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Waiting for Sunrise (Cedar Key #2)

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Life sometimes gets the best of us. For some it's the daily pressures, for others it's the shadows of the past. For Patsy Milstrap, it's both. When she travels to beautiful Cedar Key on Florida's Gulf Coast in search of healing, she never dreams her past will be waiting for her there.
With a large helping of Southern charm, "Waiting for Sunrise" is a touching story of fami...more
Paperback, 390 pages
Published June 1st 2012 by Fleming H. Revell Company
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Alycia Morales
Once again, Eva Marie Everson writes an engaging emotional drama within the pages of her latest novel.

Waiting for Sunrise tells a double tale of abandonment and the feelings of neglect that coincide with the act.

Patsy Milstrap finds herself facing her past as she vacations with her husband in Cedar Key, Florida. Patsy’s mother put her on a bus when she was thirteen with no explanation as to why she had to leave. Harboring unforgiveness toward her mother has caused her to curl up inside of hersel...more
I've been waiting for this book to release ever since I finished Everson's Chasing Sunsets. I first got hooked on Everson's writing when I read This Fine Life.

Everson tackles some very tough issues in this novel without making it a total downer. Instead of the romanticized life, her characters are authentic, believable and easy to relate to...the way every character should be, right? Throughout this novel characters deal with the fallout of abusive childhoods and mental illness as well.

In this n...more

Waiting for Sunrise by Eva Marie Everson

After Reading Chasing Sunsets, the first book in this series, I was excited and waiting to read “Waiting for Sunrise.” The main character in this second book is Patsy Milstrap, whom we met in Chasing Sunsets. Patsy and her husband Gil are on the way to Cedar Key for a vacation, but what Gil is really doing is trying to get Patsy away in order to find help with dealing with her past. Even though Patsy is married to a wonderful man wi...more
A sad tale of abuse, neglect, resentment and forgiveness told largely through the eyes of Patsy. The author vividly describes how wounds we desire to leave in the past can be carried on to the future to our children if not death with in time. A visit to cedar Kay with her husband gives patsy the hidden answers she longed for her entire life. Did her mother really leave her for her own good? Why she had to face her own wedding without her biological mother by her side? If she could have prevented...more
Anne Baxter Campbell
This is one of the books I received free at the American Christian Fiction Writers conference last fall, but I'm just getting around to reading and reviewing it. I loved it, and if you read it I think you will too.

Patsy Milstrap is thirteen when her mother sends her away to join her younger brother who was adopted shortly after he was born. Their father is dead, replaced by a cruel man who beats her mother and Patsy but seldom lays a hand--at least so far--on her two half brothers, Harold and B...more
Imagine living your life feeling like your going to be left. After all your daddy died and left you and your momma, and then your momma sent you away to live with a new family when you were thirteen. Patsy Milstrap has lived her life with that fear, but she was never able to articulate it, but her actions showed it. The many calls a day to her husband at work, the disconnected way she treated her children. Finally a break down will bring it all to a head, and result in her being sent to a mental...more
Thirteen-year old Patsy Sweeny works her fingers to the bone along with her mother, Bernice Liddle to keep her stepfather Ira happy. As happy as possible, that is. Ira, a traveling salesman, can be counted upon to beat someone when he is at home. Bernice takes the worst of it, but Patsy and her two half-brothers, Harold and Billy have also been beaten. When Ira looks at Patsy one day and realizes she is no longer a child, Bernice realizes she has to send Patsy away. Patsy is sent to the Buchwald...more
Patsy Milstrap and her husband travel to tranquil Cedar Key Florida. Patsy's younger years reinvade and interrupt her thoughts when she recognizes a part of her past in Cedar Key, someone like she, who endured a violent and cruel life at the hands of evil. Her mother Bernice many years ago had made the ultimate and selfless sacrifice for her daughter to ensure of Patsy's well being. Through it all Patsy discovers what has been there waiting for her all along, but when the hurts are still raw aft...more
Victor Gentile
Eva Marie Everson in her new book, “Waiting for Sunrise” Book Two in the Cedar Key series published by Revell gives us a view into the life of Patsy Milstrap and the family vacation at Cedar Key.
From the Back Cover: Sometimes finding your future means making peace with your past

Patsy Milstrap wishes she could leave her past behind. Though she tries to put on a brave front for the sake of her family, the wounds still ache, and the scars on her soul are still deeply felt. At her concerned husband’...more
Author: Eva Marie Everson
Publisher: Revell
June 2012
ISBN: 978-0-8007-3437-4
Genre: Inspirational/ contemporary /women’s fiction

Patsy Sweeney a hard life. Her stepfather is abusive, her mother brings in laundry to help out, and Patsy has the care of the house and her two younger brothers, Billy and Harold. Until one day when Patsy tries to stop her stepfather from beating her mother and he notices her another way…

Desperate to save her daughter, Patsy’s mother puts Patsy on...more
I loved this book. Of course, I wasn’t surprised I loved it because I have never had an unpleasant reading experience with Eva Marie Everson. I think that Waiting for Sunrise is among Eva’s best work. This story was so moving and so real and impossible to put down.

I have found after reading several of Eva’s books that it is her tendency to use tragedy in her stories, but she never wastes the tragedies. She uses them to show God’s grace and love and to help the reader learn from the characters’...more
Rebecca Holland
SBN 978-0-8007-3437-4, Waiting for Sunrise, Eva Marie Everson, Revell (Baker Publishing Group): Patsy Milstrap is just having one of those days – well, sort of. After years of dealing with her past, and what a past it is, she finally felt like she could put it behind her, and move forward. At least for a time – like a much needed family vacation on Cedar Key on the Florida Gulf Coast.

But not all can be done as Patsy runs into a familiar face from her past. And Patsy just doesn’t know what to do....more
Jun 14, 2012 Margaret marked it as hardcopy-review-to-read
Recommended to Margaret by: Donna Hausler
This Fine Life was my introduction and a great read for me with Eva Marie Everson's writing. This book however was just read in the wrong week for me. (Right now I'm a little stressed about my daughter's surgery and needed something more uplifting where this was a little down - because it was a little too real on psychology issues...) Another time I think I might have enjoyed it more. Eva Marie Everson's writing is vivid and translates easily to my imagination as I can imagine it taking place ri...more
Sherry Carter
What a touching story of family and forgiveness. I felt a connection to Patsy Milstrap, who's struggling to heal from a difficult past. When she and her husband take a vacation on Cedar Key island in Florida, she comes face to face with her past.

Even as she withdraws into the pain, her family stands by her and loves her through it all.

I didn't realize this was the second novel in the Cedar Key series. I'm ready to read the first one!
I picked up this book after finishing Book 1 (Chasing Sunsets) thinking it continued the story of Book 1. However, this book follows Patsy's life. We are introduced to her in Book 1 as the elderly neighbor of her father's cottage.

I did enjoy Patsy story and how she overcame a lot in her life. Her mother cared for her so much that she was sent to the family that adopted her younger brother to have a chance at a normal life.

Holly (2 Kids and Tired)
Struggling with the after effects of a dysfunctional childhood and believing she was abandoned by her mother, Patsy tries to project a perfect, happy front for her family. When her husband suggests a vacation to Florida, Patsy has no idea what events will unfold and how she must face her past.

Told in flashbacks, Patsy's story is one that I didn't want to put down and I couldn't wait to see who Patsy sees again at the restaurant. It wasn't who I'd expected it to be. I loved Gilbert and I relishe...more
I’m not usually one to gush about novels that are emotional, pull-at-your-heartstrings-type books. Often those novels try so hard to make you cry that it just becomes depressing or comes off as cheesy. This was not the case with Waiting for Sunrise. It had so much depth, and it was real without going overboard. Even though the subject matter was weighty and sometimes sad, I was not depressed while I was reading it. I think the difference is that there was an underlying sense of hope throughout....more
Anne Boyd

I have read many books, but to is the first time one has affected me as much as Waiting for Sunrise did. At the end of the book, I was actually crying. It was a great book
Terri Tinkel
This book is one of a series written about Cedar Key, Florida. It is written as a Christian story but the religious aspect is not a heavy part of the story. The story is a touching one of families pulled apart, some aspects of abuse, plenty of love and how the past can influence the present. The main character is sent away from home for her protection. She grows up feeling abandoned and confused. She has a good life but she can't allow herself to appreciate what she has. The side story is what h...more
This author has an interesting approach to unfolding her story. The characters are well-developed and complex. An interesting read.
Very good book, I really enjoy the Cedar Key series. Having been to Cedar Key I could associate with the location the story took place in.
Amy Kreischer
Kept my attention.

Good book. The storyline kept me riveted and was not a typical storyline. It had a lot of different emotions in it and seemed fairly realistic. Excited to read the third book.
Book 2 of the Cedar Creek series. This tells the story of Patsy, Kimberly's older neighbor lady from book 1. I expected a mixture of Kimberly and Patsy, but this book was just about Patsy's life history--surprising from how she was so calm in book 1--her faith definitely shines through in book 2, considering her worried life in this book. Given up by her mother at a young age, she feels abandoned, whereas her mother was just trying to protect her.
Andi Newberry ~Tubbs
Patsy's past comes face to face with her when her and her husband Gilbert arrive in Cedar Key for vacation; someone who knows the same pain she knew, who watched their mother be abused, and was abused himself at the hands of pure evil!
Eva Marie writes a book that is heart - wrenching, tear at your heart family drama, that you can't put down. You will find yourself cheering for Patsy, and Billy! This is a book you do not want to miss!
Waiting for Sunrise is another winner by Eva Marie Everson. The book begins in 1964 as Patsy and her husband go to Cedar Key. It then flashes back to 1946 and proceeds chronologically until it catches up with the opening scene, which is repeated later in the book. Read my full review at
Michelle Vasquez
Waiting for Sunrise by Eva Marie Everson is a beautifully moving story about a woman who has spent years of her life trying to hide from her past, but facing it may be the only thing that will heal her.

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In my opinion this book has major flaws: an overly obvious plot, one-dimensional characters and a writing style that is too sugary-sweet.
I kept reading, thinking that with all the good review it had gotten that maybe there would be some interesting plot twists or the characters would develop. Nope. Can't recommend this book.
Aug 26, 2012 Cindy rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2012
Excellent book! I couldn't put it down and read it in one day late into the night! It had a great storyline and characters. I tend to avoid some of the Christian books because I don't like religion pushed at me in a book. But this book was so good, I want to read more from this author!
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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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