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Posted June 16, 2012
COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN
Thirteen-year old Patsy Sweeny works her fingers to the bone along with her mother, Bernice Liddle to keep her stepfather Ira happy. As happy as possible, that is. Ira, a traveling salesman, can be counted upon to beat someone when he is at home. Bernice takes the worst of it, but Patsy and her two half-brothers, Harold and Billy have also been beaten. When Ira looks at Patsy one day and realizes she is no longer a child, Bernice realizes she has to send Patsy away. Patsy is sent to the Buchwalds, the Christian couple who took in Patsy's brother Lloyd years before. While living there, she makes a new life, falls in love with Gilbert Milstrap, marries him, and begins her adult life. But after a few years, the strain of her early years takes its toll. When a breakdown lands her in a hospital, Gilbert goes looking for her past.
This novel did something I thought impossible. It made me cry. I have always laughed at people who say they sit down to have a good cry over a novel, but this one did it. I'm not saying I want to make it a habit, but this was truly a good novel. Ira Liddle was the villain we love to hate (can we admit that in Christian fiction?), and in this it's well-deserved. Bernice is a difficult mother to understand. She not only tolerates so much, but she hides so much. The saddest part, in my opinion, is when they move up the financial and social ladder, and the abuse continues. It is just done quieter than before and covered up better. The part where Ira worries about his social standing in the church they attend is unbelievable. Every Sunday, somewhere there is a woman hiding a bruise and a man sitting next to her thinking he has everyone fooled. Ms. Everson has shown the truth behind the facade of the American family. This was an excellent novel that really made me think and, most of all, wouldn't leave me alone after I finished it. That's the test of a novel. That's a 5-star novel.
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Posted July 10, 2012
This book is amazing. My Grandma told me it was a good book and that she really liked. I did not think I would like it at first because im only 14 so of course we arnt going to like all the same books. But this book is so good. From the first chapter I know I would like it.
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Posted January 22, 2014
This is one of the books I received free at the American Christi
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Patsy¿ 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?
Posted January 6, 2013
Hard to put down
A very good read and hard to put down. This is book 2 in the series but you can easily read this book alone or first. This book is written by a Christian author but it is not heavy with religion. The one negative is that some of the pages stuck and I had to skip a few paragraphs to continue reading. I would read more books from this author.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 13, 2012
Once again, Eva Marie Everson writes an engaging emotional drama
Once again, Eva Marie Everson writes an engaging emotional drama within the pages of her latest novel.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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...
Posted June 10, 2012
This is the second book in the Cedar Key series, but it is the f
This is the second book in the Cedar Key series, but it is the first one that I've read. It can be read alone without having read the first.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Characters are well formed with flaws. This makes for an interesting and complex story line. The reader follows Patsy Milstrap from childhood throughout her adult life. She's a person that I would have liked at any age. Life for Patsy is not easy, but she usually muddles through. She keeps her problems to herself until one day she breaks. I cannot tell you more without divulging the plot.
Trust me, this book is worth reading!
Thank you to Donna Hausler for my copy. Available June, 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
Posted June 8, 2012
Wear sunscreen when reading!
If you read this at the beach be sure you wear sunscreen. You'll be so engrossed in the story you'll burn if you don't. Eva Marie Everson explores and lays bare family relationships, love, deep hurts that leave hearts scarred, and acceptance. Novel Rocket and I highly recommend it. It's a must read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.