A deeply emotional tale about Sophie Duncan, a successful columnist whose world falls apart after her daughter's unexpected illness and her husband's shocking affair. When it seems nothing else could possibly go wrong, her car skids off an icy road and plunges into a frozen lake. There, in the cold, dark depths of the water a profound and extraordinary experience unlocks the surprising secrets from Sophie's past, and teaches her what it means to truly live...and love.
Full of surprising twists and turns and a near-death experience that will leave you breathless, this story is not to be missed.
©2011 Julianne MacLean (P)2013 Julianne MacLean
"A gripping, emotional tale you'll want to read in one sitting." (New York Times best-selling author, Julia London)
I would recommend the ebook, but not the audio. The narration was really not well done. I didn't enjoy the book until I stopped listening to it and began reading it.
To answer that would be giving away too much of the story. Parts of the storyline are predictable and parts of it are surprising.
No, no...just no.
It reminded me that after grief comes recovery. I look forward to that part in my own future.
Some books, especially fiction, are enhanced by narration. The narrator can bring the characters to life and actually make the experience so much more than it would have been without that part of it. However, my experience with this audio version was so bad that I almost gave up on the book. However, thankfully I'd purchased the digital book at the same time as the Audible version. I very much enjoyed the book once I began actually reading it instead of listening to it.
The dialogue was not what you would call cleaver or intriguing. It's more of a woman in a thought process that every 20 something goes through when debating which man to fall in love with. I am struggling getting to the end.
I am an accomplished, professional screenwriter. I love listening to: fiction in all genres!
I found this book to be enjoyable from beginning to end. However, my one problem was the ending. It felt too rushed and fairy tale. As a screenwriter and novelist, I know miracles happen. But, this last bit of the story thew me off track and I wished it stayed more grounded, moved slower and allowed me to absorb the new characters added without feeling rushed and let down. It was such an enjoyable read, but the ending was a let down after having come so far on the journey with the author.
I will keep reading "The Colour of Heaven" series …and hope that the next one has a better paced ending. Thank you for writing your books Julianne. I am still a new fan.
I would have had the beats for the novel to have been more even. This way the story would not have felt so rushed at the end, especially after introducing new characters. I would have enjoyed to known more about Sofi's new husband and had the ending not feel like a rush to complete. The ending did not seem to jive with the entire novel. It was as it it went on a detour and never returned.
The romance aspect was lacking for me. I am surprised it was a romance. For me a romance builds and if there is an ending and another romance building, again, then there needs to be time for that. There were far too many things going on in this book for me to see it as a strictly romance.' It covered too many genres. Keep romances simple and digestible.
I was overall pleased by the story and performance and will keep reading. It was just the first book, after all.
I have never cried and smiled so much when reading/listening to a book. I simply could not stop listening to this story.
Julianne MacLean is one of the most talented writers that I have ever read.
Jennifer O'Donnell was absolutely incredible. I felt ever emotion and situation.
I will be reading and listening to many books by both author and narrator.
Five stars is not enough for this book.
I was intrigued by the synopsis and the sample. I was very happy to find that the book did not disappoint. Well written and very nicely performed.
I was crying with the loss and smiling with the simple joy of this book.
Yes It was and Yes I did.
Heartening tale of love loss and life.
Very heart warming. A love story with tragedy and sadness. It shows heaven can be real and death is not the end. I couldn't stop listening till it was finished. Loved it.
The story had me predicting the outcome from the get go although I was not correct a lot of the time! I enjoyed the story and the narrator. I can't wait to read/ listen to more of her books!
You definitely need some tissues for this book. There were a few parts of the book that made me cringe. I am usually an exclusive Christian books reader and the title misled me. I think the in depth and too detailed mother daughter talk turned me away from enjoying the book more.
It was ok. Satisfactory enough.
Jennifer O'Donnell was EXCELLENT. Very talented.
Yes. A few times. I literally cried.
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