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The Color of Secrets by Lindsay Ashford REVIEW

The Color of SecretsThe Color of Secrets by Lindsay Ashford

The Color of Secrets

The Color of Secrets tells the story of a presumed widow, Eva, during WWII. Her husband was presumed dead for nearly two years. Her romance with a black American soldier led to the birth of her second child, a girl named Lousia. The secret that she kept also led to multiple tragedies in her life. And because the decision that she made while her husband was away at war, both her life and her daughter's will never be the same.

You can either love a book or hate it. I personally think that the book was too long. But at the same time, there was no dull moment. I admire the author's writing style. The book teaches us how to love unconditionally, let go or our pasts, embrace the possibility of what can be, and how accepting the truth can actually set us free. My favorite character in the book is Cathy, Eva's best friend. She kept Eva's secret until Eva herself was not able to tell it to anyone. It is so hard to keep somebody else' secret. And she did......for a long time. And what a fine boy she had raised!

You will love this book if you have secrets of your own, or if you are an hopeless romantic.

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Book Review:: The Color Of Heaven



      Julianne MacLean is a USA Today bestselling author of over twenty historical romance novels, including The Highlander Trilogy with St. Martin's Press and her popular Pembroke Palace Series with Avon/Harper Collins. She also writes contemporary mainstream fiction, and her 2011 release THE COLOR OF HEAVEN was a digital bestseller. Read more here

The Story

         Sophie Duncan seems to have it all. She is a successful columnist who married the man of her dreams, with whom she has a beautiful daughter. Her daughter, Megan, fell suddenly ill. She got diagnosed with Myeloid Leukemia. What seemed to have been the perfect marriage suddenly became her worse nightmare after her husband confessed of cheating while their daughter was on the hospital bed. What happened next was a series of problems that she would not have had solutions to if she had not gotten into that terrible car accident. She went into a coma where she visited her past. There, she got answers to questions from her mother. 

My Thoughts

         The Color of Heaven is a fascinating book. The story was very interesting and kept me guessing. The chapters were short enough, and the book itself is very well written. It is an easy book to get connected to as it tells the story of a mother fighting to save not only her daughter's life, but her marriage as well. The part where Sophie was transported to the hospital as a result of the accident left me with more questions than answers. What happened to that guy that she quickly remarry after she got out of the hospital? Did he have a love life? This a good read!

 Lesson Learned:
             This book truly shows the strength of a woman. It also shows that no matter what we do in life, it will always take us back to our destiny, to be who we were meant to be. If you feel lost and are not sure what to do right now, keep in mind that you will always find your way. 

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BOOK REVIEW: Fifty Shades Darker

Fifty Shades Darker (Fifty Shades, #2)Fifty Shades Darker by E.L. James
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Finally! I thought this book would never end, but I liked it. Boy, do I love playful Christian.For somebody who talked so much trash about Fifty Shades Of Grey (book one),I shouldn't have given this book 4 stars, but it deserved it.For those of you who were waiting for more actions in the red room of pain, well, let's just say don't hold your breath. I know some of you were waiting to learn how to use nipple clamps and butt plugs.

I really fell in love with Grey and Ana's relationship. I guest I am just a sucker for a Pretty Woman/Cinderella story. Ana did not just get a vanilla relationship; she got a strawberry covered with white chocolate relationship.Why did I say white chocolate,you ask? Well, Christian Grey had a very dark past. He suffered the unthinkable. In book 2 I saw so many sides of Christian, I thought 100 shades darker would have been a better tittle for book 2. Christian is bossy, jealous, paranoid, scared........The list goes on. But behind all these attributes is a little boy who longs for love, a little boy who is waiting for someone to love him for who he really is. Behind all his dark sides there is a man who is capable of loving himself first, then others in his life. If you don't find his character relatable, it can only mean one thing: you have already faced your demons. More of Christian's past is revealed in book 2.I learned about his relationship with his previous subs, especially Elena. I learned about how it all started between them and what they meant and still mean to each other.

Ana's voice is still annoying in my ears, but she is not naive Ana in this book. She challenged Christian. She asked him questions. She stood up to him. She made him do things. She introduced him to her world. A world where people communicate instead of giving and taking orders. She even stood up to Mrs. Robinson, Lincoln, or Elena, whatever you want to call her. She put her in her place at the masked ball. "I'm laughing at your audacity, Mrs.Lincoln. Christian and I have nothing to do with you.And if I do leave him and you come looking for me, I'll be waiting-don't doubt it.And maybe I will give you a taste of your own medicine on behalf of the fifteen-year-old child you molested and probably fucked up even more than he already was."

The book could have been shorter. All the repetitions could have been avoided. The author did a pretty good job at describing and setting the scenes, but the book did not suck me in as other books that I have read did.It is obvious that the author did not do a lot of research on mental diseases before writing the books.

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BOOK REVIEW: Fifty Shades Of Grey

Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades, #1)Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Who says you can't hate and love a book at the same time? I really hated the beginning of the story. The repetition drove me crazy. The writing is elementary, mediocre, terrible, to say the least. I had a really hard time connecting to the characters when I started reading the book, but I owed it to my sister-in-law to finish it, because she got me all three books. Christian Grey, a 22 year-old self-made billionaire with a messed up past. Anastasia steele, a not-so-naive young student who fell in love with a man she knew nothing about. Grey chose Anastasia as his submissive because she looked shy, nervous, and inexperienced when she literally stumbled into his office, but Anastasia wants more. She wants a vanilla relationship with Christian Grey.

"I am going to have coffee with Christian Grey... and I hate coffee."
— E.L. James (Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades, #1))

I gradually fell in love with their love story. A young girl's dream. A Cinderella story. I have to admit that I did skip a few pages, especially when they were in the red room of pain. The part I really like was when Anastasia left Christian. The fact that she left made the rest of the story better. I should say that it made the story go in a direction that made both characters a little more likable. Who says you cannot have a vanilla relationship with a man who only knows how to be a dominant? Let me stop writing before I start repeating myself.

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The Reader by Bernhard Schlink REVIEW

The ReaderThe Reader by Bernhard Schlink
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

---Michael and Hanna met and fell in love---
---Michael saw Hanna at the trial---
---Michael saw Hanna for the last time---
Hanna is the name of the woman who rescued Michael Berg, a 15-year-old boy who got sick on his way home from school. Michael went back to thank Hanna for saving his life and that's when their love affair started. Michael got consumed by his love for Hanna until one day she disappeared, leaving him with more questions than answers. When Michael saw Hanna again he was a young law student,and Hanna was standing trial as a Nazi camp prison guard. It became clear to Michael, who attending the trial with a few other law students, why Hanna was always quiet, why she loved to be read to, why she chose young kids like him to read to her,and why she would rather spend the rest of her life in prison instead of revealing the one secret that could grant her freedom.
It's obvious who the main characters are in the book. The most credible character was Hanna. She was estrange, but she was real. Hanna was haunted by her past. She had odd jobs. She was quiet. She did not have many fiends, nor close family members. Her job has a Nazi prison guard had a great impact on her life. She treated Michael like her child. A child twice younger than she. A child she could control because she could not control anything else in her life.
Hanna was my favorite character in the book.She built a wall that made her feel powerful.I liked when she told Michael, " You don't have the power to upset me." This line really changed my mind on how I let other peoples' feelings or reactions affect me.
I have never been to Germany, but author Bernhard Schlink took me there in this remarkable story about love, betrayal, shame, and forgiveness. After I was done reading the book, I put it down, thought about the ending, and started reading it again as if I had missed something. The book sucked me in. It had me thinking about love. What is fair or not fair when you love somebody. Does your heart care about age when you love someone? What is unconditional love? Really. What are my limits when it comes to saving somebody when that person does not want to save himself?
To say the book is beautifully written is an understatement. The book is very easy to read, and very fast paced. There is no room for boredom, no room for predictions, although I was able to predict one major event in the book. The surprises were great. The author has a compelling writing style, one to die for.
I loved the book. I would not change anything about the story. I think the writing was great. The ending was appropriate. The only thing that I would change was to see Hanna have some kind of happiness at the end of it all after everything she went through in life.

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BOOK REVIEW: Love The One You Are With

Love the One You're WithLove the One You're With by Emily Giffin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I love how Andy and Leo have equal parts in the book and in Ellen's heart as well. I love Margot's loyalty to Andy, but I hate how she betrayed Ellen -who is supposed to be her best friend\sister-in-law- by not telling her something that Leo did that could've changed everything. I love Suzanne's (Ellen's sister) straight to the point attitude. I loved how she did not take sides. I love how Andy's parents love Ellen like she was their own. I cannot give up a lot, but my biggest surprise was the decision they had to make about living New York. Did I mention that Andy is a lawyer, and Ellen is a photographer who has her own studio in Manhattan?

The story is filled with lots of interesting twists and turns. There's more going on in the story than just a married woman who cannot let go of her ex. It is more about a young woman who needs closure because she never fully understood why her ex-boyfriend broke up with her. She had questions and she wanted them answered, even-though it meant putting her marriage in Jeopardy. One of the things that I love about Emily Giffin is that a lot of us can relate to the stories in her books. You will hear Ellen's voice throughout the book. You will feel her pain. You will hate her at times, but in the end you will understated why she made the decision that she made. "love is the sum of our choices, the strength of our commitments, the ties that bind us together." Read the book if you want to find out why Ellen made that statement.

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