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The Color of Heaven (The Color of Heaven Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Julianne MacLean
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Book Description

"A box of tissues should be included in the purchase price of this book.... I finished THE COLOR OF HEAVEN in a matter of hours, but I've no doubt the read and the lessons imparted through Sophie's story will stay with me... probably forever. THE COLOR OF HEAVEN is an incredibly poignant and unbelievably gripping novel, deserving Romance Junkies' highest rating."
        FIVE BLUE RIBBONS - Chris at Romance Junkies

A deeply emotional tale about Sophie Duncan, a successful columnist whose world falls apart after her daughter's unexpected illness and her husband's shocking affair. When it seems nothing else could possibly go wrong, her car skids off an icy road and plunges into a frozen lake. There, in the cold dark depths of the water, a profound and extraordinary experience unlocks the surprising secrets from Sophie's past, and teaches her what it means to truly live...and love.

Full of surprising twists and turns and a near-death experience that will leave you breathless, this story is not to be missed.

THE COLOR OF HEAVEN is a work of fiction.

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  • Editorial Reviews


    "Full of high emotional moments and unexpected twists and turns, these Color of Heaven books are impossible to put down." - New York Times bestselling author, Emily March

    "A gripping, emotional tale you'll want to read in one sitting." - New York Times bestselling author, Julia London

    "Brilliantly poignant mainstream tale." - 4 ½ starred review, Romantic Times

    About the Author

    Julianne MacLean is a USA Today bestselling author of numerous historical romances, including The Highlander Trilogy with St. Martin's Press and her popular American Heiress Series with Avon/Harper Collins. She also writes contemporary mainstream fiction, and her recent release The Color of Heaven was a USA Today bestseller. She is a three-time RITA finalist, and has won numerous awards, including the Booksellers' Best Award, the Book Buyer's Best Award, and a Reviewers' Choice Award from Romantic Times for Best Regency Historical of 2005. She lives in Nova Scotia with her husband and daughter, and is a dedicated member of Romance Writers of Atlantic Canada. Please visit Julianne's website for more information.

    Product Details

    • File Size: 1310 KB
    • Print Length: 324 pages
    • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
    • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B004KKY782
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Word Wise: Not Enabled
    • Lending: Enabled
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #653 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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    Customer Reviews

    Most Helpful Customer Reviews
    186 of 200 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Story of Forgiveness! February 13, 2011
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    I like novels about near-death experiences, and after death scenarios, but most novels are so disappointing, either lacking in credibility, or overly religious and dogmatic in nature, preaching punishment and fear. This story has depth, credibility and insight into the practicalities of forgiveness. I won't talk about the story-line, because you just have to read this very well executed, lovely story. Actually, it is not overdone to say this story is rather brilliant. It works on you, even after you finished reading it, lingering in one's conscious mind, working a miracle of forgiveness. Even if it is "just" a story, it is very powerful. The descriptions, the conversations evoke strong, deep emotions, which trigger inner reflection and in my case, healing from the past. I would have paid a lot more money to read this book. It is a unbelievable that this book is offered at such a low price. You can not go wrong, at all, to include this book in your Kindle Collection. I look forward to reading more from this author. I am hooked! Enjoy!
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    549 of 602 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars Really? March 6, 2011
    By Marylou
    Format:Kindle Edition
    Well, I read this book based on all of the 5 star reviews! I enjoy a near death experience story as well as the next person, but this was way too unbelievable and trite. I wish I would have seen the list of this author`s other works before I read this book instead of after. Harlequen Romances? Oh! so that may explain why, when the mother is telling her daughter about her undying love for the girl's father, she relates their first lovemaking complete with when exactly she "climaxed"! TMI mom!!
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    208 of 231 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars bad apples March 22, 2011
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    Thank goodness I only spent $2.99 on this book or I would have been really ticked. Not only did I waste money, but my time as well reading the book. I too relied on the 5 star ratings to purchase and read. The story starts well.....
    but the author sort of goes off in different directions. Our heroine is so self-absorbed and whiny that it is hard to continue reading. I found myself hoping that somewhere she would seek counceling and the book would be over, but noooooo. It just kept going and going like the energizer bunny. Truthfully, I skimmed a lot of the story that her mom was telling her. I could not see where most of that was necessary for the story. I will most certainly keep an eye out for this author again and avoid her like poison.
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    58 of 62 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars Wish I would have known.... June 8, 2014
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    that this was a life after death, outer body experience type of book. I would have never picked it up. I got into the story, which at times was a tad unbelievable, and then BAM!,surprise, the characters are somewhere between life and death or something like that. I was put off when the mother was telling the details of her romantic relationships to her long lost daughter. It felt as if she were telling us, the reader, the story not her daughter. There was too much information shared for it to be a mother daughter conversation in my opinion. I tried to finish the book once the afterlife theme was revealed, to see it to the end, but it was just too much for me to bear. Talking o the dead is not my cup of tea. I am glad that this was free. I will be deleting this as well as book number five that was a freebie as well.
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    129 of 146 people found the following review helpful
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    I wish I hadn't wasted my time reading this poorly written book. It started out fine but then somehow, the author tried to add a different point of view and failed miserably. Choppy, confusing and many, many mistakes/typos. Don't these people proofread their work before trying to sell it as marketable/readable material? Shame! Don't waste your time or money on this one.
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    120 of 137 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars Shallow, syrupy and sappy May 21, 2011
    By cal61
    Format:Kindle Edition
    I purchased this book solely due to the excellent reviews, and it left me wondering if I read the same book. The character development was poor, the story line predictable. I kept hoping the book would redeem itself to no avail. Ugh. Skip this one-what an incredible waste of time and money.
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    113 of 139 people found the following review helpful
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    I truly forget on what alleged best seller list this book was touted. The idea was perfectly logical, a near death experience, but only death itself would keep me from plodding through it again. The writing is trite, contrived, and extremely sophomoric.
    How many times can one get up from a blinding love tryst to brush one's teeth? I wish I had counted the times that the book's protagonist brushed her teeth after the ecstasy. At the end, alas, too late for me, I discovered this author also writes "romance" novels. That explains everything. This book is absolutely dreadful.
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    14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars Stopped reading at 19% January 10, 2014
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    The protagonist is telling about her life in this story instead of letting us experience what happened. Her daughter is sick with cancer and her husband is not supportive but I didn't feel a thing about it emotionally. The author's style of writing leaves us detached from the main characters. I can't recommend this book.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars V
    One of the best books I ever read; I had a hard time putting it down. It just was written beautifully and was actually a love story. Read more
    Published 6 hours ago by Linda Parshall
    4.0 out of 5 stars Powerful, start you asking yourself the right questions
    Cheesy at times, as in highly charged drama, yet manages to convey very important messages.
    Love is portrayed in different ways, friendship always emphasized, loyalty and... Read more
    Published 1 day ago by Born To Read
    1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
    After reading the negative reviews, I did not read this book.
    Published 1 day ago by Luvs2Read2
    4.0 out of 5 stars Well written
    Lots of interesting twists and turns - could not put it down ... I am not an easy to please reader ... Read more
    Published 3 days ago by miatagirl
    5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book
    I enjoyed the book and the characters the romance of the girl and the two boys their lives as young children and as adults
    Published 4 days ago by Dorothy Colby
    5.0 out of 5 stars Heavenly!
    What an unexpected surprise. Filled me with longing for more. The characters are believable. The story beyond touching! Can't wait to get started on Julianne's next book.
    Published 5 days ago by Connie Patton-Salvi
    4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
    A very good read.
    Published 6 days ago by Joette Nanney
    5.0 out of 5 stars The Color of Heaven
    I loved the portrayal of love, loyalty and humanity as well as the spiritual side of this heartwarming story. I recommend this book to anyone with an open mind.
    Published 6 days ago by BillieB
    4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed this book quite a lot
    Very well written story. I enjoyed this book quite a lot; it only took me one day to read it...
    Published 7 days ago by Ileana
    3.0 out of 5 stars Okay, But Stocked on the Wrong Library Shelf!
    First off, this book is better than the one-star critics are saying. It’s fairly well-written; the tale itself is interesting. Read more
    Published 8 days ago by David
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    More About the Author

    USA Today Bestselling author, Julianne MacLean came to the romance genre after completing a degree in English literature from the University of King's College in Nova Scotia. She fell in love with some of the classic romances - Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, Pride and Prejudice - and after a brief stint as a federal government auditor, decided to try her hand at becoming a modern day romance writer.

    She is a three time Rita Finalist and winner of numerous awards, including the Romantic Times Magazine Reviewers Choice Award, the Colorado Romance Writers Award of Excellence, and the Greater Detroit Romance Writers Booksellers' Best Award, and has sold over 1.2 million books in North America alone.

    She is a devoted wife and mother, and loves to travel. She has lived in New Zealand and Ottawa, and is now settled happily in Nova Scotia, while working on her latest book.

    Please visit her website for more information and be sure to sign up for her mailing list to stay informed about new releases, and to be included in her monthly giveaway of an autographed book.

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