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

Julianne MacLean
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,032 customer reviews)

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"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.

"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

Watch for book 2 in this series: THE COLOR OF DESTINY - Available now for pre-order

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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.

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  • 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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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #328 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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147 of 156 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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365 of 404 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Really? March 6, 2011
By Marylou
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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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123 of 140 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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78 of 91 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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78 of 93 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Shallow, syrupy and sappy May 21, 2011
By cal61
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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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54 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A true page turner February 18, 2011
By angela
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This book was great.!!! It not only kept me interested, I couldn't wait to get back to it. I got a sample of this book before I bought it. Well, once I started reading the sample I had to have it, bought it and couldn't stop reading it. I actually put aside what I had been reading because I couldn't put this one down. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. A very compelling story.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tear jerker February 19, 2011
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What an amazing story. She describes exactly what you feel when you find out you are dealing with cancer as I have dealt with breast cancer twice but its her daughter who has it. An amazing story of Sophie's life and the people in it that will leave you in tears but also smiling. First book that has ever made me cry!
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75 of 96 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
The story line was sooo easy to keep track of. I love the how she was to learn and understand what her mother and father went through to get to where they were. Read more
Published 15 hours ago by Nicole
3.0 out of 5 stars Just OK
Just OK. It is what I label as a beach book. It is not hard to put down. I was not sure I was going to finish it. I think I finished just because I hate to leave a book half read. Read more
Published 18 hours ago by joidee
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful journey!
Be sure you set aside some time to read this book because you won't want to put it down. At times the book can get a little confusing but keep reading. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Heidi Bailey
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good book
A must read for all those who have lost a child
Very heart warming and uplifting
I will read it again several Times
Published 1 day ago by dorky
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
I really enjoyed this first book in the Color of Heaven series. I had to keep reminding myself that it was a work of fiction! I look forward to the next one in the series.
Published 1 day ago by Cathy McElhaney
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
It's been too long to give a REVIEW
Published 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars but I enjoyed the story line
This book was somewhat confusing to me. I thought the writing was somewhat fragmented, but I enjoyed the story line.
Published 1 day ago by A. Loretta Ekis
5.0 out of 5 stars loved this book
Absolutely loved reading this book, there is life after death , what a wonderful experience to have , and
what an amazing lady !
Published 3 days ago by Melissa
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent book!!!
Would like to read more books by this author. Enjoyed every word and still want more. Thank you for the opportunity to read this!
Published 4 days ago by muzzly
5.0 out of 5 stars response on book
I loved the entire book. It kept me in suspense. I thought it was well written. Enjoyed reading it from beginning to end.
Published 4 days ago by Glenda C.
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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 historical romance.

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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