Thursday, June 16, 2011

Book Review: Chasing Sunsets by Eva Marie Everson

Chasing Sunsets: A Cedar Key Novel

ISBN: 978-0-8007-3436-7 Price: $14.99
Format: Paperback
Publication date: Jun. 11

I had never heard of Eva Marie Everson until last year, when I read and reviewed her book entitled This Fine Life. I enjoyed that one so much that when Revell contacted me about reviewing Chasing Sunsets, I jumped at the chance.

Chasing Sunsets is about a woman named Kimberly Tucker who, at the beginning of the book, is going to court to prevent her ex-husband from taking their two boys for an extra week of vacation for the summer, leaving her alone for five weeks instead of four.

She loses her appeal, and so finds herself going alone to Cedar Key, the island retreat where she spent several summers with her family as a young girl.While she is there, she runs into an old boyfriend, Steven. The fires are rekindled, and just as Kimberly believes she will be able to love again, she is told that Steven is not the boy she once knew. She also comes to realize her need to let go of some things she has been holding onto for years, and struggles to trust God in the midst of it all.

There is a lot in this book about divorce and what it is like for those who must deal with so many issues that follow a breakup of a marriage. I know many people who have suffered from the impact of divorce, and I have seen what it does to the couples and families involved. This book has given me even more insight into the problem and as I was reading, I could only imagine what it must be like for them. Although I do not condone divorce, I can see how difficult the decisions are when confronted with this issue.

I think Mrs. Everson did a great job writing sensitively about this subject. The characters were believable as well as likeable (except maybe the ex-husband!). I like how the book ended, and I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series.

Available June 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

(I received this book from Revell for review purposes. I received no monetary compensation for this review. All opinions expressed are completely my own.)

Eva Marie Everson is a successful speaker, a popular radio personality, and the award-winning author of Things Left Unspoken and This Fine Life. She is coauthor of the Potluck Club series and the Potluck Catering Club series. She lives in Florida.

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