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In Search of Eden (Second Chances Collection #2)

3.92 of 5 stars 3.92  ·  rating details  ·  1,233 ratings  ·  207 reviews
Tells a story about law and grace, forgiveness and redemption, and about finding joy and rest in a broken world.
Paperback, 448 pages
Published February 1st 2007 by Bethany House Publishers (first published 2007)
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Both this book and Before I Wake came as surprises to me. I wanted something to read while in Middlesboro and bought these at the local bookstore. $3.97 each.

I really liked In Search of Eden and then was confused when the hero started talking about Jesus and God in a nice way and a questioning way. So now I was intrigued and continued to read out of curiosity. Half way through I realized that I was reading a "Christian Book" by a "Christian Author."

Only once or twice did the author's religious
I found the book In Search of Eden by Linda Nichols a great read! Although it started off a little slow, it quickly caught my attention and became hard to put down. The story has several threads woven in but revolves around a young woman in search of an 11 year old child that she was forced to give up when she delivered the baby when she was 15 years old. After her mother dies of cancer, Melinda receives a clue to where the baby had lived at one time and goes to Abingdon, VA to try to find the c ...more
I had low expectations of this book, mostly because Iwas given the book as a present while being told, "I tried to read it, but just couldn't get into it..."
I was very pleasantly surprised. The beginning of the story as a little difficult to get into; the story changes narrative too many times among several characters at the beginning of the story, almost more than what is comfortable. I was a liitle confused, trying to remember who was who, but soon, I as in the midst of the story, and there we
Entertaining and uplifting. What I liked most was the development of the true moral character in every one of the characters. They each had uniquely challenging lives, but overcame the emotional obstacles of the issues in their lives to forgive, love and find happiness. All to often it seems that individuals are making poor moral choices as a domino effect from one initial bad choice, or due to the fact that the person is simply reacting to the actions of those around them. This book brings up m ...more
This was a really good book by an author I had never read before. I would be interested in reading more of her books. I was immediately wrapped up in her characters. I felt for 15 year old Miranda who had to give away her baby without even knowing if it was a boy or a girl and the story that followed was even better. We follow Miranda for 11 years. She couldn't ever forget her baby. She desperately wanted to find "it" but was never given the chance until her mom's death. Her mom had suppressed M ...more
Jeni Enjaian
A review from my old blog...

It's amazing how an opinion of a book can change just depending on the books read before.

In my ranking of favorite authors Linda Nichols would definitely rank somewhere below Ann Tatlock. When I first started reading In Search of Eden I compared it to Every Secret Thing and found myself disappointed. I had had a higher opinion of Nichols and couldn't keep from focusing on the negatives about her writing.

I found myself distracted by the multiple points of view. Sometim
Apr 21, 2008 Brandy rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Those looking for a good "sit on the beach and read" book
Recommended to Brandy by: Renee Priddis
I had heard before I started this book that it started kinda slow but they ending got better. This was a pretty accurate description but I would like to elaborate.

This is not the best author I have read. I noticed two mistakes that should have been caught by the editors or publisher. Also, sometimes it got a little confusing toward the middle/end as to who was speaking. She told the story from multiple characters point of view and it got a little jumbled at times. So for the authors writing styl
I can usually rate a book according to how late I stay up to finish it. This one had me up until 1 a.m. and I would have stayed up longer if I would have needed to. I thought this book was amazing!

Dorrie has had a tough life. Never feeling comfortable in one place. She is always on the move. Her mother, Noreen, is distant, and she has only seen her father 2 times. At the young age of 15 Dorrie finds herself pregnant and Noreen making the decision for her to give the baby up for adoption. Noreen
I found the book In Search of Eden by Linda Nichols a great read! Although it started off a little slow, it quickly caught my attention and became hard to put down. The story has several threads woven in but revolves around a young woman in search of an 11 year old child that she was forced to give up when she delivered the baby when she was 15 years old. After her mother dies of cancer, Melinda receives a clue to where the baby had lived at one time and goes to Abingdon, VA to try to find the c ...more
Leah Beecher
This was a good solid Christian book.
The author uses the plot of a young trying to find her baby that she was forced to give up for adoption, to serve as a Spiritual metaphor for the "Eden" that we all are in search of.
I liked the multiple viewpoints of the several rotating characters, that she uses to show the fallen-ness and imperfections we all have.
There are several twists and a few surprises.
The lack of 2 stars stems from the authors lack of ability to write the romance angle very well.
I am
The lives of several people become intertwined, the main connection being a little girl named Eden. Eden is the adopted daughter of David and Sarah. But when David is seriously injured in a car accident, her uncle Joseph agrees to take her in, even though he hasn't spoken to his brother in years. Joseph adores Eden, as does half the town, including a mysterious newcomer named Miranda. Miranda has moved to town to find out what happened to the daughter she gave up fo adoption years ago. Eventuall ...more
Carla Amon
I almost quit halfway through this one, asking myself why I keep reading this author! If I had to answer my own question, the reason is, because her first book was a witty romantic comedy and I keep looking for similar elements in her other writings. The first half of the book I found myself calling out (to the narrator of the audio book) "Okay, I get it, now can we move the story along??" The last half got better and by the end I wasn't sorry I finished it. I enjoyed several of the main charact ...more
Mar 17, 2008 Charlaralotte rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Charlaralotte by: Wal-mart
Shelves: read-in-2008
Picked this one up in Wal-Mart too. Didn't realize it was a Christian novel. I mean, it has a lot of praying in it. Everyone prays. Everyone goes to church or religious camp or talks to pastors on the front steps of church or puts their hands on someone's head & prays for them.

Anyway, I liked it though, because the heroine is an itinerant traveler. She lives in one place & then moves somewhere else when things begin to seem all messed up. Since I've been there, done that & may still
This book takes a little while to get into and unfortunately makes you stumble through a few preachy moments, though there were a lot less than there could have been. Personally, I have to admit, my least favorite character was probably the one who was supposed to be the “best” Christian, but it might have been just a personal rub. The writing, while not detracting from the story, certainly didn't add much of anything to it either and the plot was pretty predictable.
It's saving grace was it's en
I can't believe I finished this. As I closed the back cover last night I actually said, "What a waste of time." Sorry, that's a little cruel, but I didn't really get into this book. The story was predictable (although the plot twists that bring it all about were too convenient).
I don't have a problem with Christian fiction, but this was eye-rolling at best. All the praying and blessing each other got a little old. But, that's the genre, so I shouldn't complain.

The story was a little interesting,
First of all, I just love the cover of this book. That cute little barefoot girl in her pretty dress, just drew me in. I think I would give this book 3 1/2 stars if I could. The story was interesting--at times heart warming, heart wrenching and at times a little "cheesy" but overall a good read. I loved how the book was peppered with good strong christian characters and quotes from the Bible. This quote from Isaiah was on the first page "He will make wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the ...more
This was a wonderful story! I had a little trouble in the beginning, with getting familiar with all the participants. The author switched back and forth between different characters, in different parts of the country, and not initially related to each other. Since it was an audiobook, it may have been even more difficult to follow the story line. But finally, I was connected with everyone and began to get to know them. And then I loved them. I was so happy with the ending. It's the story of a wo ...more
Jeni Enjaian
After the disappointment of the book I just read by Linda Nichols (I can't even remember the title!) I wasn't expecting much from this one. I figured that Ms. Nichols was one of those authors that I loved a few years ago but had outgrown. Thankfully, this is not the case.

This story is beautiful. Unlike the first time I read this book I appreciated the broad spread of the narrative between multiple characters. (She did stick mainly with Miranda which aided the narrative as well.) The solutions to
I really enjoyed the book. It had a good story line with just the right twist of unexpectation.

What I didn't like is how the author made Eden a product of pure nature. Meaning... Eden was adopted as a baby, did not have any contact with her birth mother for 11 years, and yet her personality is the spitting image of her birth mother. As an adoptive parent, it makes me sad to think that people think we have such little influences over our children. Granted her personality was set up in a way that
This story was well written, the only issue is that I was unaware that there would be so many religious undertones to this book and repeatedly skipped paragraphs based on that. Overall I enjoyed the story line and the characters were well developed. I felt terrible for the little girl who was given up for adoption in the opening of the book, once I was introduced to her adoptive mother a little way into the book. Thank goodness for the rest of her adoptive family, because mom is not quite fit. T ...more
My loving husband got me this book, apparently wanting me to read christian books instead of paranormal youth books. It was a sweet story, but just not my thing. It took me forever to get through the book because I wasn't incredibly interested in the plot. It was a little frustrating watching Miranda live day by day with the very child she was looking for. Her stubborn determination to not tell anyone who or what she was searching for was irritating. But then I guess the book would have been abo ...more
I really enjoyed reading this book. It tells the story of Miranda, a young woman who was forced by her mother to give up her newborn baby for adoption when she was only fifteen. Now, it is years later, and Miranda's mother has died. Miranda decides to go against her mother's wishes and find the child she gave up all those years ago. Her journey takes her to Virginia, where she learns about her mother's secret past as well as finds her child. Miranda's journey is also spiritual as well, and she l ...more
The summary of the book had me intrigued. I read the first few pages through an Amazon preview and knew I wanted to read more. I must admit, it seemed like it took awhile to get the story going, but once it did, I thoroughly enjoyed it. Though I am a Christian, I tend not to read lots of Christian novels, simply because I feel that many of them are over the top or too syrupy. This wasn't the case with this book. The spiritual emphasis was poignant and not too much.

In addition to the main story
I really enjoyed this book. This is a Christian author but not a corny Christian author. It is the story of a 15 year old girl who was forced by her Mother, to give her baby up for adoption. She is always haunted by the fact that she wants to find it. When she is finally given a bit of a clue as to where to start her search, she comes to the conclusion that to find her baby she must go back and find out about her Mom who had always kept her past to herself as the girl was growing up. The story i ...more
Sweet read.

She draws you and makes you feel a part of the story. I loved that Miranda researched her mom and found out about her past. She was able to give Grace because of that. Great story of forgiveness adoption and hope!
Deb Todd
This book tackles several different aspects of family relationships in a sensitive and thoughtful way. The story line is unique and unpredictable. The characters are memorable. All in all a solid read.
Mary Baker
This is a really good read. The author does a good job with character development, and the plot has enough twists to make the story line interesting.
This is the third Linda Nichols' book I have read and I have loved them all. I love her writing style and how she builds the characters and weaves them together. This book is about a young woman searching for something that she doesn't really understand. She moves around from place to place and job to job never letting herself get close to anyone. She grew up with a cold mother and her father left when she was very young. At 15 she was pregnant and her mother forced her to give up her baby. Afte ...more
For "Christian Lit" I was impressed. There are some hokey parts but it was an uplifting and fast read.
Maria Rehagen
Totally loved this book! It had a lot of Christian undertone and I loved how through the conflict(s) of the story, the reader gets an insight to the characters' spiritual journey and where their faith is leading them at that moment. I liked the overall plot of Miranda searching for the daughter her mother made her give up for adoption when she was 15. I liked the family battle that was revealed in her new friends' lives. I liked how she finally got to know, really know, and understand her mother ...more
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Linda Nichols’ first two novels, including Not a Sparrow Falls, sold in the six figures because of her unique way of touching readers’ hearts through story. A graduate of the University of Washington, Linda and her family make their home in Tacoma, Washington.
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