by Cindy Martinusen

February 2006
ISBN: 1-5955-4082-2
Reviewer Graphic Button WestBow Press
Trade Paperback

Italy, 1989, was a summer of young love and exotic discovery. A summer of heartbreak. Carrie Myles left that summer behind but never quite got over it, even as she embraced life, married, and became a mother. But now, Carrie is dying. She is way too young. After all, her young son, Eddie, is only eight years old. But she has an incurable disease and not even a year left . . .

Carrie’s best friend, Lauren Rendell, will do anything for Carrie, including traveling halfway around the world on a wild goose chase. Carrie needs Lauren to hunt down the man who broke Carrie’s heart – the man that Lauren despises more than anyone – and unearth the secrets of the past.

But Graham Michaels doesn’t want to be found. He is happy living his life on the water, not tied down to anyone or any place. And when Lauren does locate him, he doesn’t want to give up the secrets that are in the past. After all, they are better left buried. The secrets have the power to hurt. But is it possible they might have the power to perform a miracle?

Eventide is a sad book. The story is written in several points of view, but since it includes Carrie’s the reader is privy to how she feels about this incurable disease and leaving her husband and family behind. I sympathized best with Lauren, because even though she was the quiet, sure stability in Carrie’s life, unwilling to take risks on her own, she would face adventure for her friend, to help her try to bring closure to a past that hurt.

The story is well written and will keep the pages turning though it is not riveting. Keep a box of Kleenex handy when reading this book as you will need it.

Reviewed in January 2006 by Laura.

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