Longing for a Do-Over (Chasing Sunsets Review and Free Download)

Renee Ann Smith —  June 13, 2011 — 22 Comments

“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 character, heart-broken divorcee Kimberly Tucker, and many of the secondary characters she encounters when she spends the summer on idyllic Cedar Key Island.

Happily, some of those desires are realized as Eva Marie Everson reminds us that Christ is still in the business of making all things—and people—new. Characters receive forgiveness, new beginnings, and second chances at love as they draw closer to the Lord and allow Him to work in their hearts and lives. There’s lots of family drama, a sweet romance, poignant flashbacks, and great descriptions of the sea, the beach, and the sunsets.

My favorite character in the book was Patsy, the seventy-eight year old woman who is computer savvy enough to facebook with her grandson and yet has My Utmost for His Highest, a Daily Guideposts devotional, and a well-used Bible piled up on her nightstand. The intriguing glimpse into her past made me eager for the second book in the Cedar Key series, which will reveal Patsy’s life story.

Chasing Sunsets is not a light read, but to me, it’s a true beach read. Perhaps because I teach and our school year ends in June, I find this slower-paced time of year more conducive to making resolutions than January 1st. So I can totally relate to characters who find that a beach in the Gulf is the perfect place to re-examine their lives, allow God to point out the areas that need to change, and then use the rest of the summer days to gear up for a new year and a changed life.

Verse from Isaiah 43 ~photo from my Memphis trip 2010~

***Chasing Sunsets is available June 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group. A special thanks to Revell for providing my review copy! Follow this link to purchase a copy from Amazon.com.

About the author: Eva Marie Everson is a successful speaker, a popular radio personality, and the award-winning author of Things Left Unspoken and This Fine Life. She is coauthor of the Potluck Club series and the Potluck Catering Club series. She lives in Florida.

Follow this link to Eva’s Amazon author’s page, where you can read the summaries of all her books.

Free Download: This Fine Life by Eva Marie Everson is free on Kindle right now. Follow this link to download a copy. I highly recommend it! (See tab at the top of my blog for more free downloads.)

Review from Romantic Times: In This Fine Life, Everson deftly uses Mariette’s first-person point of view to pull readers into life in the 1960s. Themes of growing love and developing faith make it easy to find common ground with the characters. This family saga will stay with you long after you finish the book . . . After Mariette Puttnam graduates from boarding school, she returns home to Georgia to decide what to do with the rest of her life. Her father is pushing college and a career; her mother believes that marriage and family is the right choice. When Mariette meets Thayne Scott, everything she imagined for her future is changed. The budding romance means that Mariette’s life might be different than what any of them could have dreamed.

***Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, offers practical books that bring the Christian faith to everyday life.  They publish resources from a variety of well-known brands and authors, including their partnership with MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) and Hungry Planet.


Renee Ann Smith

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I teach literature in a Christian high school by day and write inspirational fiction by night. I love to share heart-touching quotes and stories here on my blog. So glad you stopped by!

22 responses to Longing for a Do-Over (Chasing Sunsets Review and Free Download)

  1. Thanks for sharing! These both sound great and I want to read both of them as soon as possible. I think I can get Amber to get one and I’ll get the other – then we’ll swap after we’re done!!

  2. Both actually sound great…I love book reviews…the Etch-a-Sketch quote was great…that first book is on my summer list.
    Thanks for sharing and for joining us at NOBH.
    ~Kara at The Chuppies/NOBH

  3. Wow….fabulous blog. GREAT REVIEW too.


    Stopping by from Cym’s Book Party.

    I am having a Father’s Day giveaway on my blog if you would like to stop by.


    Hope you can visit.


  4. Those sound great! I’m a new follower. Have a great Wednesday!

  5. sounds like a great book! I love reviewing and summer’s my down time as well!
    happy wFW!

  6. intriguing. I am at a new chapter in my life as our youngest will be going off to college in autumn leaving us empty nesters. I’m looking forward to what God will bring to me. This sounds like a good read.

  7. Great review, makes me want to go out and buy it! Love your blog! I’m a new follower via Wednesday Window, I hope you get a chance to stop by and say hi back!

  8. Lovely photo and verse. And yes, I remember Etch a Sketch well. I hope to have a little more time for reading this summer. thanks for the book info.

  9. Thanks for the comment, and the way you said the picture showed up on your screen…well, that is just cool. Be blessed.

  10. Sounds like a great book ~ Love your beautiful WFW ~

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