Review: Southern Sunrise by Natasha Madison

Posted on July 7, 2020 by Nadene @ Totally Addicted to Reading in Reviews / 18 Comments

Review: Southern Sunrise by Natasha MadisonTitle: Southern Sunrise
Author(s): Natasha Madison
Series: Southern Series #4
Also in this series: Southern Chance , Southern Comfort , Southern Storm , Southern Heart , Southern Heat , Southern Secrets , Southern Sunshine
Published by Natasha Madison on July 7, 2020
Pages: 215
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Source: Wildfire Marketing Solutions
Format: ARC, eBook
Purchase: Amazon
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Series Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star
Heat Level: One FlameOne FlameOne FlameOne Flame

Buried secrets never stay hidden in the South.

I fell in love with him when I was fourteen. Under the stars, he told me he loved me, and under the stars we promised to love each other always. But under the stars, he broke my heart by walking away.
He left me without a second glance. I was just an afterthought.Now he's back, but this time, I'm not falling for his Southern charm.
It’s time I get my happily ever after, even if part of me wishes he was still mine.

I found out on my twenty-first birthday that everything I thought I knew was a lie, and the man I had grown up thinking was my father wasn't.
The pain I felt blinded me, making it impossible to hear what anyone said. I left them all behind, including her, my best friend and the woman I was going to marry.
Five years later, I'm back, only to find the woman I still love has another man's ring on her finger.
She’s going to marry my best friend unless I stop her. And this time, I only have until sunrise to change her mind.

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I will not sugarcoat this, as by now based on the synopsis you will figure out that this story will gut you. If you have been following the series from the beginning, you will understand my reasons for saying this. After the last installment, I was waiting for the ball to drop and drop it did, and the outcome was devastating. The story was bittersweet, and it was one heck of an emotional rollercoaster ride.

Southern Sunrise demonstrated how secrets can destroy the best of relationships. The hero, Ethan, was living his best life. Plans to marry his childhood sweetheart and graduating from college were on the top of his list. However, the revelation of a devastating secret would rock his world and derail those plans. The pain and the anger stemming from the revelation led to him walking away from all he held dear. Five years later he returned home to face the devastation his actions caused and to win back the heart of the only woman he ever loved. Along the way, he would learn the true meaning of sacrifices.

Throughout most of the story, I straddled the fence as it relates to Ethan’s actions. I understood how he must have felt, discovering the secret his family kept from him for years, but I did not agree with the way he handled the situation. The shock and perceived betrayal led to him abandoning his loved ones for five years. At the time I found his actions selfish, but I figured it had a lot to do with his level of maturity.

I felt for the persons affected by Ethan’s decision, but the person my heart broke most for was Emily. Despite being engaged to another man, her heart belonged to Ethan. A fact which would reveal itself on Ethan’s return. To say their reunion was bittersweet would be an understatement. It was gut wrenching and heart-breaking. Ethan knew he had a lot to make up for and it would prove harder than the tragedies he faced in the past five years.

I admired the growth Ethan showed. He recognized the pain his actions caused and tried to make amends. ‘It takes a real man to realize his mistake, but an even better one to make things right’.

Southern Sunrise by Natasha Madison showed the importance of family, friendship, forgiveness, healing and second chances. It revealed that amidst pain and loss, hope shines like a beacon.

Overall, I found this to be a wonderful addition to the series and would recommend it without reservation. A note of caution in the series needs to be read in order.





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When her nose isn’t buried in a book, or her fingers flying across a keyboard writing, she’s in the kitchen creating gourmet meals. You can find her, in four inch heels no less, in the car chauffeuring kids, or possibly with her husband scheduling his business trips. It’s a good thing her characters do what she says, because even her Labrador doesn’t listen to her…

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18 responses to “Review: Southern Sunrise by Natasha Madison

  1. Debbie Haupt

    Holy cow this sounds really emotional and I can’t imagine the angst this read caused. Great review Natalie

  2. Oh my! Yes, I can see what you mean just from your description of what happened. I like these tough-fought romances now and then so I’ll keep this series in mind. Great review, Nadene!

  3. abookishchick

    This sounds amazing and so emotional glad you enjoyed this and series , great review