Monday, June 11, 2012

Blog Tour: Waiting for Sunrise

About the Book:
Life sometimes gets the best of us. For some it's the daily pressures, for others it's the shadows of the past. For Patsy Milstrap, it's both. When she travels to beautiful Cedar Key on Florida's Gulf Coast in search of healing, she never dreams her past will be waiting for her there.

With a large helping of Southern charm, Waiting for Sunrise is a touching story of family, young love, and the need for forgiveness. Author Eva Marie Everson expertly draws out the bittersweet moments of life, weaving them into a tale that envelops the soul.

My Comments:
Waiting for Sunrise is another winner by Eva Marie Everson.  The book begins in 1964 as Patsy and her husband go to Cedar Key.  It then flashes back to 1946 and proceeds chronologically until it catches up with the opening scene, which is repeated later in the book.   Patsy lived with her mother and her abusive step-father until  one day her mother put her on a bus and sent her to live with the adoptive family of a brother she didn't know she had.  While the new family was good to her, she always wondered why her mother rejected her.  Years later, after she herself becomes a mother something happened that made her husband decide to search for her family.

My favorite character in the book was her husband, Gilbert.  He loved her, he waited for her,he courted her, he won her heart,and  he stuck by her when times got rough.  At one point Pasty wondered how God could have let her be put on that bus,and Gilbert reminds her that not only was she on that bus, he was too.  

While published by a Christian publisher and full of Christian themes like forgiveness and redemption, Waiting for Sunrise is  not a terribly religious book and I think most fans of women's fiction would like it.  

I'd like to thank the publisher for providing a complimentary review copy.  Grade:  B+.  

Kindle Giveaway:  
Eva Marie Everson is giving away a Kindle Fire to promote this book.  Enter here.

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  1. sounds like a good one

  2. This story centers on a young woman, Patsy, and her life as a teenager, young woman, and then mother and wife. There is a great deal of pain in this woman's life that is dealt with and not glossed over in the story. Alongside this story, the story of her mother and brother Billy continues to be told.

    As I finished the book, I was struck by several thoughts. Often when I read Christian fiction novels, it feels as if the relationships between men and women are idealized and unrealistic. But, over the past two years, I've had the opportunity to watch my mentor's husband love her well as her body quickly succumbed to Alzheimer's. He loved her well--he loved her the way Gilbert loves Patsy in this story. Not every marriage is like this one and I'd even daresay that not many are, but there are some. I have been blessed to watch my friend's husband love her so well and stand by her. The way he has lived his life has been such a witness to me about what it really means to love one's spouse well. If you read this novel, I hope you will feel that challenge as well as I have. If your spouse were in Patsy's shoes, or maybe they are already in them, can you love him or her for better or for worse?


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