Tuesday, May 6, 2014

The Colors of Blue by Lance McCulloch

Title:  The Colors of Blue
Author:  Lance McCulloch
Published:  November 11th 2013
Length:  264pgs
Format:  ecopy
Genre:  contemporary romance
Shelf:  review
Rating:  ★★★★

Synopsis from Goodreads:

The Colors of Blue is an intelligent and compelling mainstream romance whose characters peel away complex layers of deceit, grief, loss and discovery during a riveting journey that at last binds hearts together and renews the promise of true love.

From the novel’s first page, Sara Field emerges as a woman of unique gifts whose soul resonates to a kaleidoscope of colors—a sixth sense that infuses her world with an understanding beyond the apparent. Yet somehow the colors fade in the glare of urban life and heartbreaking betrayal, and her struggle to retrieve those vibrant hues borders on the unbearable. Can she ever regain the innocence and wonder of that magical young womanhood? Perhaps—when she finds the spectacular beauty of the San Juan Mountains and the Tres Piedras River.
Half a country away, Rick Wheeler mourns the death of his extraordinary wife and feels himself crumbling under the burden of despair even as he builds a financial dynasty. Will nothing lift the gloom, relieve the cruel devastation of his loss and renew his heart? Ah, yes, there is one thing—fly-fishing on the Tres Piedras River. Time here is satisfying and soul-renewing. But he is still alone.

The rest, woven into a tapestry of adventure, intrigue, revelation, and even serendipity, invites each reader to participate in a life-affirming search for the colors and connections of love and the depth of meaning they give to the human spirit.

My Review:

This story was emotionally charged and eloquently written. There is also a simplicity to the writing of this story that adds to this eloquence. McCulloch grabs a hold of his audience and doesn’t let go. I found myself intellectually and imaginatively stimulated throughout. I absolutely loved this author’s use of colors throughout. It added an extra layer to the story, making it all the more intriguing.

The characters in this story definitely pulled at my heartstrings. You can’t help but feel for them. MuCulloch makes it easy to see where they’re coming from and how the situations they find themselves in came about. At the same time, they aren’t your typical characters. Everyone is unique in and of themselves.

My final thoughts on this one? Who says a man can’t write romance. It may not be your stereotypical approach but it was a very unique read.

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