- Series: Cedar Key Novel (Book 1)
- Paperback: 380 pages
- Publisher: Revell (June 1, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 080073436X
- ISBN-13: 978-0800734367
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 533 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,586,792 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Chasing Sunsets: A Cedar Key Novel Paperback – June 1, 2011
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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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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!
The characters in the book were my friends. They were having experiences, problems, and living their lives, allowing God to take control of the overall situation. I think anyone who reads this book will enjoy it, and would definitely recommend it to anyone who has a lot of questions or doubts about their own lives. I give this book 5 stars.
(Though reviews are inherently subjective, I prefer to provide some organization to my opinions through the use of a personal rubric. The following notes may contain spoilers.)
Plot and Setting: 4 -- Plot has unique elements and no major holes, but a few shaky bits and a slight lack of focus. I saw the value in the flashbacks from Kim and Steven's perspectives, but not so much the ones from Eliana and Patsy. I wasn't clear on the whole Rosa conflict and resolution, either, and the whole thing seems to go super fast and ends with things only semi-resolved. Setting is clear, believable, and consistent. Cedar Key was described in abundant, loving detail, with as much time given to explaining the place as was given to some characters.
Characters: 4 -- Main characters are relatable, realistic, interesting, and dynamic. Plenty of clear flaws in our main characters, and some strengths and improvements too. Some minor characters have depth (like Patsy, and Kim's family members), while others may be slightly stereotyped or simplified (like Rosa, Charlie, etc). Definite strong points in the relationships between characters. Kim as mother, sister, and daughter is especially well explored. How she handles the challenges (alcoholism in her mom and sister, shared custody, etc) is interesting.
Mechanics and Writing: 4 -- Few, if any, typos or word errors. Generally solid use of POV, with a few weird bits. It's mostly first person Kimberly, but then we get 3rd-person flashbacks. The Steven ones seemed to fit with the story, but the Eliana and Patsy ones, though well written, felt out of place. Generally skillful writing.
Redeeming Value: 3.5 -- Partially focused uplifting themes or lessons. Kim begins to let God have control of the hard things in life rather than trying to keep control of everything herself. Explanations and apologies for past errors are made. I am left a bit bewildered at how extremely fast Steven and Kim go from being reintroduced to being in love and planning to marry. Sex, alcohol, violence, etc, are not glorified, though adultery and premarital sex are definitely part of the storyline, in negative ways. Same with alcohol and drug abuse: definitely there, but not praised.
Personal Enjoyment: 2 -- I’m not a fan. Some good bits, but reading it felt rather like a chore. Not one I plan to re-read.