Review: The Sky Above Us by Sarah Sundin

The Sky Above UsWhat a joy to be able to read the second book in this series and learn Adler Paxton’s full story. Book one, The Sea Before Us, followed Wyatt Paxton throughout the time surrounding the D-Day invasion. This series is about three brothers who were torn apart through a tragedy a few years earlier. I believe that you could pick up The Sky Above Us and read it as a stand alone, however, reading the details from both books gives a better understanding of what occurred between the brothers and how the oldest two brothers were impacted. It sounds as if Clay, the youngest brother, will have a lot to forgive and overcome in book three.

I liked Adler so much! I loved reading about the man he had been and then seeing as he became a changed man once he gave his heart over to God. He still struggled with forgiving himself, or feeling worthy sometimes, even after he turned to God.

I had a harder time liking Violet. The things that bothered me about Violet were the things that she had to learn to overcome and recognize as failings in herself throughout the story. So, as she became aware of her shortcomings and changed her heart about things, I liked her more and more. I did love the way she grew in this story.

(4.5 stars)

I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.


The Sky Above UsNumbed 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.

Purchase your own copy here.


Sarah Sundin is the CBA-bestselling author of The Sky Above Us(February 2019) and The Sea Before Us (February 2018), and the Waves of Freedom series, the Wings of the Nightingale series, and the Wings of Glory series, all from Revell. In addition, she has a novella in Where Treetops Glisten (WaterBrook).

Her novels When Tides Turn and Through Waters Deep were both named to Booklist’s “101 Best Romance Novels of the Last 10 Years.” Through Waters Deep was a 2016 Carol Award Finalist and won the 2016 INSPY Award, and her novella “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” in Where Treetops Glisten was a finalist for the 2015 Carol Award. In 2011, Sarah received the Writer of the Year Award at the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference.

A mother of three, Sarah lives in northern California and teaches Sunday school and women’s Bible studies. She enjoys speaking to community, church, and writers’ groups, and has been well received.

She serves on the board for the West Coast Christian Writers Conference as Fiction Program Director, and she belongs to American Christian Fiction Writers, Christian Authors Network, and Advanced Writers and Speakers Association.

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About Brittany

As a homeschooling mom and avid reader, I get great joy through reading and reviewing books. I focus my reading and my reviews on Christian fiction, primarily Christian romantic fiction. I also review sweet, clean fiction. I hope you will find my reviews helpful in your decisions on what books to read.
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1 Response to Review: The Sky Above Us by Sarah Sundin

  1. emilee says:

    Nice Review!

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