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Radio personality and speaker Everson (Things Left Unspoken) begins a new series situated in Cedar Key, Fla., where this author mixes childhood naiveté with grown-up pain. Kimberly Tucker, recently divorced mom of two boys, suddenly finds herself facing five long summer weeks alone while her sons visit their father. Kim, at the behest of her widower father, goes back to her childhood vacation home at Cedar Key and finds herself facing heartache and dredging up family secrets that are affecting her sisters even today. When Kim befriends an elderly neighbor, both women share their heartbreaking stories and healing begins in earnest. With revelations galore to contend with, Kim finds herself doing plenty of soul-searching while attempting to regain her emotional balance in the unsettling circumstance. Everson's work is neatly done and her fans will find value in her presentation of life's lack of tidiness, which reads both realistically and convincingly. (June)

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Sometimes you get a second chance at your first love

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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Revell (June 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080073436X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800734367
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (393 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #718,685 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was born and reared just outside of Savannah, Georgia. Yeah, I have a southern accent. It gets a little more southern every time I cross the Florida/Georgia state line.

If I had all the time in the world, I'd probably lie on the sofa all day and watch old movies. I usually have to get sick for something even close to that happening.

I can quote entirely too many lines from Pretty Woman (You do? You think I've got potential?). In fact, I quote lines from movies and songs so often that most people are unaware of what I'm doing. I may or may not have offended some folks. If I have...I'm sorry.

I'm an ex-nurse and a seminary graduate. I hated nursing but love God with a passion and can hardly get through a conversation without talking about our relationship! I think the Old Testament is totally FUN to read (I mean, HOW much stuff can one clan of people get in to?) and the New Testament draws me closer to Heaven. Yeah!

I'm married even though my hubby had to have his wedding band cut off due to an infected spider bite. The nurse said either that or the finger would fall off. I was going for the second option, but was alone in that. :) Now he wears it on his right hand. I can live with that. We have kids and grandkids and two absolutely adorable dogs, Hope and Poodar.

I'm rarely still and I sleep very little.

Life is good.

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102 of 106 people found the following review helpful By Val on February 6, 2014
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This book stops smack in the middle of several narratives. It not only leaves you hanging, it throws you over a cliff! For authors out there: a 'book' has a beginning, a middle, and an end. To give your readers half of the story is like inviting them over for dinner, serving drinks, then escorting them to the door just as dinner is served. No satisfaction here.

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!
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87 of 90 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Marshall on January 30, 2012
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This book was truly enjoyable in most every way. I especially enjoyed the heart. Very tangible in the writing. The story flowed and was engaging and pleasurable.

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.
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Tammy C on December 9, 2013
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Overall it was a good read until the flashback that ended the last chapter. It dropped off and felt very incomplete, I couldn't believe that was it and it soured the book for me.
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91 of 108 people found the following review helpful By Suzanne Sniffen TOP 1000 REVIEWER on June 13, 2011
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Ah, Christian romance. I haven't read one in a while. I've been very hesitant to, actually. I decided to read a new one coming out titled Chasing Sunsets by Eva Marie Everson

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.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Katie Garvin on June 15, 2011
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This is the first book I've read by the author, though I have seen her work before. I wasn't sure what to expect when I started this book. My favorite books are suspense/thriller or historical/biblical fiction, so this contemporary romance wasn't something I would normally pick up. But, after finishing the book, I am glad I did.

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.
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