Thursday, June 14, 2012

Book Review - Waiting for Sunrise by Eva Marie Everson

Once again, Eva Marie Everson writes an engaging emotional drama within the pages of her latest novel.

Waiting for Sunrise tells a double tale of abandonment and the feelings of neglect that coincide with the act.

Patsy Milstrap finds herself facing her past as she vacations with her husband in Cedar Key, Florida. Patsy’s mother put her on a bus when she was thirteen with no explanation as to why she had to leave. Harboring unforgiveness toward her mother has caused her to curl up inside of herself, unable to focus on life. Internally distant from her husband and children, Patsy struggles to find peace.

Meanwhile, her mother’s tale continues to play out through the eyes of Billy, Pasty’s youngest brother. Watching his father abuse his mother and his brother, Billy shows us just how far a mother’s love will go to protect her child.

Will Pasty ever be able to get beyond the feelings of abandonment she holds so far inside of her? What if Pasty can’t forgive her own mother? How will it affect her children? What if she loses her family, too?

Waiting for Sunrise touches on many issues women may face within their lifetime: abuse, neglect, unforgiveness, and the tough decision to hold a child close or send her away in the name of protection. Eva Marie brings her gentle touch to a tough story and tells yet another tale containing the harsh realities of life.

The only difficulty I had with the novel was in following the double story. The years go by and are noted in bold print throughout the book. But the character viewpoints switched with a lightly noted hard break. Sometimes it took me a moment to catch whose viewpoint I was now reading. This, however, was the only thing I found challenging in reading Waiting for Sunrise.

Eva Marie Everson continues to be one of my favorite authors, and I look very forward to the final chapter of her Cedar Keys novels. 

 *Available June 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

Please note: I did receive a copy of this novel from the publishing company for review. In no way was I required to write a good review. But when you have a great author, a great review always follows...


  1. Thank you Alycia!

    Just a note to let your readers know about my Kindle Fire giveaway. They can go to my website, click on Kindle Fire contest button.

    Eva Marie Everson
    Waiting for Sunrise

  2. Looks great, Alycia - can't wait to check it out!

  3. You're very welcome, Eva! And yes, everyone please take a shot at winning that Kindle! (Eva makes note on her website that she's willing to make it a Nook, if that's what you'd prefer.)


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