Shades of Morning by Marlo Schalesky (Multnomah, June 15, 2010), 352 pages
Marnie’s doing OK with her bookstore and coffee shop business. Well, she’s lonely, and her life is full of regret. But she escaped her past and created this new life for herself. But then her sister names her guardian of her 15-year-old son, and any calm or separation is lost.
This story speaks to self-image, the very nature of love, overcoming the shadows of the past, grace, secrets, fear. These powerful ideas are addressed clearly, persuasively.
On one point, I really wasn’t convinced of the main character’s motivation as stated, though. It felt like Marnie, on this issue, wasn’t acting in a manner consistent with how she’d been drawn thus far. To put it another way, I felt her motivations weren’t sufficiently laid bare. Because of this, she seemed a bit hollow and unreal. This was a struggle for me.
At points I felt emotionally manipulated by the text, as well; this erected a barrier between me and the story.
On the matter of one crucial twist, I remain undecided whether it was a cheesy plot device or a clever idea the book was framed around.
Overall, I found Shades of Morning a typical Christian fiction book. Better than some, certainly, but not the cream of the crop, either.
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I received this book from the publisher.