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Monday, July 12, 2010

Shades of Morning by Marlo Schalesky Book Review


    Shades of Morning

    A Novel
    Written by Marlo Schalesky
    • Price: 13.99
  • On Sale: Jun 15, 2010
  • ISBN: 9781601420251

From the publisher:

Marnie Wittier has life just where she wants it. Quiet. Peaceful. No drama. A long way away from her past. In the privacy of her home, she fills a box with slips of paper, scribbled with her regrets, sins, and sorrows. But that’s nobody else’s business. Her bookstore/coffee shop patrons, her employees, her friends from church—they all think she’s the very model of compassion and kindness.

Then Marnie’s past creeps into her present when her estranged sister dies and makes Marnie guardian of her fifteen-year-old son—a boy Marnie never knew existed. And when Emmit arrives, she discovers he has Down syndrome—and that she’s woefully unprepared to care for him. What’s worse, she has to deal with Taylor Cole, her sister’s attorney, a man Marnie once loved—and abandoned. As Emmit (and Taylor) work their way into her heart, Marnie begins to heal. But when pieces of her dismal past surface again, she must at last face the scripts of paper in her box, all the regrets and sorrows. Can she do it? Or will she run again?

My Review:

This book was very interesting.  At first, I thought it was going to be a very easy read but then it had un-expecting twists and turns.  It is NOT what I was expecting and I was honestly glad.  It provoked questions in my mind and heart that most days are not never on my radar as a stay at home mom.

I appreciate the honesty through out the book dealing with downs syndrome not making it an easy road like some television shows.  It was in part humorous but so very lifelike.

I also appreciated the walks of faith suggested of the characters in the story and how real it seemed.  This could easily be the story of our neighbors and friends.

This book would be quickly recommend as a great read to take on a plane or a long road trip.  I would not recommend this book to younger readers due to the mature material described and suggested.

This book was provided to me by WaterBrook Multnomah.

Note:  I was sent complimentary copy for review purposes only.  This review has not been monetarily compensated.  The review was my honest opinion and views and not influenced by the sponsor in any way.

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