Shades of Morning
Marnie Wittier has life just where she wants it. Quiet. Peaceful. No drama. A long way away from her past. In the privacy of her home, she fills a box with slips of paper, scribbled with her regrets, sins, and sorrows. But that’s nobody else’s business. Her bookstore/coffee shop patrons, her employees, her friends from church—they all think she’s the very model of compassion and kindness.
Then Marnie’s past creeps into her present when her estranged sister dies and makes Marnie guardian of her fifteen-year-old son—a boy Marnie never knew existed. And when Emmit arrives, she discovers he has Down syndrome—and that she’s woefully unprepared to care for him. What’s worse, she has to deal with Taylor Cole, her sister’s attorney, a man Marnie once loved—and abandoned. As Emmit (and Taylor) work their way into her heart, Marnie begins to heal. But when pieces of her dismal past surface again, she must at last face the scripts of paper in her box, all the regrets and sorrows. Can she do it? Or will she run again?
This book is wonderful! I enjoyed it from the first page and fell in love with the characters. I couldn't put it down, I had to know what was going to happen! The author unfolds a story so real and so touching that the readers can easily identify. The main character, Marnie, is full of faults, doubts, and courage. She is human. In so many books the main characters are people that we would all like to be but it isn't really attainable. Marnie is just a normal girl that has been through hard times and responds just like we might.
I don't want to give any of the book away because it is all woven together so beautifully that the dramatic twist at the end is like a breath of fresh air for your soul. Seriously. I didn't see it coming. I can usually figure out the twists and turns pretty quickly; but this author was masterful in her approach and delivered a spectacular surprise for her readers.
I highly recommend this book! It is one that I will definitely read again; even knowing the surprise at the end!
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