Title: Waiting For Sunrise
Author: Eva Marie Everson
Series: Cedar Key
Published: June 1, 2012
For years Patsy Milstrap has been plagued by her past. A past she had hoped to leave as just that, her past. As she tries to put up a brave front for her family, her wounds and scars from her childhood still sting. At her husband’s gentle insistence, they take a week long vacation Cedar Key, an idyllic island on Florida’s Gulf Coast. According to him, a week in paradise will do them both good.
Bobby Liddle has spent most of his life watching his mother and brother get beat and whipped by his father. He’s also spent years wondering why his mother sent away his big sister and where she was. As Bobby traverses a part of life known as being a teenager, he deals with his dysfunctional family and the fact that he loves his best friend, whose father won’t allow her to date.
After years of pain and sorrow for Bobby, he finds God and the slow healing process begins. Unfortunately, things for Patsy aren’t so smooth sailing, with resentment and hurt clouding her past, she can’t seem to find the healing she so desperately needs, driving her husband to some drastic measures. Hopefully, those measures will finally allow for her past to be her past.
What does her husband plan for her? Can his plans begin the healing process or push her farther into her pain and despair? Will Bobby and Patsy finally get some of their questions answered or will they spend their whole lives just wondering?
This book isn’t normally a book that I would pick or read, so I wasn’t expecting to like this book very much. Thankfully, I surprised myself. This book surprised me with it’s in depth characters and story plot, as well as its tear jerking scenes throughout the story. And when I say tear jerking, I mean it. This book had me holding back tears for a good portion of the book, which- I should mention- never happens to me. In my opinion this puts this book into a whole new category and makes me definitely want to read more from this author.
Tears weren’t the only thing squeezed from my body. The book made me smile at the statements only kids can bring as well as the tender moments throughout the book. This book definitely sent me on a glorious emotional roller coaster that made me want to jump on for another ride. Never before have I loved the sensation of feeling every emotion the characters felt. Leaving an irreplaceable mark on my heart and mind.
The plot is a solid one that leads you through the lives of two kids and the choices that shaped their lives. The author has a gift for making realistic characters from that plot. This author’s plot and characters have made me believe that a book can truly make you feel as the characters feel. I never thought it was possible before. If this is how this author writes sign me up for every one of her books.
The romance, what little of it there was, was sweet and quick. I liked the uniqueness of the romances and one of the father’s rules for the relationship. They were hard to follow but I loved the way it was kind of a test too. If they messed up, they weren’t right for each other. The romances also fit into the generations that they took place. The romances weren’t a huge part of the story so it wasn’t too important for it to be anything but sweet romances.
The best part of this book, believe it or not, isn’t the romance or the drama, it’s what comes after the romance and during the drama, a marriage stronger than ever before. This book shows heavily what true love looks like. It shows what a marriage through sickness and through health looks like, something I’m not used to and sorely missed seeing. It gave me hope that a marriage can survive everything with a love and passion for each other and, more importantly, God. Despite the ending, which I won’t tell you, I was smiling at the end because of the rightness of it. I can’t believe how much I loved this book.
I have no problems with this book. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a drama and an extremely emotional and well written book. I can’t give this book anything but a five out of five.
I received this complimentary copy of this book specifically for this review. All opinions expressed are my own.