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Shades of Blue

4.19 of 5 stars 4.19  ·  rating details  ·  4,870 ratings  ·  365 reviews
Brad Cutler, twenty-eight, is a rising star at his New York ad agency, about to marry the girl of his dreams. Anyone would agree he has it all - a great career, a beautiful and loving fiance, and a fairy tale life ahead of him when memories of a high school girlfriend begin to torment him. Lost innocence and one very difficult choice flood his conscience, and he is no long ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published October 14th 2009 by Zondervan (first published 2008)
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The only reason I gave this book 4 stars is that I am tired of reading books by Christian authors who glamorize the characters - "she" is always young and extremely beautiful and "he" is always young and terribly handsome. Not everyone who falls in love in the real world are beautiful and handsome nor young. I expect this from secular authors but don't understand why it has to be prevalent in Christian books.

Otherwise, I liked this book very much. The subject of the story was quite different tha
This book blew me away. With the last novel I read of Karen's, Between Sundays, she won me over totally. With this book, I am an official fan. This story is something that is so hard to talk about and with the honesty and realness she wrote with, I felt like almost like I was intruding in their business. The way the plot developed was awesome. The emotions and reactions of everyone were completely true to life and the subject matter wasn't something that was glossed over or made into a pat littl ...more
Keiki Hendrix
“Simply a must read for fiction lovers who would dare engage into the Truth about the Sanctity of Life, the consequences of bad choices, and God’s power to heal and reconcile us after the most atrocious of sins.”

Those who are pro-choice (better named parent’s choice as the child has no choice at all) would most likely not read this novel.

Planned Parenthood supporters would ridicule it (the last act of vestige of someone without a defensible position.)

And, those who have so lost their way that th
Mar 13, 2010 Molly rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: EVERYONE!!!!
Recommended to Molly by: Zondervan; Karen Kingsbury
Karen Kingsbury is one of my FAVORITE authors! She truly has the gift of writing that comes from God. He speaks through her hands. So, I am excited about getting to review this book. It's not only by my favorite author, it partially takes place in my home state of North Carolina! A double bonus!

In Shades of Blue, Karen really touches hearts withthis story of secrets, unresolved past issues, loss and forgiveness. Karen really packs this book full of lessons to be learned. Emma and Brad are the m
Kristy Trauzzi
Feb 16, 2011 Kristy Trauzzi rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people ok with religious books.
This is not my type of book. At all. It was religious. It made no false pretense of what the book was about. But I still had to read it.

And it wasn't as bad as I thought considering it was religious. I just skipped the bible verses (thank you new paragraph) and continued on.

As I am pregnant now, reading about the abortion was so weird to me. I am against abortions for myself, but believe women should be able to choose. However, I remember how excited I was at 3 months and how much my baby had gr
I'd give it a 3.5. I liked the book and it dealt with a tough topic (abortion), but I didn't care too much for one of the main characters. Spoiled rich girl, still living on Daddy's money, not holding down a job (but kept extremely busy 3 days a week doing charity work). I just couldn't relate!!
This book was not interesting enough for me finish it. I didn't have a connection to the characters and really didn't care what happened to them in the end. Kingsbury takes great pains to inflict her extreme Christian views on her readers when she should spend more time developing her characters.
Patricia Solla
I found it very interesting the story and characters are compelling. This book is "Christian" lit and although I like the story there was too much reference to Good and the scriptures for my taste.
Very preachy -- over the top preachy and usually I don't mind Christian fiction.
Didn't finish - cheesy and preachy
Squeaky Clean? - Yes.
What an honest, real, open book about abortion, and the aftermath that nobody talks about. Brad is getting ready to marry the woman he loves, but he realizes that, before he gives his life to her, he has to close the chapter of his past. That past involves a childhood love, a choice they made, and dealing with the abortion of their child due to an unplanned pregnancy. It shows how, one decision can not only affect the life of a child taken away, but can affect a woman, a man, and those that come ...more
Proud Book Nerd
I received this book free from the author. It wasn't a promotional thing, rather I won it via a Twitter contest. I recently discovered Karen Kingsbury, and wasn't sure what to expect. I enjoyed her 9/11 series, and figured I'd enjoy this one, too. I had little idea what was coming when I began. But, pretty early on I was kinda able to guess what was coming. And, oh, the pain. Karen Kingsbury handles a very difficult subject very well. I am impressed. This is a heart-wrenching story - in a MUCH d ...more
Brad Cutler is a handsome, successful ad executive who is on the brink of marrying the perfect woman, Laura James. He finds himself suddenly at a loss to promote his latest campaign, Kotton Kids, and instead finds himself thinking of his high school girlfriend Emma Landon.

Emma and Brad grew up together on the North Carolina coast. They were friends since childhood and became a couple in high school. Their relationship had a complicated and heart breaking ending, and both Brad and Emma find them
5 out of 5 stars.

This book pulled at my heart strings in so many ways. Yes, constantly hearing Emma grieve over her life was kind of bothering me - until I found out why.

Karen's book has touch me on such a deep and spiritual level that I can promise you I will be re-reading it and recommending to anyone that is willing to sit down and enjoy it. No matter what your views on abortion are - this book will make you think.

Everyone has a past.

On top of that, this is the perfect book when it comes t
I wonder who would be more disappointed: the person who picked up this book thinking they were reading Fifty Shades of Gray or vice versa.

This book isn't easy to rate. I like the basic premise of needing forgiveness and closure and the Wilmington/ Holden Beach setting. However, it seemed as if there were too many subplots, irrelevant details, and overwritten emotional appeal. My college creative writing prof would have crossed out over half of it.

People who enjoy Kingsbury's other novels will e
Wow! I just love Karen Kingsbury more and more with each book that comes out. She handle the issue of abortion in an amazing way. I cried in the book at several points. I love how she weaves in the tale of forgiveness between these two people who made a decision to abort their baby, that still haunts them 10 years later. But, the fact that forgiveness is shown from all different sides is what I loved the most. Not only did they seek forgiveness from themselves and God, but they sought it with th ...more
Nicki Freitag
This is my second Christian fiction book that I have read and compared with my first, which I can't remember the title, this was sub par. The depiction of the feelings that Emma and Brad went through were very clear and realistic to me, but the rest of the story felt too contrived, like Laura's book group friends and how quickly Emma's love interest faded in the background for a long time. Also, the author used too much scripture and religious meaning that felt too forceful about trying to conve ...more
Abortion is probably the most divisive social law that we have and will continue to have. The fictional story is about the 3 that abortion affects. The mother, the father and the baby. I liked the Kingsbury gave this baby a name. Just like the holocaust, it was a mass of people without names and abortion in our society has become that. However, there are names, with likes and dislikes, with gifts, and worth. The story is not about judgement, but about forgiveness and healing. The healing comes w ...more
For some, this book might not be that exciting or inspiring; for me it was deep and thought provoking, because it was personal. I don't think I have ever cried so much while reading a book, as I did reading this one. I don't mean a tear or two, I mean tears streaming crying. Unfortunately, I could relate all too well with the young female character in this book, with the pain, the shame, the self-condemnation; I could also relate to the healing, the cleansing and the forgiveness that only God ca ...more
Okay, Karen Kingsbury is probably one of my favorite Christian authors. I mean, you have to love an author who gets you all teary-eyed just with her dedication page.\nShades of Blue is her latest book and is a stand-alone title. It came out this summer. But since I requested it from the library, I just got it and read it (in about 2 days her books are good like that).\nIn this book, Brad Cutler is getting ready to open a new chapter in his life. But in order to do so, he needs to write some fin ...more
Elizabeth Olmedo
In Shades of Blue, Karen Kingsbury once again delicately weaves a story of love, faith and redemption. She tackles difficult issues and expertly shows how the choices we make change our lives forever, not only affecting us, but also those we love the most. Brad’s character demonstrates how bad decisions can lead to a lifetime of pain and regret. At the same time, though he cannot change the past, he shows that the hope of forgiveness and redemption always exist.

Not your typical romance, Shades o
Celeste Batchelor
I do not typically read books of this nature, although I have read a couple of Karen Kingsbury books before. For some reason I stuck with this one even though the subject matter was a tough topic. I will say that this is the first book I've read that touched on abortion in a way that I found may be healing for some people. It was a hard subject to read about for me in many ways.

Earlier this year a friend confided in me that she has had 3 abortions. In shock, I did not handle it appropriately. Th
Sheila Stitzel
Worth reading---this author is a christian fiction writer. A lot of scripture quotes, which is fine. I liked this book---it has a good ending, but the book as a whole was pretty sad. Glad I read it, but it was sad. Not upbeat at all. My next book has to be a comedy!!!
9.2014. THis was agood book. It was about Landon And Emma. Thry had been best friend since 4th grade, in love for many gears planned on maaying and spending their lo ives together. Then they crossed tbd line and Emma got pregnant. Her mothering wax sick, no fsmily support, Landon was her life and he talked her along with nurses that an abortion was the only way to take care it then all would be as it was before. It was not and the quilt dro e them apart. 9 years later Landon is doing a advertise ...more
What a sad and difficult story to read. A reminder that with God we can find forgivenes, redemption, and grace. A reminder that life is hard and we need a good and powerful God.
Juliet Davis
This book is by far my favorite that she has written. Every time I started a new chapter in this book I just wanted to keep on going and I didn't want to stop. Sometimes I feel that some of her books relate to me. I thank God that I didn't and hope to never have to go through having an abortion. But in someways I feel the same way as the main character, in many of her books actually. I just love Karen Kingsbury books, they are phenomenal. Sometimes I feel like Brad Cutler, someone who needs to f ...more
Charity U
It was amazing. A story about the impact on the parents of an aborted baby. Very moving and eye-opening.
Brad Cutler is about to marry the girl of his dreams, Laura James. However, as their wedding day approaches, a series of events brings back memories of his past that he must work through before he can clear his conscious and be ready for a life of marriage to Laura. I don’t want to spoil this book for anyone by mentioning what it is that is tormenting the main character, Brad Cutler, so for the remained of my review I will simply refer to it as ‘the topic’. I think ‘the topic’ is very important ...more
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