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"Sophie Duncan is 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, Sophie experiences something profound and extraordinary--something that unl...more
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Published January 23rd 2011 by Julianne MacLean (first published January 1st 2011)
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Jenni
Jul 27, 2011 Jenni rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: book clubs, beach reads, anyone
The Color of Heaven is a story about the life of columnist Sophie Duncan. Sophie is married to the man of her dreams, has a beautiful daughter Megan and is living what seems to be the perfect life. Suddenly, one day she notices some changes in her young daughter. Her daughter Megan is then diagnosed with myeloid leukemia. Then Sophie's husband confesses to an affair and announces he is love with a woman from his office-- who happens to be pregnant.

If these catastrophic blows weren't bad enough f...more
Bruno
O livro não é o que parece, não se trata de um simples romance trágico, muito longe disto! É uma história envolvente e fascinante sobre uma experiência quase-morte.

As primeiras páginas são extremamente dolorosas em que a filha da Sophie, a personagem principal do livro, morre com leucemia aos 5 anos de idade, e depois a Sophie perde o marido que a troca por outra mulher.

Desde que a Sophie tem um acidente de viação e passa para outro lado, não se consegue parar de ler. Ela vê a sua própria fil...more
D Thomas
The Color of Heaven by Julianne MacLean writhing as E.V. Mitchell

Sophie Duncan is 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, Sophie experiences something profound and extraordinary - something that unlocks the secrets of her past and teaches her what it means to...more
Tia
I don't really know what to say. Miracles occur every day, I don't know if this was based on a true story or not but it was a nice book. It wasn't anything that threw you for a loop or that you would read again in my opinion but it was nice to read.

The first husband was a douchebag in my opinion. How can you cheat on your wife, knock up your mistress and divorce your wife to marry your mistress after your daughter has just died. What a weak person and character if you ask me. Just had to rant a...more
Deborah Blanchard
This book is an extraordinary work of art. You will need a box of tissues for sure. Amazing character development and a great storyline. This is the first book I have read by this author and after finishing it, I bought the next 2 in the series. The writing is exquisite and you will be drawn into it from page one. You will keep turning the pages till the end. Amazing book, I highly recommend this one. Do not miss out!I can't wait to start the next one.
Stephanie
Definitely a four hankie read, but only three stars. I liked the story but there was a lack of real depth to the characters, IMO. But then again, I read it in a day, it kept me wanting find out what happened next.
Neide Parafitas
Sophie teve durante alguns anos a vida que qualquer mulher desejaria para si... escritora de sucesso, com um marido apaixonado e dedicado e com uma filha linda que só lhe dava alegrias, Sophie sentia-se abençoada com tamanha felicidade!!

Mas a sua felicidade estava prestes a acabar. Tudo começa com a descoberta de que a filha de apenas 3 anos padece de uma doença grave, a leucemia. Sophie nem quer acreditar no que ouve.. a sua linda e maravilhosa filha está a morrer... Ela faz tudo o que está ao...more
Marie Gentilcore
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Karen
Mar 06, 2011 Karen rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: those who enjoy contemporary fiction, romance
The Color of Heaven is an amazing contemporary fiction novel. I wasn’t sure what to expect, so was surprised when I was so quickly drawn into Sophie’s story and did finish reading it in one sitting. I loved each of the characters; they were richly developed and so carefully woven into the story. And what a story – certainly loaded with joy and sadness, regret and forgiveness, and loss and new beginnings. But most of all, it was a love story. All different kinds of love: between a husband and wif...more
Stacie Naczelnik
The writing style turned me off and made the story unbelievable. Too much summarizing and not enough storytelling. If I wasn't reading it for a book club, I wouldn't have wasted my time reading it.
Shannon Cahill
The premise was good, and I really wanted to like it. however, it read like a laundry list of events rather than the truly touching story it could have been. It just seemed like so much opportunity was missed. The characters were surface only, even the narrator. The word choices were often very odd. There should have been so much emotion, but it was missing. I could excuse a lot of this as inexperience, except that this author is supposed to be renowned and commercially published many times over...more
Marilyn Rondeau
THIS REVIEW IS FOR THE AUDIOBOOK FORMAT: Sophie Duncan is a successful writer and columnist, happily married to a lawyer on the fast track to becoming partner, and mother to a beautiful daughter. She had everything one could ask for in life – kind of a storybook life until her daughter Megan is diagnosed with cancer. Then slowly, Sophie’s life seems to spiral out of control during the next couple of years of battling the ups and downs of the disease and a marriage that was slowly disintegrating....more
Shan
The author of this book is E.V. Mitchell, which is a pseudonym for author Julianne MacLean.
This is one of the best books that I have read lately. I was actually reading Taken by the Cowboy by Julianne MacLean and when I finished there was an excerpt of this book. I think about the first 10 chapters. After I read those I was instantly hooked. I went online to Ms. MacLean's website to see where I can purchase t he book.
Well, low and behold it was .99c at All Romance Books and may be the same price...more
Marti
I am not sure what possessed me to select this particular book. I do not care for romance books which I consider like watching a soap opera--a waste of my time. This book is tells the story of Sophie, who lives thru tragedies such as her daughter dying of cancer, and her mother, Cora. In some ways, the mother's story is more interesting than her daughter's. She does not desert her family--she dies in a plane crash. Sophie's husband divorces her to marry a younger pregnant woman. Someone who like...more
Lisa James
This book was a story that grabbed me right from the start. It's a story of family, of secrets, of love, of lies, of joys, & of the most crushing of sorrows. To have the world at your feet one day, & to have your child diagnosed with leukemia is crushing enough, but to lose that child less than 3 years later after you'd thought it was gone, I can't even begin to imagine that heartbreak. Then to lose your husband after that because he had an affair with one of the girls in his office &...more
Shannon
Beautifully written, full of ups and downs. Grab your tissues and a few hours to yourself since you will probably read this in one sitting.
Bernadette
Really good, tearjerker. I read it in two days so it definitely had my attention!
Nikki
Beautiful. Heartfelt. Emotional. Honest. I downloaded The Color of Heaven because it was a free download. I read The Color of Heaven because it spoke to something within. I finished The a Color of Heaven because it was a touching story of love, loss and forgiveness that I couldn't put down.
Linda Brueggeman
The Color of Heaven

Wow!! This is a fast paced, surprise-around-every-corner kind of book. I read it in one sitting, because I couldn't put it down. It's full of once-in-a-lifetime love and heartbreaking tragedies, and life long friendships that don't come around every day. It is different - it has an out-of-body- experience in it that is riveting. To say the book is well written is an understatement. The grammar and punctuation are impeccable, which is unfortunately a dying breed in many writers...more
Linda Day
I read it ... it was ok. I found myself forcing myself along at times, and other times quite enjoying it.

Basically, this is one of those stories where an "out of body" experience occurs following a tragic accident and the survivor returns to tell us about "heaven".

The first part of the story has to do with the illness of Sophie's daughter and was actually the best written part, I felt. Following were all kinds of side trips through relationships and I just got so lost ! Was this "Sixth Sense" ?...more
Patsy Cardwell
This is a beautiful story of love, loss and a near-death experience. I would highly recommend it but make sure you have a box of tissues handy. If you are not a believer, than this book will help you find your way. The Color Of Heaven is beautifully written and I felt Sophie's pain. Really a good love story that is sad with a happy ending.
Phyllis
The Color Of Heaven is a very compelling story. It's the story of Sophie who has a wonderful life with a loving husband and a delightful daughter until Meagan, her daughter, is diagnosed with cancer. After fighting the disease for several years, Meagan dies; Sophie grieves, and her husband has an affair and leaves her. Sophie is alone and bereft when she has an accident and dies for 40 minutes. During this time, she sees her Mother, who left when she was 14, and hears her mother's story. The two...more
Becky
So I enjoyed the book, hands down. I, like many other reviewers, felt that the author must have experienced some of the things written about in the book to be able to write about them so honestly. I will confess to being utterly confused about 3/4 of the way through the book (if you read it you'll understand). Everything was cleared up by the end of the book but I felt there was probably a less confusing way of explaining what was happening. I would read additional books by this author - good ch...more
Delali Connell
"I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." –Maya Angelou

I’m grateful to Julianne MacLean, because after reading a few books that flopped, I needed badly to feel something. Her book The Color of Heaven, the first in The Color of Heaven series, took me on a tidal wave of emotions, and it was exhilarating!

I was thrilled, I was horrified, I was anxious, I was romanced. I questioned what I knew about life...more
Margaret
"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 apa...more
Theresa
This is a really good book. It’s emotional, colorful and good characters. I like the language, the writer is a very good storyteller and she has a colorful language. I couldn’t put it down and spent the whole night reading it. I recommend tissues though, I accidentally woke up hubby trying to find some, and he thought something was seriously wrong before he understood that the only reason I was crying was because I was still reading. So you definitely needs tissues. This book is a lot about grie...more
Nora Black
The Color of Heaven crackles with emotional insight, whip-sharp story-telling and suspense-filled drama. The book is impossible to put down, crowded with absorbing human intrigue and charming, well-rounded characters. Loads of people don't want to read about illness, especially when it's the illness of a child, but truly this novel is a must for anyone who is looking for an engaging, finely-honed tale that pulls at all the right strings to draw the reader in. I've read several reviews on the boo...more
Tisha
It's been awhile since I reviewed a book here and I just finished Color of Heaven, and liked it a lot, so I'll break my fast with this one :)

Color of Heaven is a book about a woman who experiences life metaphorically as a series of waves in the ocean. Some are small and gentle, some large and rough and others are boilers, sucking her down and under and around while she struggles to reach the surface and just breathe. She marries, has a child who suffers a serious illness, loses her husband and,...more
Claire Gem
I was intrigued by the premise of this book - a near-death experience. Columnist Sophie Duncan lives what appears to be the perfect life: a job she loves, a handsome & doting attorney husband, a Brownstone in New York. Just when she's convinced she's charmed, it gets even better. She has a daughter who becomes the center of her universe. But we all know it can't stay this way for long. Her daughter is about 5 when the child is diagnosed with leukemia, a moment that starts Sophie's life on a...more
Roberta Capizzi
I was really intrigued by the blurb so I thought I was going to love this book, but I ended up a little disappointed. At first it was really slow, and I couldn't connect with the main character. When I started to, the POV changed and I was a little confused. I became really engrossed in Cora's story and really loved Matt only to get heartbroken (view spoiler). Cora's story and the happy ending earned the book an extra star.
I have to admit I was a little confused as t...more
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Julianne MacLean is a USA Today bestselling author of over twenty historical romance novels, including The Highlander Trilogy with St. Martin's Press and her popular Pembroke Palace Series with Avon/Harper Collins. She also writes contemporary mainstream fiction, and her 2011 release THE COLOR OF HEAVEN was a digital bestseller. She is a three-time RITA finalist, and has won numerous awards, inclu...more
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