Shades Of Her Kindle Edition
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"Intense read that kept me totally glued to the story. Shocking enlightenment and discovery. Absolutely loved it." Kimberly, Goodreads
"I ate this book up! I couldn't put it down. Shades of Her is a story of the heart. It's a story of how far a grieving man would go to relive what he has lost. It's uniquely Ozlo and Priya. 5 Stars!!" Peggy, Reading Keeps Me Sane Book Blog
"Really hot story. I enjoyed seeing the story unfold and the lines between fantasy and reality blur. Interesting concept of how love can blind you to the obvious. Gripping and great story!" Renee, Goodreads
"Truly heart wrenching story in parts. It's an emotional ride that will absolutely evoke something within the reader. Truly different, but well written and in the style I have come to enjoy by these authors." Mlle Me, Goodreads
"It was one of those books you can't put down because you want to see how it ends. A must read for everyone!" Rosetta, Goodreads
- ASIN : B0768P9TZQ
- Publication date : October 16, 2017
- Language : English
- File size : 3421 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 250 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #805,984 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
Top reviews from the United States
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I found myself thinking at the end why this young woman would even consider a relationship with Jackson, a very troubled man. After all, Becca still is a dead ringer for the dead wife.
Just a big NO.
Aside from a few minor issues with grammar and spelling here and there (which may not even be part of the final release version), this story is generally well written. It flows well, without rushing ahead too fast or dragging slowly. Our main characters are Jackson (rich artist and widower of Ashley) and Rebecca (pastry chef who needs money and who looks exactly like Ashley except for hair color). Supporting characters, we have Rebecca's friend Kristi and Jackson's manager/friend Harry.
When I volunteered to read this based on the descriptive blurb, I expected the "discovering the truth" about Ashley to happen much sooner in the story. If it had happened sooner, Jackson and Rebecca would have had time to get to know each other for who they are (especially Jackson getting to know Rebecca as herself). I was also not expecting the depth and seriousness of Jackson's emotional/mental state. He hasn't been able to make himself go home in nine months, since his wife Ashley died. He's no longer able to paint (which makes me wonder what he's been -doing- for the last nine months), he doesn't seem to interact with anyone except his therapist (who has him on medication that's not working) and Harry (who he tries to avoid). He's suicidally depressed and nearly commits suicide before someone stops him.
Simply put, regardless of the physically chemistry Jackson and Rebecca have, Jackson is in no way realistically ready or capable of starting a relationship with someone. The immediacy in which everything is suddenly perfect and right in his world after Rebecca starts playing the part of Ashley reinforces that. However, it's about three quarters of the way through the book before, in one of the sections from her point of view, Rebecca thinks "I finally realize how dangerous this is for Jackson" after something happens.
There's a time skip near the end that I'm a bit torn how I feel about. On one hand, it's good that time has gone by. On the other, if Jackson was basically obsessed and suicidally depressed over Ashley for nine months, I'm not sure I can trust after a year that he hasn't just transferred/adjusted some of that obsession to focus on Rebecca instead of actually resolving his feelings about Ashley and gotten back to a healthy emotional/mental state where he can start a relationship with Rebecca as herself.
If none of that affects your suspension of disbelief as a reader, this may be a valid read for you. It certainly brings some different ideas into the story to make it stand out. For me, though, I tend to read critically and it didn't rest easy in my mind. I found myself liking it less the more I think about it.
This is a great original story, and as a widow, I found it to be very believable. When you Jackson loses his soulmate he goes to extraordinary lengths to recapture what was lost, and he realizes that not everything is what he thought it was. I loved this book, and can't say enough great things about it. Read this book, you will not be disappointed.
What I enjoyed most about Shades of Her is watching how much love Jackson had for his wife and everything he was willing to do for her and to have her back even in the form of another woman that could be his Wife twin, watching how he went from depressed to happy again and Painting again. Watching Rebecca following her role as his dead wife but also knowing that he has ruined her for all other men because she wants a man just like him in her future.
This book was an amazing read I loved reading about Jackson and Rebecca's adventures together and watching how she feel for him when all he could see was Ashley in her, watching Rebecca willing to do the weirdest thing in the world to help her parents but also learning more about her self and what she really wanted in life, watching Jackson live his memories but also learning more about him and his wife and learning what is important in this world and to not waste time. If you like stories like this, then Shades Of Her is a must!
Top reviews from other countries
Jackson lost his wife and muse and has been unable to work as an artist since. He meets Rebecca, a pastry chef, who is her spitting image. Rebecca has the dream of opening her own café.
Jackson pays her to impersonate his dead wife so that he can paint again. And remember the woman who was the centre of his world.
They have a series of scripted meetings, his memories of events with his beloved wife, Ashley.
But things are seldom as they seem and the truth has to come out, even if it's accidentally and what you once thought...can be changed forever.