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A Cor do Céu (The Color of Heaven #1)

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A vida de Sophie Duncan é o sonho de qualquer mortal. Tem uma carreira bem-sucedida, um casamento feliz e uma filha de dois anos que a enche de alegria. Mas um dia todo o seu mundo se desmorona quando a pequena Megan fica gravemente doente e Michael, o marido, anuncia que está apaixonado por outra pessoa. E quando as coisas não podiam correr pior, Sophie tem um acidente de ...more
Paperback, Large print, 264 pages
Published March 6th 2012 by Editorial Presença (first published January 1st 2011)
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Colette Ngo Ndjom I am currently reading it. Should be done today. I can tell you that the book has been well written and the storyline is good. It is a good book to…moreI am currently reading it. Should be done today. I can tell you that the book has been well written and the storyline is good. It is a good book to pass the time, with geniune characters (although at times some scenes feel a bit cheesy). If you haven't read it, hope this helps!(less)
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SueBee★bring me an alpha!★
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A deeply emotional tale about Sophie Duncan, 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, a profound and extraordinary experience unlocks the surprising secrets from Sophie’s past, and teaches her what it means to t
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Jenni
Jul 27, 2011 Jenni rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) Allen
4.5 This was Free? Stars

Now that's the first question that I ponder...This book was phenomenal and it's FREE on Amazon??

No, it wasn't perfect - I think the only problem I had with it was the ending seemed to wrap up too quickly, but other than that...Damn, this was a good soul searching, emotional book!

Come on...it's FREE - it doesn't hurt to try it out! xo
Tia
Jul 29, 2012 Tia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
Bruno
Feb 25, 2016 Bruno rated it really liked it
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
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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.
D Thomas
Mar 03, 2011 D Thomas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary
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
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Karen
Mar 06, 2011 Karen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Stephanie
Aug 04, 2014 Stephanie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, fiction
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.
Shannon
Jan 11, 2014 Shannon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Shan
Nov 22, 2011 Shan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Becky
Feb 13, 2012 Becky rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Stacie Naczelnik
Oct 24, 2012 Stacie Naczelnik rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Delali
May 08, 2016 Delali rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 and the vastness that follows it–is it emptiness, or something akin to life itself?

I was drawn to the main character Sophia, a woman who is all of us, w
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Marilyn Rondeau
Mar 08, 2014 Marilyn Rondeau rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Neide Parafitas
Mar 16, 2013 Neide Parafitas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, leituras-2013
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
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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
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Tânia
May 22, 2015 Tânia rated it it was ok
A Cor do Céu é um livro que não tem muito que se lhe diga, lê-se e pronto, está feito, passa-se ao próximo, sem arrependimentos. O estilo de escrita da autora desmotivou-me logo de início. É uma escrita muito básica, corrida, superficial, que não explora as profundezas dos seus personagens. Para além disso, em vez de ler uma história, parece que estava a ler os sumários das aulas de escola. A única parte do livro que me chamou a atenção e de que consegui gostar foi a história sobre a Cora e a su ...more
Nikki
May 24, 2014 Nikki rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Kshitij
May 25, 2015 Kshitij rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book has an amazing flow. Writing is very smooth, and the story is divided into small chapters. Besides a lot of research is being done, may be the book has some fragments of author’s personal experience, because it is too technical at few places. Happiness comes in waves, and if you are facing hardships in life, then be reminded that good times are not far away. I’m not sure if this is true in real life but it is for this book.
Sophie’s happy life shatters in a whim. Just when she has given
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Bernadette
May 23, 2014 Bernadette rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really good, tearjerker. I read it in two days so it definitely had my attention!
Aly
Oct 28, 2014 Aly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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" ?
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Sedaca
Mar 10, 2015 Sedaca rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Vayyy bu ara kendimi çok şanslı hissediyorum. Üst üste okuduğum kitaplar tam bir Romann..
Sabah elime aldım kitabı ve şuan bitti. Elimden bırakmak istemedim. Arkadya Yayınları'nın çıkardığı kitaplara bundan sonra öncelik tanıyacağımdan eminim.

Kitabımız Sophie'nin muhteşem hayatını anlatarak başlıyor ve ortalarına doğru annesi Cora'nın hikaesini okurken buluyorsunuz kendinizi.
Umudu, hüznü, sevinci, daha doğrusu yaşama sevincini, ikinci şansları ve arafı bu kadar güzel anlatan bir kitabı yakın z
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Lexi
May 01, 2016 Lexi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sophie Duncan, a writer and columnist, lived the “picture perfect” life. She had the perfect rich, educated husband Michael, the perfect house, and the perfect family with a wonderful daughter Megan. However this perfection was short lived. It all started when Megan was diagnosed with leukemia. On top of that, she finds out that her husband was having an affair with another woman while she was in the hospital with their dying daughter. Her world is completely shattered with the loss of both her ...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
Jennifer Garcia
Mar 24, 2016 Jennifer Garcia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audible, series, 2016
Amazing story! Most of it was written in a "telling" manner with not a lot of "showing." It wasn't bad though, because I think it was necessary for the story told, and I feel it didn't take anything away from the emotion of the tale.
Miracles, afterlife, great loves of your life, some seriously painful events, a bit of supernatural, and, finally, a happy ending! It was a journey, an extremely emotional one, but I found it had such a strong underlying message that touched me greatly!!
If you don'
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Margaret
Sep 11, 2014 Margaret rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"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
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