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Finding Eden - Mia Sheridan

My review 5/5 stars.

Before I read <em>Finding Eden</em>, I thought the title was about finding the girl. After reading it, I realize it is more about finding the metaphorical Eden.

The story begins where <em>Becoming Calder</em> ends. The cult no longer exists and Eden and Calder must learn to live in the "big society". They are both broken and grieving, going through the motions until they find each other.

While I did like <em>Becoming Calder</em> better, I really liked this book. It was an "in your head" book. Not a lot of action, but a lot of soul-searching and working things out.

The one thing I rolled my eyes about was The Bed of Healing. ******Spoiler******


A four day sex marathon will not cure the psychological and emotional trauma of living in a cult. No, just no. And a piece of advice for Eden: don't answer the door in a towel/short bathrobe. Get dressed first. In fact, if you're Eden, don't answer the door at all. You have a history of being kidnapped--more than once.[/spoiler] ***End Spoiler***But it didn't detract from the story and I'm not deducting stars for it.

The writing is beautiful and I liked how the story unfolded. The author does an excellent job of explaining the reasons why Hector did what he did without casting him as a victim/sympathetic character. Even when we find out what kind of horrific childhood Calder might have had if he hadn't entered the cult, the author doesn't present Hector as his savior.

The conclusion was satisfying and the MCs found peace and closure.