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Shades of Blue

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  6,584 ratings  ·  470 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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Shamaine Nyamhingura it most definately is,like the contnt is quiet touching and one can actually relate to it considering the rate of abortions is suitable…moreit most definately is,like the contnt is quiet touching and one can actually relate to it considering the rate of abortions is suitable for any individual be it a teen or christian.i read it over and id advice the same for anyone else(less)

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Jul 23, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
4 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
Dec 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing
“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
Jun 19, 2010 rated it it was ok
Very preachy -- over the top preachy and usually I don't mind Christian fiction.
Aug 06, 2011 rated it did not like it
Didn't finish - cheesy and preachy
Oct 26, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Randy Tramp
Oct 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Brad Cutler, 28, is preparing to get married. Yet, memories of his high school girlfriend surface and torment him. Brad must confront his past by visiting her before he can go onto the next chapter in his life.

What a powerful story that had to be told. Thank you, Karen, for telling it. As said in the book, "Everyone has something in their past."

Following God isn't always easy. Going back to fix a wrong is the right thing to do. Brad finds doing that may cost him everything. Isn't that the Christ
Kristy Trauzzi
Feb 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Nov 10, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Nov 29, 2009 rated it did not like it
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.
Nov 27, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2009-books
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!!
Sep 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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.
Patricia Solla
Apr 04, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: library-books
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.
Squeaky Clean? - Yes.
Jun 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ik vond het heel interessant op welke manier dit boek het thema abortus aanpakt. De personages in het boek hebben een gelovige achtergrond, en bekijken abortus dus ook vanuit die overtuiging. Zeer interessant om te zien hoe mensen dit beleven en over een beslissing als deze nadenken. Daarnaast is het ook een boek over liefde; de liefde voor je verloofde en de liefde voor iemand uit je verleden.

Ik vond het mooi hoe dit boek veel gevoelens beschrijft en deze kan overbrengen. Ondanks dat het niet
Oct 29, 2010 rated it liked it
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
Ian Mcnamara
Feb 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Another great book by great writer. Karen Kingsbury is one of my favourite authors and This book did not disappoint.
Jun 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
I've certainly never read anything like this before. The interplay of relationships, the long-term effects of abortion on both the mother and the father (often ignored) and the requirement for Brad to leave his "offering" on the altar and go immediately to make reparation was quite striking.

Yes, some areas lacked subtlety. Yes, a couple of the characters were less developed than I'd normally like. And yes, Karen Kingsbury faced tricky moments and issues head on.

Laura in particular went through
Jun 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
For starters, this book is amazing. Amy Ferris has gathered writings about a subject that is close to my heart, and the result is a powerful, gut-wrenching, piercing look into a topic that is too often stigmatized, hidden, shame-based, you name it, there just aren’t many positive terms that come to mind around this topic. And yet, people in the grip of this affliction (or living with someone who battles the “black dog” of depression) can really benefit from the realization that they are not alon ...more
May 04, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Aug 08, 2014 rated it it was ok
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
Nov 23, 2009 rated it liked it
This book was very slow to me. It was also very predictable. It wasn't one of my favorite Karen Kingsbury's book. I love the redemption series. This one was kinda cheezy in parts. I had high expectations for this book. I had read other reviews saying this was one of Karen's best books. I think thats one reason I didn't like it as much because my expectations were too high.
Sheila Stitzel
Oct 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
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!!!
Charity U
Mar 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
It was amazing. A story about the impact on the parents of an aborted baby. Very moving and eye-opening.
Apr 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I just finished my first Karen Kingsbury book and wow... I've never gotten so many goosebumps while reading a fiction book. Her writing is truly anointed like other reviewers have said. Also, it was so refreshing to read dialogue that didn't feel cheap or hollow, which is hard to find. She clearly spent time working on her characters and their interactions, perhaps because some of it came from her own life, she had real and raw material to work with.

I also LOVED the personal letter to her reader
Lorraine Anton
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Karen Kingsbury, #1 New York Times bestselling novelist, is America’s favorite inspirational storyteller, with more than twenty-five million copies of her award-winning books in print. Her last dozen titles have topped bestseller lists and many of her novels are under development with Hallmark Films and as major motion pictures. Her Baxter Family books are being developed into a TV series slated f ...more
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