Friday, May 18, 2012

Everybody's Daughter by Michael John Sullivan

Everybody's DaughterWhat if you had a chance to ask a loved one for forgiveness – after they died? What would you say?
Would you give up your own lifetime of happiness for someone else?
Michael Stewart confronts these questions as he travels back in time through a mysterious tunnel in an old church when the Romans ruled with brutal violence and Jesus preached his peaceful message.
His teenage daughter Elizabeth soon follows Michael, but is surprised to discover that her father is nowhere to be found. Little does she know that Michael has returned safely to the present, leaving her to battle a vicious Roman soldier.

Separated by centuries, Michael is trapped to fight his own battles in the present day. Elizabeth’s disappearance, and the discovery of her blood in his car ignites a rush of judgment as the FBI focuses on him as a person of interest. Michael’s only hope for saving his daughter rests in the hands of his best friend – a local pastor with secrets of his own – and a mysterious old journal containing tales of miracles within the walls of the old church itself.

Thrilling and suspenseful, Everybody's Daughter takes readers on a miraculous journey of their own, where salvation can be found in acts of sacrifice and hope remains forever eternal through the passage of a tunnel.


I absolutely loved this book. After reading the first few chapters, I was telling my mother (another avid reader)  about it and I got her to read it. It had mystery, family love/relationship, time travel and a bit of drama. The relationship between the father (Michael) and daughter (Elizabeth) was so real, especially when it came to the boyfriend (Matt) situation. You feel bad for Michael and the sister (Connie) because there is such pain and hurt there where there used to be two peas in a pod. They were best friends growing up. Connie is going through a hard time with her marriage collapsing. Michael is having a hard time since his wife (Vicki) passed yet when he and Elizabeth are sent back into the time of Jesus right before he goes to the cross, he falls for Leah but he and Elizabeth go back into the present before anything actual happens with him and Leah. This book and the characters within, the plot, it had life from the beginning to end. With bittersweet ares which I won't tell;) I could not stop reading this book. The last time I remember talking about a book this much was after I read The Help. It was that good. I really liked that I didn't feel as though I was reading a "fluffy" Christian read. It had guts.
I seriously recommend this book even if you aren't Christian/religious. I look forward to reading more of Sullivan's work. He has a great writing style and breathes life into his characters as well as the story itself. 
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