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Shades of Morning: A Novel Paperback – Bargain Price, June 15, 2010
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Shades of Morning
“Will Marnie and Taylor, torn apart sixteen years ago, find a way to overcome, seemingly impossible, barriers and find happiness? Shades of Morning, superbly crafted by veteran author, Marlo Schalesky, presents a sense of family and love that will touch the reader's soul. The book is a memorable journey into a woman's heart and the lessons she learns about real family loyalty. Reader, prepare yourself for a surprise ending!”
— Irene Brand, best-selling author of Love Finds You in Valentine, Nebraska and Made for Each Other
“Shades of Morning is magical! Full of the wonder of love, true love. It surprised me on every page. I loved it!”
— Deborah Raney, author of Almost Forever and the Clayburn Novels
“Each of Marlo Schalesky’s inspirationally unique stories are “like a box of chocolates—you never know what you’re gonna get” and Shades of Morning is no exception. From the first page, I fell for the beautifully drawn and flawed characters, and by the end, I wanted to hug them, especially Emmit. What an angel.”
— Tamara Leigh, author of Nowhere, Carolina and Leaving Carolina
“Shades of Morning is a gripping story of grace and forgiveness in the face of years of secrets, half-truths, and running. Yet it is so much more. Marnie and Tyler became people I cared about from the opening pages, yet I wondered how the tangled web of their past could ever unravel to show the promise of a future. And the image of God revealed in the prose speaks to me even now after I’ve reached the end.”
— Cara C. Putman, author of Cornhusker Dreams and Stars in the Night
“Poignant. Heartfelt. Compelling. This latest novel by Marlo Schalesky is a touching testament to the power of love, forgiveness, and second chances. Shades of Morning is an unusual love story with a twist--and what a twist! You'll love it. But be sure to have a box of tissues close at hand. This would make a great movie! (Are you listening, Hollywood?)”
— Laura Jensen Walker, author of Becca by the Book and Turning the Paige
“Marlo wrote an engrossing story told with her signature richness and beauty. Her characters lived and breathed -- I connected with them immediately -- even as they displayed the messiness of real life. Shades of Morning will touch your heart and remind you of God's enduring hope, love and redemption. It's a treasure!”
— Cindy Martinusen Coloma, author of best-selling novel Orchid House and Beautiful
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Today Marnie meets her sisters' child for the first time. He's fifteen and has Downs's syndrome. How could her sister Rose, keep a secret like this? Taylor, the executor of her sister's will and former friend was asking the impossible; she couldn't raise Rose's son, Emmit. Marnie was single and had a coffee shop to run, people depended on her. Her life was full, and no room for anything else. But the longer Emmit stayed and the more she learned about him, a surprising thing happened. Marnie realizes she needs him. "Emmit was showing her the way home. He was showing her how to trust," in people and in God again.
Taylor realizes he has his own struggles with God and Marnie...."God, who wanted him to let go. God, who had never stopped pursuing him. God, who wanted the past for Himself." Why couldn't he let go? What was he afraid of?
I'm so glad I received a review copy of this amazing, powerful, heartfelt story. Marlo has a talent to captivate you from the start and immediately draw on your heart strings, because her characters are believable and they deal with circumstances beyond themselves. I felt for Emmit's situation as he was forced to live with an Aunt he'd never met.
This author captures the endearing qualities of Emmit and the real issues he struggles with being a Down's syndrome teenager, but at the same time you'll see the simple way he views life and knows what's important. He hopes Marnie realizes it before it's too late.Read more ›
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?
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 .
What an unbelievably great book!! Heart-wrenching - to say the least!! I was hesitant that this book was going to be very good. Guess that proves you don't judge a book by its cover. This is such a beautiful story about a young woman out on her own finding her way after having many hurts in her life.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Since I just discovered this great author, I decided to read this older book of hers! Am I glad I did!! This was a great read...... Read morePublished 10 months ago by J. Smith
It took a while to get really interested in this book. There was a lot of jumping from one time period to another.Published on March 30, 2013 by Sue
Years ago, Marnie Wittier moved across country and started a new life, but when her sister is tragically killed in an accident, she leaves her 15 year old son, Emmit, to Marnie. Read morePublished on August 9, 2010 by MEGAN
I loved this book! I had a hard time in beginning getting into it, but after I figured out what was going on then I couldn't put it down. Read morePublished on July 21, 2010 by Amazon Customer
I enjoyed reading this book right up until the end. It started off well and became a real page turner as I couldn't wait to find out if my guesses as to the secrets of Marnie's... Read morePublished on July 17, 2010 by F. Jury
The advanced press all sounded positive so I was excited to begin Shades of Morning by Marlo Schalesky. Read morePublished on July 16, 2010 by T. Kerns
If you like mysteriously lovely and other-worldly reads, this is the book for you. It's a satisfying story of redemption and forgiveness with moments that reminded me of "Expecting... Read morePublished on July 16, 2010 by Jamie Driggers
This gripping novel was well-written and I loved the plot twists. It was a page-turner, especially towards the end. Read morePublished on July 16, 2010 by H. Main