Moving forward into an alternate life style is a challenge for divorced parents, as it becomes more common. Chasing Sunsets is about letting go of past hurts, making unexpected changes, and believing in new starts.
The overall story follows the life of Kimberly Tucker post divorce. While ex-husband Charlie has their sons for a month Kimberly returns to Cedar Key, where memories of the past and dreams for the future collide.
The characters are full of emotions and multiple personalities shine through. Very descriptive writing and easy to envision and follow.
The only challenge I encountered was the abundance of back story. It seemed to jump from present to past nearly every chapter.
Chasing Sunsets by Eva Marie Everson is about life after divorce, but more than that, about letting go of control, family secrets and the grace to cover them. Not to mention a sweet romance of finding your first love again. After all, who ever thinks that will happen?
Now, I don't know much about having my spouse leave me or divorcing me, but my heart went out to Kimberly, the main character in this book, as she maneuvers through a life that she did not count on experiencing. I can relate to living a life that is quite different from what I expected though.
I also understood Kimberly's desire to control her life circumstances as I have that tendency - whether I like that trait in myself or not. I am a thinker and a fixer. If a problem comes about, I want to solve it. That's good and bad because where is my trust in God if I am trying to figure everything out myself?
I enjoyed the story of Chasing Sunsets, but hated the cliffhanger of the second book excerpt the publishers included at the end of this book because now I have to wait to find out what happens! I think any woman who has experienced an altered life will appreciate and relate to the story within Chasing Sunsets.
Chasing Sunsets by Eva Marie Everson is a rich, multi-layered story of love and relationships.
Kimberly Tucker is at a very low point in her life. Reeling from her divorce and conflict with her ex-husband over their sons, she faces the prospect of a lonely few weeks. At her father's insistence, she reluctantly goes to the family vacation home in Cedar Key, not looking forward to facing painful memories. Once there, Kim connects with an elderly neighbor who helps her face with God's grace a variety of issues as they come to the surface - including a possible second chance with the man who held her heart during a long-ago summer of love.
This book started off as a pretty straightforward story. But as it progressed, deeper layers of the plot were uncovered, leaving me unable to put the book down. As each new piece of the story was revealed, I was anxious to see where the story would go next.
I don't know how long it is before the next Cedar Key novel is due to come out - but it's too long! I can't wait to learn more about the interesting characters. I'm pretty sure I would enjoy a trip to Cedar Key, but I guess for now I'll have to settle for visiting there vicariously.
(This book was provided free from Revell for my honest review.)
Available June 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
I loved this book! I felt like I was right there with Kimberly in Cedar Key. I could visualize being with her at her beach house and with the characters in the book. I loved how her neighbor's(Patsy)story was also told in this book. It was nice that Kimberly had an older, godly woman to go to for advice and to just be her friend. The relationship with Stephen was very well written and I could visualize the chemistry between them. It is neat that she found her first love when she least expected it. It was nice to hear his story also. All of the family dynamics were very well written about. I just could not wait to read more of the book each night! It was hard to put it down because I wanted to find out what was going to happen next. I was very tired in the mornings after staying up too late reading! That is a sign of a good book-when you cannot wait to pick it up again. I am so happy that it appears to be a series - it would have to be because the author left us hanging at the end. I hope the sequel comes out soon so that I can find out what happened to these characters! I also liked how it was realistic, everyone was not perfect, and the relationships were not rushed. I would highly recommend this book!
If you like Southern fiction, you'll love Chasing Sunsets. Kimberly Tucker is used to having things under control, but she's now finding her life beyond her ability to manage. Learning to give up control and trust is rarely easy. Trusting someone who once broke your heart is even harder.
Eva Marie Everson charms her readers with characters you'd love to have as friends. Then she places them in a setting where you'd love to be. Chasing Sunsets is a compelling love story that will have you coming back for more from Everson's pen. Novel Journey and I give it a high recommendation. It's the perfect book to take to the beach with you.