Aug 14, 2010

Shades of Blue by Karen Kingsbury

In between a checkered past and a fairytale future, a decision awaits.

Brad Cutler, twenty-eight, 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 fiancĂ©e, 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 go back to the shores of Holden Beach in search of his first love, and a forgiveness neither of them has ever known.

Three people must work through the repercussions of a decision made long ago before any of them can look toward a new future.


New York Times Bestselling author Karen Kingsbury is America's favorite inspirational novelist with over fifteen million books in print. Her Life-Changing Fiction has produced multiple bestsellers, including Take One, Between Sundays, Even Now, One Tuesday Morning, Beyond Tuesday Morning, and Ever After, which was named the 2007 Christian Book of the Year. An award-winning author and newly published songwriter, Karen has had several movies optioned for production, and her novel Like Dandelion Dust is in post production as a major motion picture release. Karen is also a nationally known speaker with several women's groups. She lives in Washington State with her husband Don, and their six children, three of whom were adopted from Haiti.

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Brad and Laura were planning a perfect fairy tale wedding, and it was only weeks before the big event. Brad knows that there are things from his past that he has never dealt with, and he knows that he must get things cleared up before he can marry the girl of his dreams. He risks it all by being honest with his future bride, and then he embarks on a journey through his past ... to finally make things right.

Have you ever read a book of fiction that changed your life? Shades of Blue is just that kind of book. As I sit here reminiscing about this amazing story of bad choices made, long-lasting regrets and pain, and finally finding and accepting forgiveness, my heart goes out to anyone who has experienced similar events in their life. Even if you have not experienced this yourself, you will still be touched with a new compassion and understanding towards others.

My own tears have flowed down as I read this book, and at times I had to stop reading for a while, just to let things sink into my heart. This is a story that needs to be told. It has important lessons that we all need to hear, and that we need to act upon. Thank you, dear Karen Kingsbury, for changing my life and the life of anyone who reads this book.

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of Shades of Blue from Zondervan.  I received no compensation for my thoughts.

Shades Of Blue
Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Zondervan Books; 2 edition (Oct 20 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 031026622X
ISBN-13: 978-0310266228


  1. Wow - this sounds like a great book. I'll definitely have to add this to my list of books to read!

  2. That's beautiful that this book could draw that emotion from you, it must be a great story! Fantastic review!