A girl who has never been able to settle down, Miranda begins various adventures, but whenever reality begins to tarnish her dreams, she gives up. As she approaches her twenty-seventh birthday, she determines to reinvent her life. But there's one loose end to tie down first...
Joseph Williams, the chief of police in Abingdon, Virginia, always tries to do what is right, to perform his duty and protect those he loves. He becomes suspicious of the new woman in town, and after checking further, he discovers she has no history. Then he finds a baby picture of his niece in her possession...
In Search of Eden is a story about law and grace, about forgiveness and redemption, about finding joy and rest in a broken world.
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About the Author
Linda Nichols, a graduate of the University of Washington, is a novelist with a unique gift for touching readers' hearts with her stories. She is also the author of the acclaimed novels If I Gained the World and At the Scent of Water. She and her family make their home in Tacoma, Washington. Visit Linda's website at www.lindanichols.org.
What People are Saying About This
"...Nichols admirably shows how even the most seemingly unforgivable sins can be redeemed, and how understanding a person's past can illuminate their actions and lead to forgiveness. Readers will especially enjoy the delightful character of Eden, an unusually self-aware 11-old who steals the novel.... Most of all, readers in search of reminders of grace for their own brokenness and mistakes will find comfort within these pages."--(Cindy Crosby, faithfulreader.com)
"Nichols' writing style achieves a nice balance of poetry and efficiency - descriptive and detailed but not flowery, good conversation, and no ambivalence about whose head one is in. In fact, I felt she excelled at getting inside the minds and emotions of pretty much every character, even the very minor ones. The title is another little stylistic coup with its double-meaning possibilities.
The way the story explores family relationships, forgiveness, mother love, and adoption will give it appeal to readers in a wide range of ages. It is written from a Christian worldview but is never preachy. However, even though God is not mentioned much overtly, His fingerprints are all over this story....
For a thoughtful and satisfying read that will leave you feeling warmed and hopeful, In Search of Eden is a good choice. The paperback edition I read came with a set of discussion questions at the end, making this book excellent for reading clubs too."--(Violet Nesdoly, blogcritics.org)