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Shades of Blue | [Karen Kingsbury]

Shades of Blue

Brad Cutler, 28, is a rising star at his New York ad agency, about to marry the girl of his dreams. Anyone would agree he has it all - a great career, a beautiful and loving fiancée, and a fairy tale life ahead of him - when memories of a high school girlfriend begin to torment him. Lost innocence and one very difficult choice flood his conscience, and he is no longer sure what the future will bring except for this: he must find his old love and make amends.
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Brad Cutler, 28, is a rising star at his New York ad agency, about to marry the girl of his dreams. Anyone would agree he has it all - a great career, a beautiful and loving fiancée, and a fairy tale life ahead of him - when memories of a high school girlfriend begin to torment him. Lost innocence and one very difficult choice flood his conscience, and he is no longer sure what the future will bring except for this: he must find his old love and make amends. Haunted by the past and confused about the future, he turns to God seeking forgiveness and redemption.

©2009 Karen Kingsbury ; (P)2010 Zondervan

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    Yvonne Devlin, Ontario, Canada 07-11-10
    Yvonne Devlin, Ontario, Canada 07-11-10 Member Since 2013
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    "too much"

    This book had a lot of promise but it was just TOO MUCH, too much crying, too much sobbing, too much, too much. I usually enjoy Kingsbury and the premise for the story is good but her writing was just dragging on the points and everyone was SOOOOOO sad and depressed about everything and it really wasn't one of her better books.

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    Kristin Orange, TX, USA 02-07-10
    Kristin Orange, TX, USA 02-07-10
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    "Very Inspirational"

    I thought this book was very inspirational, as is all of Karen's books I've read so far. This book raises the awareness of the emotional and spiritual stress caused by the choices we make and cannot undo. A very good read in my opinion.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lynette cColumbiana, OH, United States 02-04-10
    Lynette cColumbiana, OH, United States 02-04-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Powerful"

    This book was one of my favorites Kingsbury books. I was put into the situation of each character and could appreciate how forgiveness and redemption was given and received when the issues at hand were faced. I wish all who have found themselves in this situations could read and understand the redemption that is available.
    Thanks Karen for being honest about the effects of abortion on the life of those who choose it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    tasha Parkville, MO, United States 01-01-10
    tasha Parkville, MO, United States 01-01-10
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    "PLEASE!!!!!!"

    I will attempt to make this short and sweet by simply getting straight to the point. Don't waste your credit. The idea behind the story is good, but it could of been written much better. Instead of taking 10+ hours, this story could of been told in half that time; it just went on and on. I got half way through it, listened to the last chapter and that was enough for me. Without spoiling the story too much, I found the characters to be less than realistic in their approach to problems. I don't want to minimize the seriousness of the theme but, please!!!!! Also, Brad, the main character, inability to formulate his thoughts and his constant hesitation made me want to puke. The narrator was good, but the story was not. This is not Mrs. Kingsbury's best, if you are listening to her books for the first time, try the Sunrise series or the Redemption series or any Terry Blockstock book. I think three stars is more than fair for this book.

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    Anthea 05-19-15
    Anthea 05-19-15 Member Since 2013
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    "What an amazing God we serve!"

    What a lovely-woven story of another spiritual truth. It is such a burden to carry as a woman and I don't think people on the whole understand that abortion is the shedding of innocent blood. But praise Jesus, that His Blood was also innocent, and He paid IN FULL for our sin, whatever it is. The narrator was excellent too.

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    Christina RED OAK, TEXAS, United States 04-18-15
    Christina RED OAK, TEXAS, United States 04-18-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent but wordy"
    Would you listen to Shades of Blue again? Why?

    Maybe. The message was excellent, wonderful reminder of the loving,forgiving nature of God. Some parts could have been left out though, they didn't lend anything to the story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Brad's dad was my favorite character because he was portrayed as the steady man of God that remained the same through the years.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene was on the beach when Emma and Brad mourned for the loss of their child and were able to forgive themselves and each other.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    At various points it did make me cry. I do not recall laughing.


    Any additional comments?

    I was kinda bugged that they kept calling the baby a girl. How did they know it was a girl? She never had a sonogram or amino so how do they know it was a girl. I must have missed something.

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    Cecilia McNeil 04-08-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Beautiful story of Redemption"

    This is an excellent book, dealing with forgiveness both from others and from Cod. Excellent narration. We'll wort the read.

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    Kimberly Culpen Burleson, TX 11-06-12
    Kimberly Culpen Burleson, TX 11-06-12 Member Since 2011

    good deal shopper

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    "Beautiful storyline!! So touching!!"
    What did you love best about Shades of Blue?

    Such a touching and heartfelt story. I think anyone who was in these circumstance would benefit from this story. I absolutely loved it!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Shades of Blue?

    The closing of the chapter between Brad and Emma at the beach and the presence of God they both felt. Loved that part so much!


    What does Roxanne Hernandez bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Expressions of the characters. I love hearing the books read to me, it brings a whole new experience to a book!


    If you could rename Shades of Blue, what would you call it?

    I wouldn't, I believe that the name was perfect for this book!


    Any additional comments?

    Just that I would highly recommend this book!! Another awesome book by Karen Kingsbury, but then again, I haven't read a bad one!

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    Amazon Customer Inman, SC, United States 09-22-11
    Amazon Customer Inman, SC, United States 09-22-11
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    "Typical"

    A very standard Karen Kingsbury formatted book. Interesting characters that remind you of the person you've love to be, with the life you dream of living. Very spiritually uplifting, almost as if you're absorbing scripture and it's practical application in every page. This book tackles a topic that requires a strong stomach, but its a wonderful depiction of the grace of God, and I'm sure it has provided an immeasurable amount of healing in the lives of many.

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    roshelle 12-19-10
    roshelle 12-19-10
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    "Painful"

    Don't waste your credit! I love Karen Kingsbury but this book was 10 hours of whining!

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