Review: Shades of Morning: A Novel by Marlo Schalesky12:59 PM
Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Multnomah Books; 1 edition (June 15, 2010)
Description (Publisher Website)
Marnie didn’t know much about miracles.
Mistakes maybe. Accidents. And monstrous mess-ups. She knew a lot about those.
But miracles? Those were for other people.
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?
At the Books & Brew Cafe in Shades of Morning, Book 3 of Marlo Schalesky’s Love Stories with a Twist! series, Marnie serves up perfect cuppas to friends and strangers alike.
Now, to celebrate the release of Shades of Morning, the author is offering one Grand Prize winner the chance to have the perfect cuppa delivered right to their door!
Click on the banner to the left to go to the contest entry site!
The Winner of our Books & Brew Cuppa Contest will receive a huge Starbucks prize package, including:
Starbucks Breakfast Blend
Starbucks Caffe Verona
Starbucks House Blend
Starbucks Sumatra Blend
Brown & Haley Cashew Roca
Brown & Haley Almond Roca
Brown & Haley Almond Roca Buttercrunch
White Chocolate & Raspberry Cookies
Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate
Marshmallow Hot Chocolate
Tazo Tea Deluxe Assortment
And four Starbucks Mugs
Read An Excerpt!
About the Author (Publisher Website)
Marlo Schalesky is the author of several acclaimed novels, including Christy Award winner Beyond the Night. A graduate of Stanford University, Marlo also has a masters of theology from Fuller Theological Seminary. She’s a regular columnist for Power for Living and lives with her husband, Bryan, and five children in California.
This book was so very touching that I found myself crying through many parts of it. I think that this beautiful story touches on one of the things that most all of us feel at one time or another - that our past lives are just too much for God to forgive. I think this is why the book is so touching. It drives home the point that we have to let go of the past and forgive ourselves, as God has forgiven us. There are so many levels to this story that it's impossible to do it justice in a short review. It's a love story of so many kinds.This is just one that you're going to have to pick up, curl up on the couch and read yourself! This is a beautiful story that everyone should read. Once again Schalesky has written a book that really touches the heart. I'd highly recommend this to everyone.
Add to Technorati Favorites