In Search of Eden by Linda Nichols
Bethany House Publishers, 1st February 2007

A girl who has never been able to settle down, Miranda begins various adventures, but whenever reality begins to tarnish her dreams, she gives up. As she approaches her thirtieth birthday, she determines to reinvent her life. But there’s one loose end to tie down first. Joseph Williams, the chief of police in Abingdon, Virginia, always tries to do what is right, to perform his duty and protect those he loves. He becomes suspicious of the new woman in town, and after checking further, he discovers she has no history. Then he finds a baby picture of his niece in her possession. 

In Search of Eden is a story about law and grace, about forgiveness and redemption, about finding joy and rest in a broken world.

This book has sat in my to read pile for several months and it’s been quietly asking me to read it lately and I finally picked it up and yes, what a read it was! I loved this book, from the setting, to the intrigue of the past that surrounds all the characters, from the refreshing way this story is told and the idea that we are all searching for a kind of Eden – perfection, paradise.

Getting to know Joseph and Miranda was an great experience – especially the complicated history between Joseph and his brother. Watching Joseph move on from the past, while Miranda digs further into her past to find answers slowly brings the two together. As peace is made with the past, futures can be forged.

Eden – the bubbly bright, somewhat adventurous girl is a riot! The reader can’t help but like her and get involved with her adventures. I also like how her Uncle Joseph keeps tabs on her without being overbearing about it – clever!

Overall, I found this to be a beautiful read!