Sleeping in Eden    -     By: Nicole Baart
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On a chilly morning in the Northwest Iowa town of Blackhawk, Dr. Lucas Hudson is filling in for the vacationing coroner on a seemingly open-and-shut suicide case. His own life is crumbling around him, but when he unearths the body of a woman buried in the barn floor beneath the hanging corpse, he realizes this terrible discovery could change everything. Lucas is almost certain the remains belong to Angela Sparks, the missing daughter of the man whose lifeless body dangles from a rope above. When Angela went missing years earlier, he and his wife never really believed she was just another teenage runaway. Fueled by passion, Lucas resolves to uncover the details of Angela's suspected death, to bring some closure to their small community and to his wife. But his obsession may not be able to fix what is broken, and Lucas may be chasing shadows.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: Howard Books
Publication Date: 2013
Dimensions: 8.4 X 5.5 (inches)
ISBN: 1439197369
ISBN-13: 9781439197363

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She knew what he wrote . . .

One little word that made her feel both cheated and beloved.

One word that changed everything.

MINE.

On a chilly morning in the Northwest Iowa town of Blackhawk, Dr. Lucas Hudson is filling in for the vacationing coroner on a seemingly open-and-shut suicide case. His own life is crumbling around him, but when he unearths the body of a woman buried in the barn floor beneath the hanging corpse, he realizes this terrible discovery could change everything. . . .

Years before Lucas ever set foot in Blackhawk, Meg Painter met Dylan Reid. It was the summer before high school and the two quickly became inseparable. Although Meg’s older neighbor, Jess, was the safe choice, she couldn’t let go of Dylan no matter how hard she tried.

Caught in a web of jealousy and deceit that spiraled out of control, Meg’s choices in the past ultimately collide with Lucas’s discovery in the present, weaving together a taut story of unspoken secrets and the raw, complex passions of innocence lost.

Author Bio

Nicole Baart was born and raised in a small town in Iowa. She and her husband have three young sons. After the adoption of their infant son, Nicole discovered a deep passion for global issues and co-founded a nonprofit organization, One Body One Hope, that works alongside a church and orphanage in Monrovia, Liberia. Nicole was the coauthor of Glenn Beck's bestselling Christmas novel, The Snow Angel.

Editorial Reviews

"Baart expertly unravels the backstory of her intriguing characters, capturing the nuances of both life-tested relationships and the intense passion of first love. Ripe with complex emotion and vivid prose, this story sticks around long after the last page is turned."

Sleeping in Eden mesmerized me from the first heart-stopping page. Nicole Baart draws her characters beautifully while crafting a plot that kept me up all night. A highly emotional and gripping read.”

“Nicole Baart’s Sleeping in Eden is vivid storytelling with a temporal sweep. In Baart’s cleverly woven mystery, the characters’ intertwined fates prove that passions transcend time—and secrets will always be unearthed.”

“With lyrical prose and a narrative that kept me turning pages at a breakneck speed, Sleeping in Eden delivered everything I yearn for in a novel: evocative plot lines, well-drawn characters, and a heart-stopping conclusion.”

"Baart’s eloquent prose draws the reader into the tragic tale. At times a love story, other times a mystery, this is overall a very purposeful piece of fiction."

"Nicole Baart writes like a dream, and she gives us a story that is part murder mystery, part sensitive exploration of our human connections: the ties between parent and child, husband and wife; the tug of the past; and the blurry, often baffling border between friendship and love."

“[Nicole Baart] weaves together a taut story of unspoken secrets and the raw, complex passions of innocence lost.”

"Sleeping in Eden is intense and absorbing from the very first page. Written in lovely prose, two seemingly different storylines collide in a shocking conclusion."

"Baart's beautifully layered story of one man's journey to repair his wounded marriage, and the unsolved crime that may be the key to its healing, takes readers on a gripping ride. At turns chillingly suspenseful and achingly tender, Sleeping in Eden is exactly the sort of novel every reader hopes to find when they crack the spine of a new book. Baart's characters are richly drawn and utterly compelling; I was hooked from page one."

“Nicole Baart has written a novel that satisfies on every level. Sleeping in Eden is a compelling mystery, a tragic love story, a perceptive consideration of the callous whim of circumstance and, perhaps most important, a beautiful piece of prose. I guarantee this is a book that will haunt you long after you’ve turned the last page.”

Sleeping in Eden is bittersweet and moving, and it will haunt you from page one. Nicole Baart writes with such passion and heart.”

“Emotionally gripping and perfectly paced, Sleeping in Eden’s taut storyline and profound characterizations will keep you turning the page until the richly satisfying end.”

Sleeping in Eden is a bittersweet and masterful story of love and longing and redemption. Nicole Baart has crafted an irresistible mystery, a page-turner of a novel with prose so rich, and characters so beautifully drawn, you’ll be absorbed from the very first sentence. I’m telling everyone I know to put Sleeping in Eden on their to-be-read list—you will not be disappointed!”

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  1. Huntsville, AL
    1 Stars Out Of 5
    The product has no redeeming value, in my opinion.
    July 16, 2013
    Judy
    Huntsville, AL
    Quality: 1
    Value: 1
    Meets Expectations: 1
    How disappointing! I'm surprised that this book is offered at CBD. Yes, there is profanity, giving the "bird" by a fourteen- year-old girl and fornication; but, I expected redemption -- someone turning to the Bible and Christ for salvation. The book is very well written, but it seems to involve social service issues instead of the Christian message to young people-even in a vague way. A very depressing book. I read to be uplifted. I average reading several books a week and feel that I have wasted the money on this book. What a waste of the author's talent!
  2. Irvine, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Murder Mystery, Marriage, Choices and Secrets
    June 20, 2013
    VicsMediaRoom
    Irvine, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Nicole Baart in her new book, "Sleeping In Eden" published by Howard Books takes us into the lives of Lucas Hudson, Meg Painter and Dylan Reid

    From the back cover: She knew what he wrote . . .

    One little word that made her feel both cheated and beloved.

    One word that changed everything.

    MINE.

    On a chilly morning in the Northwest Iowa town of Blackhawk, Dr. Lucas Hudson is filling in for the vacationing coroner on a seemingly open-and-shut suicide case. His own life is crumbling around him, but when he unearths the body of a woman buried in the barn floor beneath the hanging corpse, he realizes this terrible discovery could change everything. . . .

    Years before Lucas ever set foot in Blackhawk, Meg Painter met Dylan Reid. It was the summer before high school and the two quickly became inseparable. Although Meg's older neighbor, Jess, was the safe choice, she couldn't let go of Dylan no matter how hard she tried.

    Caught in a web of jealousy and deceit that spiraled out of control, Meg's choices in the past ultimately collide with Lucas's discovery in the present, weaving together a taut story of unspoken secrets and the raw, complex passions of innocence lost.

    "Sleeping In Eden" starts with what looks like a suicide and Lucas is called to act as coroner because the town's coroner is on vacation. And then they find the body that had been buried years ago. That is when the two stories begin. Ms. Baart does a wonderful job of giving us believable characters that come alive on the pages but she also brings the two stories together in a very touching manner. Ms. Baart has given us a murder mystery but she has also provided us with a family in pain, foster parenting, young romance and dangerous choices and secrets. There is some profanity in "Sleeping In Eden" you should be aware of that. Other than that Ms. Baart has given us a wonderful book that is very touching.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Howard Books. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
  3. Tampa, FL
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Good Read!
    May 21, 2013
    Sally
    Tampa, FL
    Alternating chapters tell two seemingly different stories about Dr. Lucas Hudson and his wife, Jenna whose marriage is falling apart; and Meg Painter, a young girl experiencing difficulty choosing between two fellows. Toward the end of the book, the stories converge and mysteries are solved. The chapters are short, and pages seem to quickly turn. There were times when I wanted to skip the next chapter so as to continue reading one story or the other, but I resisted and read as the author intended.

    My favorite scene is between Lucas and Jenna, when they finally talk.

    This novel contains some profanity and indicates sex scenes between an unmarried couple.

    Reading Group Guide included.

    Thank you to Anne Staszalek at Authors On The Web and Howard Books for my copy.
  4. New Zealand
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Bittersweet
    May 17, 2013
    Iola
    New Zealand
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    When Jim Sparks is found hanging in his barn, Dr Lucas Hudson is called in to act as coroner. It's pretty clear that Sparks has committed suicide, but the discovery of a human skeleton buried in the floor of the barn is unexpected. Is it Angela, Jim's daughter, who disappeared eight years ago? Lucas finds an inscribed ring on the barn floor and decides to keep it as a peace offering for his wife, Jenna. Their marriage has been slowly failing since Angela disappeared, and he hopes the ring will provide some closure and help restore their broken relationship.

    Meg Painter and Dylan Reid are high school students in Sutton. She's intelligent, athletic and popular; he's the guy from the wrong side of the tracks, but they are best friends until all-American neighbour Jess starts dating Meg, and she doesn't understand her feelings.

    The two stories run side by side, although it isn't initially apparent how or when they will link. And both stories were equally intriguing, because I knew there had to be a link, and when I realised what it was_ well, I didn't see that coming. Maybe I should have, but I didn't. The second half of the novel is bittersweet, as you can see where the story is going yet it's like a runaway train: there is nothing that can be done to change the inevitable.

    Nicole Baart writes gritty stories with characters making difficult decisions, and Sleeping in Eden is no exception. She evokes strong emotion, not through melodrama but by placing her characters in situations that just could happen and where there is no easy or obvious choice. Her writing is beautiful, evoking images and emotions in just a few well-chosen words.

    It's not typical Christian fiction, even though it's published by Howard Books, Christian imprint. There are a couple of swear words and Lucas makes a morally questionable decision in keeping the ring. There are a few unanswered questions, and a couple of characters whose stories aren't finished. Despite this, Sleeping in Eden is a poignant tale of love and hope, beautifully written and a story that will be remembered. Recommended.

    Thanks to Howard Books and NetGalley for providing a free ebook for review.
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