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To her utter surprise, a serious old flame, Seth, is also now working at Hearst and jumbles the dreams inside Suz's heart. While sorting out the awkwardness of their past split and current spiritual differences, a repentant Len shows up eager to restore his family.
When confronted with her most painful, past decisions, will Suz second guess herself? Or will she learn to let God restore all that once seemed lost?
Number of Pages: 400
Vendor: B&H Books
Publication Date: 2011
Dimensions: 8.40 X 5.50 X 1.03 (inches)
Availability: In Stock
Series: Otter Bay
Suz Mitchell is the determined dreamer we should all be and won't allow her ex-husband Len's jail sentence to ruin their young son Jeremiah's life. An accomplished artist, she moves with her child across the country to California's central coast and lands a sweet job restoring priceless paintings at the historic Hearst Castle overlooking the ocean.
To her utter surprise, a serious old flame, Seth, is also now working at Hearst and jumbles the dreams inside Suz's heart. While sorting out the awkwardness of their past split and current spiritual differences, a repentent Len shows up eager to restore his family.
Suz must learn to let God be the true restorer of all that once seemed lost.
Acclaim for Julie Carobini's Otter Bay Novels:
"The perfect combination of playfulness, charm and enrichment. Julie Carobini has a winner on her hands."
--Relz Reviewz (Sweet Waters)
"A creative and fun story about trying to honor and preserve God's creation . . . I almost expected to shake out sand from between the pages."
--Author's Choice Reviews (A Shore Thing)
"Carobini has a talent for creating characters that come alive." (4 stars)
--RT Book Reviews (Fade to Blue)
"An insightful contemporary Christian relationship drama."
--Genre Go Round Reviews (Fade to Blue)
"Julie Carobini uses real, pure emotions coming from believable characters to keep readers longing for more."
--Christian Book Reviews (Fade to Blue)
"A story that is full of richness and romance . . . a great read!"
--Once Upon a Romance (Fade to Blue)
"A wonderful story about second chances . . . I loved this book."
--Salt Fresno Magazine (Fade to Blue)
Suz is working on an art project at the Hearst Castle on the coast of California, when Seth, a man from her past becomes a part of her life again by moving from the east coast for work. Seth and Suz are unsure of how they are supposed to interact with each other because of the painful way their relationship ended six years earlier. Suz now has to juggle her art projects at the Castle, attempt to find somewhere to live on her own with her son, Jeremiah, figure out what to do about Seth's presence in her life again, and cope with the pain associated with her ex-convict ex-husband wanting to make everything okay again and be a part of Suz and her sons lives.
Carobini uses everyday language which makes her novel easy to read. She also allows the reader to get into Suz's head to see how each meeting with Seth affects her every move and emotion. Since Suz and Seth met and split up when they were young and are now seeing each other for the first time six years, there is a youthful quality to the way they interact with each other. Suz makes comments about how they banter like teens and how Seth seems to be, in many ways, the same guy she knew years ago.
Suz seems to struggle with letting God take control of the different situations in her life that cause her stress and uncertainty. Luckily, she has a new friend from work, Letty, whom she is surprisingly able to confide in. Through her struggles, Suz begins to seek God. Near the end of the novel when panic sets in, she realizes God wants her to be still and wait patiently. Her relationships and conversations with Letty, Gage, and Gage's fiancee, Callie, strengthen her relationship with God. A foundational idea in the novel is encompassed in Psalm 27:14, which says, "Wait patiently for the LORD. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the LORD" (NIV).
There is much talk of marriage and relationships in this novel. Since Suz is struggling about whether or not to allow Len, her ex-husband, back into her life, there is a large focus on the topic of marriage and divorce and the biblical views on each. One character tells Suz that even though divorce is not what God wants for His children, He allows it and offers healing to His people. The central ideas of this novel are grounded in biblical themes. Carobini does a wonderful job of making everything come together in the end. I would recommend this novel to women college age and older. Diana L. Friend, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
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Located in: Ventura
Submitted: April 28, 2011
Tell us a little about yourself. I like to say that I write seaside stories filled with faith, flip-flops, and waves of grace. My family and I make our home on California's central coast, and I've written five novels plus hundreds of published articles on everything from parenting, to team building in the workplace, to Christian surfers on a mission.
What was your motivation behind this project? Ever since the inception of the Otter Bay Novels with Sweet Waters, I've wanted to set a book with the famed Hearst Castle as its backdrop. So much intrigue and mystery about that real castle on the hill and its eccentric, yet astute owner! Of course, novels are more than their location. So after writing the 2nd of these stand-alone novels, A Shore Thing, even I longed to know what happened next for the big-hearted, single mom from that story. Fade to Blue satisfies that curiosity.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? Writing this story was much like holding a seashell, constantly turning it over in my hand. Though they're often tossed into the sea with nary a glance, seashells are intricately beautiful even when broken. The more I examined the shattered life of Suz,the heroine of Fade to Blue,the more beauty I found. I hope readers find like I did that it's the One who restores our souls who can make that happen.
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? This story reminds me not to dwell on the past, but to prayerfully, joyfully and "hope"fully move forward. Such lessons there! Suz Mitchell made mistakes in her past, so have I, yet healing brokenness and restoring souls is God's business. Praise him for that!
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? My father wrote magazine articles as a side job, including interviews with entertainers such as Fred Astaire and Fred MacMurray. Always an inspiration to me! One author who I can read again and again is Jan Karon because her books are written with so much heart and humor.
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: Just that I hope people reading this are encouraged to follow their heart's desires with the Good Shepherd as their guide. God took all the lows and highs in my life and created something new with them. Although I'd always wanted to write, I had no inkling that I'd be writing beach-themed novels one day. I just kept praying and writing and seeking until an idea popped into my head. I followed that idea, and now find myself talking about my fifth novel filled with "waves of grace." Be encouraged!