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Chasing Sunsets (Cedar Key #1)

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In this perfect summer novel a woman at a crossroads returns to the family summer home on Cedar Key island looking to reinvent herself and learn to love again.
ebook, 280 pages
Published June 1st 2011 by Fleming H. Revell Company (first published January 1st 2011)
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Giovanni Gelati
I got way more than I bargained for in this novel. Usually my reads aren’t as emotional as this one is. The post for Chasing Sunsets was supposed to have been up last week, but with my laptop getting hit with a bad virus I didn’t get to put it up so I am sorry and can only apologize to Revell and Eva Marie Everson. Back to the novel at hand, here is the synopsis:
“Kimberly Tucker's life hasn't turned out the way she thought it would. A divorced mother of two, Kim resents her ex-husband for moving
Hate, hate, hate the ending. Left hanging by something that occurred in the past.
“Do you remember those things we used to play with as kids? You’d draw on them and then shake them and everything would disappear?”

“An Etch A Sketch?”

“Yes. An Etch A Sketch. Sometimes I wish life were like one of those.”

“Just shake and start over . . .”

This conversation from Eva Marie Everson’s latest novel, Chasing Sunsets, illustrates what many of us experience in real life: reaching a point in our personal histories where we’re longing for a do-over. This is the central desire of the main cha
Not a huge fan of all the divorce and remarriage drama this book includes. It wasn't terrible, but I don't think I liked it much either. There wrre too many different character's flashbacks, and the one that ended the book made it even more confusing. Not sure if it's worth finishing the series.
Cathy Daniel
This book was sadly a let down. The first half was great and enjoyable but then the second half spiraled into a bad Hallmark movie. One of the characters even commented that and it was so true. I also didn't care for how quickly the main character decided to remarry. In a matter of a week?! And she has children to consider? There was also way too much kissing for a Christian novel and about the Christian theme? It was very Christian light. Thrown in there but no real evidence of the characters a ...more
Beckie Burnham
Due to some glitches with my book club’s selections this fall, I was scrambling to find an alternate for our October discussion. Looking through the many titles on my Kindle, I came upon Chasing Sunsets by Eva Marie Everson. That title had been in the TBR queue for a while and my group read and enjoyed two of her other novels, Things Left Unspoken and The Potluck Club. Add that the book is currently FREE on Kindle, and we got our book! What at first seemed like a second choice soon became a boy- ...more
Kathleen Basi
Everson had me scarcely able to breathe in sympathy for her main character by the end of page two. I've never disliked an antagonist so profoundly as I disliked her ex-husband. The rest of the story, while enjoyable, didn't really live up to the potential to address really difficult subjects. Many things were skimmed over and wrapped up a little too easily. Other things weren't wrapped up at all, a deliberate decision I assume as this is a series. Still, I read it fast and I wanted to do so. Not ...more
D.J. Weaver
Kimberly Tucker is living a life that she never expected. Her failed marriage has left her wondering what went wrong. Her ex-husband seems to be living it up while she tries to keep her two sons close. So when a Family Court judge decides her children should spend five weeks of their summer vacation with their dad, Kimberly is at loose ends.

Then, Kim’s father asks her to go to the family summer home in Cedar Key, to spend a few weeks finding someone to keep the place up since the previous careta
Kimberly Claybourne Tucker didn't want to be swept away by the magic of Cedar Key, Florida. A painful divorce and the responsibility of rearing two sons leaves Kimberly stressed and without the answers as to why things happen. When a judge orders her sons to spend five weeks with their father, Kimberly's father pushes her to visit Cedar Key, a place she has avoided for years because of the bittersweet memories. Her goal is to visit the area as quickly as possible and return. However, a chance me ...more
This is the first book I’ve read by the author, though I have seen her work before. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started this book. My favorite books are suspense/thriller or historical/biblical fiction, so this contemporary romance wasn’t something I would normally pick up. But, after finishing the book, I am glad I did.

After reading the prologue, chapter one opens up with Kimberly arriving at the courthouse. What a sobering and sad opening. Instantly, I felt a connection to Kim over ev
Author: Eva Marie Everson
Publisher: Revell
June 2011
ISBN: 978-0-8007-3436-7
Genre: Inspirational/women’s fiction

Kimberly Tucker’s ex-husband, Charlie, has just petitioned the courts for an extra week of visitation time with his sons. Kimberly is furious, he doesn’t spend the time with the boys anyway, he’s hanging out with other women. But Charlie lies to the judge, and the extra week of visitation is awarded to him.

At a loss what to do with her time, since, as a school teac
Alycia Morales
Jun 16, 2011 Alycia Morales rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves Southern Fiction, Women's Fiction
Kimberly Tucker doesn’t want her ex-husband, Charlie, to have more time with their two boys, Chase and Cody. The boys are her life, and it’s come to her attention they spend more time with their grandparents when visiting their father, who is once again enjoying the dating scene. What she can’t understand is why they divorced in the first place. Their life represented the picture-perfect American family.

When the judge awards Charlie the right to keep his boys over the summer, Kimberly is faced w
B.J. Robinson
Chasing Sunsets, Book I in the Cedar Key Series by Eva Marie Everson, released June 1, 2011, by Baker Publishing. It's 35 chapters that will sweep the reader to an island time hasn't touched, Cedar Key. Relax with a summer island read where Kimberly Tucker, a divorced mother with two sons, struggles with loneliness when they spend five weeks of the summer with their father. When her father sends her back to the family vacation home in Cedar Key, she encounters her first teen love, Steven Granger ...more
I have read many of Eva Marie Everson’s books and I have always loved the books I have read. One thing I have noticed about her books is they always have their own special feel. They don’t all seem to blend together. Eva makes each of her books a separate and special experience for her readers. I think though, that of all her books so far, Chasing Sunsets is my favorite.

I am a reader who appreciates a good setting and you can’t go wrong with a beach setting, especially in a summertime read. The
“It had always been there, this connection.
First loves never really died, I thought.
They only grew more memorable with time.” Page 186 – Chasing Sunsets

If you are looking for the perfect Christian fiction romance to read during summer vacation, I highly recommend Chasing Sunsets. Combine this book with a comfy beach chair, some tropical smelling suntan oil and a warm sunny day and you’ll be in reader heaven. This story is beautifully heartwarming and deeply romantic yet very wholesome and clea
Amber Stokes
Everson has created an emotionally engaging read in Chasing Sunsets. From the initial heartbreaking courtroom scenes to the rebirth of first love, this is a story brimming with feelings. Everson deftly weaves in flashback chapters to give the reader a better understanding of her realistic characters. And yet the story remains tight and paints an overall picture of hope.

Upon visiting Cedar Key through these pages, I'm not inclined to say that I took a relaxing vacation for my mind. Rather, I foun
Life doesn't always go as planned. This is a concept with which Kimberly is quite aware and when she is left alone for five weeks while her boys visit their father with whom she shares custody she learns that God's plans are much bigger than she could ever imagine. In order to give her something to occupy her mind, Kimberly's dad assigns her the task of hiring a new house/groundskeeper for their vacation home in Cedar Key. Kimberly goes to Cedar Key with somewhat of a resigned attitude. It is al ...more
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Kimberly Tucker’s life hasn’t turned out the way she thought it would. While her ex is living it up, she struggles to understand what went wrong. When her two sons end up spending five weeks of summer vacation with their father, Kim plans a respite at the family vacation home on tiny Cedar Key. As she revisits the long-forgotten past, she discovers that treasures in life are often buried, and sometimes you do get a second chance at love.

Let yourself be swept away to an island r
Abbie Riddle
evastated by a divorce, Kimberly Tucker is searching for answers. How could a marriage that seemed to be so perfect have fallen apart? What had she done to cause her husband to turn to some one else? Kimberly had been a people-pleaser and problem fixer since she was a child. She depended on others approval of her and was determined to fix all things around her.

Will a trip to the family vacation home at Cedar Key force Kimberly to come face to face with truths that she had buried deep in her hear
I could not put this story down.
Kim is a newly divorced mother of 2 sons. Her husband admitted to having an affair and instead of wanting to work things out he wanted a divorce. It's now been a yr and their back in court because her ex husband Charlie wants to extend his summer vacation an extra week because he didn't get them for spring break like he was supposed to. when the judge grants that motion kim is distraught she feels shes losing control of everything. her father then tells her to ta
CHASING SUNSETS by Eva Marie Everson is a wonderful inspirational contemporary romance set in Cedar Key,Florida.It is the first in the new "A Cedar Key" novel series. What a wonderful Southern fiction with delightful,convincing,engaging and lovable cast of characters.The plot is well written with details and depth. It has family secrets,love,faith,finding peace,redemption,forgiveness, grace,the depth of a family's love,and second chances. Kimberly Tucker,is a recent divorcee,struggles with lonel ...more
Mary Ann
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Chasing Sunsets by Eva Marie Everson

Ok. Do you want the perfect summer read? This is it!

Chasing Sunsets is the story of Kimberly Tucker. Kim is a newly divorced woman who can't seem to let go of the past and move forward with her life. Until... her father suggests she return to her childhood vacation home to 'take care of the house'. It seems the perfect opportunity to get her mind off things while her boys are with their father for part of the summer. Planning to stay o
Holly (2 Kids and Tired)
Still reeling from a divorce, Kimberly struggles when her ex-husband manipulates a judge into allowing him a longer summer vacation with their boys. At a loss for what to do, Kim finds herself back in Cedar Key, Florida at her family's vacation home. Yearning to recover from the emotional upheavals in her life, she also learns secrets about her own family and finds herself reacquainted with an old friend and an old flame. As she rediscovers past memories and experiences, she also reacquaints her ...more
CHASING SUNSETS follows Kimberly Tucker as she navigates her life after divorce. Not understanding where her marriage went wrong, she struggles with singleness while her ex-husband is living the high life. Her two sons are her life, and when her ex manipulates the courts so their sons will spend the summer with him, Kimberly heads to Cedar Key, her beachfront childhood vacation home. While there, she gets in touch with things from her past she refused to acknowledge, and takes a second chance on ...more
WOW!! I have read a couple of Eva's books but this was the best for me by far!! I could feel the pain and turmoil that Kimbery was facing with her divorce situation. You could relate to her worries about her ex husband. You could also sense the hurt she carried from her first broken heart. How in the world could she open herself back up to her first love, when she was still carrying all the hurt from their teenage years.

I loved sweet Patsy, the old lady who lived next door, and look forward to
Ane Mulligan
Eva Marie Everson charms her readers with characters you'd love to have as friends. Then she places them in a setting where you'd love to be. Chasing Sunsets is a compelling love story that will have you coming back for more from Everson's pen. Novel Journey and I give it a high recommendation. It's the perfect book to take to the beach with you.
First novel in the Cedar Key series. Good story. (Kindle version has first chapter of next book at end--I thought it was the ENDING to the book, which left one hanging.) Good Christian fiction love story. Kimberly is divorced and goes back to the beach house in which she spent summers when she was growing up. She meets Steven, who had been a boyfriend in high school and an older neighbor lady, Patsy, who is a big help to her and the "Christian voice" of the story. Kimberly had been hurt by Steve ...more
I really enjoyed this book. I liked the main characters. The author dealt with some difficult subjects and showed how we can't control others and every situation but that with God all things are possible. The ending left me wanting more...and there are 2 more books in this series I can't wait to read.
Veronica Bareman
I will definitely read this author again... Lots of story here and lots of back story. I enjoyed becoming involved in the characters who were well-written and thought out.

I especially appreciated that the characters were all flawed, aka human. Never preachy, yet included plenty of biblical references and core Christian values.
Tracy Haynie
Well rounded story.

There are a few words I could use to describe this story, but I won't. I will, however, tell you how it made me feel. Hopeful. With the things that I have been through in my marriage, this story gives me hope.
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Eva Marie Everson is a successful speaker, a popular radio personality, and the award-winning author of Things Left Unspoken. She is coauthor of the Potluck Club series and the Potluck Catering Club series. She lives in Florida.
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