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True Colors [Kindle Edition]

Kristin Hannah
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (292 customer reviews)

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Book Description

True Colors is New York Times bestselling author Kristin Hannah’s most provocative, compelling, and heart-wrenching story yet. With the luminous writing and unforgettable characters that are her trademarks, she tells the story of three sisters whose once-solid world is broken apart by jealousy, betrayal, and the kind of passion that rarely comes along.

The Grey sisters have always been close. After their mother’s death, the girls banded together, becoming best friends. Their stern, disapproving father cares less about his children than about his reputation. To Henry Grey, appearances are everything, and years later, he still demands that his daughters reflect his standing in the community. 

Winona, the oldest, needs her father’s approval most of all. An overweight bookworm who never felt at home on the sprawling horse ranch that has been in her family for three generations, she knows that she doesn’t have the qualities her father values. But as the best lawyer in town, she’s determined to someday find a way to prove her worth to him.

Aurora, the middle sister, is the family peacemaker. She brokers every dispute and tries to keep them all happy, even as she hides her own secret pain.

Vivi Ann is the undisputed star of the family. A stunningly beautiful dreamer with a heart as big as the ocean in front of her house, she is adored by all who know her. Everything comes easily for Vivi Ann, until a stranger comes to town. . . .

In a matter of moments, everything will change. The Grey sisters will be pitted against one another in ways that none could have imagined. Loyalties will be tested and secrets revealed, and a terrible, shocking crime will shatter both their family and their beloved town.

With breathtaking pace and penetrating emotional insight, True Colors is an unforgettable novel about sisters, rivalry, forgiveness, redemption---and ultimately, what it means to be a family.

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

In her 17th novel, bestseller Hannah portrays the delicate and enduring bonds of sisterhood. The story of the Grey sisters is set in a small Washington town and follows Winona, Aurora and Vivi Ann from the time of their mother's death, when they are young teens in 1979, on through adulthood, cataloguing their trials and the men who typically come bearing them, beginning with Luke, Winona's high school best friend and secret crush. But when he falls in love with Vivi Ann, who later cheats on him with farmhand Dallas, it leads a jealous Winona to betray her sister. Vivi Ann and Dallas get married, have a baby and run the Grey family farm, but Dallas is eventually arrested for murder, and lawyer Winona refuses to take his case, seemingly killing her relationship with Vivi Ann. Dallas is convicted and things look bleak for Vivi Ann and her son, but Winona's late-breaking friendship with her nephew paves the way for the happy ending. Though Hannah boldly embraces over-the-top drama, she really knows what women—her characters and her audience—want. (Feb.)
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"In this big juicy novel, bestselling author Hannah (Firefly Lane) scores again with a tale of three sisters set in the sprawling ranchlands of Washington state...Deliciously romantic and often heartbreaking, this is a book you'll want to climb inside of and stay as long as possible."
"[Makes] full display of the author’s strong suits: sense of place, compassion for characters and understanding of family dynamics."
--Kirkus Reviews
"Hannah ... really knows what women—her characters and her audience—want."
--Publishers Weekly

"A beautiful and captivating story of love and rivalry, family and community, that readers will happily devour."

"An engrossing, fast-paced story that will appeal to readers of Barbara Delinsky and fans of women's fiction."
--Library Journal

"Clever plot twists and complex, engaging characters make True Colors a very satisfying read."
-- USA Today

Product Details

  • File Size: 867 KB
  • Print Length: 544 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; 1 Reprint edition (April 1, 2010)
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002LA0A8O
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,602 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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61 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars KRISTIN HANNAH AT HER VERY BEST!!!! February 3, 2009
There are several things readers have come to expect when they read a Kristin Hannah book--that they'll get an amazing, compelling, emotional story, that they can't put down once they've started. While TRUE COLORS is no exception, there is a degree of depth to this novel that sets it apart from anything the author has written in the past. A degree of depth that won't simply satisfy her legions of current fans, but I dare say should bring her to the attention of many more.

Spanning nearly 30 years in the lives of the Grey sisters of Water's Edge, a waterfront ranch on the shores of Washington state's picturesque Hood Canal, first meet the sisters in 1979 just after the death of their beloved mother. It's obvious from the beginning that her loss is going to leave an enormous hole in their hearts and have long-lasting effects in the lives of these young girls. But even worse, their grieving father Henry buries his soul when he buries his wife, coping with life by drowning his sorrows in a bottle of hard liquor.

The book quickly fast forwards 13 years where we find oldest sister Winona just beginning her law practice in the nearby town of Oyster Shores, Aurora a young wife and mother of twins, while the youngest the beautiful but fragile Vivi Ann is an expert barrel racer on the western rodeo circuit, living at home, helping her father on the failing ranch that has been in their family for generations. Vivi Ann soon comes up with a plan to save the ranch and resurrects it into a thriving horse arena for lessons and competitions.

Meanwhile Winona, who has been fighting a weight problem all her life, may, at long last, have romance come her way when her childhood crush, veterinarian Luke Connelly returns to town.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Solid, if not unique, story February 8, 2009
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Winona, Aurora, and Vivi Ann Grey are sisters, brought closer together by their mother's death when they were children. Winona, the oldest, takes charge of her sisters, but she is plagued throughout life by her issues with her weight, her ceaseless unsuccessful quest for her father's approval, and her hope that someone will love her. Aurora is the sensible middle sister - she grows up, marries, has kids, and then struggles with the reality that life isn't a fairy tale. Vivi Ann is the wild, beautiful, optimistic youngest sister. She loves her horses, adores the father that her sisters tell her is not worth her adoration, fights to keep the Grey home and land in the family, and knows that something breathtaking is going to happen to her. When Winona's true love falls for the wrong sister, jealousy and spitefulness come between them all, and when Vivi Ann gives her heart to the dark, dangerous Dallas, the family and their small town are nearly torn apart.

Hannah does a good job of painting the portrait of small-town Oyster Shores, Washington - a town of decent, hard-working people, some of whom still hold on to old prejudices and distrust of outsiders. She also does a fine job of giving us yet another book about family loyalty, an over-controlling patriarch, and women fighting through their insecurities to become stronger and more independent.

There are countless numbers of books out there extolling the virtues of sisterhood - blood or no - and True Colors joins their ranks. This is a good, solid book with an emotional storyline, strong but flawed characters, and a compelling drama to pull everything together. Although I wasn't exactly blown away by the story, it did keep my interest, and I would pick up another Hannah novel.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
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This may be a wonderful beach read, but it's March and we need a bit more grit to keep us glued to the pages while the rain-laden winds whip through the pines. We have characters who are easily summed up in a few words - pretty and wild; overweight and unappreciated; smart and too conventional; rawboned and dangerous; troubled teen; reliable and boring; crotchedy and mean. Mix together. Add the usual gossip, jealousy, forbidden love, injustice and redemption. Bake for what seems like a long, long time. Believe it or not, what comes out of the oven is chocolate chip cookies! Yep - a happy ending for all - except old Dad, who is still crotchedy and mean - but you can't have everything!

There are no sharp edges to get in the way - no surprises or twists - just a good old, straight garden path leading to a beautiful sunset. Everybody's happy but me. I was expecting a lot more.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow, and Wow again January 30, 2009
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This is a very touching story about three sisters, family, and loving so much it hurts. Three sisters band together after their mother's death and grow up loving each other and clinging to each other. But jealousy crept in some how and that jealousy threatens to destroy their relationship, while at the same time the youngest sister pays the worst price through it all. This story was well written, and touching. I couldn't help but to cry with not only sadness, but with regret and joy. This book is a must read for anyone who enjoys books about family and love.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Bottom Line: Too Predictable May 27, 2009
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This was my first attempt at a Kristin Hannah book. I was quite disappointed. The book feels too familiar. When I pick up a book, I want something fresh, unique, or something we've experienced that the author helps us rediscover in a new way. I just didn't find that with True Colors. I was worried it might be since the title is a cliché. However, I thought maybe with lower expectations, I could still appreciate it. You know that old mind trick of setting the expectations low so they can be surpassed when it comes to a book or movie. Well, that didn't work. This is a book I would have probably liked when I was in my teens, not in my thirties though. The characters and plot are too predictable and one dimensional.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars BEST OF THE BEST!
This book is soooo good! I wish the book could have continued on forever! The story line and the characters are great. Perfect!
Published 3 days ago by Emily B
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book well worth reading.
Published 6 days ago by Andres Avendano
4.0 out of 5 stars ALMOST 5
I probably would have given this book 5 stars if it weren't so long. Hannah had a tendency to drone on and on with details that have NO necessity in the story. Read more
Published 9 days ago by danideck3
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart rendering.
Any book that Kristin Hannah writes is wonderful but I believe this is my favourite so far. The characters are so real you can actually feel their pain and their joy. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Sherry V Wood
5.0 out of 5 stars True color s
It was just about the best book I have read in a very long time it was just wonderful it was great.marjorie
Published 14 days ago by Amazon Customerdolly cordano
5.0 out of 5 stars Not my cup of tea at first but I got hooked!
Took me a bit to get into it at first. The book started going in depth about ranch life, which is my polar opposite but I stuck it out and was hooked. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Erin Morris
5.0 out of 5 stars Avid reader
I am new to Kristin Hannah but in love with her writings. This book was a lesson in love, life and families. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Readingaddict
5.0 out of 5 stars one of her first books i read
This was and still is one of my favorite books of hers, the story sucks you in and you don't want to leave or for it to end. Read more
Published 1 month ago by college24
4.0 out of 5 stars Kristen Hannah is one of my favorite authors.
I have never read a Kristen Hannah book that I didn't love. I always make sure I have a box of tissues handy.
Published 1 month ago by Marlene J.
4.0 out of 5 stars A little slow start but worth it
Took me a few tries to get really started reading but finished in hours once I got hooked. Nice character development. Kristin Hannah doesn't disappoint
Published 1 month ago by Keri Bramlett
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Kristin Hannah was born in September 1960 in Southern California and grew up at the beach, making sand castles and playing in the surf. When she was eight years old, her father drove the family to Western Washington which they called home.

After working in a trendy advertising agency, Kristin decided to go to law school. "But you're going to be a writer" are the prophetic words she would never forget from her mother. Kristin was in her third-and final-year of law school and her mom was in the hospital, facing the end of her long battle with cancer. Kristin was shocked to discover that her mother believed she would become a writer. For the next few months, they collaborated on the worst, most clichéd historical romance ever written.

After her mom's death, she packed up all those bits and pieces of paper they'd collected and put them in a box in the back of her closet. Kristin got married and continued practicing law.

Then Kristin found out she was pregnant and was on bed rest for five months. By the time she'd read every book in the house and started asking her husband for cereal boxes to read, she knew she was a goner. That's when her husband reminded her of the book she'd started with her mom. Kristin pulled out the boxes of research material, dusted them off and began writing. By the time their son was born, she'd finished a first draft and found an obsession.

The rejections came, of course, and they stung for a while, but each one really just spurred her to try harder, work more. In 1990, Kristin got "the call," and in that moment, she went from a young mother with a cooler-than-average hobby to a professional writer, and has never looked back. In all the years between then and now, she have never lost her love of, or her enthusiasm for, telling stories. Kristin feels truly blessed to be a wife, a mother, and a writer.

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