The Sky Above Us

The Sky Above Us

Book 2: Sunrise at Normandy Series

Publication Date: February 2019

Secrets as vast…
Love as unreachable…
As the sky above them.

Numbed by grief and harboring shameful secrets, Lt. Adler Paxton ships to England with the US 357th Fighter Group in late 1943. Determined to become an ace pilot, Adler battles the German Luftwaffe in treacherous dogfights over France as the Allies struggle for control of the air before the D-day invasion.

Violet Lindstrom wants to be a missionary, but for now she serves in the American Red Cross, where she arranges entertainment and refreshments for the men of the 357th in the base Aeroclub 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.

Return to the shores of Normandy, this time in the air, as the second Paxton brother faces the past—and the most fearsome battle of his life.


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* Starred Review* “[A] lovely tale of a budding romance, the strength of faith, and finding small comforts during the tumult of war.”

The Sky above Us takes readers from exhilarating heights in the cockpit during battles in the clouds to the atmospheric rush of landing behind enemy lines. Relatable characters, challenging dichotomies, and timeless romance make this an inspirational must-read.”

History Behind the Story

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Do you have photos from your research trip to England and Normandy?

Please see my blog tour, where I share tons of pictures!

Tour of London Part 1

Tour of London, Part 2

Tour: D-Day in the Air – sites related to the aerial part of D-day

Tour of Omaha Beach

Tour: Duxford Air Museum (Imperial War Museum, Duxford, England)

Tour of the Queen Mary (sister ship of the Queen Elizabeth)

Q: I’m interested in the American Red Cross in World War II. Do you have any more information?

A: I do! Please see the following articles.

“10 Facts about the Red Cross in World War II from THE SKY ABOVE US,” on Fresh Fiction.

On Liz Tolsma’s blog

To see photos of the actual Red Cross workers and Aeroclub at Leiston Army Airfield, please visit this page on the website of legendary ace pilot of the 357th Fighter Group, Clarence “Bud” Anderson. If you have hours to kill, this website is teeming with photos and stories from this exemplary fighter group.

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