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Chasing Sunsets: A Cedar Key Novel Paperback – June 1, 2011
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Kimberly Tucker's life hasn't turned out the way she thought it would. While her ex is living it up, she struggles to understand what went wrong. When her two sons end up spending five weeks of summer vacation with their father, Kim plans a respite at the family vacation home on tiny Cedar Key. As she revisits the long-forgotten past, she discovers that treasures in life are often buried, and sometimes you do get a second chance at love.
Let yourself get swept away to an island retreat of warm tropical breezes, sandy beaches, and the most glorious sunsets you can imagine.
"In Chasing Sunsets, Eva Marie Everson takes her readers on a beautifully written journey through one woman's unexpectedly altered life. The convincing cast of characters and lovely imagery had me wishing I could pack my bags and run off to Cedar Key."--Jennifer Erin Valent, author, Fireflies in December, Cottonwood Whispers, and Catching Moondrops
"In Chasing Sunsets, Eva Marie Everson tells a poignant story of grace, second chances, and the depth of a family's love. I rooted for sympathetic and lovable Kimberly Tucker through every page. Thoughtful, romantic, and warm as a tropical breeze. Highly recommended."--Julie Carobini, author, Fade to Blue
Eva Marie Everson is a 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. Eva Marie lives in Florida.
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Top Customer Reviews
It really is too bad, because I was enjoying the story. But I will not be coerced into buying another book after you wrote and sold me only half a book! Please write a whole book. Then write a sequel, if you wish. If I like your book, I will look for others you have written. I will NOT choose to read unfinished books.
P.S. Please read some 2 and 3 star reviews, which say: this story "stops in the middle, ends abruptly, left you hanging," and especially the reader who said her kindle must have downloaded it incorrectly because "the last few pages were missing!!" If that is not a cliffhanger, I don't know what is!
One thing, Reader beware of the publisher's mistake:
They placed an advertisement for the sequel so it looks like the last chapter. Very confusing and most abrupt and NOT the author's fault. Just know as you are reading that the last pages are really the first pages of the next book.
Storyline: Kim has two boys, 10 and 14 years old. She and her husband, Charlie, divorced a year ago. Her dad convinces her to go to Cedar Key for a vacation while her ex-husband has her boys during the summer. There she begins to process her family's past and her present. She meets up with her first love, Steven. The story is about her facing the truth and coming through the fire.
Writing: This story is written well and Ms. Everson is very descriptive of the setting and characters.
Plot: The plot is developed slowly and well. It is set in the present, though the main character is surprisingly technology free.
I feel like writing a review like they do on Focus on the Family's website Plugged-in. I've included the positive parts. Now, I want to explain the sexual content and negative parts.
Sexual Content is a funny word to use in regard to Christian books, so perhaps I should use a different phrase like "Romantic Elements".
This book centers on the ending, healing, and beginning of romantic relationships. So, it is understandable that there would be some mention of physical intimacy. Now, this book doesn't go as far as Amy Inspired, a book I reviewed some months ago--and don't recommend at all. But, I wish there weren't as many mentions of Kim and Steven kissing and how attracted they were to each other. Those passages made the book seem more like a Harlequin Romance than a Christian fiction book, though I'm sure they weren't as graphic as Harlequin books probably are.Read more ›
After reading the prologue, chapter one opens up with Kimberly arriving at the courthouse. What a sobering and sad opening. Instantly, I felt a connection to Kim over everything she'd suffered since her husband announced his affair and filed for a divorce. What a blow! Yes, Kim was a character I was able to understood and sympathized with throughout the whole book. Three other characters really stood out to me besides Kim: Charlie, Patsy, and Steven. I don't have much to say about her ex, Charlie--he's a jerk--but I felt he played a large role in this book. Patsy was so much fun! I loved getting to know her as Kim reached out to her while visiting Cedar Key (and when I saw a sneak-peak at the next book, Seeking Sunsets, I was excited to see it open to Patsy's story!). Last, but definitely not least, was Steven. Wow, what a guy! He seemed totally awesome, thoughtful, and caring. All of these characters were fleshed out well and believable.
The main storyline--getting a second chance at first love--was great. I really enjoyed watching Kim as she revisited painful memories along the shores of Cedar Key and dared to open her heart to an old flame again. The beautiful gift of forgiveness and faith warmed my heart and I found myself smiling at the tender moments between Kim and Steven. I do admit that I felt they moved very, very fast in their interest for each other--I think it was about two weeks and they were talking marriage.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very good but wish the next two books in the series weren't so expensive. Would love to continue but can't afford and not on prime.Published 1 day ago by Campbell
Our book club decided to read "Chasing Sunsets" and then visit Cedar Key to discuss the book. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Rosie
I enjoyed reading this book. Once I got started I didn't want to put it down. I liked how the author switched between the present and the past to build the backstory.Published 2 months ago by Kindle Customer
Half way through and the end can't get here soon enough! I am tempted to just drop it and read something more interesting.Published 2 months ago by Sandra L Prettyman
Enjoyed the book. Definitely need to read the next in the series to find out what happens. A cliff hanger.Published 2 months ago by S. Carithers
Cedar Key has always held a very special place in my heart to me and my entire family. I gave this book to my mom for Christmas and she loved it. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Grace Moore
engaging writing but the book abruptly ends unfinished. don't pay for this unless you buy all three of the series. very disappointingPublished 4 months ago by v4j
A Very Abrupt ending to this story for this newly divorced mother of two boys, is the only part of this story that I did not like. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Nana