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May 24, 2014

EVERYBODY'S DAUGHTER by Michael John Sullivan

Everybody's Daughter

                                            Michael John Sullivan

  • Paperback: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Story Plant, The; Reprint edition (September 10, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1611881536
  • ISBN-13: 978-1611881530

(from Amazon)
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.

This is the second book of a trilogy, but can be a stand alone.  The first book was A NECESSARY HEARTBREAK, another great book.  If you get the chance, read it first, since it will just add to the second book.
The main character, Michael Stewart, wife was killed in an auto accident.  He is in his 40's and raising his 14 year old daughter, Elizabeth.  Michael is having a hard time dealing with his wife's death and a hard family history.  With all that he is dealing with a normal teenager growing up.  As we all know, they are still little girls but think they are all grown up.
They have been giving their time at their church when they make an odd discovery.  A tunnel that leads them to the past.  1st Century Jerusalem right before the death of Christ.
Michael meets Leah and falls in love with her.
Michael goes once again into the tunnel with Elizabeth following him.  She doesn't know that her father has already returned.  Elizabeth is in 1st Century Jerusalem and Michael is in the present.  Will they find each other as they fight their everyday battles?  Or will they be lost forever?
The author wrote a mix of faith, adventure, coming of age and mystery.  I  wanted to know more of this tunnel and how it existed.  How was Michael going to get his daughter back or would he?  Would the tunnel ever close between them?
The author did a wonderful job of writing about Michael and his struggles with raising a daughter, losing a wife, falling in love with Leah and his faith. He's just a normal guy with the normal imperfections that we all have.  That part makes it real.  The rest of it, makes you use your imagination and you have to have an open mind.   This isn't your typical religious read.  It does have faith in it but it also is a journey into the long ago past.  The book gives you the mystery of a tunnel and  you, the reader get to go along the journey.

I was given a complimentary copy of EVERYBODY"S DAUGHTER by Michael John Sullivan from The Story Plant for my view of the book.  No other compensation took place.

I would give this book 4

Michael John Sullivan graduated from St. John’s University with a communications degree and a promising future in the field of journalism after working for the official school paper the previous two years. Six months later, he found himself washing his hair in a toilet at the same university as he prepared for a job interview.

Riding a New York City subway train at night, his only companion was a green plastic bag of belongings. During these bleak days, he began writing his most reflective and emotional childhood and adult memories now featured in two of his novels, Necessary Heartbreak and Everybody's Daughter.

Sullivan spent almost a month on the E train at night until he was rescued by relatives. After spending much of the past two decades raising their daughters while working at home, Sullivan returned to his notes in 2007 and began writing Necessary Heartbreak: A Novel of Faith and Forgiveness. It was published by Simon & Schuster’s Gallery Books imprint in April 2010. He finished Everybody's Daughter in 2012 and is currently writing the last book in the series, The Greatest Christmas.

Sullivan lives in New York with his family.



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