book review: the land beneath us


In 1943, Private Clay Paxton trains hard with the U.S. Army Rangers at Camp Forrest, Tennessee, determined to do his best in the upcoming Allied invasion of France. With his future stolen by his brothers’ betrayal, Clay has only one thing to live for—fulfilling the recurring dream of his death.

Leah Jones works as a librarian at Camp Forrest, longing to rise above her orphanage upbringing and belong to the community, even as she uses her spare time to search for her real family—the baby sisters she was separated from so long ago.

After Clay saves Leah’s life from a brutal attack, he saves her virtue with a marriage of convenience. When he ships out to train in England for D-Day, their letters bind them together over the distance. But can a love strong enough to overcome death grow between them before Clay’s recurring dream comes true?

Somehow I missed reading the second book in Sarah Sundin’s Sunrise At Normandy trilogy – I’ve read the first and the third instead. *shrugs* Anyway, this was an okay book. I found both Clay and Leah to be somewhat unique characters (their backstories and Leah’s naivety especially), which is commendable in a genre so lacking in uniqueness (Christian historical romance). I would have liked there to be more zip in Sundin’s writing style (it edges toward blandness) but she told her story well.

My biggest complaint with The Land Beneath Us was that Leah suffered almost no PTSD or anything like that after she was raped. It seemed very unrealistic to me. Sundin tried to pass off Leah’s lack of response as ‘she’s a Christian so she can handle it’ but I know several Christians (even in my own family) who struggle with PTSD months or even years after traumatic events. So…yeah. (The whole thing with Clay’s dream also annoyed me but I’m not getting into that for time’s sake.)

Sundin did have several good things to say about forgiveness; really appreciated that. Overall, I know this book will greatly appeal to fans of her previous work + romantic WWII fiction in general.


The Life Update (*dun, dun, dunnnnn*)

Not much is going on? I’m waiting for all my betas to get back to me with their critiques of Flicker and that keeps me from wanting to write. (I probably should try though.) I’ve also been going through a lot of soul-searching, drawing closer to God (I hope), and generally trying (through Him) to do whatever He wants me to do. I’m not sure how much I’ll be posting here but I’ll see what happens. (There’s a more serious Valentine’s Day post floating around in my brain but I’m unsure whether I’ll actually write it. :P)

Let me know how you’ve been doing! ❤


5 thoughts on “book review: the land beneath us

  1. Wasn’t sure where else to say this, so I’m just letting you know I haven’t yet found the time to start reading Flicker. It’s been a busy month – busier than I planned. I hope to start reading it this week.

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    1. Yeah…that was basically my reaction. I’ve seen/known so many people who have PTSD over really ‘small’ things so being raped (as well as stabbed in a murder attempt afterwards) would DEFINITELY leave scars.

      I just feel the post might be *too* serious for this blog? Like, it wouldn’t match my other content? 😛

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