Tuesday, March 09, 2010
Shades of Blue by Karen Kingsbury
Brad is six weeks away from marrying the perfect woman. He has the perfect job working in advertising for her father, and appears to be the perfect man. If, that is, you fall for the Brad Pitt type. So what could be bothering him so badly that he can't nail a piece of advertising for a baby company? Could Emma, his high school sweetheart have anything to do with it? And so the adventure begins. Feeling guilty over decisions he made 9 years prior, Brad sets out to find Emma and make things right before he says "I do" to Laura.
I found the storyline fascinating. Going back to tie up loose ends with a high school sweetheart seemed irresistible. In fact, the things Brad feels remorse over will shock the reader. It takes some 100 pages to finally get to the heart of the matter, and the average reader will have it figured out 98 pages prior, but the tease is worth it. Kingsbury knows the tricks of the trade to keeping the reader turning pages and uses all of them in Shades of Blue. Some elements of the story are too good to be true. Resolution of issues as deep as Brad's and Emma's doesn't usually take place over a weekend, but that is part of reading a fictional novel. If it mirrored reality too closely it would lose it's appeal. The main idea is that no matter what you've done, there is forgiveness and restoration waiting for you.
Kingsbury fans will love Shades of Blue, and those not familiar with her work will fall in love after reading it. She takes heavy life issues and creates a unique blend of romance, inspiration, and entertainment and totally engulfs the reader from page one. This will not be a book you read over the course of several days or even a week. You'll devour it!
Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Zondervan; 2 edition (October 20, 2009)
Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 1 inches
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