Friday, August 17, 2007

Linda Nichol's In Search of Eden ~ Reviewed

In Search of Eden
Linda Nichols
Publisher: Bethany House (February 1, 2007)

ISBN-13: 978-7642-0167-7

Today is your birthday . . . I want you to know that you are in my heart, as you always have been. I pray for you every day. I pray I did the right thing . . .

Thus wrote Miranda DeSpain on the anniversary of the day that changed her life forever, the day her heart was torn in pieces. Ever since that wrenching event, she's been unable to settle down, embrace life. She finds herself starting one adventure after another, trying to forget. But she never can. As she approaches her twenty-seventh birthday, she determines once again to reinvent her circumstances, to start anew. Buth there's one lose end to tie up first . . .

Miranda's search lead her to Abingdon, VA, where Joseph North, chief of police, takes not of the new woman in town. Suspicious of her motives, he begins to check into her past. When he finds a baby picture of his niece in her possession, he is compelled to find discover the connection between Miranda DeSpain and his niece. In the process, he must face his own painful past.

A beautiful story of courage and perseverance, sacrifice and betrayal. Linda weaves all the elements of a good story together to make this book a poignant reminder that forgiveness is a choice. Though the "surprise" ending threw me and felt contrived, the beautiful way in which broken relationships were repaired and the overall pacing, coupled with a superb writing style, far outweighed that negative for this reader.

Reviewed by: Sandra D. Moore

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