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The Color of Heaven

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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 t ...more
Kindle Edition, 297 pages
Published January 23rd 2011 by Julianne MacLean (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 pa…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)
Carla Peicheff No, there are a few mentions of heaven in the story, but I wouldn’t say it’s “Christian” fiction.

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Maureen
Aug 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Well! What just happened there then? I'll tell you what happened, ' The Color Of Heaven' grabbed hold of me, gave me a good shake, and taught me a lesson. The lesson? Don't dismiss a particular genre out of hand due to a previous poor literary experience. Normally, anything that includes the labels Romance/ Chic Lit are not for me. I know they're popular but it's just not my thing. However, this book offers so much more. The main character, Sophie, has an awful lot of sadness in her life, there' ...more
Shirley Revill
Those we love are just a thought away and are by our side when we need them the most.
You will definitely need tissues if you decide to read this book, i certainly did.
Very well written thought provoking book that was hard to put down.
I really enjoyed this book and as an added bonus it was free on Kobo. Highly recommended.
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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 t
...more
Shannon Cahill
Jul 08, 2014 rated it it was ok
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
Jenni
Jul 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
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
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Tia
Jul 29, 2012 rated it liked it
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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Myrna
Sep 30, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this story but I didn't love it. Sophie's story was emotional. You feel everything she feels. I wasn’t intrigued with Cora’s story at first until many, many chapters later. It is a unique novel that I hope to remember. 3.5 stars! ...more
Susan
Apr 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Color of Heaven

Julianne MacLean

Wow, all I can say is, keep the tissues handy! THE COLOR OF HEAVEN by Julianne MacLean will have your emotions all over the place. Once I started reading, it was very hard to stop! I have never read a book by Julianne MacLean but I know this won't be the last! The twists and turns made it impossible to put down, as I had to know what was going to happen to Sophie after so much heartache!


Sophie is happily married and has a beautiful young daughter, Megan. One da
...more
Deborah Blanchard
Jan 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: julianne-maclean
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. ...more
Melodie
First off, this is a review of the audio version of this book. Overall this was a decent albeit slightly overwrought story of a young woman on the brink of great change. In a short period of time, Sophie Duncan goes from wife and mother to divorced grieving mother. Reeling from the loss of her daughter and the betrayal of her husband, she finds herself drowning in grief and bitterness.
This is an emotional story from start to finish. The narrator, Jennifer O'Donnell while quite talented, draws
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Karen
Mar 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 24, 2012 rated it did not like it
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. ...more
Shannon
Jan 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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.
D Thomas
Mar 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
...more
Shan ~A~
Nov 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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 rated it liked it
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
✨Susan✨
Mar 29, 2014 rated it liked it
I'm glad this story moved along quickly or I would have lost interest. Sophie, the main character, really goes through a great deal and while a bit sappy for me it is a good tale of survival. I liked the story within the story, it was a nice way of giving some background and depth to the characters, however, I could have done without Sophie's mother describing her private love life in detail to her own daughter. It was just not relative to the story. All in all, a good premise and a fast read. F ...more
Stephanie
May 09, 2014 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.
Linda Brueggeman
Jan 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Nikki
May 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
Irene
Aug 17, 2015 rated it liked it
Oh dear. The three stars were for the first quarter of the book and I must say that part really had me hooked but when the story took a different turn with Sophie's mother telling her story it just lost my interest and I felt it became totally disjointed and far fetched. ...more
Marythios (AkaSusanne )
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. The women is also pregnant.

If these catastrophic blows weren't bad enough fo
...more
Laura
Oct 22, 2018 added it
Tried it, but it's not for me ...more
Tmstprc
Sep 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book sucked me in and ripped my heart out, decimated.
Marilyn Rondeau
Mar 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Gina
Jan 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sophie Duncan's life is spiraling out of control. Not only is her daughter seriously ill, she just found out about her husband's affair. As if that isn't enough, she finds herself inside her car (which might not be unusual in and of itself) - having plunged into an icy lake (not very usual, even for poor Sophie). While this reads like a true-life near-death experience, it is a work of fiction. Excellent writing, though, makes it truly feel like you ride with Sophie through her out-of-body experi ...more
Erin
Oct 15, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: kobo, series
The book synopsis raised my expectations perhaps a little too high. This book was all tell and might as well been a tax file for all the absence of emotions brought forward. While there's deep philosophical reflections on heaven and the afterlife, I felt the characters were robotic and I failed to connect with any of them. ...more
Bernadette
May 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Really good, tearjerker. I read it in two days so it definitely had my attention!
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ulianne MacLean is a USA Today bestselling author of more than thirty novels, including the contemporary women’s fiction Color of Heaven Series. Readers have described her books as “breathtaking,” “soulful” and “uplifting.” MacLean is a four-time Romance Writers of America RITA finalist and has won numerous awards, including the Booksellers’ Best Award and a Reviewers’ Choice Award from Romantic T ...more

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