Sleeping in Eden #Giveaway

by NancyT

5 Minutes for Books staff reviewer Nancy received a copy of this book to facilitate her review and is here to share her thoughts and offer up a giveaway copy for one of you.

Sleeping in Eden starts with a bang – a man has hung himself, and a buried body is discovered beneath his dangling feet.

Lucas Hudson, one of three doctors in small town in Iowa, fills in for the medical examiner as a favor to the chief of police when Jim Sparks’s body is found in his barn, hanging from a rope.  Lucas stumbles across what turns out to be another body, that of a female, which has laid undiscovered for 10 years. Lucas’s belief that he knows who the body is weighs on him as he withholds evidence he found in the barn, and he also has to deal with the reappearance of Jim’s daughter, Angela, who was close to Lucas’s wife Jenna until she disappeared, running from Jim’s abuse.  Lucas and Jenna’s marriage has been disintegrating due to their own tragedy, and Angela’s return can either make or break them.

Years earlier, Meg Painter meets and falls for Dylan Reid, a boy who is unattainable and elusive, but she can’t get him out of her head.  She takes the easier route with neighbor Jess, and Dylan and Jess each warn her about the other. Just when Meg and Dylan seem to be getting their lives together, it all comes crashing down.

The story flips between Lucas and Meg, and at times the transition is too fast and jarring. I found Meg’s story to be the more compelling one and often skipped Lucas’s chapter, only to return to it later when I found out what happened next with Meg.  It’s pretty clear from the beginning where the story is headed, but the fun is in finding out how it gets there.

Sleeping in Eden covers many areas – teen love, complete with the mysteries of the opposite sex and exploring new territory, is contrasted with a marriage that’s holding on by a thread. The mystery of who is buried in the barn is underlying throughout the book, though often takes a backseat to more pressing concerns of everyday life. As in real life, the actions of the characters are often frustrating which makes them realistic.

Sleeping in Eden may not be an uplifting novel but it’s an entertaining one that I recommend.

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{ 51 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Elizabeth bevins July 15, 2013 at 11:08 am

I love a story that starts with a bang!


2 Kerrie Mayans July 15, 2013 at 11:12 am

I am intrigued by the body in the barn and if Lucas really does know who she is.


3 amyc July 15, 2013 at 12:38 pm

The beginning itself sounds intriguing.


4 Anne July 15, 2013 at 1:15 pm

The novel is captivating for the plot and the characters.


5 Sheri July 15, 2013 at 3:41 pm

The cover pulled me in first and then the intrigue/mystery of the plot!!


6 Jessica To July 15, 2013 at 4:09 pm

I like that it has a mystery.


7 Laura July 15, 2013 at 6:32 pm

I love mysteries!


8 Suzy July 15, 2013 at 10:34 pm

I saw this book when it first came out. I think the cover is absolutely gorgeous!


9 Daniel M July 15, 2013 at 10:47 pm

sounds like a fun mystery!


10 Jenn July 16, 2013 at 11:10 am

Though you aren’t supposed to judge a book by one, the cover always draws me in.


11 Laura Kay July 16, 2013 at 11:58 am

The premise of the story sounds really interesting…and I’ve read a number of books where I know where the story is going, but I love the ride :)


12 Tana July 16, 2013 at 12:06 pm

One of my favorite authors! A good writer, and a good person. You can find her on fb


13 vickie couturier July 16, 2013 at 2:15 pm

I like a g ood mystery novel,,keeps you on your toes


14 Liz July 16, 2013 at 2:26 pm

What most appeals is the promised complexity.


15 Hillry July 16, 2013 at 6:09 pm

I love Nicole Baart’s books!


16 Jeanne July 17, 2013 at 5:36 am

This sounds like a great mystery which I love!!!


17 amanda roach July 17, 2013 at 7:58 am

without even reading about it..the cover and title.


18 Debby Chandler July 17, 2013 at 10:47 am

I like books that start off with something interesting happening. It makes me want to read more.


19 Susan P. July 17, 2013 at 11:23 pm

It’s a mystery and an intrigue all mixed up!


20 Christine Derrel July 18, 2013 at 6:50 am

Anybody read this book??? I wonder if its any good!!!! I love mysteries!!!


21 cheryla lister July 20, 2013 at 4:06 pm

I’ve always enjoyed mysteries!


22 Beth C July 21, 2013 at 8:35 am

The mystery and the striking cover!


23 Janet F July 21, 2013 at 4:45 pm

I like the mystery aspect of the story.

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24 hollowsins July 22, 2013 at 3:26 am

Love the mysterious plot and the relationship issues


25 nannypanpan July 22, 2013 at 11:56 pm

the murder mystery


26 Charlene S July 23, 2013 at 10:17 am

That it is a mystery book.


27 Melissa B. July 23, 2013 at 11:55 am

The mysterious dead body interests me.


28 Mel July 23, 2013 at 2:28 pm

It looks exciting.


29 betty July 23, 2013 at 9:02 pm

Its seems very intriguing: the title


30 Helen July 25, 2013 at 1:53 pm

the mystery what happened


31 Gina July 25, 2013 at 5:36 pm

Type of book I usually read.


32 kathy dalton July 25, 2013 at 11:02 pm

i love mysteries and this one looks like a good one


33 Sam Stamp July 26, 2013 at 12:12 am

I love the cover & the mystery of what happened! I also like that the book flips between the two stories.


34 Brandy W. July 26, 2013 at 12:22 am

sounds like a great mystery to me!


35 golden storm July 26, 2013 at 3:03 am

I think its intriguing because its a mystery,,my favorite kind of book


36 allyson becker July 26, 2013 at 6:05 am

The cover is gorgeous, and I love mysteries.


37 Diana Hatch July 26, 2013 at 9:07 am

I love a good mystery


38 Cyndy McKinley July 26, 2013 at 1:03 pm

I can never pass up a good mystery!


39 Megan H July 26, 2013 at 1:05 pm

I’ve been looking for a good book to read and this looks right up my alley! :)


40 Pamela Halligan July 26, 2013 at 3:22 pm

I like a good mystery.


41 Dawn Monroe July 26, 2013 at 3:45 pm

I just need a new ” cant put down book” and enjoy mysteries.


42 Crystal Rose July 26, 2013 at 4:32 pm

It sounds like it starts off well.


43 Brigette Streeper July 26, 2013 at 4:47 pm

I love how it starts out as a murder mystery from the start!


44 Trish July 26, 2013 at 5:09 pm

The idea that this novel features both a mystery and relationship storylines sounds very interesting to me.


45 Nancy July 26, 2013 at 8:14 pm

I enjoy mysterious novels.


46 Huda July 26, 2013 at 9:31 pm

I would absolutely love to win this!


47 Huda July 26, 2013 at 9:33 pm

The plot is very intriguing


48 Josephine D July 26, 2013 at 10:27 pm

I love a good mystery! Seems like it has a great plot and I would like to read a book by a new-to-me author!


49 liz l July 26, 2013 at 11:02 pm

teen love…reminisce my youth


50 Jenny Stanek July 26, 2013 at 11:30 pm

The marriage hanging by a string


51 Holly Mitkowski July 26, 2013 at 11:58 pm

the plot sounds very interesting!!


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