Travis O’Connell was living his dream when a surprise on his doorstep causes his care-free world to slowly crumble around him.
Finding himself suddenly thrust into fatherhood, Travis is forced to move back home with his parents to make ends meet. While learning to cope with the joys and sorrows of single parenthood as well as his parents’ strong faith, Travis must come to terms with who he is and who God has called him to be.
Will he choose to follow the One that can break the hardness growing in his heart and become the father that his daughter needs?
Early one morning, Travis O’Connell awakes to a visitor that leaves him a surprise in the form of a beautiful baby girl. The note says that she is his child, Celia, and her mother, Callina Jennings, needs him to take care of her for a while. Shocked and surprised, Travis notices the baby’s beautiful sparkling aquamarine eyes and cute curly brown hair. Suddenly Travis is a father and he decides to move back home with his parents. He must give up on his dream of being a director in the theater in order to care for his child. Learning to become a father has its ups and downs, joys and woes. Travis must now take a good look at himself and who he is. His parents encourage Travis to attend church. During that time he becomes a drama teacher at the local high school. The Lord is working in his life, but will Travis yield to the plan of God?
Beyond Every Sunset by Angela Schmeling is a beautiful Christian story that is filled with emotion and drama. I was drawn right in from the very first chapter. Author Angela Schmeling doesn’t waste any time getting to the point in this well laid out plot. The action starts on the very first page when this baby girl is dropped off at his doorstep.
This novel is a lovely love story without any explicit sex or bad language. It was a delight to read. The descriptive words give Beyond Every Sunset a life of its own. I could picture the setting and people vividly and my imaginary senses were extremely pleased. It is a captivating light hearted story that I couldn’t put down. It has a religious message that I found very appealing and inspirational.
The characters are well developed, interesting and relatable. I felt like I was right there with them as the story progressed. It was refreshing to read a story like this that is free from violence and sexual actions. It is an inspiring romance story with some twists and turns. It is highly emotional and I was caught up in Travis’ life and all that he goes through raising this child with all the ups and downs.
The plot is unpredictable and well written. Beyond Every Sunset is a Christian fiction novel with a contemporary look into unconditional love with compelling characters whose stories and lives intertwine and diverge. It is a powerful story of forgiveness and God’s never ending grace. Angela Schmeling has a clear and unique voice that is original and creative. I was very impressed by the quality of the descriptive writing. The narration between the characters is masterly written and I was very inspired while reading and then afterward it kept me thinking. Beyond Every Sunset is a great novel that will leave the reader smiling at the end. I’m looking forward to reading more books by Angela Schmeling. Chick Lit Cafe highly recommends Beyond Every Sunset to all avid readers.