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Sunday's Child

3.89 of 5 stars 3.89  ·  rating details  ·  306 ratings  ·  42 reviews
Born to a white prostitute and a black prizefighting drifter. Raised on an island by tough, courageous men. Controlled by no one but herself.... SUNDAY?S CHILD. Sunday Everette has a childhood unlike any other in the ?Jim Crow? era of the South, growing up at the Pea Island Life-Saving Station among the barren dunes of North Carolina's stormy Outer Banks. In sheltered isol ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published April 28th 2006 by VP Publishing (first published 2006)
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Tara Chevrestt
Jul 31, 2010 Tara Chevrestt rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Mocha Girl
Once upon a time, there was the United States Coast Guard and there was Life Saving Stations. In 1915, the two parties combined. One of those Life Saving Stations was manned by an all African American crew. Those guys went above and beyond the call of duty. The location was Pea Island. (North Carolina) This book is not specifically about any of those guys in particular, but loosely based on the circumstances. It is about an all African American crew and one girl, raised by the seven men.

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Susan Poling
It's about Pea Island on the OBX around the time of WWII. At that time Pea Island was used as an outpost for a Life Saving Station. Since it "cameout" of Manteo, thepostmen were all african american. When the illegetimate daughter of the cook is thrust into their lives the baby girl, named Sunday, becomes their daughter. Growing up with a bunch of men is quite an experience for Sunday. She developes skills foriegn to most women of her era. Eventually she becomes a "healer" for people on the neig ...more
An interesting read centering around the life and adventures of an interracial girl raised by the crew of an all black Life-Saving Station on the coast of N. Carolina... yet it is about so much more than just this. It is about the struggles of blacks and mixed race people, it is about self pride, WW2, racial bias, forgiveness, compassion, and an inner determination to not only survive but also to be proudly and fiercely independent. Filled with characters you can care about, a tad rough in spots ...more
This book didn't do much for me. I thought the premise was worth a read: A girl named Sunday grows up the only child/girl at the Pea Island Life-Saving Station in the Outer Banks, NC. We had visited a similar station in Michigan two summers ago, and I learned alot about what these crews did in the past. So I suppose that also drew me to this book. However, the station and it's activities were really no part of the story. I would have thought there'd be at least one life-saving event! And the boo ...more
Debra Slonek
Sunday Everette, of course, had a set of parents who began her life. She was conceived by a white prostitue and a traveling, black cook who had unknowingly fathered several other children. Sunday was raised and strongly influenced to live an abundant life by the exceptional Pea Island Life-Station crew, all men and all black. Pea Island is a barrier island along the North Carolina coast. This work of historical fiction took place during World War II. I am now aware of the strong German, military ...more
A story about the outer banks of my home state of North Carolina, Tom Lewis gives us an entertaining read. I enjoyed the history lessons concerning the islands of NC, the crew of black life-savers who patrolled the beaches, U-boat intrusions throughout the Outer Banks, folk medicines and sailing/fishing off the coast.

I liked Sunday Elliott and intend to read the other two books in the trilogy soon. As a Tar Heel myself, I especially enjoyed reading about my home state in the 1930's and 1940's.
Jeanne Julian
What I liked: that the author is a local guy, who knows the nautical setting on North Carolina's Outer Banks, and its fascinating history. That the hero is a spunky young African American woman. What I didn't like: that she is super-human. There are some situations that really put a strain on my credulity. In that way, it's a sort of old school Gothic Romance, sort of like Young Adult fiction with "adult themes," as they say. I think people in my book group liked it much more than I did. That'll ...more
Chris Beck
I learned that there were prisoner of war camps in North Carolina during WWII. It was interesting to be exposed to the various herbs used for treatment. The lard for burns and the spiritual practice for healing was intriguing. She recommended vanilla extract as a bug repellant. I wish I could have some of her sassafrass tea. I didn't know that there were so many sunken ships & subs along the shoreline. The relationships were believable. The issues between Sunday and her dad, the rescue crew, ...more
Tanya Watson
Excellent story

I really enjoyed this book. Lively characters and imagery. This was a very easy read that I could not put down. Looking forward to the next book.

Not sure what this was doing on my kindle. I suspect it was free... but that still doesn't excuse the use of exclamation marks in the narrative.
Enough already! Back off and give us a more believeable heroine!

Appreciated the first third of the book, but the main character becomes more and more unbelievable after that. Why not just stick with one thing? Why does Sunday (the heroine) have to be the world's greatest expert at everything under the sun? And, worst of all, why would this incredible fantastic blessed best-ever super-girl think it's okay to harbor an enemy soldier? Give me a break!

I did enjoy meeting Captain Benjamin Searcy and
Really enjoyed Sunday's Child. History I did not know.
I didn't feel this book was particularly well written, but the plot did keep me interested. I picked it up because of its setting on the Outer Banks where I vacation with my husband's family and because it was historical fiction. The story about a young girl growing up on the remote Pea Island with a collection of fathers but no mother to raise her is just the beginning of Sunday's many adventures in life. There is a sequel to this book, but I don't know much about it yet. I read this on the Kin ...more
This was a wonderful read and introduced me to an incredible writer. I couldn't help but to have a personal relationship with nearly every character. I wasn't aware that this was the beginning of a trilogy, but I have already gone through Kindle and not only bought the entire trilogy, but 6 more of Lewis's books as well. Would recommend to anyone who loves character stories. Don't let the historical fiction genre throw you off if you're not really into that, the story is what makes a book worth ...more
I didn't feel this book was particularly well written, but the plot did keep me interested. I picked it up because of its setting on the Outer Banks where I vacation with my husband's family and because it was historical fiction. The story about a young girl growing up on the remote Pea Island with a collection of fathers but no mother to raise her is just the beginning of Sunday's many adventures in life. There is a sequel to this book, but I don't know much about it yet. I read this on the Kin ...more
I liked this book quite a bit....It is just more of a 'beach read' than anything. If possbile, I would probably have given it a 3.5. It was a nice short, quick read. The idea for the storyline, although often predictable, is intriguing and the characters are believable....It just never goes to the depth that could have been achieved....especially with the lead character, Sunday.
REALLY enjoyed this story. The characters were vivid. The heroin Sunday is like a mythical character you tell your little girls about to encourage them that they can accomplish anything. I loved tge story & learning about Pea Island & the all black coast guards. Good history lesson. I'm going to try to finish the entire trilogy. Happy reading.
Jean Cogdell
This caught my eye for 2 reasons, 1 it was on sale by Kindle for only a $1 and it was written about NC. The time period pre and post WWII. The author a Tar Heal helped too. When I first began reading I was not too sure. But as the story began to unfold it sucked me in. I don't know how to classify it. The story just is, like much of life.
Kristie Haynes
It took a while for me to get into this book due to a slow beginning, but in the end I really enjoyed the strong female character Lewis created. I also appreciated how much respect he gave to the role of a midwife. The story was touching and I had a hard time putting this book down. I'm looking forward to the planned sequel.
Jackie Hodge
I didn't know how I would feel about this book because I am very "picky" about period stories. But I really got into the story and loved it! I enjoyed the different personalities between the men on the ship and how they were able to live and work together and nurture the wonderful little girl who strongly impacted their lives.
Karen Abbott
This was a great story! The author did a good job developing Sunday's character from small child to young woman with all the events that occur in her life. I have already read the second book, "Hitler's Judas". Not as good aa the first one but they are interrelated. Look forward to the third book.
Donna Dishman
I finished this book and I enjoyed it alot. It written about the time of Hitler and a small island . The people on the island were unique. Mostly Black Americans during a time of war and peace. Mostly war.
I loved the suspense and the characters. It is a must read.

I could never feel like I really KNEW the characters well in this book. Good story covering maybe 30 years, but it always felt it was a story that was told to someone and that person was telling it to me leaving out lots of particulars.
Theresa Rice
This book showed me that there you can put other people first, put aside your own feelings and wants for the betterment of somebody else. True love is explained in this story, and a love that sees no boundaries.
I was really surprised with this one. I actually am not sure what I was expecting but it kept me reading and waiting for the next event.
it is just a great read about a strong woman. So love those books
Sara Hill
This was a great story with fantastic character development. The history is interesting, but doesn't take over the book and it is a great perspective on a woman's struggle throughout her life.
Wasn't sure what to expect when I started this book, yet it was interesting to read about the area of the country I am living for a short while. Not sure if I will read the sequels though.
Gwendolyn Dabney
Loved this book, I came across it browsing the Kindle Bookstore, great story, I've recommended this book to all my friends. This is the first book in the Pea Island Gold Trilogy
I wish I could give this a 3.5

i really did like this book. At times I felt like she was a bit too superhuman
i couldnt put this book down it was so interesting and well written and it was a great read.
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