May 13, 2012

Everybody's Daughter by Michael John Sullivan

What 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.

Read the first chapter of Everybody's Daughter here.

Michael John Sullivan is the author of Necessary Heartbreak: A Novel of Faith and Forgiveness. It was published by Simon & Schuster's Gallery Books imprint in April 2010. The Library Journal named Necessary Heartbreak as one of the year's best in Christian fiction for 2010. He recently finished the sequel, Everybody's Daughter, featuring more memories from his young adult life, including the day he walked to Forest Park as he contemplated taking his own life. Only the strains of a song prevented him from doing the unthinkable. Sullivan lives with his family in New York. He is a nominated board member for the Long Island Coalition of the Homeless.

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I must admit that writing a review of Everybody's Daughter is a tough assignment for me. I didn't realize that this book is actually a sequel to Michael Sullivan's first novel titled Necessary Heartbreak: A Novel of Faith and Forgiveness. It might have been advantageous to read the first book before diving into Everybody's Daughter.

Classified as fiction, this book includes time travel between modern day and Biblical times. The main characters interacted with the historical characters, and were even able to alter certain historic events.

The idea of a mysterious tunnel in a church basement that transports the characters back to ancient Jerusalem is an intriguing concept. Who wouldn't want to travel back to the days of Jesus, and listen to Him speak, and have a personal conversation with Him? This almost makes me sigh with envy.

Some of the scenes were written about Jesus speaking to the crowds, and the descriptions were mesmerizing yet not quite accurate theologically. I had to keep reminding myself that this book is purely fiction, and not dwell on the parts that didn't seem quite right.

Michael is a devoted father and yet he becomes the prime suspect in the unexplained disappearance of his teenage daughter Elizabeth. The local police suspect foul play, and Michael feels certain that his daughter is actually trapped in another century.  Michael does everything humanly possible to try to rescue Elizabeth and bring her back home.

The surprise ending caught me totally off guard! There will be a third and final book in this series titled The Greatest Christmas. It will be interesting to see what develops next in the lives of Michael and Elizabeth, as well as their friends from two entirely different time periods.

Disclosure: Ebook received courtesy of the author and The B&B Media Group, in exchange for my honest review.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for your thoughtful review. Yes, it is important to remember it is fiction. What I tried to do is if Jesus was walking this earth today, what would his words be to a modern man like my main character, Michael Stewart. What would He say to us up on that mountain about our behavior, our fears, our worries. So, I tried to place myself on that mountain with Jesus. I hope everyone understands this particular part and remembers while some of the material is actually non-fiction (some of the main character's family reflections), it is a work of fiction. I've always been asked if I had a chance to meet someone, who would it be? Well, Jesus, of course. I did so placing myself up on that mountain with Him.