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Women across America laughed, cried, and reconnected with their friends after reading Kristin Hannah's smash hit, Firefly Lane. Now, in True Colors, she explores the poignant, powerful, complex world of sisters…
The Grey sisters had only each other when their mother died years ago. Their stern, unyielding father gave them almost no attention. Winona, the oldest, needs her
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Paperback, 544 pages
Published January 5th 2010 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published February 4th 2009)
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Jill Dailey-ardoff Just finished it. I read it in 2 days. It ended really fast. I give it an 8 out of 10.
Ginger I consider myself a relatively normal guy. I like to read and I enjoy good stories. I have read several of Ms. Hannah's books and mostly enjoyed them …moreI consider myself a relatively normal guy. I like to read and I enjoy good stories. I have read several of Ms. Hannah's books and mostly enjoyed them all. Two of them, Nightingale and The Great Alone, are two of my favorite books. This book, like so many of her books, explores relationships, mostly female relationships. In this case, the relationship between 3 sisters. I would say that she writes for a female audience, but that does not mean men cannot enjoy her books.(less)

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Cindy Pham
While I liked some of the drama in the first 1/3 of the book and the resolution in the last 1/3 of the book, I can't help but view this as a horse girl soap opera that got reduced to cheap characterizations with very poor portrayals of sisterhood. I disliked how the sisters were caricatures - one blonde, skinny, and perfect; the other fat, smart, and unpopular. I especially disliked how these differences made the fat sister jealous, vindictive, and passive-aggressive towards the other one, espec ...more
Jess☺️
Aug 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
True Colours by Kristin Hannah is the second book I've read by this author and it's the second time I've spent half the time reading either on the verge of tears, sniffling , crying or getting frustrated (a tip from one reader to another remember the tissues 🤧)
This book has everything from forbidden love, teenage love, complicated family relationships, a murder, a wrong conviction and freedom.
It's definitely worth reading even if it is heartbreaking at times but the ending makes all the shed tea
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emma
May 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Really, all I have to say about this book is the following:
1) My grandma lent it to me. ❤️
2) It is 544 pages and I read it in under 24 hours.

Those are my main two positive impressions.

When I was in middle school, my best friend began working her way through her mom’s women’s fiction collection, which was (like any self-respecting stack of chick lit) dominated by Kristin Hannah. This led to her discovering a book called Firefly Lane, which led to her telling me to read it, which led to my favorit
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Dawn
Jan 19, 2009 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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Melissa
Mar 16, 2009 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
Barbara
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
Apr 05, 2010 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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Bark
Feb 14, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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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Dale Harcombe
Dec 27, 2017 rated it liked it
Three and a half stars.
This is a story of three sisters - Winona, Aurora and Vivi Ann Grey. For all of her life Winona has sought and not received her father’s approval. Her aim is to try and make him see her worth. As the middle sister Aurora mostly tries to be the peacemaker between Winona and Vivi Ann. Jealousy, is the big problem for Winona since Vivi Ann, the youngest, is also the golden haired one who is beautiful and seems to get everything she wants. When that includes Luke, Winona’s sec
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Alaina
Well, here is another book that has been on TBR for longer than 2 years. I was so happy when I got this book from the library. I couldn't believe that I forgot about reading True Colors but I am happy that I finally did. Also... why the hell did it take me so freaking long to get a library card?!? I didn't get one until 2017 (I wont name which month I finally got one because it's just super sad that it took me so freaking long to get a card...)

Now this is my first book ever written by Kristin Ha
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Jan
Oct 29, 2009 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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Alice
Aug 08, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, library, 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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Jonetta
Sep 15, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some have described this story as "chick-lit" but, in my opinion, it couldn't be further from that genre. It's not an easy story with simple, likable characters. You'll go back and forth about these sisters throughout the book, which I think is the strength of the writing. The beginning is sketchy about all of the characters but they become more vivid as the story unfolds. There's tragedy, resilience, romance and heartbreak but through it all, I felt like the characters were responding realistic ...more
Darci
Jun 14, 2010 rated it it was ok
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
Emma
Feb 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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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Jeannie
I really enjoyed this one! I love Kristin Hannah's books.
I know when I chose to read a book written by her I am going to read a wonderful story filled with likable characters. That is exactly what I got with this book. This is a story about 3 sisters who are all very close until an event tears them apart. I could feel all the emotions and heartbreak that they were going through. This was sad at times but a great story.
Highly recommend.

Thank you to St. Martin's Press for a free copy in exchange
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Robin Loves Reading
Three sisters, Winona, Vivi Ann and Aurora, along with their irascible father, experience a lot of change in their lives, particularly as the families loss of the girls’ mother had such a long-reaching affect. Winona suffered a broken heart while Vivi Ann seemed to have it all. Meanwhile, Aurora had a pretty normal life, apparently lesser stressed than her sisters.

The drama in this story never ended as it took place over several years but led to a wonderful conclusion that truly touched my heart
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Belinda
Apr 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I actually didn’t think I’d finish this book. At the start I really disliked the main character and her father. I persevered as I became invested in another storyline in the book. As the book progressed I enjoyed it more and more. While I didn’t love it, it did surprise me in the end and I actually ended up enjoying it.
Christine Zibas
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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Erin
Dec 15, 2009 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
Melike
Dec 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
Another of Kristen Hannah's older books that I did not care for, nevertheless I could not stop reading it. I was too invested in Dallas and Vivi Ann's heartbreaking love story and the plight of Dallas specifically. I liked the small-town setting, the author painted a vivid picture of life in Oyster Shores. The book focused on the oldest sister Winona and the youngest sister Vivi Ann, but I wished the author did more to develop middle sister Aurora's story. Overall, it was readable and despite my ...more
Sharon A.
Feb 22, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I normally really enjoy Kristin Hannah's work, but this one just didn't grab me. I think it was the lack of sympathetic main characters. It seemed like the sisters were whiney, self-serving, and were constantly reminding themselves that "sisters trump men." It didn't help, obviously. I could see the plot line coming from a mile away, and there were several inconsistencies in the story. For instance, Vivi Ann works with a group of pre-teen 4H'ers. One of the girls' mother is one of Vivi Ann's chi ...more
Virginia Hill
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
Kelly (Simply Kelina) C.
Jun 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was one of those love to hate reads for me. I loved every minute, but I was angry so many times. I love how Kristin Hannah can pull out so many emotions from you, and this was no exception. The sisters relationships are complicated, and you there will be times you love them and hate them.

I put this on audiobook when I was driving for a work trip. I ended up listening to it that night as well, as I needed to finish and to find out what happened. I did want more from the ending as it was a l
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Deanna
Apr 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kristin Hannah has yet to disappoint me. I have been a fan for quite some time. I read this book at least 4 years ago and even though I've read many other books since then it was stayed with me.

The story of three sisters that follows their lives from the time of their mother's death and continuing to follow as they grow into adulthood. All of the situations that made them who they are.
Dealing with Family, death, love, loss, anger and forgiveness. This book definitely pulls at the heartstrings.

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Diane
Feb 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hannah-kristin
I loved this book! I have read some great stories recently and I have had some difficulty in finding stories that grip me, keep me interested and that I can love. I probably should have known to turn to the author who wrote the book that will forever remain one of my favourites...The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah! I read this book within 24 hours! I would recommend this book.
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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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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Janie Johnson
Jan 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
Outstanding story from an outstanding author. I have read several of her books but reading this book makes me wanna gobble up everything else she has written. I might just have to do that now.

Such a heartwarming, poignant story. In a world of heartbreak, deceit and hate, hope comes shining through making readers believe that the whole world is good and believing in something is worth it. I loved being a part of this story with such amazing characters, an amazing story and an incredible victory
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Kristin Hannah is the award-winning and bestselling author of more than 20 novels including the international blockbuster, The Nightingale, which was named Goodreads Best Historical fiction novel for 2015 and won the coveted People's Choice award for best fiction in the same year. Additionally, it was named a Best Book of the Year by Amazon, iTunes, Buzzfeed, the Wall Street Journal, Paste, and Th ...more

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