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The Grey sisters had only each other when their mother died years ago. Their father provided for them physically on Water's Edge, the ranch that had been in their family for three generations, each of them however, longed for their father's love.

Winona, the oldest, knew early on that she could never get it. An overweight dreamer and reader, she didn't exhibit the kinds of
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Published February 3rd 2009 by Brilliance Audio (first published 2009)
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Dawn
Apr 10, 2009 Dawn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a hard book to rate for me. On one hand, I thought it was really good. Hannah does a super job of making you feel the emotions the characters are experiencing, at familiarizing you to the settings and the motivations of the story and just simply making you FEEL. Whether it be sadness, anger, love or disgust you get to crawl into some of the characters lives and see the story through their perspective. That part of the book I loved.
On the other hand is the mechanics of the story. How she
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Barb
I read this book in four days. I couldn't put it down. I just wanted to know what was going to happen. This is when you really know a book is good when it's a page turner. Anyway, this book is about three sisters trying to stay together as a family. The dad is always drinking and basically hating his life after his wife died. The three sisters are trying to make their way in life and get torn apart but certain events that happen along the way. Eventually they reunite but there is tension still b ...more
Sally Wessely
Aug 25, 2012 Sally Wessely rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
One may wonder why a reader would rate a book so low and still read it. I guess I read the book because I decided not to waste my money. (That's best reason I can come up with.) I've never read Kristin Hannah before, so I picked this book up because it was cheap at Costco, and because I decided I needed a bit of light, chick-lit reading as a change of pace.

I found myself almost groaning sometimes during the story because the writing was so dull. The author's attempt at character development for
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Melissa
Mar 27, 2009 Melissa rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was so disappointed. I had saved this book thinking I would have a lovely time reading. I have read a lot of her books, and always enjoyed them. The relationships between the three sisters are interesting, and not real relationships. They are very flat and unnatural. There were instances where the book is so stilted with the development of some characters, I wouldn't want to read further. I got depressed the further I read, and I kept hoping that the story would get better. There are many ends ...more
Bark's Book Nonsense
I listened to this as an unabridged audio book. Kristin Hannah has written some charming historical romances in the past which is why I was tempted to pick this up but I’m really under whelmed with this women’s fiction/chick lit/soap opera venture. Where’s the charm? Never mind that, where’s the love? All I’m reading here is bitterness and jealousy and awkward relationships. It’s making me edgy and impatient.

The book is about three sisters whose mom died of cancer when they were very young teen
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Rhonda Rae Baker
Unbelievable...Kristin never fails...she is such an amazing author! I can't recommend this book high enough...what a beautiful story. I couldn't read it fast enough and I didn't want it to end...WOW

The characters in this book are so real I felt they were part of my family. The dynamics in personality, depth of feeling and emotion, picturesque descriptions of town, home, and country, the twists and turns of what happens to them, the surprises, the hardships, and joy in one another's life's, the
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Emma
Feb 13, 2010 Emma rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Get out your tissues, you are going to need them.

Wednesday I had a flight to Seattle and back and since it was such a short day I decided I could do without a book and just do work things. Well as often occurs at the airport flights are delayed and other things occur, so I ended up with 5 hours on my hands.

The first three hours I did alright but then I was bored out of my mind so I headed to the closest book stand. I browsed for close to half an hour narrowing down my choice to two books. In the
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Christine
Although this story of the Grey sisters (a ranching family in Washington state) is solidly in the chick lit genre, author Kristin Hannah does take on a topic that resonates with today’s headlines. Following on from her storyline, she includes a character (Dallas Raintree), who marries one of the Grey sisters and later becomes false accused and sentenced for the crime of murder.

Before that contemporary twist to the story, however, the novel centers on the relationships of the three Grey sisters,
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Jan
Oct 29, 2009 Jan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I started out really liking this book, and stayed pretty riveted throughout the first half. But after a while, it just started to wear on me.

True Colors is the story of 3 sisters in a small town in Washington as they try to keep their family ranch afloat, find love, and live their lives. Ultimately, none of the characters in the book was terribly likable. Two of the sisters in particular both came off incredibly self-absorbed. Their love-hate relationship, particularly as it dragged out for deca
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Vanja Kalinac
Jul 14, 2015 Vanja Kalinac rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-it
<3 Prelijepa.
Alice
Aug 11, 2011 Alice rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library, audio, 2011
This book is an excellent example of why, sometimes, I keep reading when I don't like a book. Granted, I had read this author before, and therefore was willing to give her the benefit of the doubt based on previous enjoyment. But I'm glad I didn't miss out on an enjoyable read.

True Colors is about the Grey sisters, who lose their mother to cancer when the oldest is 15. We skip forward over a decade. Winona, the oldest, is an embittered, fat spinster. The middle child, Aurora, is married with two
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Virginia
Feb 11, 2011 Virginia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've read most of Kristin Hannah's books for a reason. I get thoroughly involved in her stories! I find her characters to be human and the dialogue believable. I felt connected and involved with the people in True Colors. I cared what happened to them and I cried along with them. I know for a fact that horses can help a person through the darkest of times. The author captured that type of healing bond beautifully. The sisters had their rough spots and true love and devotion was tested, but it al ...more
Darci
Jun 14, 2010 Darci rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Don't bother. I'd have given it one star, but that would have made me feel a bit guilty, because it did hold my attention enough to finish it. I felt like I was reading a Harlequin Romance book, complete with the stereotypical Perfect Sister, the Chubby Smart Sister, the Beautiful Wild Sister and the Indian Who Scares The White People. This is my first Kristin Hannah book, and I've had friends recommend her. Maybe it's a bit like Jodi Piccoult, you either love her or ... you don't. It just felt ...more
Ena Hasečić
Prva zamjerka ide II dijelu romana koji je prilično razvučen i manje uzbudljiv od I. Druga zamjerka ide sestrama koje su sušta suprotnost jedna drugoj, Vivi Ann je za moj ukus previše tvrdoglava, Winnona se previše žali na debljinu i svako malo ispoljava svoju ljubomoru, a Aurora nije do kraja izgrađen lik koji se pojavljuje u momentima kada neko treba smiriti situaciju; propast njenog braka nije ni opisana, već samo spomenuta u par rečenica. Naravno, tu je i otac zbog kojeg sam poželjela ući u ...more
Caitlin
Jul 17, 2015 Caitlin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves:
Kind of a let down after Nightingale and The Butterfly Garden. This is definitely not one of Hannah's best.
Becky
Jun 24, 2009 Becky rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 999-challenge
What an incredible story! I think that this book is every bit as good as Firefly Lane!

The three sisters go through so much in this story! Each of them have their own struggles, but the fact that they remain true to each other is amazing. Yes, there are fall-outs that last for a while, but in the end, they all come back to each other. They look upon themselves for what a mother and father would give them.

My heart went out to Vivi Ann. When she fell in love with Dallas, she fell hard! But her st
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Shonda
Apr 06, 2009 Shonda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2009
Overall, I thought this was a good read. It started out a bit slow, but when Dallas Raintree came to town, the story picked up quite a bit and I could not put it down. My only complaint is that I wanted Aurora’s character to be developed more. I thought the author did a good job with Winona and Viva Ann, but I didn’t feel as connected with Aurora as I did the other two.

The book begins in 1979 shortly after their mother's passing. It spans almost three decades and we see how her death still impac
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Karen & Gerard
What a neat novel True Colors by Kristin Hannah is! It starts off following the lives of three sisters from when their mother died while they were teens. Aurora is the peace maker who settled for marriage to “Mr. Boring” while the eldest daughter, Winona, an attorney, loves her younger sister’s fiancé and longs for her father’s approval. Vivi Ann, is engaged to a real nice guy, but isn’t in love with him and follows her heart and passion when Dallas, the new ranch hand shows an interest in her. ...more
Sheryl
True Colors by Kristin Hannah ~ Wow...so at first I was reading this and thinking to myself, well Kristin has gone all "Romance Novel" on us and all I could picture were those cheesy Fabio book covers.... And in a matter of a few more chapters it got REALLY good!!!

I know a book is good when I am sitting at work reading it and I have to gather myself to answer the phone because I am boo hooing! This is such a great love story based on the lives of 3 sisters and the men that come and go.... There
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Erin
Dec 17, 2009 Erin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
Probably up it to 2.5 stars...and I will say it definitely improved after a major twist in the middle. But by that point, i was frustrated with it, the uninspired writing, and the cliched characters--so after the first 100 pages, I skimmed. The story focuses on 3 sisters on a ranch in the West, with an emotionally unavailable rancher father (who's pretty much a douche all the way through) and a mother dead from cancer when the girls are young. The fat oldest sister can't please her father, the m ...more
Glenda
Jun 05, 2010 Glenda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This novel is about relationships between the Grey sisters, Winona, Aurora, and Vivi Ann. Wynona is an overweight lawyer who never married, and never felt acceptance from her father. Aurora, the middle sister is the peacemaker and tries to keep everyone together. Vivi Ann is the beautiful, talented youngest sister and her father's favorite. The girls' mother died when they were young, and they are raised by their father Henry, who runs a horse ranch and is only concerned about how the community ...more
bookczuk
Oct 09, 2009 bookczuk rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to bookczuk by: Dana
When I first tried to read this book, it was right at the time my mother had died from cancer, and picking a book up where a mother died from cancer at the get go was just too much for me. But now life has moved on, and ironically, my mother's death has turned out to be one of the easier things in my world these past few months. So today, when I needed to just curl up with a book to escape into, this was the perfect choice.

Sibling relationships, even at their best, are complex. I never had siste
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Laura
Feb 03, 2011 Laura rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I picked this up on a whim. It was super cheap at a book fair I went to, I figured it would easy reading, and I enjoyed "Firefly Lane" by Hannah mildly a few years back when I read it (it reminded me a lot of Beaches with Bette Midler, which could off put some people, but not me). I'm quite glad that I didn't pay full price for this, as I was terribly disappointed, which says something as my expectations were fairly low going in.

I can appreciate a good story about a few sisters who have the kind
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Caitlyn C
Some stories have such a strong, promising beginning that any lapse in quality just seems impossible, and the idea of growing bored is equally unlikely. But it happened. This book let me down right away.

Like I said, this book began as a promising read. The introduction of the three sisters in their early teens, struggling with the death of their mother and sudden emotional absence of their father was interesting. I wished it was longer, actually, because I wanted to read more about their ordeals
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Mary
Apr 14, 2009 Mary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Grey sisters have always been close. After their mother's death, the girls banded together, becoming best friends. Their stern, disapproving father cares less about his children than about his reputation. To Henry Grey, appearances are everything, and years later, he still demands that his daughters reflect his standing in the community.

I loved this book. Didn't want to put it down. I had "happy" tears at a couple of parts. Life does intervene in the sisters lives and hearts are broken and e
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Nichole (Dirrty H)
I was visiting my parents for a few days and found myself without a book (how did I let that happen?) so I picked this up.
This is essentially a Lifetime movie and I would have preferred to just spend two hours watching it on TV instead of two days reading it, but it was enjoyable nonetheless. The writing is nothing stellar, especially after just finishing Barbara Kingsolver's "The Lacuna" (stunning!) but the story is engaging. I liked that Hannah gave two sides to the issue and you could sympath
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Mindi
Mar 02, 2009 Mindi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I finished this book at 12:35PM on a Saturday night. I found that I couldn't put it down until I found out what would happen to this family. I find myself doing this - reading until late in the night - with most of Hannah's books. This one was no different.

Overall, an enjoyable, satisfying story of a family - their ups and downs, loves and losses.
Becky
Jul 07, 2014 Becky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm a huge fan of Kristen Hannah's books. I got back into reading as an adult after reading Winter Garden and then Firefly Lane. I loved both of those books. While I enjoyed reading True Colors and definitely would recommend it, the other Kristen Hannah books I previously mentioned, in my opinion were better. True Colors takes the reader through some very realistic up and downs of the relationship between three sisters, Vivi Anne, Winona and Aurora. Their relationships are tested through their l ...more
Georgiann Hennelly
The Grey sisters have always been close.But after the death of their mother they bonded together to become best friends.Their father is a stern, disapproving man who could careless about his children to Henry Grey, appearances are everything and years later, he still demands that his daughters reflect his standing in the community.Winona is the oldest an over weight bookworm who never felt at home on the ranch. She needs her fathers approval most of all .But as the best Lawyer in town she,s dete ...more
Sharon Ader
May 25, 2009 Sharon Ader rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no
Recommended to Sharon by: Book club
Shelves: fiction
This was a book selected by my book club. And as with many of those selections, I didn't like it. Part I seemed like so many other books that I used to read when I was much younger. It took me a long time to read because I just didn't care about the characters. Part II was much better and it held my interest. I wouldn't recommend it because there are just too many good books to read, why waste time. I almost stopped this book several times, but continued reading because I thought I might attend ...more
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Kristin Hannah is the New York Times bestselling author of twenty-one novels, including the blockbuster Firefly Lane and #1 bestsellers Night Road and Home Front. She is a former lawyer turned writer and is the mother of one son. She lives in the Pacific Northwest and Hawaii with her husband.
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