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About the Author

Sarah Martin Byrd lives with her husband at the foothills of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina and is blessed to have her only daughter and grandchild living close by. Sarah is a previously published novelist, newspaper columnist, and former advertising manager for a regional newspaper. She is currently working on her next novel, The River Keeper. When not creating new stories, she enjoys camping, canoeing, fishing, and spending time with her family.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Ambassador International (October 30, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1620201143
  • ISBN-13: 978-1620201145
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,641,429 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Sarah early realized that to succeed you must work. She learned this from her overachieving father who drove her to excel at all her endeavors.

Through two careers, she has written stories, poems, and articles. After many strokes of the pen, in 2007 she retired to compose full time. "Guardian Spirit" her first published novel was released September 15, 2010, published by Lucky Press LLC, Athens Ohio. "The Color of My Heart", Sarah's second novel was released November 1, 2012, published by Ambassador International, Greenville, South Carolina.

Sarah's third novel, "The River Keeper" is now being edited and 2013 will see the release of her first children's picture book, titled, "The Manger Mouse."

She likes stories that have grit to them. Life isn't always a bed of roses, so she writes the truth. In forming her characters, she takes bits and pieces of different people she's known or imagined through the years and forms personalities that readers may not always like but will be able to connect with or be fascinated by.


Sarah resides still at those foothills with her husband of over thirty years. Aside from her books, her best friend is her daughter. Sarah's granddaughter Emma also occupies many happy hours of her days.

She hopes you enjoy "Guardian Spirit" and "The Color of My Heart" and will be inspired to find your own magic in life.




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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 4, 2013
Format: Paperback
Laura Carter had a happily ever after life with a handsome husband and two beautiful teenage daughters. She had the wonderful adoptive parent's that raised her as their own and with a strong belief in God. She knew nothing about her birth mother.

One day her fairy tale started falling apart when she received a letter from her birth family stating her birth mother was not well and needed Laura to come to her home. Her visit with her birth family revealed her roots were from Africa beginning with an educated African woman her small daughter that were kidnapped, shipped to America in the hull of a ship then sold into slavery.

At first Laura did not want to believe her mother and great-grandmother but the proof was in a set of journals written by women of color, all no doubt her ancestors. Out of concern for her the health and well being of her birth mother and one hundred year old great-grandmother she insists on staying with them as their caretaker. Even her daughters wanted to stay some to help and to learn more about their grandmother and great-grandmother.

This was news her husband did not want to accept. It made him sick that the blood running through the veins of his wife and children was tainted blood. Ever since he was a young boy he had been raised with an iron fist by his father and was forced to join a white supremacy group called the brethren. He did not approve of the groups tactics but feared his father's anger if he did not go along with their madness. Her husband feared what the brethren were capable of , especially his father, if they found out about his wife's roots and tainted blood.

Laura knew nothing of her husband's dark secrets but suspect something evil brewing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L.E.Y. on November 30, 2014
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It's probably a great book. If you're not from North Carolina, and are not drenched and soaked in its branchwater and its culture--if you didn't play in its woods and gently fly its junebugs on the end of a sewing thread before you turned them loose to fly away--you won't find it jarring to hear that the Brushy Mountains are visible from right outside Mocksville (They're not. My grandmother could see her beloved Brushies from the top of a hill on their place over in Iredell, but not from near Mocksville. Maybe from someplace farther away in Davie, but not from near Mocksville). It won't bother you to have words not part of that area's brand of Southern vocabulary put in the mouth of somebody in Davie County. It did bother me; it jarred me to the point where I couldn't read the book, and took it off my Kindle after about ten pages. OK, so I'm picky. I apologize for it, but I am picky about that. If the place names had been invented, that would have left room to fictionalize other things (e.g. as Jan Karon does in her "Mitford" books); but these were names of real places, so the details needed to be right. A disclaimer in the preface doesn't cover it.
I wanted the book to feel like a trip home; it didn't. The environment didn't feel right, the people didn't talk right. Like I say, if you weren't born and raised in the part of NC where the book is set, or if you have only lived there for what we Tarheels would call a short time (like less than all your life), those things won't bother you, so go on and buy the book and enjoy it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bonnie Haymore on August 6, 2013
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The Color of My Heart is a wonderful book. I felt as if I was on the slave ship "The Wanderer" as it made its way across the seas from Africa. I could hardly put this book down. I became so wrapped up in the lives of Lucia Mae Hunt and the generations that followed, I was disappointed when I finished the book. It is a book that everyone should read. If everyone read it, there would be no racial prejudice in the world.
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I finished The Color of My Heart, by Sarah Martin Byrd, last week. I can't stop thinking about this book! I've only had a little time to read before bed each night and the book has interfered with my sleep! I dreamed about the book, multiple times! One night I got up at 3:00 and read for an hour! Another night, I turned the water on in the tub and went into the bedroom to pick up the book. Yes, I opened the book, and completely forgot about the tub! I felt like I was in the story. What a wonderful thought provoking book! The Color of My Heart should be required reading for high school students; there is so much to learn from this book! I look forward to your next book, The River Keeper. Congratulations on an excellent book! ....... My sister has started The Color of My Heart and was reading it while standing in line in a fast food restaurant yesterday. This book captures your thoughts!
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Just finished reading The Color of My Heart! Sarah Martin Byrd hit a homerun with this one. Wow! I didn't want it to end. I wanted to continue following the lives of these extraordinary people. Hope she is considering a sequel to this book, so we can find out how Lila and Lakin live out their lives. I loved how she wove the past and the present together. It wasn't confusing in this book. Sometimes, flashbacks can be hard to follow, but her style of weaving made it very easy to follow. I love to read books that actually seem real, or that the people and their stories could be real, and this one sure hit the spot in that regard. This is one of those books that can be read over and over, because the message is so deep that it is hard to take it all in at one time.
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