Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Review: Shades of Morning by Marlo Schalesky

Shades of Morning
by Marlo Schalesky

Genre: Contemporary Inspirational Romance
Publisher: Multnomah Books
Cost: $10.07 on Amazon

What I Liked:
The main characeter (heroine) in this book was really well-written. In fact, from the first page of her voice, I thought, this is going to be a great book, and I wasn't disappointed. The woman that Marlo Schalesky creates to anchor her novel in is a sweet but jaded woman, wounded by life, haunted by her past, and trying desperately to ignore the call of her own heart.

But she faces (and has faced) real struggles. This isn't some soft, emotional book with no real-life resonance. It's full of poignancy and heartbreak, as much as it is full of hope and love. It shows the hard side of life, and the hopeful side of regrets. I really enjoyed the writing, I loved the hero, and I thought the young man who came into the heroine's life after the death of her sister was absolutely riveting. All in all, this was a great book, and I look forward to reading more of Marlo Schalesky's work, if it's all like Shades of Morning.

Book Blurb:
Slips of paper, notes of regret. And a boy who sees through it all.

Marnie has her life just where she wants it. At least that’s what she tells herself – her past is hidden, her regrets locked tightly in a box on her shelf, and her bookstore and coffeeshop business is booming.

No one knows what she’s done, who she’s been. That is, until the man she once loved finds her again and brings startling news – she’s now the guardian of her 15-year-old nephew, a boy she never knew existed.

To make matters worse, when the boy arrives, she discovers he has Down syndrome. The past collides with the present, the box of regrets is exposed, and Marnie’s world shattered and rebuilt through the love of one special boy who makes all things new.
(from the author's website)


Nayuleska said...

I like reading books that feel real, and are something you can relate to. And that you need lots of tissues! (It sounds like I might).

Rebecca Lynn said...

Definitely need tissues on this one! :-) It's a keeper, though.