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Can an ordinary life leave an extraordinary legacy? In 1976, when nineteen-year-old Allison Middleton accepts a proposal of marriage from Westley Houser, she eagerly accepts, having no idea the secret Westley carries--a secret that will change Allison's life forever. But Allison rises to the challenge of raising Westley's toddling daughter as though she were her own. Over ...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published March 23rd 2021 by Firefly Southern Fiction
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Connie Saunders
May 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is such a touching story. Author Eva Marie Everson shares characters who instantly grabbed my attention with their imperfections, and places them in situations that realistically mirror many of our own lives. Dust shows how one reckless action can alter the lives of many, and leave lasting consequences forever. I was especially drawn to Allison and her overwhelming love for another woman's child; Allison, who can never carry her own child, but will eagerly raise another as her own. As she d ...more
Wren
May 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I've loved Eva Marie Everson's books for years, and her newest, Dust, is a rich and wonderful addition to her works. Everson has the ability to create memorable and multi-layered characters that engage her readers and draw them along in her stories, as we are eager to discover what lies along their paths.

In Dust, we meet Allison, who's taking a gap year to figure out what exactly she'd like to study in college and do with her life. One day, sick with a sore throat, she's given a prescription, li
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Debra Williams
Dec 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Eva Marie Everson has been gifted with words—not merely words the eyes see and comprehend, but words that relate a story so rich, they weave their way into our hearts, to the very depths of our souls. In Dust, Mrs. Everson’s latest and, in my opinion, her best work, she relates a story of family, a bit of faith, and . . . life. Real life. Not merely the prettier sides of life, but life in its darkest, most-threatening moments. Her characters are real, their emotions often so raw, you’ll find you ...more
Ava Pennington
Dec 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Dust is more than a mere work of fiction. Eva Marie Everson has crafted a story that touched my spirit in ways I did not anticipate. The lives of her characters not only intertwined with each other, they also resonated with me. I was drawn into their messy, tender, and flawed lives. Each chapter beckoned me to the next until the final, satisfying resolution. But even after I read the last page, I had to stop and process (with a few tears!) what I’d read, not just for the characters, but for myse ...more
Kimmie
Apr 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Wow what a book! And a great way to start off my Bookish relationship with Eva Marie Everson!
Its hard to know where to start in regards to this book. So many emotions rolled into this story, from tears, to laughter, I stopped several times just to reflect over what I had read, and the scenes kept playing over in my mind leaving me wondering how I would have handled the situations that Allison found herself in. Needless to say, I think Allison handles herself very well and I enjoyed how Eva Mari
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Marie
May 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
Thank you in advance to the author, Eva Marie Everson, for providing a complimentary review copy through JustRead Tours. A positive review was not requested or required, and all words are my own.

This is my first introduction to the author, and what a stunning introduction it is. Stunning in good ways and bad ways.

The cover is subtle and yet beautiful, very simple – much like the tone and plot of the story.

The title and story is inspired by Kansas’ “Dust in the Wind” where the main narrator, Alli
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Melissa Henderson
Dec 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Every now and then, a story comes along that touches me so emotionally, I can't put the book down. "Dust" is one of those stories. The experiences of the characters made me think about times in my own life where I thought things were going great, only to learn they were not. I believe many families have secrets or events that aren't shared openly. The way the people in this story handle life is heart wrenching and then, heartwarming at times. Excellent story. I received a complimentary copy of t ...more
Deana Dick
Mar 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
As I sit here reflecting back on this story I just finished, I find myself filled with tears. I loved the time period of the seventies. There were so many things changing in the world and with it was the music. “Dust in the Wind” by Kansas is one of my all time favorite songs. It holds many memories and this story brought back a time when I was struggling to be a teen in a family that was dysfunctional.

Each character in the story is significant for different reasons. Cindie is a lost girl wantin
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Monica
May 02, 2021 rated it really liked it
Dust by Eva Marie Everson starts out with Allison Middleton, a young nineteen-year-old girl receiving a proposal from Westley Houser in 1977. The couple gets married are immediately struggling as Westley tells Allison that he already has a child from a one-night-stand with Cindie. Allisons helps Westley raise his daughter, Michelle, as her own child, while she deals with infertility. She also goes from a young bride to grandmother throughout the book.

Everson writes beautifully in Dust. I have re
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Lisa's Reading
May 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
This emotional and dramatic story is centered around the life of Allison. She’s an innocent, sheltered young lady who has fallen for Westley. They haven’t dated long, but one night he casually asks her to be his wife. She accepts and is thrilled to be engaged to him. As this story is set in the 1970’s, Allison’s parents are very old-fashioned. Allison has committed to marrying as a virgin. Her parents are of the era when women must do whatever their husband says.

Westley and Allison plan to marry
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Kelly-Ann ~ Sassy Bookish Mama
I hate when I have to write a review on a book that was not my favorite. This was definitely not a book meant for me but I know that it may be for you. This was my first book by this author. I have heard great things about her so this won't be the last book I read by her. I am definitely giving her books a chance this particular one was just not my "cup of tea". I think a big part is that I could not connect to the characters at all. The story is mainly told from Allison's view point. The marria ...more
Kelly
Dec 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Allison Middleton never received a proper proposal from Westly Houser, and she is okay with that. And when Westly all but insists on a wedding date just two months away, she is okay with it. She was even okay when he took her clear across the state of Georgia, not so much to meet his brother, and sister-in-law, as she first thought, but to convince her moving clear across the state was both best for his career and their new life together. She believed that she could trust Westly with their futur ...more
Faye
Apr 28, 2021 rated it really liked it
Deriving its title from Kansas's famous song Dust in the Wind, this book follows the lives of four people and the way that other people's choices, as well as their own, affect their lives.

The characters realistically jump off the page in all their flawed glory, drawing me into their lives through the ups and downs, as well as the triumphs and struggles. I think that the author did an amazing job of creating credibly real characters, mixtures of misguided good intentions, dreams, jealousy, and pa
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Rosalyn
Jan 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
Life is all about the moments, the choices, these decide which path you will take.
This book shows us how these choices can change the course of someone's life. Some for good, some not for good.
I'd not had the pleasure of reading any of Eva Marie Everson's novels before this one, so I really didn't know what I was getting myself into when I began to read. Let me tell you, this is one of those books that you just can't stop reading.
The characters almost stepped off the pages in front of me. I coul
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Robin E. Mason
Apr 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing
“Dust in the wind, All we are is dust in the wind.” Lyrics by Kansas, Point of No Return, © 1977

I remember that song, I remember the despair of it. I believe all of us wonder, seek our purpose in life. And Ms. Everson has written a profound story that asks—and answers—that question. She reaches deep into the soul, and digs deeper still.
It almost reads like “The Life of…” chronicling Allison’s life, both major life events and daily trivialality—and the heartbreak that befalls her.
As the years pa
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Suzie Waltner
May 01, 2021 rated it really liked it
Some books are packed with plot and suspense and twists and turns while others meander through life. Dust falls in that second category as Eva Marie Everson takes readers through the joys, pains, disappointments, struggles, physical aspects (closed door), and triumphs of marriage.

Told mostly through Allison’s eyes, this novel starts with a starry-eyed girl who falls in love and marries young throughout her marriage until she is a grandmother. While the majority of the book is centered on her ear
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Raechel Lenore
May 01, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2021-reads
While I don't think I was this books exact target audience, I still enjoyed the authors writing style. It was engaging, and flowed easily, without seeming too heavy or getting stuck or caught up on the span of time that the book covered."Dust" is a story all about life, and the unexpected, and expected, twists and turns it may take us on. Specifically the journey it led main character, Allison on. All of the characters were realistic and pulsed with life, each having their own story that was uni ...more
Randi Sampson
May 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
Right from page one and from Westley's non-proposal proposal, I could tell that Dust was going to be a story unlike any other I'd read. The unique writing style of the writer was clearly evident from the start, offering a realness to the story that drew me in. I found myself feeling as I was right there where the characters were---seeing what they were seeing and really truly getting to know who they were too. While a work of fiction, Eva Marie Everson did such a great job of sharing Westley and ...more
Robin Luftig
Dec 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just finished reading Dust and am spent—and crying. Crying for so many reasons.

Crying because Dust is such a great story! Crying because life is messy. That we seldom know the depths of that mess. We only see what we want to see, seldom what is real. And conversely, life can be redemptive. We never know the full impact our lives have on others.

In this story, Everson masterfully references different time periods as she grounds us in the story. She also expertly captures the paintbrushes of our
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Kristen Hogrefe Parnell
Dec 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book started with me talking to the page and saying, “Don’t do it, girl!” But can anyone reason with a runaway heart? Young Allison agrees to a fast-forward wedding with the man she loves but whom she knows very little about. Everson painted all the red flags in this relationship, but Allison saw none of them.

Shortly after her wedding, she discovers (view spoiler) A
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Heather Iseminger
Dec 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Life is imperfect. No one is given a free pass to the easy life. Mistakes have profound effects on the lives we lead and the lives of others, whether we know them or not. The book Dust by Eva Marie Everson beautifully depicts this imperfect life, full of the difficult, the messy, the pain. But more than this, Dust weaves a thread of hope, faith, and beauty throughout the lives of its characters. Characters we should despise are brilliantly depicted in a way that allows us to identify with their ...more
Robin Luftig
Mar 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
II just finished reading Dust and am spent—and crying. Crying for so many reasons.

Crying because Dust is such a great story! Crying because life is messy. That we seldom know the
depths of that mess. We only see what we want to see, seldom what is real. And conversely, life can
be redemptive. We never know the full impact our lives have on others.

In this story, Everson masterfully references different time periods as she grounds us in the story.
She also expertly captures the paintbrushes of our
...more
Kendra Neal
May 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Eva Marie Everson is a new to me author. "Dust" is her newest novel and I had the opportunity to read it recently.

The year is 1976 and Allison Middleton is smitten by Westley Houser and eagerly accepts his marriage proposal, even though she is only 19yrs old. She finds out later that Westley has a toddler daughter, but Allison loves his daughter as her own. Allison is never able to have a child of her own with Westley due to infertility issues. The 70's were a time of change for Women in the wo
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Zanese
Dec 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Eva Marie Everson is multi-talented in crossing into both fiction and nonfiction writing worlds. Like me, though, she is a child of the South, and it's that world that spoke to me through her novel "Dust". I think I know some of these characters in real life from the 1970's--Cindie, a teen in a family in a small Georgia town who desperately wants to escape poverty and her lack of education; Westley, whose extended family has essentially run the small town for generations; Allison, Westley's wife ...more
Sharron
Dec 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was provided an advanced reader's copy of Dust and my review is my honest opinion given without promise or coercion by the author.

Eva Marie Everson carefully wove the relationship between Westley and Allison. At first I thought theirs would be an abusive marriage, and I was prepared to dislike him. I thought perhaps he was a philanderer.

She tugged at the mystery of Westley's secret until she revealed it to his parents and Allison's, and finally to Allison. This young woman met the challenge h
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Deborah Maxey
Jan 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Sometimes we don't see the purpose. Why is life so tangled with knots? This excellent, extremely well written book, with characters that are real, flawed, wounded, gifted, funny, sad, loving and unloving, weaves a tapestry through the knots that tied their lives together. We are carried along on great plots and subplots. Quickly invested, we care about what happens to them. And then... we see it....perhaps there were never knots at all, perhaps they were the beautiful artistry that makes life th ...more
Jk Willis
Mar 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Everson weaves her story masterfully, catching the reader in the vortex of the lives of Westley, Allison, Cindie, Michelle, their families, and friends. One poor decision in Westley’s life affects the lives of others like dominoes falling. The gamut of emotions runs freely throughout the book, causing the reader to cheer, weep, fear, and celebrate with the characters. To quote the character Allison, “… all the people in our lives touch us. They leave a fingerprint. Some for a moment, some for a ...more
Patricia Morris
May 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Interwoven generations of believable and complex characters-those carrying their celebrations, choices, and regrets side by side. As the author floats seamlessly between the relationships and longings of Alison and Westley and those they meet, these experiences expose our shared humanity and our own self-evaluation. I dare wonder what my life would be like if those around me had chosen differently. What if I hadn’t suffered the childhood trauma or been in the right place at the wrong time. Or ma ...more
Sandy
Dec 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I’ve always enjoyed this authors books and this was no exception. The pages turned quickly to see how all the pieces of the puzzle would fit together. How would Allison handle all of life’s bumps in the road. Would Cindie get her life together after having such a great chance. How would Michelle end up. Well all the answers tug at your heart and a few life lessons can be learned in these pages. Are we all just dust in the wind. Even if we didn’t think we left any huge impact on the world, maybe ...more
Emma Filbrun
Apr 26, 2021 rated it it was ok
Shelves: for-review-2021
I wanted to love this book. The description sounded very good, and it said that it was “clean with some Christian elements.” That is the type of book I really enjoy, so I signed up for the review copy. I was very disappointed, however, when I started reading the book. I made it to 68% before giving up, and by that time there had been 14 times when s*x was mentioned, either directly or indirectly, including lustful thoughts and descriptions of n*ked bodies. That is not clean, in my opinion, and I ...more
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Eva Marie Everson is a best-selling, multiple award-winning author of both fiction and nonfiction. She is the president of Word Weavers International and the director of Florida Christian Writers Conference and North Georgia Christian Writers Conference. She enjoys teaching and speaking at writers events across the US as well as coaching new writers via her company, Pen In Hand, Inc.

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