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Dreaming in Color

3.81  ·  Rating Details  ·  160 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
From a veteran writer of women's fiction, comes the deeply satisfying story of three remarkable women--one physically abused, one depressed by age and infirmity, and one temporarily derailed from life's purpose--whose meeting helps them reclaim their lives.
Hardcover, 401 pages
Published July 1st 1993 by Doubleday (first published January 1st 1993)
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Cathryn
Oct 02, 2014 Cathryn rated it really liked it
This book was a hard one for me. Because of being a survivor of a domestic abuse like in this book it didn't start until after my daughter was born. And in some twisted way thought I deserved by not doing as I was told to do. I suffered in silence for 5 long years he hid the bruises and trips to the doctors so no one caught on and I didn't say anything out of embarrassment that I couldn't take care of my family right that I had to be punished. When I looked into my exhusband eyes that last fight ...more
Carlene Doan
Sep 23, 2011 Carlene Doan rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone
Recommended to Carlene by: Nancy Smith
Called out emotions and empathy for the characters. Makes you look at others and their life experiences. Althouh it is fiction a lot of these experiences probably occur more often in life than we would like to think. Makes you more aware of the trials and tribulations that a lot of people you see on the street every day.
JoAnne
Jun 28, 2014 JoAnne rated it liked it
Shelves: womens-fiction, abuse
This is the story of three women. Bobby is a battered and sexually abused wife. She decides that she and her six year old daughter, Penny, need to leave home because her husband has started hitting Penny. She drives to Connecticut and finds a job working for Eva. Bobby takes care of Eva's Aunt Alma, who had a stroke on her left side. Bobby and Penny grow to love Alma very quickly. Eva is a little different. She is a long time widow with a college age daughter. She is a writer. Eva has a hard tim ...more
Louise
Mar 22, 2009 Louise rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
This was an intriguing read! Starkly honest in the descriptions of 'wife battering'.

From back cover:

"Bobby Salton is a woman on the run. With her six-year-old daughter, she finds refuge in a rambling house on the Connecticut shore.

Hired as a live-in companion to Alma Ogilvie, Bobby helps the retired headmistress regain her independence. But Bobby's battered appearance also has a startling effect, especially on Eva Rule, Alma's niece, a successful author.

Three very different women grapple with dr
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Alexandra Borgmann
I think I outgrew this genre of books. I didn't finish it because I wasn't enjoying it.
Helenia Quince
Nov 13, 2014 Helenia Quince rated it really liked it
I really liked this one :)
Nina Draganova
May 23, 2014 Nina Draganova rated it it was amazing
Въздейства ми силно тази книга. Стила е малко остарял, но иначе е увлекателна. Тази авторка се оказа добра. Но има много тъга и напрежение в историите й.
Barbra
May 12, 2008 Barbra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book - couldn't put it down. Deals with severe abuse.

Back Cover Blurb:
Three women - one in flight from a bad marriage, one depressed by age and illness, one without a purpose in life - meet along the shores of Connecticut and form a tenuous bond that is soon put to the test.
Susan
Jul 18, 2011 Susan rated it it was ok
Much repetition in the story line. The book is from the point of view of several characters. One character is just plain boring. The book would have been better off without her and lost none of its impact.
Nancy
Jan 09, 2012 Nancy rated it it was amazing
Great book, you can tell the author has lived thru some of her own horrors of abuse. She also added material in the back of the book in case someone you know is in an abusive relationship...excellent read...
Jill Miller
Jan 06, 2010 Jill Miller rated it it was amazing
CVA is my favorite author.....her characters are intensely real, and are always striving to learn and grow. I find a bit of myself in every one of her characters.
Lori
Jul 07, 2008 Lori rated it liked it
So far so good. A little dark but an interesting take on how a family can be formed through strangers. It is set in CT too.
Margaret
Mar 30, 2008 Margaret rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Images of the mental pictures created while reading this book have remained with me for a long time...
Coraline
May 28, 2010 Coraline rated it liked it
cools in a non-porn kinda way not very individual or stimulating but worth a whack anyway
Karen
Sep 17, 2012 Karen rated it really liked it
I did enjoy this book very much. Ke
Megan
Dec 25, 2010 Megan rated it really liked it
Really liked the characters.
stillme
Feb 01, 2008 stillme rated it it was ok
fairly predictable
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Charlotte Vale-Allen was born in Toronto and lived in England from 1961 to 1964 where she worked as a television actress and singer. She returned to Toronto briefly, performing as a singer and in cabaret revues until she emigrated to the United States in 1966.

Shortly after her marriage to Walter Allen in 1970 she began writing and sold her first novel Love Life in 1974. Prior to this book's public
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