Waiting for Sunrise, Cedar Key Series #2
An apt title!
This is one of the books I received free at the American Christian Fiction Writers conference last fall, but I'm just getting around to reading and reviewing it. I loved it, and if you read it I think you will too.
PatsyÃ¯Â»Â¿ Milstrap is thirteen when her mother sends her away to join her younger brother who was adopted shortly after he was born. Their father is dead, replaced by a cruel man who beats her mother and Patsy but seldom lays a hand--at least so far--on her two half brothers, Harold and Billy.
Who will help Mama clean house? Who will take care of her little brothers? Even though Patsy grows to love her new parents, the younger brother she had never met, and the young man she will marry, she cannot leave the past behind. It's there to haunt her every action and relationship.
What will it take to rid Patsy of all the wonderings that torment her?
January 22, 2014
Even Better Than the First
I was looking forward to the second book in the Cedar Key Series, but I had no idea I was going to enjoy it so much! This was a great book! Everson is a masterful storyteller, making the reader feel like they are truly part of Cedar Key.
July 7, 2013
She's nailed it!
I've been following Eva Marie Everson's fiction career from the beginning and she has nailed it with this book. This is her best written, most compelling story, most heartfelt book she's written. I was reading along and finally stopped and said, "She's done it!" Gone are the long descriptives and in its place is a story that hooks you from the beginning. I saw every scene and felt every emotion. Everson has delved into the depths of mental illness and into the reaches of generational abuse. Yet, we see how God has the power and ability when placed into the hands of someone willing to take a hold of what He has to offer to turn, not only a life, but a whole family around. This book is a must read for anyone who has struggled to overcome familial trauma or who has dealt with mental illness in her family. You won't be able to put it down (I stayed up till 4am to finish it).
This is a sequel to the terrific first book, Chasing Sunsets, but they don't have to be read consecutively. However, I can see how this one and the next will complete the picture of life on Cedar Key in the 1940's. I highly recommend getting both, but it would be hard not to say that Waiting for Sunrise was my favorite.
August 16, 2012
Not for me
Patsy is a woman with a troubled past, who struggled with depression. Patsy looks back on her life and what led her to the edge, remembering the ups and down alike.
Written in a wonderfully readable style, Ms. Everson draws the reader effortlessly into the the life of Patsy Milstrap. And what a hard life it was, and that's what made continuing to pick up this book so hard, because it was so much of a downer. To a point I got sort of frustrated with Patsy, because she was surrounded by so many good people, and God had used so many situations in her life for good, though the path there was painful, yet she became so swallowed up by the depression. I really couldn't relate to Patsy that well, to me she just wasn't that likable for me, partially because of certain things that have happened in my life, and how I didn't like how she reacted to some of the things that happened to her. I just couldn't reconcile her taking her children for granted, and that frustrated me a lot!
There were a lot of great characters around Patsy like her half-brother, her husband, her adoptive parents, and the lovely nurse, Gabby, who was with Patsy in the hospital, who were all wonderful people in her life. I guess for me what was really missing was more detail on Patsy's personal faith journey and how she finally came to God, after this entire journey it was kind of a let down for me though I can see how the author was trying to convey how, things were never really hunky-dorey.
I think that the author did a wonderful job of bringing the turbulent time during which this book was set to life (1940's-1960's).
Overall this was a totally mixed book for me, because it was so well written, but I felt like the way the book dealt with helping Patsy, was done in a very worldly manner, with lots of medication...which is really bad timing because I just read a book about the conscience numbing dangers of treating depression with pills, let me stop myself before I go into that! I also thought that this book has a very mature theme about it. So basically, this book was just not my type of book for so many reasons, and I personally never felt that it delved into the real depth that was sitting benneath the surface.
I received this book from the publisher in return for an honest review. Thanks.
July 15, 2012