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Chasing Sunsets (Cedar Key #1)

3.80  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,216 Ratings  ·  148 Reviews
Divorced mother of two, Kimberly Tucker travels to her family's vacation home on Cedar Key Island to try and reinvent herself and move on with her life.
Paperback, 373 pages
Published June 1st 2011 by Fleming H. Revell Company (first published January 1st 2011)
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Mar 14, 2012 Susan rated it it was ok
Hate, hate, hate the ending. Left hanging by something that occurred in the past.
May 01, 2015 Obsidian rated it liked it
Though I don't read a lot of Christian fiction/romance novels these days I used to back when I was in college. I liked reading chaste romance novels since sometimes all I would read would be sex scene after sex scene with very little plot left over. A friend recommended this book to me since she thought I may enjoy since she reads nothing but Christian fiction books. However, this book was a struggle to get through from beginning to end and I really didn't enjoy it.

The main character Kimberly wo
Giovanni Gelati
Jun 20, 2011 Giovanni Gelati rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 13, 2011 Renee rated it really liked it
“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
Jun 26, 2014 Stephanie rated it liked it
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
Jul 07, 2014 Cathy Daniel rated it liked it
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
Oct 10, 2014 Beckie Burnham rated it really liked it
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
Phyllis Freeman
Feb 19, 2015 Phyllis Freeman rated it really liked it
Cedar Key on the Gulf Coast is a memory for Kimberly Tucker now a school teacher. Growing up, her family spent every summer and many holidays at their vacation home there. Since her mother’s death, she had no desire to return to visit old memories.

Recently divorced with two sons, Kim fretted about what she would do when her sons spent weeks with their father in the summer.
Her dad still owned property in Cedar Key and asked her to visit his home and hire a new caretaker and housekeeper to keep t
I liked this book well enough to devour it in one day. And while I was entertained and interested enough to devour the book, the love story was far too much for me. I bristle greatly with instaLove kind of stuff. And even though there was a past history, the speed for which the love relationship took off did not work for me. I am not a fan at all of "instaLove-lets get married" style of relationships. Most times, that is based on lust, and idealistic relationship wants. With that said, I did I l ...more
Kathleen Basi
Jun 22, 2014 Kathleen Basi rated it really liked it
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
Jan 16, 2015 Kate rated it it was ok
Despite skepticism, I was drawn in to the first part of the book. The first half was well-done, emotionally-driven, and powerful. However, as it progressed, it became cliche and trope. Lessons learned were necessary, but learned suddenly and the drama the second half of the book hinged on never lasted long enough to feel truly dramatic. I even felt the characterizations went from pretty deep to pretty shallow. If the beginning hadn't been so great, I might have been more accepting of the latter ...more
D.J. Weaver
Aug 31, 2011 D.J. Weaver rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 13, 2011 Jolene rated it really liked it
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
Jun 15, 2011 Katie rated it really liked it
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
Jun 12, 2011 Laura rated it it was amazing
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 it was amazing
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
Jul 30, 2011 B.J. Robinson rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 07, 2011 Carly rated it it was amazing
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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
Jun 12, 2011 Cafelilybookreviews rated it it was amazing
“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
Jan 15, 2016 Amber Stokes rated it really liked it
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
Jun 18, 2011 Kristina rated it really liked it
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
Aug 24, 2011 Louise rated it really liked it
Story Description:

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
Jun 13, 2011 Abbie Riddle rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 29, 2013 Tiffanie rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 12, 2011 April rated it really liked it
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
Jun 15, 2011 Mary Ann rated it it was amazing
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)
Jun 12, 2011 Holly (2 Kids and Tired) rated it really liked it
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
Tamara Tilley
Jan 27, 2016 Tamara Tilley rated it really liked it
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
Michelle Welch
May 18, 2015 Michelle Welch rated it it was amazing
a great vacation read, especially while sitting in a lounge chair on a beach in Florida! It is the typical summertime romance novel but with a few twists to keep you guessing just a little bit. It does a little time hopping with the actors in the book so that you are hooked into the second book by the time you finish with the first. But that's ok because Eva Marie has definitely crafted the art of a beautiful life/love story that occurs even amidst the ashes of failure.
Apr 04, 2015 Becky rated it it was amazing
Admittedly I read this series out of order. I still enjoyed it very much, probably would recommend reading it in order. Nevertheless this was the best of the three in my opinion by far. If you enjoy a thread of Christian faith or even more of an under-pinning set on a tranquil island with drama and real life then you'll enjoy this read. It deals with divorce, child custody, young reckless love without all the tawdry details. Well done!
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Apr 23, 2015 11:37AM  
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  • Travelers Rest
  • Crispens Point
  • Long Time Coming
  • The Reunion
  • Reinventing Rachel
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  • Larkspur Cove (Moses Lake, #1)
  • The Mother Road
  • The Narrow Path
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  • Finding Jeena
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  • Past Forward-A Serial Novel: Volume I (Past Forward, #1-5)
  • Gifts of Life (The Gift Series)
  • An Irish Christmas
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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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