About the book:
In 1943, Private Clay Paxton trains hard with the US 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?
This was another wonderful story by Sarah Sundin! I can't say how much I loved Clay and Leah! Clay was such an honorable man, so caring and generous. Yet he wasn't perfect as he struggled to forgive his brothers for betraying him and changing the course of his life. Leah really reminded me of Pollyanna but even more so, always looking for the good in everything, even though she suffered so much tragedy throughout her life. She, too, had her struggles, though, as she felt like she didn't belong and wasn't worthy because of the comments she'd heard all of her life about orphans. It's despicable to learn how most people used to view orphans, like something must be wrong with them or like all of their parents were immoral, though they didn't have any idea of the circumstances of their birth, and that they must all be thieves, etc. The story also dealt with people's prejudice over Clay's skin color, as he was part Mexican and darker skinned. The book was wonderfully written and I especially enjoyed the letters Clay and Leah wrote to each other. There were a couple romantic moments and some action, including training and combat. There was also the question of if they were going to catch Leah's attacker. Leah had such a strong faith and really depended on God to get her through the hard times. She knew He was all she needed and that's such a good reminder. Clay, too, was a strong Christian but had to deal with his unforgiveness. I loved learning more about Normandy, especially since I was just there in August. It was amazing to picture the scene having seen the real thing. Even though this was book three, it worked well as a stand-alone. I highly recommend this book if you like historical fiction.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell. I was not compensated for this review. All opinions are my own.