Monday, July 12, 2010

Shades of Morning by Marlo Schalesky

Publisher:  Waterbrook Multnomah
Pages:  338
Source:  This book was provided for review by the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group. All opinions expressed int his review are my own.
Genre:  Adult, Christian Fiction

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Marnie Wittier has life just where she wants it. Quiet. Peaceful. No drama. A long way away from her past. In the privacy of her home, she fills a box with slips of paper, scribbled with her regrets, sins, and sorrows. But that’s nobody else’s business. Her bookstore/coffee shop patrons, her employees, her friends from church—they all think she’s the very model of compassion and kindness.

Then Marnie’s past creeps into her present when her estranged sister dies and makes Marnie guardian of her fifteen-year-old son—a boy Marnie never knew existed. And when Emmit arrives, she discovers he has Down syndrome—and that she’s woefully unprepared to care for him. What’s worse, she has to deal with Taylor Cole, her sister’s attorney, a man Marnie once loved—and abandoned. As Emmit (and Taylor) work their way into her heart, Marnie begins to heal. But when pieces of her dismal past surface again, she must at last face the scripts of paper in her box, all the regrets and sorrows. Can she do it? Or will she run again?

Author Bio
Marlo Schalesky is the author of several books, including Beyond the Night and Empty Womb, Aching Heart. A graduate of Stanford University , Marlo also has a masters of theology with an emphasis in biblical studies from Fuller Theological Seminary. Married over twenty years, she lives with her husband, Bryan, and their five children in California .
My Review:
I am so glad that I was allowed to review this book.  Marnie has had so many problems in her past that are now affecting her future.  She has never really felt worthy of love.  That comes out all through this book.  How many times do we feel like we don't deserve to be happy, or loved?  At an early age Marnie runs away and ends up owning a coffee/book store.  She has broken all ties with those in her past, including her only sister.    Marnie's past comes back to haunt her when she receives a letter from the man she loves but ran away from.  She is informed that she is to become the guardian of Emmit her sister's son after her sister was killed in an accident.  Taylor the lawyer has grown to love Emmit and it tears him up to send Emmit out to Marnie.  It means they both must face their past.  Marnie has dealt with her past by keeping reminders of her mistakes in a box.  When Emmit, a downs-syndrome boy arrives he finds the box.  As he slowly picks the pieces out he teaches Marnie to face her past and learn to love.  The great thing about this book was just when you thought you had it all figured out there is another boy thrown in the mix.  Who is the real Emmit and why has all of this happened.  I loved this book and can't wait to recommend it to all of my friends.

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