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Sleeping in Eden

Sleeping in Eden

Sleeping in Eden by Nicole Baart

Summary: The lives of a middle-aged doctor and a love-struck young woman intersect across time in Sleeping in Eden, Nicole Baart’s haunting novel about love, jealousy, and the boundaries between loyalty and truth.

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.

s comments: What happened to Meg? What will happen to Lucas? Meg is a strong character, and readers get to know her well. Of course, that familiarity only heightens the question of what happened to Meg. Lucas also has his own issues. Together, the two stories show strength, kindness, jealous, pettiness, and overall love and forgiveness. I loved reading the Sleeping in Eden, but it was hard emotionally at times.

Recommended for readers who like emotionally charged plots.