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The Sky Above Us

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The Sky Above Us

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A top American fighter pilot battles the Germans in the air and his past on the ground. Can a Red Cross volunteer help him heal the wounds that tore his brothers apart?

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A top American fighter pilot battles the Germans in the air and his past on the ground. Can a Red Cross volunteer help him heal the wounds that tore his brothers apart? Numbed by grief and harboring shameful secrets, Lt. Adler Paxton ships to England with the US 357th Fighter Group in 1943. Determined to become an ace pilot, Adler battles the German Luftwaffe in treacherous dogfights in the skies over France as the Allies struggle for control of the air before the D-day invasion.

Violet Lindstrom wanted to be a missionary, but for now she serves in the American Red Cross, where she arranges entertainment for the men of the 357th in the Aeroclub on base and sets up programs for local children. Drawn to the mysterious Adler, she enlists his help with her work and urges him to reconnect with his family after a long estrangement.

Despite himself, Adler finds his defenses crumbling when it comes to Violet. But D-day draws near. And secrets can't stay buried forever.

Bestselling author Sarah Sundin returns readers to the shores of Normandy, this time in the air, as the second Paxton brother prepares to face the past--and the most fearsome battle of his life.


Trade Paper
Series Title
Sunrise at Normandy
Baker Publishing Group
Book Format
Original Languages
Number of Pages
Sarah Sundin
Publication Date
February, 2019
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
8.40 x 5.40 x 1.00 Inches
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A Great WW2 Story

The Sky Above Us by Sarah Sundin is the second book in her Sunrise at Normandy series. Adler Paxton fled from his home in Texas three years ago. Running from his mistakes and the guilt, he joins the Army as an airplane pilot. Stationed in England in the days leading up to the invasion of France at Normandy he meets Red Cross volunteer, Violet Lindstrom. Adler and Violet not only must learn to trust in each other but in a loving and forgiving God. I love World War 2 stories but this one went above and beyond. The history was well woven in, the action was believable and the romance was sweet. What else could you want? The underlying theme of repentance and forgiveness was a great reminder that all we have to do is truly be sorry and ask for forgiveness. The healing that comes afterward is so sweet and refreshing. I can't wait for the next book! I received this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.


"Once again, God was winning the wrestling match, and Adler silently thanked him. For most of his life, he though he'd deserved all of it. God had waited to give it to him until Adler knew he deserved none of it." What an incredibly gripping story about true forgiveness and reconciliation set against the backdrop of air fights during WWII! Sarah Sundin delivers another winning combination of well-written prose and dialogue, meticulous research, beautifully crafted plot, unforgettable characters, and real and applicable spiritual truths and lessons. If you enjoy engaging historical romance, you will love this book. It's a must-read. Though it's the second book in the series, it can be read as a stand-alone and the ugly backstory behind the Paxton brothers' falling-out is detailed from Adler's eyes in this book. Adler is a hot-headed second brother in the Paxton family who has racked up a lot of mistakes in his sordid past. He runs from home and joins up with the Air Force as a fighter pilot but can't seem to outrun his past. Though torn and bruised, Adler is still honorable, thoughtful, tender, and an administer of mercy and justice. His encounter with Nick, another officer in his squadron, changes his life (absolutely LOVED Nick!) and has Adler seeking a different way of life and perspective. Violet is a part of the Red Cross stationed at the air base but really wants to be a missionary. She has a big heart, is tender and loving and hopeful. Even though her faith is strong, Violet struggles where God has planted her and doesn't see God's plan for her until much later in the story. Both Adler and Violet's maturation is profound and inspiring. I can't wait to read the last book in the series The Land Beneath Us! I received a copy of the book from Revell (Baker Publishing Group) via Interviews and Reviews and was under no obligation to post a positive review. All comments and opinions are solely my own.

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I received this book yesterday. I finished it yesterday. It's rare for me to devour a book in one sitting, but it was unavoidable with this gem. I absolutely loved it, and I didn't want to put it down for anything. It was full of everything that I love in Sarah Sundin's books - clean romance, WWII drama, plenty of action, a mystery to solve, and fabulous characters. All in all, it definitely made for a 5-star book. I really loved how BOTH characters had to go on a journey of redemption, not just one or the other. It drives me crazy when one party is set up to be the perfect one, and the other has to elevate to that level. Not so here. Both Adler and Violet (I really love that name!) had to come to terms with parts of themselves that weren't up to their standards. They traveled the path together, with God, and on their own at times. It was very believable and something I could totally relate to. I really liked both of them and was cheering for them the whole time. I appreciate how much painstaking research Sarah does into the battles she writes. I'm a student of WWII myself, and I didn't see anything that gave me pause. She's very careful with her history, and I really like that. It makes the war come alive, and helps me immerse myself in the story. In my opinion, that's the hallmark of a fantastic writer! In the end, I absolutely loved this, would recommend it to anyone looking for a good historical fiction read, any fans of WWII fiction, and pretty much just anyone. My one complaint is that I now have to wait a year for Clay's story...

The detailed accounts of

The detailed accounts of the lives of World War II airmen and the vivid mental images Sundin paints with her descriptions of the D-Day invasion on the beaches of Normandy set this book apart from many other World War II era books that I have read. We met American naval officer Wyatt Paxton in book one of this series, becoming familiar with the tragic circumstances that tore the Paxton family apart. In this second book we see the situation through the eyes of his middle brother, Captain Adler Paxton of the US Army Air Force. Both brothers encounter God and His grace and mercy while serving in Europe, but will they be able to put this family back together? We also meet Red Cross worker Violet Lindstrom in The Sky Above Us. Under the misconception that she is going to Europe to work with displaced children, Violet is discouraged to find herself running a Red Cross Aeroclub on an air base. God has many hard lessons for Violet to learn during her time in Europe, life-altering lessons from which we as readers may also benefit. I will be anxiously awaiting the story of Army Ranger Clay Paxton, the youngest of the three brothers, betrayed by both of his older brothers and also serving in Europe. It is wonderful that our God is a God of forgiveness and reconciliation. Readers will hope that Clay too encounters God. I am grateful to have received a copy of The Sky Above Us from Revell Books via NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion. I was under no obligation to provide a positive review, and received no monetary compensation.

Loved this second book an

Loved this second book and now not so patiently waiting for the next in this series. This is a historical book about D-Day and those brave souls who willingly gave their all to secure our freedoms, and we should never forget. We put faces on a few of these individuals thanks to the author and we are soon fighting this war in the cockpit of Adler Paxton's aircraft and we are fighting this War and Spiritual. Through all the War action the theme of forgiveness rings here, and the hardest of all, to forgive yourself. An amazing do not miss read, one that will linger long after the final page is turned. I received this book through LibraryThing, and was not required to give a positive review.
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