First Line Friday — The Sea Before Us

26 Jan

This week I am sharing the soon to be released WWII-era novel, The Sea Before Us. This is the first book in a new series (Sunrise at Normandy) for Sarah Sundin. I have loved all of Sarah’s books and am excited to share this one with my book club later this year. This one releases on February 6 — check it out!

Please leave me a comment with your first line, then head over to Hoarding Books to share in the fun with other bloggers.



In 1944, American naval officer Lt. Wyatt Paxton arrives in London to prepare for the Allied invasion of France. He works closely with Dorothy Fairfax, a “Wren” in the Women’s Royal Naval Service. Dorothy pieces together reconnaissance photographs with thousands of holiday snapshots of France — including those of her own family’s summer home — in order to create accurate maps of Normandy. Maps that Wyatt will turn into naval bombardment plans.

As the two spend concentrated time together in the pressure cooker of war, their deepening friendship threatens to turn to love. Dorothy must resist its pull. Her bereaved father depends on her, and her heart already belongs to another man. Wyatt too has much to lose. The closer he gets to Dorothy, the more he fears his efforts to win the war will destroy everything she has ever loved.

Sarah Sundin enjoys writing about the drama and romance of the World War II era. She is the author of ten novels, including the The Sea Before Us (coming February 2018) and the Waves of Freedom series (Through Waters Deep, Anchor in the Storm, and When Tides Turn).

A mother of three, Sundin lives in northern California, works on-call as a hospital pharmacist, and enjoys speaking to community, church, and writers’ groups. Her novels When Tides Turn and Through Waters Deep were both named to Booklist’s 101 Best Romance Novels of the Past 10 Years. Through Waters Deep was a 2016 Carol Award Finalist and won the INSPY Award, and her novella in Where Treetops Glisten was a finalist in the 2015 Carol Awards. In 2011 she received the Writer of the Year Award from the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference. She belongs to American Christian Fiction Writers, Christian Authors Network, and Advanced Writers and Speakers Association. Please visit Sarah at, on Facebook at SarahSundinAuthor, and on Twitter at @sarahsundin.

26 Responses to “First Line Friday — The Sea Before Us”

  1. Jessica Baker January 26, 2018 at 8:27 am #

    This book is on my TBR list! Happy Friday!

    • rbclibrary January 26, 2018 at 9:09 am #

      Enjoy it! Happy weekend!

  2. Suzanne Sellner January 26, 2018 at 8:47 am #

    All of Sarah Sundin’s books have been excellent. I’m eager to read The Sea Before Us.

    • rbclibrary January 26, 2018 at 9:09 am #

      Me too, Suzanne. Some members of my group have read her novels, but we’ve never read them together. Looking forward to a good discussion.

  3. susandyer1962 January 26, 2018 at 8:51 am #

    Happy Friday!

    My FLF comes from the book I’m reading now, Liza’s Second Chance by Molly Jebber!

    Lisa Schrock, clenched her teeth and dug her fingers in the fresh dough in her Amish bakery. The forced smiles, nods to her friends’ compliments, and suppressing the truth about her husband had been difficult, but she’d managed to keep her miserable marriage a secret.

    Have an awesome weekend and happy reading!

    • rbclibrary January 26, 2018 at 9:08 am #

      Thanks so much for sharing. I haven’t read this author before. I’ll have to look her up.

  4. carylkane January 26, 2018 at 9:12 am #

    I love Sarah Sundin’s books!

    Salazar Sanso raised his binoculars and looked out over the edge of the steep drop into the rosy New Mexican desert. – Burn by Ted Dekker and Erin Healy

    Happy Friday and Happy Reading!

    • rbclibrary January 26, 2018 at 10:13 pm #

      Love both of those authors. I need to read their collaborative books. Thanks for sharing.

  5. bellesmoma16 January 26, 2018 at 12:23 pm #

    Happy Friday!

    Over on my blog I am showcasing Naomi Rawlings’s novel Love’s Bright Tomorrow. Here I will share the first line from the novel I am currently reading, Mary and Bright by Shannon Graupman.

    “Mary Bradford’s heart raced as she sat on the edge of her king sized bed — her gaze affixed on the single white sheet of paper resting on the nightstand.”

    • rbclibrary January 26, 2018 at 10:12 pm #

      Good opening! Happy weekend!

  6. Beware Of The Reader January 26, 2018 at 3:25 pm #

    Maybe she lost something? Intriguing and happy Friday!

    • rbclibrary January 26, 2018 at 10:12 pm #


  7. Heather January 26, 2018 at 4:08 pm #

    Beautiful cover! Happy Friday!

    • rbclibrary January 26, 2018 at 10:12 pm #

      All of her books have great covers. Have a great weekend!

  8. Paula Shreckhise January 26, 2018 at 4:15 pm #

    I love Sarah Sundin. She writes the best historical novels about WWII.

    My first line is from a book but Andrea Boeshaar: My Heat Belongs in the Shenandoah Valley. Part of the first page fourth paragraph down.

    A light breeze cooled the sudden perspiration on Mac’s brow. The war was over. Besides, Father was counting on him to make something of himself— prove the gossips wrong— in this new land in the Shenandoah Valley.

    • rbclibrary January 26, 2018 at 10:11 pm #

      Sounds like a good book. Thanks for sharing!

  9. bettylouise31 January 26, 2018 at 6:56 pm #

    A romance set against a background of the I casino of Normandy. I remember the time and the relief it brought even with the list of life.

    • rbclibrary January 26, 2018 at 10:10 pm #

      It’s a time so many have forgotten. I hope Sundin’s books remind people of the sacrifices so many.

  10. Anneliese Dalaba January 26, 2018 at 10:02 pm #

    The first line on my blog is from a novel by Michelle Griep, The Captive Heart. Here, I will share the first line of Chapter 5 from the book I’m currently reading, The Captivating Lady Charlotte by Carolyn Miller “It was entirely possible that the excitement of last month’s come-out ball was about to be surpassed.”

    Have a wonderful weekend!

    • rbclibrary January 26, 2018 at 10:09 pm #

      Both books sound good!

  11. lelandandbecky January 26, 2018 at 10:56 pm #

    Happy Friday! (What’s left!) My first lines (sorry, but I included the 2nd) is from These Healing Hills by Ann H. Gabhart:

    “Francine Howard stepped off the bus into another world. She should have been prepared.”

    • rbclibrary January 27, 2018 at 1:15 pm #

      That is intriguing! Thanks for stopping by. Have a great weekend!

  12. Carrie January 27, 2018 at 3:12 pm #

    I cannot wait to read Sarah’s new book!!

    My current first line is from Cathy Gohlke’s Until We Find Home: “Lightning crackled, splitting the night sky over Paris, illuminating letters painted on the bookstore window across the street: La Maison des Amis des Livres.”

    • rbclibrary January 27, 2018 at 4:00 pm #

      I have not read anything by Gohlke. Must remedy that.

  13. Iola January 28, 2018 at 12:32 am #

    Another book with a fabulous cover. There have been some great books on First Line Friday this week – that’s really bad for my bank balance!

    I’m sharing the first line from Aint Misbehaving by Marji Laine on my blog. I’m currently reading My Sister’s Prayer by Mindy Starns Clark and Leslie Gould. It’s the middle book in a trilogy and I really shouldn’t have read the third book first, because it did ruin some of the big-picture suspense. Here’s the first line:

    The cry for help came as I was coasting toward the bicycle rack at the far end of the story.

    • rbclibrary January 28, 2018 at 6:51 am #

      I loved that series by Clark and Gould. The second book is really good. Thanks for stopping by.

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