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True Colours: Can you ever forget your first love? by [Fox, Vanessa]
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Editorial Reviews


I just finished this book. It was so good, so much emotion. I stayed up late last night reading the first half. When I decided to try and get some sleep, I couldn't. I kept thinking about the story and the characters. I stopped everything today to finish. (Just don't tell my dh), house is a mess. I'm still thinking about their story. karebear

LOVED this engaging story 5*
I absolutely loved everything about this book. In fact with so many five star reviews you are all going to think the author is paying us. It's just a really enjoyable story. I found myself rooting for both of the main characters. It's rare to find a book where their is conflict between two characters yet you can be rooting for both of them to have happiness. Their love story is very romantic...this book weaves in a bit of suspense. I even enjoyed reading about the other not-so-nice characters in the book. This author knows how to paint pictures with words. Sue Reviews (Longwood FL)

True Colours- A Passionate journey you won't regret! 5*In True Colours you don't read the emotions but you live them- feeling Alex's exhaustion while driven by her hope and torn by her duty- Great stuff. It's engrossing as you want to keep with the pace of the plot's turns and surprises. I couldn't put it down and what better places are there for the book's settings (Ireland and Spain)! I would recommend anyone climb aboard this passionate journey - you won't regret it. Suerte! Moreno

Loved it, couldn't put it down. This is a wonderful mystery romance and you don't find out the major "What?" until the very end of the book. As always, with a good book, I wish it would have continued. Addicted to Books

From the Author

I love a good story with characters who you root for, who have trials to overcome, but who keep going despite the odds. I'm also one of the world's positive thinkers and I completely believe in true love.

I hope this book is one of surprises for you, the reader, that there are twists and turns that you don't expect. There were definitely surprises for me as I was writing it - the characters took over and led the way. And that painting, I had no idea was there until Alex walked into the room!

TRUE COLOURS is set in two places I love, Ireland and Spain. I live close to a house very like Kilfenora, but the name comes from the boreen (country) lane that I live beside; ór means gold in Irish - I hope one day when I'm walking up the mountain with my children, that we might find it.

Lots of reviewers have asked for a sequel, wanting to know what happens next and I want to find out what happens to Peter and Caroline, so watch this space!

Product Details

  • File Size: 775 KB
  • Print Length: 404 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1477409718
  • Publisher: Vanessa Fox (November 15, 2013)
  • Publication Date: November 15, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007FER9M6
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #691,430 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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As teenagers, Alex and Sebastian were deeply in love, in spite of their class differences. Suddenly, Alex packed her things and left without even saying goodbye or telling Sebastian why she was leaving or where she was going. Now, 16 years later, she has returned. When she accidentally runs into him, sparks fly. He's angry and wants to know why she left so long ago. She wonders why he's engaged to a hateful, vapid woman who only cares about money and appearances. Circumstances throw them together, and the longer they spend together, the more they realize the love for each other never died after all. In fact, the smoldering embers soon threaten to consume them completely.

Their past is told in a series of flashbacks that allow the reader to see and feel the depth of Alex and Sebastian's love story. It was pretty easy to figure out why she left, but her explanation of the event fills in some of the gaps. My only problem was that the villains are too evil. Caroline (the fiancee) has absolutely no redeeming qualities, and Peter is portrayed as a complete sociopath. It might be more suspenseful if these characters were more well-rounded, if there was more than meets the eye to either of them.

What makes this so enjoyable, however, is the romantic tension between Sebastian and Alex. It begins with their first meeting, and only increases with each subsequent meeting. Overall, it's a really enjoyable romance with a bit of mystery.
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I don't often read contemporary romance, because I find it all terribly predictable. I'm glad, however, that I made an exception for True Colours.

Cleverly set in contemporary Ireland against a background of the complexities of Irish history (wealthy Anglo-Irish landowners and their relationships with ordinary Irish people) the book impressed me straight away with the author's obviously extensive background knowledge. Placed in this setting are a number of truly relateable characters, independent Alex Ryan, her father, her long-lost love Sebastian and his scheming family and fiancee.

The story of the long-thwarted love between Alex and Sebastian plays out against a subplot of lies and intrigue, danger and duplicity, and remains satisfyingly unresolved till the very end. By the denouement of the novel I was rooting for the utterly charming main characters without reservation.

The only complaint I have about this novel is that the end came far too soon!
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"I'll just read a little bit...", i told myself. But it was un-put-down-able! And I don't often read romance. Five hours later I reached The End. I do not recommend starting to read this if you should be doing something else. I will now be working Sunday instead! Gripping plot, great characters, wry humour and delicious detail. I can't wait for the sequel (there must be a sequel?).
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I gave this story 1 star because I am giving the author recognition for a well-meaning, potentially good idea for a story. That said, it was a very poorly executed story. It is a terrible HEA; it has some potential as a crime story; however, no mystery crime story. This story reminded me of a soap opera; perhaps the author is in the wrong business?

This is a story about 2 h and 2 H; Alex and Sebastian and Caroline and Peter. The author gave both sets of character's equal weight and did a poor job of character and story development. The author made Alex, who is a successful business woman and Sebastian, who is a venture capitalist, unable to have a simple conversation about the reason why they broke up when they were teenagers. The author then spends the rest of the book with the h hinting at their relationship and angst, angst and more angst and displaced anger. To me, this did not invite reader investment in the character.

This author then spends approximately the entire book; 96% of the book, avoiding this conversation and spends 4 % of the book creating this conversation and an instantaneously HEA. Seriously? Really? In addition, the author spends approximately 1/3 of the book waxing on about interior design and architecture, blah, blah, blah....I was bored and skipped through many of her descriptions. Some description would be appropriate; however, this was overkill. This does not leave room for a thoughtful development of the characters, which allowed for reader investment into the story.

Now I see that the author is thinking about writing a sequel about Caroline and Peter. Does the author really believe that once reading about Caroline a cheating, vain, self-absorbed, egotistic, selfish character and Peter a potential psychopath, that a sequel would be enjoyable? I think this author needs to go back to drawing table and start all over again.
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When Alex returns to Ireland to expand her design business, she isn't expecting to find herself working for her first love, Sebastian. Not only to revamp his business headquarters, but to make over his apartment ready for his new bride-to-be, Caroline. Add in a fourth character bent on vengeance and you have a complex story which weaves romance and suspense into a coherent whole.

I love the setting and the characters, the grand Irish country estate, a hard-working executive from a wealthy background, the gamekeepers daughter turned top design whizz whose father has just had a serious accident, a brattish socialite who only knows how to shop, and a mysterious villain. They are almost larger than life and I found it very easy to lose myself in the plot. I could almost imagine myself in Alex's shoes and feel her pain. I wanted to slap Caroline for being such a selfish brat. And I almost fell in love with Sebastian myself.

As a bit of a foodie I did pick up one error - if there is chocolate fondant on the menu there is no way they could help themselves to dessert. Chocolate fondant must be served hot, straight out of the oven and the timing of this dish is critical.

Maybe the villains were a bit too nasty but they were colourful, and the romance was sweet. A lovely book to curl up with on a cold winter's night, or at the beach.
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