Monday, December 9, 2013

[Review] Sunset's Dawn by J. Brent Eaton

Title: Sunset's Dawn, Sunset Series
Author: J. Brent Eaton
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services, Inc. 2013
Genre: Fiction
Theme: Making peace with the past and moving on to the next chapter.
Format: Kindle
Age: Adult
Pages: 263, 2737 KB
Rating: 5 Stars
Source: Special Kindle price day on Amazon, free purchase.

Summary:
Jake (Jacob) Jennings, a Hospice chaplain, relocates to a small town in central Texas named Sunset.
He has strong roots in central Texas, but has lived the last several years in Houston. Thirteen years ago tragic circumstances changed his life forever. As a Hospice chaplain and bereavement counselor he knows firsthand how death affects family members. Pouring himself into his job, or hobby (competition long range shooting), or an address change, does not erase pain from the past. There are a few things in Jake's life that he has worked hard to cover-up, without really making peace and moving on. Jake's first day on the new job at Sunset Hospice offers him a chance for a new beginning in life. The question will be: is Jake able to move forward, or will he continue to live in the past?

Thoughts:
There are several points which led me to give this book 5 stars.
  • A love story written from a male perspective. Most Christian fiction love stories are written by women and read by women. Many of them are sappy, bubble gum reads (lose flavor quickly); further, men would not be attracted to these books. I believe Sunset's Dawn is a love story male readers will enjoy. It's balanced, neither too masculine, nor too feminine. I feel it gives a realistic, complementary view of a relationship. 
  • The female lead character is tough-minded, out-spoken, persevering, hard-working, independent.
  • Most of the characters work in a Hospice setting. This gives a well-rounded decisive look at the people who've dedicated their lives to those transitioning from this life to the next, and for the families that will continue living in this life after their loved ones have moved on. The thoughts and motives, schooling and training, job duties, all these are explored in the Hospice characters.
  • Through Jake's character I'm reminded that even when I'm trained or have the knowledge to know something, I can still be lax in applying it in my own life.
  • Acceptance and peace can take more time for some people, there really is no time limit; however, the goal must be maintained. 
  • Sometimes the answer is staring at us, it is as near as the end of our nose, but we keep ignoring it. 
  • Death is not necessarily the death of a person's body, it can be the death of a dream, marriage, job, etc.
  • The goal or motive of Sunset's Dawn, is in making peace with a tragedy and in moving forward. This is the last stage of grief, acceptance and peace.
Sunset's Dawn, is book one in a series. There is closure for the reader in book one, but there is a hint of what will happen in book two. 

I love this story because it did exactly what it was intended to do, to teach the reader (me) through a fictional story.

Author page at Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/J.-Brent-Eaton/e/B00GT2NZWS/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1386598571&sr=1-2-ent

Previous non-fiction book written by Eaton:
When Gospel's Collide
http://www.amazon.com/When-Gospels-Collide-Unabridged-Christ-ebook/dp/B004TGSPQW/ref=sr_1_3?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1386598571&sr=1-3&keywords=j.+brent+eaton


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