Violet Lindstrom is committed to going to the mission field. A broken engagement and a world war have stalled her plans, but a heart to serve has led her to join the Red Cross and hopefully minister to British children who have been evacuated to the countryside. Dismayed to discover her plans are once again thwarted and she's been assigned to run an Aeroclub for American pilots, Violet struggles to see the men as more than a disruption and a poor substitute to her true calling.
Like his brother, whom we met in The Sea Before Us, Adler Paxton is estranged from his family. Having betrayed everyone he loves, Adler's personal ambition drives him to become an ace pilot. Assigned to be a wingman instead, he struggles to accept his place - just as he has his whole life. He's refused to acknowledge the pain that came with his fiancee's death and his subsequent actions towards his family, but caring friends and God's work in his heart prompt Adler to open up and wrestle with the Almighty just like Jacob of old.
There's a thief among the Aeroclub volunteers, and Violet may lose her job - and any hope of a mission board accepting her - if she can't prove that she's not the one selling Red Cross supplies on the black market. Meanwhile a tall Texas gentleman with a tortured past has caught her eye and become the friend she needs during this difficult assignment. If only she can help him as he confronts his personal demons and comes face to face with the consequences of his actions. Is there hope for a Paxton family reconciliation? Violet wants to see Adler become whole again.
Dreams, ambitions, failures, and faults are on full display in this second book in Sarah Sundin's Sunrise at Normandy series. You'll ache and cry with the heartaches faced, and worry about the safety of Violet, Adler, and the others at Leiston Army Airfield. This is another spectacularly written, well-researched WWII novel from one of my favorite authors. I can hardly wait to see how this series concludes when The Land Beneath Us releases next year!