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The Color of the Season

(The Color of Heaven #7)

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  2,021 ratings  ·  195 reviews
From USA Today bestselling author Julianne MacLean comes the next instalment in her popular Color of Heaven series - a gripping, emotional tale about real life magic that touches us all during the holiday season…

Includes Bonus Content: A Bookclub Discussion Guide
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Published (first published November 11th 2014)
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The Color of the Season by Julianne MacLean is a 2014 publication. I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

What a wonderful story this turned out to be. This is a beautiful and haunting love story that you simply must add to your holiday reading list.

Josh has a spate of bad luck when the woman he was in love with broke things off right as he was about to propose. Right on the heels of this development, Josh is shot in the line of duty. While on the operating table, J
Melissa Storm
Reading this series is like coming home. I honestly hope it never ends!
Oct 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Color Of The Season by Julianne MacLean is a bittersweet romantic novel which I loved.
There are many themes including that of grief. "Maybe I'm floating in a sea of grief where I can't see the shore." Grief hurts. Grief is raw. There is the grief of a loved one's passing and the grief of missed opportunities.
Life is so much more than we can see and feel. Sometimes things happen with no logical explanation.
There is the theme of healing - actual and a healing from the past.
Past events may haun
Although I did enjoy this book, it wasn't my favorite of the series that I've read so far. Josh Wallace is a cop who gets dumped by his girlfriend (Carla from the previous book) and then gets shot and almost dies. While he's in the hospital he's visited by a psychiatry resident, a woman he grew up with and the sister of his childhood best friend. After he's released from the hospital he tries to get in touch with Leah, and things take a decided turn for the strange. He meets Holly, Leah's sister ...more
These books continue to amaze me. Fast paced, they always feature romance with a dollop of magic thrown in. So far the characters are loosely connected to a previous book and I’ve really enjoyed that aspect of these. There’s also a touch of fate added in each of these as well.

This one features Josh, the police officer from the previous book and the little sister of his best friend from childhood. It also has a horrible man who makes everyone fall into line with no fun involved ever. Just strict
Barbara "Cookie" Serfaty Williams
The Color of the Season (The Color of Heaven Series Book 7)

The love story of Josh and Holly. Josh and Riley were best friends until Riley' s father move the family away. Josh is now a Boston Police officer and while on duty he is short. He has a out of body experience and he see Leah, his of friend 's sister. She is a doctor and they talk about what has been happening with her family and his. She tell him that they have lost contact with Riley and want to know what happened to him. He find out a
Dec 08, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

I'm sorry I am not impressed with this book or how it was even written. The author tried and I can say she writes better than I do. But I felt as if it was all surface and no depth to the characters or the plot. I don't think it would have made any difference if I had read other books in the series as it didn't feel like I was missing something that would have been explained in a previous book.
Nov 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
this when it started out didn't have the feel of a holiday read....but it still got my attention from the the does have that wonderful feeling of your Christmas (magical) read...My heart went out to all the characters in the book....can't wait to read more from this Arthur.... ...more
Dec 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Uplifting holiday book

I enjoyed this story for Josh and Holly, and their trials and tribulations. It had a touch of magic filled with hope.
Sarah Robins
Jan 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Another brilliant book in this series. I don’t think I’ll ever tire of them.
This book follows the story of Josh, the boyfriend of Carla in the last book. After a near death experience he is drawn towards someone from his past. Were they meant to meet for a reason? Read it and see!
CD {Boulder Blvd}
Felt underdeveloped and didn't care for the writing voice. ...more
May 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As good as the first book!

Fantastic read. I love how it leaves off from the last book but makes a connection to the first. Just an amazing read. Highly recommend this series.
Joseph McGarry
Nov 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is part of The Color of Heaven series. They are more of the heartwarming romance novels than steamy bodice-rippers.

In this book, we meet Josh, a Boston police officer who has just had his girlfriend break up with him. She found someone else. While on patrol that night, he gets into a shootout with a drug dealer who carjacked a van. Josh nearly dies. He is rushed to the operating table, and begins to experience himself floating out of his body, watching his surgery. He flashes back to his c
Terri Marshall
I'm giving up on this series. This is the second one I've read, and it was very similar to the first. The novelty of the first one kept my interest, but having read that, this one was just too predictable. And again every main character had to be "drop dead" gorgeous. Too much romance novel writing for my tastes. ...more
Katie George
Sep 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved every bit of it!!!!!!!!
Terri Gostola
** Some Spoilers **
This book poses the question: what if one man's near death experience tangles with another person's near death experience while they are both in the ER? And that other person is an old friend from his childhood? And he recovers from his near death experience, returning to life, while she does not recover and she passes away? Ah, but it doesn't end there. Her ghosts then appears to him several times, but he doesn't know it's a ghost, he thinks she's alive, and she gives him inf
Rose Maniscalco
Jan 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is Josh's story and I was glad to see him finally get his HEA.

Things go from bad to worse for him when the girl he was preparing to propose to breaks up with him for another man that she has only known for a few days. He goes to work and proceeds to get shot twice in a car jacking situation. He flatlines in the OR as he watches everything from above the room. Then he meets the psychologist assigned to him for his PTSD. She is the sister of his childhood friend. The last time he saw anyone i
Oct 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Excellent and very emotional story. I felt so sorry for Josh at first because he's in love by himself. When I think back now after finishing his story, I wonder if he was just in love with chance to be in love. I'm glad he didn't let himself become bitter. His encounter with Leah is astounding but his experiences rings truth to there always being a silver lining. Holly was a surprise and such a sweet character, I love reading her story and how she spread her wings and become more independent. Fa ...more
Aug 13, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Color of the Season

The first time I read this series I was confused and not very impressed. But after a few more books I am starting to understand the premise. I did enjoy this story more than the others that I read. Here is the story line...Josh has a bad breakup with Carla. (She has her own story.) After being shot he meets up with an old neighbor. She is now working at the hospital. But things get weird from here on out. This is a love story but just not in the way you would think. I don'
Kathy Averbeck
Dec 16, 2019 rated it liked it
This is the fourth (and probably last) book that I've read by this author. The starts with the near death experience of Josh and his out-of-body experience. It then goes back to his youth and his connection with a family that moved away when he was ten. His near death event led to his reconnection with the family. This is a very quick read and might have been better with a little more of an examination of the father who ruled the family like a tyrant. It seemed a little unrealistic that his wife ...more
Debbie Odachowski
All I can say is wow!.

Sometimes I find a new author,to me,on line and like the story line description and just add it to my kindle. Well I could never have expected the absolutely wonderful story Me MacLean weaves in her book The color of the season.I was so drawn in by the story and wonderful characters I could not put it down. When I find a book that involves 2 am reading you know it has to be wonderful. How the characters are intertwined makes you feel you are in a dream or is it reality? Jos
Mar 29, 2020 rated it liked it
Two families who were neighbors and their kids were close. That is till 2 of them got themselves in a bit of trouble and the ones father was really mad. He insist that they may not be with them ever again. The one family moved away quickly. Years later when the kids are grown somehow they met up again with each other. The ones mean dad refused to allow them to do it. But Holly got tired of him telling her what to do & she went against him and moved out . Eventually the father came around after h ...more
Oct 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Couldn't put this one down. It had me in its clutches from the first page!
I just love a story that starts off with one thing and the next thing it takes a twist and then another turn and quickly comes together and then it all makes total sense. It was like this with this story.
A cop gets shot ... And as with all the books in this series, Julianne McLean takes you on an exciting adventure and a beautiful love story that really isn't what it first appears to be.
Absolutely brilliant!
Oct 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Love this story . It has many sides to it . It involves 2 families that after a time drifted apart because of the insecurity of one man . But by some miracle they were brought back together because of a tragic accident . Do you believe things happen for a reason ??? Do you believe we get ideas put in our heads that may change the course of one live . This story is a great holiday gift 🎁 but not only for the holidays but for any time of the year
D. Jane Akins
Jan 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very moving story

A well-told story with various sub-plots relating to all family members. Reading the book club questions after reading the book is very helpful in putting all aspects of the book in perspective. I don’t believe a review should tell the story but should be the reader’s opinion about the story and my opinion is that this is a very touching story amidst the angst of family dynamics. I highly recommend this book.
Jean Holtof
Nov 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I enjoy Julianne MacLean's writing style and her stories are a pleasure to read. This one features Josh Wallace a Boston cop, who was shot while pursuing a criminal. He experiences something that leaves him questioning his beliefs. The story is built around his relationship with the James Family and I enjoyed the unfolding of the story. An inspiring read that is well written and is full of interesting characters and situations and a touch of the paranormal. ...more
Feb 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I found The Color of the Season a lovely relaxed read. The story has several caring characters and old and lost friendships are found and renewed. The back bone of the novel revolves around a near death experience with a surprising twist, that keeps you wondering. I think the the value of the story is hope and forgiveness and it makes you think about your own life. I am eager now to read the follow up novel The Color of Joy.
Virginia L
Dec 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Stranger things have happened.

This is a thought provoking story. Josh has some puzzling experiences while recovering from surgery after being shot and almost dying. This leads to reconnecting with a family from his childhood but in a way he could never have imagined. I enjoyed this story with all the mystery and romance that was revealed.
Sharoyn Livingston
I really enjoy this series.

I only gave this book 4 stars because the nightmare that he had more than once involving a baby was never explained. It seemed to have great importance each time that he woke up terrified, yet there as no clear connection in the story and we were left puzzled.
Nov 19, 2020 rated it liked it
This was a romance with a supernatural side. It also take a hard look at family dynamics and how they can go terribly wrong.

It was interesting to observe Josh transition from bitter spurned lover to a spiritual man falling in (real) love. I had difficulty believing the sudden turnaround of the protagonist in the story.
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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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