Friday, July 16, 2010

Book Tour and Review: "Shades of Morning" by Marlo Schalesky

Shades of Morning
Author: Marlo Schalesky
Publisher: Multnomah Books
ISBN: 9781601420251
Genre: fiction, Christian

Synopsis: (from the back cover)

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?

My Thoughts:

"Shades of Morning" is
a book about love, healing, family, commitment, and self-worth. It has a wonderful message about forgiveness, letting things go and turning those things over to God.

The story opens with a tragedy that immediately made my heart break and captured my attention. From that point on, I had to continue reading, and only the need for sleep made me put this book aside. It certainly was a captivating read. Even though I had most of the story figured out, I never saw the end coming.

I did enjoy the storyline and a loved the characters, but the ending was not as real and believable as the rest of the storyline. Although good, it was a bit of a disappointment.

One wonderful addition to the book is the author's note at the end. She explains one of the characters and where he came from and her personal thoughts. I really liked this little insight.

About the Author:

Marlo Schalesky is the author of several books, including Beyond the Night and Empty Womb, Aching Heart. A graduate of Stanford University, Marlo also has a masters of theology with an emphasis in biblical studies from Fuller Theological Seminary. Married over twenty years, she lives with her husband, Bryan, and their five children in California.

If you'd like to learn more about Marlo or view her other books, please visit her website at:

If you would like to purchase a copy of this book, you can buy it though Amazon or from the Waterbrook Multnomah website. (Please note: I'm not affiliated with either website and I do not receive anything for posting these links.)

Book was supplied by Multnomah for me to honestly review.

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