The Sea Before Us is the first book in Sunrise at Normandy series by Susan Sundin. The Paxton brother of Kerrville, Texas had a falling out that lead to Wyatt leaving home. He “borrowed” his younger brothers college fund and lost it all on a business adventure. Now he is in England as a US Naval Officer, saving everything he can to pay his brother back.
As D-Day approaches Dorothy, along with the other women in the Women’s Royal Naval Service are busy going through photos to make maps of Normandy. Wyatt then uses these to determine the attacks to be made. Dorothy has traveled with her family and uses photos from her travels. One of the new photos shows a shed on a property that never use to be there.
As Dorothy and Wyatt work together they develop a friendship that leads to Wyatt helping Dorothy find out who is stealing money from her father’s business. As their friendship deepens they both struggle as his home is in Texas and she is the only one to care for her father in England. And she has had feeling for another man for years.
This is a very interesting book to read. I enjoyed how this book shows the reader what the women did for the war, the important job they had and how it lead to success of the war. One thing that stand out in this book for me, is the depth of care Dorothy gives her father while serving in the war. Another is the determination Wyatt has to pay back his brother. I also enjoyed the surprise twist toward the end of the story that explains the change in Dorothy’s father and business. I think anyone who enjoys reading of this time in history will enjoy this book.
I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishing, this is my honest review.
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