit, at the beginning of

    I was having a hard time getting into the story. But that quickly changed and I started flying through the pages as I became fully absorbed and invested in Wyatt and Dolly's lives.

    I love them, these characters! Wyatt Paxton. *swoons* Okay, he's not as swoon-y as he is godly, gentle, protective, tender, mature, humorous, and just completely adorable! (

    ) What a man. He had his struggles, for sure, but he pressed into the Lord through them and grew such strong character because of it. A Texan cowboy with a dark past but a sweet, sincere smile. His prayers. His tender pursuit of Dolly. He passion for God and His love. Eep! (

    )

    Dorothy is a different story, but, oh, I grew to adore her as well. Her painful childhood and struggles with insecurity and feeling unloved tugged at my heart. Ah. I just want to spill out the whole book in my excitement and love of it ... but alas, I must not spoil it! Go read it, fellow historical-fiction lovers! *winks*

    I simply can't wait to read more from this series. Meet more delightful characters. Find myself immersed in an era gone by. Experience pivotal historical happenings. Go on the sweetest and most soul-touching journeys of faith. Fall in love ... (

    )

    Ah yes. Sarah Sundin is a favorite author of mine. She writes with authenticity, beauty, humor, and grace. The situations and struggles she writes about are so believable! Her characters are so believable! ^_^ Her latest novels, including this one, have had an exciting bit of mystery. Her faith themes are raw and real and speak so much to me! I love an author who glorifies God and speaks the love of Jesus Christ in her fictional books.

    I quite recommend!

    The Sea Before Us

  • Kellyn Roth

    Title: The Sea Before Us

    Author: Sarah Sundin

    Series: Sunrise at Normandy, #1

    Genre: Christian Historical Romance (WW2)

    Era: 1944 (WW2)

    Setting: London, England (prologue set in Texas) with a bit in Edinburgh, Scotland (!!!)

    Publisher: Revell

    Source: from Netgalley (in exchange for an honest review)

    Time Taken to Read: under two days

    Overall Rating: 5/5 stars (+!)

    I’m in love with this book! *cue excessive fangirling*

    Once again, Sundin has delivered a story that stands

    Title: The Sea Before Us

    Author: Sarah Sundin

    Series: Sunrise at Normandy, #1

    Genre: Christian Historical Romance (WW2)

    Era: 1944 (WW2)

    Setting: London, England (prologue set in Texas) with a bit in Edinburgh, Scotland (!!!)

    Publisher: Revell

    Source: from Netgalley (in exchange for an honest review)

    Time Taken to Read: under two days

    Overall Rating: 5/5 stars (+!)

    I’m in love with this book! *cue excessive fangirling*

    Once again, Sundin has delivered a story that stands apart from every other one I’ve read for a long time. Honestly, I don’t know how anyone can help but be utterly swept away. The characters, the plot, the setting … the raw emotion of it!

    I was very nervous going into this book. I picked it up with trembling hands and a nauseous stomach and tried to read slowly. I loved all her other books, so starting a new series with new characters was frightening! I had no idea if I’d like this book as much as I had her other ones, and I didn’t want to be disappointed.

    Well … I wasn’t disappointed! Not one bit. This book went beyond my expectations. It’s definitely one of my favorites of Sundin’s now.

    I’m going to try to sit down and write a review that makes sense, but sometimes when you really love something, it’s hard to talk about it, so bear with me.

    (Also, I need a paperback copy so bad it’s not even funny.) (Also, that cover is sooo amazing! I remember when it first got revealed, I literally squealed aloud. IT’S GORGEOUS AND BLUE AND THERE’A REDHEAD AND SHE HAS A FUNNY HAT!) (I want her funny hat.)

    PLOT: 5/5

    Brilliantly put together. The angst and adventure begins on page 1 and doesn’t let up until the end. When you read the prologue, you’ll understand. It’s a shocking beginning, but effective – it drags you into the story, and you are utterly and completed hooked. (I need to learn to write hooks like that!)

    I felt like the plot never sagged or grew boring. Throughout, it was an adventure. At times, the technical details of the running of the war office, the Wrens, ranks, etc., was a little difficult to track, but I got it sorted. And all the details just made it real and authentic!

    Also, I never saw the plot twists coming! Wow! Some plot twists are too twisty to unravel ahead of time, y’know?

    I lived through this story with the characters. With Dorothy and Wyatt – and even the side characters, like Mr. Paxton and Dorothy’s friends. It was very attention-keeping.

    CHARACTERS: 5/5

    Is there ever a Sundin book where I don’t end up raving about the characters? I think not!

    Dorothy/Dolly = the sweetest thing EVER. She reminds me of my best friend … except if my best friend were to totally restrain herself + be English (my best friend is sooo American it’s not even funny!) + SHE IS A REDHEAD WITH FRECKLES AAAAH I LOVE HER SOOO MUCH JUST ‘CAUSE OF THIS. #redheadpride

    Dorothy’s character arc was also quite awesome. The lessons she had to learn were some girls today could definitely stand to hear! “Be yourself – everyone else is taken.” “To thine ownself be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, that thou canst be false to any man.”

    Wyatt. His name is amazing. He is unashamedly Texan. He is sooo sweet. I love honesty in people – and he was probably one of the first truly honest characters I’ve ever come across! <3 It was refreshing and beautiful. (Especially him actually telling Dorothy about his feelings! Wyatt, if the thing with Dorothy doesn’t work out, I will marry you.) (Yes, I do realize he’s a fictional character.)

    His character arc was very well-done, too. His ‘courtship’ of Dorothy was sooo adorable! I love how sweet and considerate he was. How could anyone not adore him? *glares at Dorothy for taking a whole book to figure it out* *not really ’cause otherwise the book would have been kinda boring*

    I’m not sure how I feel about the rest of the books being about Wyatt’s brothers (neither of whom I really cared for from the bit we learn about in the story). I’m also deeply disappointed that we probably won’t be seeing more of Dorothy’s friends! I fell in love with them, especially Gwen. But … I guess I’ll recover. ;)

    SETTING: 5/5

    IT’S ENGLAND.

    AND THERE WAS A BIT SET IN SCOTLAND, TOO!

    Wyatt is a Texan. *snickers* He was so perfect.

    I loved how very English Dorothy was. I felt that was very well-done. I’m not English – so if I missed something not-English about her, forgive me – but I love basically everything English (especially, oh, pre-1960s), so I was pretty happy with that.

    The descriptions were quite vivid, and, at the risk of sound repetitive, I was swept away! The book as a whole swept me away, of course, but the setting was a definite contributing factor.

    WRITING: 5/5

    There’s really nothing I could say in this section that I haven’t said in previous reviews of the author’s books. I feel like I know Sundin’s style pretty well now, so every time I start one of her books, I’m just like, “Right! That’s how she says that!” Like, I pick up on quirks and turns of phrases.

    That may not make a lot of sense and probably sounds a little creepy. But I’m not a stalker. Reading someone’s books multiple times does not make you a stalker. To be a stalker, you’d have to follow them on Twitter and their newsletter and Goodreads … oh, wait. *eyes widen* :P

    (I also find myself writing a little like her after I finish one of her books.) (And then have to correct myself because, hey, I gotta write like me, not like another author!)

    CONTENT: 2/5

    Language: n/a

    Violence: it’s set during WW2. Though most of it takes place in London, the place is badly blown up and the dangers of air raids are very real.

    Sexual: falling and love and all that jazz. Several kisses, a couple fairly detailed. Dorothy goes out with a jerk who has multiple girlfriends and is just … a jerk.

    Other: a friend of mine has a manic fear of throwing up, so I’m going to mention that there’s some throwing up in this novel. :P

    I’d recommend 13 or 14+ for the spoiler (involves an adulterous affair, no details given and only talked about briefly + the angst the comes from this), but otherwise, it’s fairly clean.

    OVERALL: 5/5

    I NEED TO READ THIS AGAIN. But I don’t want to reread the review copy (I feel like eARCs are meant to be read once and then discarded? It’s a funny quirk of mine), so I’m gonna have to buy a paperback copy.

    Honestly, this was just so good that I don’t have words to describe it! And I know I’m repeating myself, but some things are worth repeating. Get yourself a copy!

    (Also: Dear Mrs. Sundin, I promise I am not a creepy stalker. I just really enjoy good books. I promise. *crosses heart*)

    ~Kellyn Roth,

  • Hannah

    Golly, where do I begin?

    I have anticipated this book for so long, and now that I've read it, I just want to dive back into it and get to know these characters all over again!

    The story hooks you from page one! I promise that after you read the prologue, you won't want to put this book down!

    The thing that interested me about this new book by Sarah Sundin was that one of our protagonists was an American sailor from down in Texas, and the the female protagonist was a girl from proper England. I ju

    Golly, where do I begin?

    I have anticipated this book for so long, and now that I've read it, I just want to dive back into it and get to know these characters all over again!

    The story hooks you from page one! I promise that after you read the prologue, you won't want to put this book down!

    The thing that interested me about this new book by Sarah Sundin was that one of our protagonists was an American sailor from down in Texas, and the the female protagonist was a girl from proper England. I just fell in love with this idea, and Sarah did an excellent job executing it.

    Wyatt Paxton is a sailor who comes from an estranged family down in Texas. His past eats away at him, even though Jesus has washed away his sins, forgiven him, Wyatt has a rough time forgiving himself. He is a strong character, made strong because of his ability to lean on and trust in the Lord. After everything he's been through, he can have a peace within him because of Jesus' sacrifice for us.

    Dorothy Fairfax is redheaded, freckle-faced girl, serving in the Womens Royal Naval Service (WRNS, where the name Wrens came from). Her job is intriguing; she takes pictures from the past and present and studies them, in order to make maps and plans for the invasion of Operation Overlord, D-Day. She's lost a lot, most of her family, and she blames God for her misfortune. She doesn't trust the Lord at all, believing that He plucked her family from her hands. But Wyatt Paxton is just the fella to come along and give her a push in the right direction.

    The story was very interesting, displaying some of the ways that the plans for the Normandy Invasion were shaped. I for one was intrigued by the idea of Dorothy's job. I've never looked into the research and planning that went into the biggest amphibious assault of all time, always looked into the actual invasion, the men who fought and died to see its fruition.

    And, as always, I am in awe of how much research Mrs. Sundin puts into her books. The military terms and tactics sometimes go over my head. I'm a tad bit familiar with it all, but not that knowledgeable about it. No other author I have read has put so much planning and work into a fiction book. It amazes me and it makes me happy that someone cares so much about the men (and women, too) who died and sacrificed for our country that she would do such a vast amount of research and hard work, to make sure no mistakes are made.

    This may be one of my top favorites by Sarah Sundin (although, mind you, nothing will ever top 'A Memory Between Us.' Jack Novak stole my heart three years ago and hasn't given it back yet, haha!)

    Any WWII history buff or fan of historical fiction will undoubtedly love this book! I don't know how I'm supposed to wait for the next one!

  • Abigail

    Okay one thing.....YOU CANNOT END A BOOK LIKE THAT!! Okay yes, it did end on a happy note, but now we have to wait for another book to come out before we find out what happens next!! Why Sarah? Why?!?

    This book will leave you in a mess of emotions! This is my first even Sarah Sundin book and I am very happy to say that it will not be my last! Everything from the characters to the plot was amazing!! The romance was simple and sweet. Although, Dorothy did frustrate me on something and it took her

    Okay one thing.....YOU CANNOT END A BOOK LIKE THAT!! Okay yes, it did end on a happy note, but now we have to wait for another book to come out before we find out what happens next!! Why Sarah? Why?!?

    This book will leave you in a mess of emotions! This is my first even Sarah Sundin book and I am very happy to say that it will not be my last! Everything from the characters to the plot was amazing!! The romance was simple and sweet. Although, Dorothy did frustrate me on something and it took her forever it figure out!! Wyatt was an amazing character and I cannot wait to read more about him in the next two books. I really cannot wait to find out what happens between him and his brothers.

    I also really loved this book because I have a slightly weird obsession with WW1 and WW2. So, a Christian, romance, WW2 novel...... sign me up!! One of the great things about Sarah Sundin is that she only writes WW2 novels, so she knows the history inside and out. That is another thing that was great about this book was the accurate history. Yes, there are historical fiction books out there that are accurate but they came and go. Some are harder to find then others, so whenever I read a book that has accurate historical details I get really excited.

    All in all, I am just really happy that I recieved the chance to read this amazing book and I cannot wait for the next one to come out!! Books like this help me with my patience!

    *I received this book from Revell Publishers in exchange for my true honest opinion.*

  • Maddy

    I've seen this book floating around Goodreads, and I was very excited about getting a copy. This is the first book I've read by Sarah Sundin and it will definitely not be the last. I absolutely fell in love with this story.

    This book captured my attention immediately. If a book has anything to do with a war I'm in. ;) The first scene was action packed and quickly pulled me in. Wyatt's past with his family definitely added to the story. There was actually a good bit of suspense in this book ( alon

    I've seen this book floating around Goodreads, and I was very excited about getting a copy. This is the first book I've read by Sarah Sundin and it will definitely not be the last. I absolutely fell in love with this story.

    This book captured my attention immediately. If a book has anything to do with a war I'm in. ;) The first scene was action packed and quickly pulled me in. Wyatt's past with his family definitely added to the story. There was actually a good bit of suspense in this book ( along with a mystery ) that I didn't think would be in it but really enjoyed.

    The characters in this book are so loveable. Wyatt and Dorothy brought out the best of each other. I love how Dorothy felt free to completely be herself around him. They both had stuff that they could relate to, and they were both able to become stronger people through their relationship. I actually really liked Lawrence too. ;) I thought his personality was a good fit to the story. Wyatt's friend Jack was also a favorite of mine.

    Overall, I really enjoyed this book! I thought that the plot was thought out really well, and absolutely loved the writing. I definitely recommend this book!

    *I received a free copy of this book from Revell in exchange of my honest review. All thoughts are my own and I wasn't required to write a positive review.*

    Side Note : THE NEXT BOOK DOESN'T COME OUT UNTIL NEXT YEAR. *cries*

  • Victoria Lynn

    Sarah Sundin is truly a master of historical fiction. I have experienced it once before when I had the privilege of reading one of her books, and this one was no different; it did not disappoint. She goes into such detail about the period and the tasks of the military that I was blown away, and I walked away from the book with so much more knowledge than I had before. Getting to be immersed in such an environment and knowing that it was incredibly accurate was not an experience I will soon forge

    Sarah Sundin is truly a master of historical fiction. I have experienced it once before when I had the privilege of reading one of her books, and this one was no different; it did not disappoint. She goes into such detail about the period and the tasks of the military that I was blown away, and I walked away from the book with so much more knowledge than I had before. Getting to be immersed in such an environment and knowing that it was incredibly accurate was not an experience I will soon forget. Sarah Sundin definitely does her research and it shows so well in this book.

    The story itself was well done and I enjoyed it. I am a hardcore Anglophile, so the fact that the book was set in London for the most part with a main character who was so thoroughly British made me so happy. Dorothy was so well done, that even her mannerisms, phrases, speech, and even her internal thoughts were so full of English mannerisms that I loved it. Set in the backdrop of World War II and full of historical details, the slight hint of mystery and the romantic tension made this a page turner for sure.

    The characters, for the most part, were loveable. Wyatt was my favorite. I could relate to him the most. His struggles and his thought patterns were so realistic and relatable. The one part where this felt a little off for me story wise was with Dorothy. I didn’t get a good reason until at least one-third of the book in as to why she was acting the way she was, which only left me frustrated at her instead of rooting for her. Thankfully, that was resolved later in the book and the reasoning explained, so that definitely helped. In general, Dorothy isn’t a character that I connected with all that much, but I was able to sympathize with her later in the story.

    The battle scenes were so well described, I felt like I was there. I knew exactly what was going on, and that was so awesome and enjoyable. It is so exciting when an author makes history come to life, and Sarah Sundin did that. I look forward to hearing more about the Paxton family in the upcoming books.

    This is a book that I think anyone with an interest in World War II would enjoy. The depth of character development on Wyatt would interest men as well as women.

    Content Advisory: There were some mentions of impure premarital relationships as well as some hinting at spending the night together, etc. Numerous kisses from detailed to less so happened throughout the book. Minor Spoiler:

  • Deanne Patterson

    This is the first Sarah Sundin book I've read. I've seen a lot of reviews of her other books and she is highly recommended so I thought I'd read one and see what all the fuss is all about. I am so glad I did as I was not disappointed at all! My attention was held captivated in this historical novel taking place in 1944 . It takes place in the stressful days before D-Day. Why is it that women want the bad guy, is he better looking,more exciting,what? This is how it is for Dorothy . But then there

    This is the first Sarah Sundin book I've read. I've seen a lot of reviews of her other books and she is highly recommended so I thought I'd read one and see what all the fuss is all about. I am so glad I did as I was not disappointed at all! My attention was held captivated in this historical novel taking place in 1944 . It takes place in the stressful days before D-Day. Why is it that women want the bad guy, is he better looking,more exciting,what? This is how it is for Dorothy . But then there is sweet and ordinary guy Wyatt who just seems to be biding his time. He doesn't " want her crumbs,he wants the whole loaf of bread". I don't blame the guy either. Lots of fascinating history here and the author did a great job of describing it. Wonderful and believable interaction between the main characters.

    I look forward to reading the second book in the Sunrise at Normandy series.

    Pub Date 06 Feb 2018

    Thank you to NetGalley and Revell for a review copy. I was not required to write a positive review.

  • Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)

    About this book:

    About this book:

    Series: Book #1

    series.

    Spiritual Content- Scriptures are mentioned, read, remembered, & quoted; Many Prayers; Church going, a sermon, & a hymn; Many Talks about God, Him caring, & forgiveness; ‘H’s are not capital when referring to God; A couple ‘Thank God’s are said; Dorothy isn’t happy with God, and tries praying a few times, but does think often that God will smite who ever she prays for *Spoiler*

    *End of Spoiler*; Wyatt also witnesses/lives out his faith in front of her; Many mentions of God, Jesus, & forgiveness; Mentions of Bibles & Bible reading; Mentions of those & events in the Bible; Mentions of prayers & praying; Mentions of churches, church going, services, hymns, sermons, & ministers; Mentions of faiths; Mentions of Jews; Mentions of Easter; Mentions of miracles; Mentions of sins & sinners; A couple mentions of Godspeed.

    Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a ‘blast it all’, three ‘balderdash’s, four ‘bother that man’s, four ‘rats’s, four ‘stupid’s, and five ‘shucks’; A couple mentions of curses (said, not written); A bit of sarcasm; Seeing an accident & death (barely-above-not-detailed); Air raids, Bombs, & Gunfire (up to semi-detailed); Shooting (up to semi-detailed); Fighting & Pain (up to semi-detailed); Throwing up (barely-above-not-detailed); All about many mentions of a war, fighting/battles, attacks, Nazis, bombs/explosions, fires, screams, gunfire, air raids, planning attacks, destroyed buildings, killing, & deaths (barely-above-not-detailed to a few semi-detailed parts); Mentions of seeing bodies & drownings (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of an accident, death, & nearly being killed; Mentions of injuries, stitches, pain, & blood/bleeding (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of shooting down planes & damage; Mentions of spies; Mentions of thieves, stealing, & running away; Mentions of alcohol & drinking; Mentions of arrests, jail/prison, & an electric chair; Mentions of embezzlement; Mentions of debts; Mentions of jealousy; Mentions of lies, lying, & liars; Mentions of gossip & rumors; Mentions of a wife wanting a divorce; Mentions of throwing up; A couple mentions of concentration camps; A couple mentions of cigarettes.

    Sexual Content- a cheek kiss, three forehead/head kisses, a not-detailed kiss, six barely-above-not-detailed kisses, three semi-detailed kisses (all three were unpleasant/forced), and three boarder-line semi-detailed // detailed kisses; Remembering kisses (up to semi-detailed); Touches, Embraces, Dancing, Nearness, & Warmth (up to semi-detailed); Noticing & Staring (barely-above-not-detailed); a ‘harpy and a ‘hot’; Many mentions of kisses, kissing, being kissed, & wanting to kiss (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of adultery, stealing another’s spouse, & a kept woman; Mentions of lovers; Mentions of touches (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of flirting; Mentions of jealousy; Mentions of dating, dates, asking someone out, & girlfriends; Mentions of crushes & infatuation; A few mentions of longings; A couple mentions of a couple being alone in a house together (implied sexual things would happen, but they do not go); A couple mentions of scandals; A couple mentions of couples kissing (barely-above-not-detailed); A couple mentions of whistles/cat calls; A mention of reputations; A mention of a Casanova; Love, falling in love, & the emotions.

    -Dorothy Fairfax

    -Wyatt Paxton

    P.O.V. switches between them

    Set in 1944 {Prologue set in 1941}

    373 pages

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    Pre Teens- One Star

    New Teens- One Star

    Early High School Teens- Two Stars

    Older High School Teens- Three Stars

    My personal Rating- Three Stars

    {Ratings for EHS & OHS girls are for those interested in WWII}

    I’ve been told for quite a while now that I need to read a Sarah Sundin book, since I’ve had a couple of her books on my TBR, but still haven’t read them.

    Well, I’ve checked that box!

    This start to a brand-new series interest me because of our main girl Dorothy’s job. She takes older pictures from others’ vacations of set places to create a visual map of the area their soldiers will be fighting.

    I’ve read so many World War II books and while all of them have had the true realness of that time period, I never personally thought about all the plans and planning that went behind all of the attacks. I found

    to be very eye opening in that regard.

    I will admit that I got very lost and boggled down at times because of all of the military and group terms and numbers (not to mention all the ranks), but I was able to follow along decently. Those highly interested in those topics would probably find all of that more interesting than I did. ;)

    For our characters: I have to say that the Prologue really took me by surprise and I figured out quickly that the next to books in this series will be about Wyatt’s brothers. As for that Texan boy, I really liked his character development shown throughout this entire book. His actions and feelings in a “back-to-square-one” kind of way felt very natural.

    For Dorothy. Poor, dear, sweet, Dorothy. My heart literally hurt reading about Dorothy trying to change herself and act different just for a guy. Honey, no, please, you’re worth so much more than that! That cad made my skin crawl and I was ready to give him the boot the moment he was introduced. I really did want to take Dorothy by her shoulders and shake her many times, to be completely honest. It felt it took her forever to see that how she was acting for a guy wasn’t right, but I was happy to see her true self eventually come to the pages and those around her.

    While I really enjoyed all the Spiritual Content (Wyatt’s faith and him living it out in front of Dorothy was a favorite part of mine), I do have to say that I was disappointed with all the kissing and romancey thoughts. I’m hoping the author’s other books aren’t so kissy.

    One thing I was expecting to happen by the end of the story, didn’t happen. I’m thinking that the later books will have it and I’ll most likely try them out.

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    *BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.

    *I received this book for free from the Publisher (Revell) for this honest review.

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