Chasing Sunsets, Book I in the Cedar Key Series by Eva Marie Everson, released June 1, 2011, by Baker Publishing. It's 35 chapters that will sweep the reader to an island time hasn't touched, Cedar Key. Relax with a summer island read where Kimberly Tucker, a divorced mother with two sons, struggles with loneliness when they spend five weeks of the summer with their father. When her father sends her back to the family vacation home in Cedar Key, she encounters her first teen love, Steven Granger, and an elderly wise woman of God, Patsy. Patsy might be old, but she's computer savy and facebooks with her grandson, and Kim finds herself seeking advice from the woman who has done some living and trusts God.
Steven is also divorced and a single father, but is he the island playboy an old childhood friend claims, or has he truly become an adult and man of God? The old flame still sparks embers, and Kim dares to believe her first love might become her last, but her youngest son wants to see his mom and dad reunited, though his dad has moved on with his life and has become involved with many other women. Will she let her son and her ex decide her future, or will she learn to let go of what she can't possibly control and let God? Can she trust the man who broke her heart as a teen, or will he rip her heart to shreds once again?
This Christian novel is different in that two divorced people find grace and redemption and this makes it a realistic novel in today's world, a book with the potential to reach hearts for God. It illustrates how people live through mistakes and find it's never too late to turn to God, and change can be good. I loved the single father aspect, but most of all, I love the author's beautiful island description of Cedar Key. Her vivid detail makes the sights, sounds, and colors come alive for the reader. I can just see the marsh from the slider and envision those sunrises and sunsets that make Cedar Key famous along with the seafood, and as the author says, ". . . the island that time forgot."
I've been to Cedar Key and can identify with every inch of amazing sensory details, and I love the island that remains untouched by today's standards. This novel is available in paperback or eBook formats at Amazon and Barnes and Noble.com. I enjoyed the read on my Nook. If you'd like to visit an island paradise through the pages of a great novel, let Chasing Sunsets sweep you to another world and way of life. Relax and enjoy a virtual paradise, one where life is slower paced and filled with the sweet peace nature offers through God's creativity.