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Sleeping in Eden

Sleeping in Eden
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Sleeping in Eden

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The lives of a middle-aged doctor and a love-struck young woman intersect across time inSleeping in Eden, Nicole Baart's haunting novel about love, jealousy, and the boundaries between loyalty and truth.

On a chilly morning in the Northwest Iowa town of Blackhawk, Dr. Lucas Hudson is filling in for the vacationing coroner on a seemingly open-and-shut suicide case. His own life is crumbling around him, but when he unearths the body of a woman buried in the barn floor beneath the hanging corpse, he realizes this terrible discovery could change everything. Lucas is almost certain the remains belong to Angela Sparks, the missing daughter of the man whose lifeless body dangles from a rope above. When Angela went missing years earlier, he and his wife never really believed she was just another teenage runaway. Fueled by passion, Lucas resolves to uncover the details of Angela's suspected death, to bring some closure to their small community and to his wife. But his obsession may not be able to fix what is broken, and Lucas may be chasing shadows…

Years before Lucas ever set foot in Blackhawk, Meg Painter met Dylan Reid. It was the summer before high school and the two quickly became inseparable. Although Jess, Meg's older neighbor, was the safe choice, she couldn't let go of Dylan and the history they shared no matter how hard she tried. Caught in a web of jealousy and deceit that spiraled out of control, Meg's choices in the past ultimately collide with Lucas's investigation in the present, weaving together a taut story of unspoken secrets and the raw, complex passions of innocence lost.



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The lives of a middle-aged doctor and a love-struck young woman intersect across time inSleeping in Eden, Nicole Baart's haunting novel about love, jealousy, and the boundaries between loyalty and truth.

On a chilly morning in the Northwest Iowa town of Blackhawk, Dr. Lucas Hudson is filling in for the vacationing coroner on a seemingly open-and-shut suicide case. His own life is crumbling around him, but when he unearths the body of a woman buried in the barn floor beneath the hanging corpse, he realizes this terrible discovery could change everything. Lucas is almost certain the remains belong to Angela Sparks, the missing daughter of the man whose lifeless body dangles from a rope above. When Angela went missing years earlier, he and his wife never really believed she was just another teenage runaway. Fueled by passion, Lucas resolves to uncover the details of Angela's suspected death, to bring some closure to their small community and to his wife. But his obsession may not be able to fix what is broken, and Lucas may be chasing shadows…

Years before Lucas ever set foot in Blackhawk, Meg Painter met Dylan Reid. It was the summer before high school and the two quickly became inseparable. Although Jess, Meg's older neighbor, was the safe choice, she couldn't let go of Dylan and the history they shared no matter how hard she tried. Caught in a web of jealousy and deceit that spiraled out of control, Meg's choices in the past ultimately collide with Lucas's investigation in the present, weaving together a taut story of unspoken secrets and the raw, complex passions of innocence lost.


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Meet the Author

Nicole Baart

Nicole Baart was born and raised in Iowa, where she and her family now live. She taught high school English for several years in Canada but is now the full-time mother of two young sons and the wife of a pastor. After the Leaves Fall and its sequel, Summer Snow, are Nicole's first two novels. Visit her Web site at www.nicolebaart.com

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Bittersweet
5 stars By Iola, May 17 2013
When Jim Sparks is found hanging in his barn, Dr Lucas Hudson is called in to act as coroner. It's pretty clear that Sparks has committed suicide, but the discovery of a human skeleton buried in the floor of the barn is unexpected. Is it Angela, Jim's daughter, who disappeared eight years ago? Lucas finds an inscribed ring on the barn floor and decides to keep it as a peace offering for his wife, Jenna. Their marriage has been slowly failing since Angela disappeared, and he hopes the ring will provide some closure and help restore their broken relationship.  

Meg Painter and Dylan Reid are high school students in Sutton. She's intelligent, athletic and popular; he's the guy from the wrong side of the tracks, but they are best friends until all-American neighbour Jess starts dating Meg, and she doesn't understand her feelings.

The two stories run side by side, although it isn't initially apparent how or when they will link. And both stories were equally intriguing, because I knew there had to be a link, and when I realised what it was... well, I didn't see that coming. Maybe I should have, but I didn't. The second half of the novel is bittersweet, as you can see where the story is going yet it's like a runaway train: there is nothing that can be done to change the inevitable.

Nicole Baart writes gritty stories with characters making difficult decisions, and Sleeping in Eden is no exception. She evokes strong emotion, not through melodrama but by placing her characters in situations that just could happen and where there is no easy or obvious choice. Her writing is beautiful, evoking images and emotions in just a few well-chosen words.

It's not typical Christian fiction, even though it's published by Howard Books, Christian imprint. There are a couple of swear words and Lucas makes a morally questionable decision in keeping the ring. There are a few unanswered questions, and a couple of characters whose stories aren't finished. Despite this, Sleeping in Eden is a poignant tale of love and hope, beautifully written and a story that will be remembered. Recommended.

Thanks to Howard Books and NetGalley for providing a free ebook for review. 
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  • Catalogue Code 371737
  • Product Code 9781439197363
  • ISBN 1439197369
  • EAN 9781439197363
  • Department General Books
  • Category Fiction
  • Sub-Category Suspense Mystery
  • Publisher Howard Books Publishing
  • Publication Date Jun 2013
  • Sales Rank #70000
  • Dimensions 212 x 139 x 22 mm
  • Weight 0.318kg

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