Sleeping in Eden by Nicole Baart is a beautifully written book with an unusual format. The book is really two stories with parallel, alternating chapters written about a character Lucas followed by a chapter about a protagonist Meg. For most of the book there is no hint as to if there will be an eventual connection between the two stories. About half way through I begin to see a possible clue; but quite honestly it seemed that I was simultaneously reading two disparate stories.
I felt that both the stores of Lucas and Meg were engrossing and I became so caught up in them that I resented the end of the chapter and the switchover to the other story. As the book progressed I felt this way even more strongly. I really wanted to continue. The time did come though, when I began to see the thread of a possible connection.
My emotions were very close to the surface; the concern of a mother and father, the despair of a couple whose marriage was in trouble and the longing to find something good about a negligent, abusive parent. Some parts of the novel were light-hearted and joyous like the founding of a girl’s football league and the strength of sisterhood.
Sleeping in Eden is a book that leads the reader to continue until completion. It is well written with a complex plot. The characters become real and at times it is difficult be a part of what happens. As said, it is a novel that will keep you reading until the end. I strongly do recommend this book.
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own.
About the Book
She knew what he wrote . . .
One little word that made her feel both cheated and beloved.
One word that changed everything.
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. . . .
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 Meg’s older neighbor, Jess, was the safe choice, she couldn’t let go of Dylan 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 discovery in the present, weaving together a taut story of unspoken secrets and the raw, complex passions of innocence lost.
About the Author
Nicole Baart is the critically acclaimed author of After the Leaves Fall, Summer Snow (a 2009 Christy Award finalist), The Moment Between, and Beneath the Night Tree (February 2011). She writes literary, hope-filled fiction about beauty in brokenness.
Baart lives in a small town in Iowa. She is the mother of three young sons and awaiting the homecoming of a five-year-old daughter. After the adoption of her second son from Ethiopia, Nicole discovered a deep passion for global issues and co-founded a non-profit organization, One Body One Hope, that works alongside a series of churches and an orphanage in Liberia. An accomplished novelist, she was a 2009 Christy Award finalist for fiction. Nicole is also the co-author of the New York Times bestselling book, The Snow Angel. Her upcoming release, Sleeping in Eden, is a Midwest Connections pick for May.