In Search of Eden (The Second Chances Collection Book #2)

In Search of Eden (The Second Chances Collection Book #2)

by Linda Nichols

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More Heart-Gripping Fiction From Bestselling Author Linda Nichols

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781441260291
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/01/2007
Series: Second Chances Collection , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 514,431
File size: 2 MB

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.
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

What People are Saying About This

Cindy Crosby

"...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,

Violet Nesdoly

"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,

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In Search of Eden 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed this book, well-developed characters you can get invested in. Well done!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i can't say enough about this book. The end will demand a box of klenex. This book is one of the best i've read. REAL people - you feel as if you are right there with them, going through life, dealing with their problems... i got right into each character! must read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read In Search of Eden as a book club selection. It stimulated of conversation/participation from everyone there - ranging from a twenty-something to retirees. Everyone LOVED the book and wants to read more of this author's work.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I could not put the book down! I had surgery on my achilles tendon and decided I was going to spend my recovery reading I could of not found a better book than this one. It was and is a touching story of a mother who is willing to do anything to find her child and as well find her self if life and why she was the way that she was. I would really recommend this book to someone. Well I'm almost done and I'm extremly excited to finish this book and find another by the same author!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although this book wasn't bad it was a struggle for me to finish. I felt that sometimes when she would present a characters viewpoint there was sometimes just way too much detail and nonsense that didn't need to be there. I found myself skimming at some parts. I also wasn't aware that it was a Christian Fiction book. I was a little uncomfortable with all of the references made to 'God' or 'Him' but I think the all around message was a good one. I did enjoy the book once I got to the end and I was actually given more fast paced reading. It's a good page turner for a rainy day, however, it wouldn't be the first book I would recommend to someone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this story! I didn't know going in that it was a Christian Fiction novel but I'm so glad it was. There was a great suprise at the end that I never saw coming. I do have one small issue with the way one thing was handled but the way the author did it, I think I'm ok with it. :) I highly recommend this book!
debs4jc on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The lives of several people become intertwined, the main connection being a little girl named Eden. Eden is the adopted daughter of David and Sarah. But when David is seriously injured in a car accident, her uncle Joseph agrees to take her in, even though he hasn't spoken to his brother in years. Joseph adores Eden, as does half the town, including a mysterious newcomer named Miranda. Miranda has moved to town to find out what happened to the daughter she gave up fo adoption years ago. Eventually truths are revealed, and the people involved have to decide whether to reconcile with each toher or live in bitterness.Nichols creates a cast of compelling characters, especially Eden. I loved her rambles around town, carrying her police radio, and using the information she gleaned to help people. You could see where parts of the story were heading from a long way off, and sometimes the preaching of some of the characters went on for a bit too long. I loved the way that these religious figure were protrayed, as real, with failings and questions. This was a good solid read with some good messages.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldn't lay it down!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I would have to say that I was having second thoughts in reading this book, but I'm glad that didn't stop me from doing so. This book is something I couldn't put down. I read it in two days. I feel that I knew each and everyone in this story on a personal level and I hope that this story will contuine on again.
Deborah_K More than 1 year ago
So I had seen this book in the bookstore and online for a while and didn't pay much attention to it because I hadn't read anything by the author before. Then one day I decided to finally read the blurb on the back and saw that the story was based in Abingdon, VA. I was shocked! My boyfriend lives there and I have been there several times. I had to read the book now. I wasn't disappointed. What I thought was pretty cool was that lots of places that were mentioned I've either visited or have seen. I could also ask the BF to see if the other places really existed (sorry folks there's no Hasty Taste) and he said that his church is mentioned in the book (under a different name). I really liked the story. I liked Miranda's character and I felt sorry for her and her mother. They did not have a good relationship at all and that can be blamed on Miranda's grandfather. It's sad how abuse has a domino effect and keeps hurting generations later. Eden seemed like a really cool kid and it would be cool to get to know her. I didn't like Joseph at first. He seemed to keep picking on Miranda for no reason especially when he does the extensive background checks on her. But then you read his back story and you understand why he acts this way. It's a wonderful character study. There were some minor qualms I found with the book, mainly with just the cover. Eden is described as an 11 year old kid who dresses sort of punkish. The girl on the cover looks like she is 5 and dressed for Sunday School. I kept picturing Anna Sophia Robb in Bridge to Terabithia instead (who I think if they made this movie into a book would be a good Eden). Also I was informed by my boyfriend that Abingdon does not have its own postmark. All mail from that area either says Bristol or Washington Country. Other than those quirks, i enjoyed this book and am glad to have found a new author. It's always fun to read about places you've been to (which by the way Abingdon is a charming town that everyone should visit)
Guest More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book! Linda Nichols' characters have such depth that I felt I knew them on a personal level! I'm doing some internet research to see if there is a sequel... this is my first Linda Nichols book, and I'm hoping there IS a sequel. I am dying to know what happens with Miranda and Joseph, when is Eden told who her birth mother is and how does she react? Does Ruth open the camp? I picture Miranda and Joseph living at the camp and refurbishing it themselves, then Ruth opens the camp. I picture Miranda's father and brother staying in Abingdon... I'd love to see if Nichols continues this story (if at all) in the way I imagine. I certainly hope she does!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read all of Linda Nichol's books, and I enjoyed this one the most. I could not put it down. It does not disappoint.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Written on an elementary level. Religious references seemed gratuitous.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm sorry but I could NOT finish this book. After having just finished 'Water for Elephants', which by the way was wonderful and beautifully written, I started this one. It reads like a sophomore highschooler's book report. Too many cliches. Overuse of 'she' 'her' 'herself' - I counted 12 in one short, two sentence paragraph. I realize the character at the beginning is female, but it seemed I was sssshhhsssshhhing constantly. I got bored and tossed the book. Wish I could say I enjoyed it, but the writing is mediocre.