Shame. Just one word with such huge implications. Shame can cripple and kill. Shame can take a life that was once whole and tear it apart. Shame tells us lies about ourselves.Marlo Shaleskys new book Shades of Morning deals with this powerful and profound subject matter. Shame. Marnie Wittier was raised as a foster child where she never felt wanted, never fit in. The one time she let herself love and be loved by Taylor Cole, she made the biggest mistake of her life. That mistake that led to an even bigger mistake. And now shes running from her past and the shame that haunts her. Although she claims a relationship with God, she cant let go of her guilt. Taylor, too, continues to live his life on the opposite coast haunted by the way he let Marnie down. Until both Taylor and Marnies lives are changed by a special boy with Downs syndrome, named Emmit. The twist at the end of this book with surprise you, but also make you smile as both Marnie and Taylor realize the joy of being set free from shame through the grace of Gods forgiveness. I enjoyed this book, but I still wish I could find a book out there that dealt with the foster care system and CPS workers fairly. As a foster mom who works with amazing social workers it frustrates me that literally EVERY book I have ever read in the Christian market treats foster parents and CPS workers as the enemy and paints us all as greedy, evil people with an agenda.
Shades of Morning is a great story of regrets, mystery and renewal of the soul. You will identify with Marnie as her story begins to unfold and you learn of all her many regrets and disappointments she has faced in her life. She will again face her past as many of her secrets and regrets come to the surface throughout the story. I really enjoyed this book as I could identify with past mistakes and regrets, but just when I thought I had the story completely figured out, I would be completely wrong. Enjoyable read, but read all the way to the end to find out Marnie's true story and how her life changed.Here's a quote the I think we all may need to be reminded of: "It's kinda hard to receive something new when your hands are closed tight around something old." Shades of Morning
"Shades of Morning" is a book about love, healing, family, commitment, and self-worth. It has a wonderful message about forgiveness, letting things go and turning those things over to God.The story opens with a tragedy that immediately made my heart break and captured my attention. From that point on, I had to continue reading, and only the need for sleep made me put this book aside. It certainly was a captivating read. Even though I had most of the story figured out, I never saw the end coming.I did enjoy the storyline and a loved the characters, but the ending was not as real and believable as the rest of the storyline. Although good, it was a bit of a disappointment.One wonderful addition to the book is the author's note at the end. She explains one of the characters and where he came from and her personal thoughts. I really liked this little insight.
This book was great. It really kept me turning the page and wondering what was going to happen next. It's a great story full of second chances, hope and long lost love. The plot and character development is amazing and really makes you take a second look at how you are living your own life. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a good read and a great ending!!!
This is the first book of Marlo's that I have read. Multnomah sent me the book to review and blog about. Shades of Morning is one of the best books I have read in a while. The book is about Marnie Wittier who has had a hard life and a lot of regrets. She puts all of her regrets in a box and hides it on a shelf. Her sister, who she had not talked to in fifteen years suddenly dies and Marnie becomes the guardian of her 15 year old nephew, that she never knew about. When he gets there, he is a down syndrome boy whom she has no idea how to take care of. All of her memories from the past that she has tried to hide away comes back to the surface, including her old love, Taylor. Marlo does a great job of of showing every body's point of view and feelings in this book. It also has an ending that you will never expect. I could not put this book down and I read it in two days. This is a must read book!