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Brad Cutler, twenty-eight, is a rising star at his New York ad agency, about to marry the girl of his dreams. Anyone would agree he has it all ... a great career, a beautiful and loving fiancee, and a fairy tale life ahead of him-when memories of a high school girlfriend begin to torment him. Lost innocence and one very difficult choice flood his conscience, and he is no lBrad Cutler, twenty-eight, is a rising star at his New York ad agency, about to marry the girl of his dreams. Anyone would agree he has it all ... a great career, a beautiful and loving fiancee, and a fairy tale life ahead of him-when memories of a high school girlfriend begin to torment him. Lost innocence and one very difficult choice flood his conscience, and he is no longer sure what the future will bring except for this: He must find his old love and make amends. Haunted by the past and confused about the future, he turns to God seeking forgiveness and redemption....

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Shades of Blue Reviews

  • Linda
    2019-05-02 20:31

    The only reason I gave this book 4 stars is that I am tired of reading books by Christian authors who glamorize the characters - "she" is always young and extremely beautiful and "he" is always young and terribly handsome. Not everyone who falls in love in the real world are beautiful and handsome nor young. I expect this from secular authors but don't understand why it has to be prevalent in Christian books.Otherwise, I liked this book very much. The subject of the story was quite different than what authors usually write about. There are some parts that are tear jerkers. I was also touched by the author's words at the end of the book about the subject matter.

  • Candace
    2019-05-10 18:37

    This book blew me away. With the last novel I read of Karen's, Between Sundays, she won me over totally. With this book, I am an official fan. This story is something that is so hard to talk about and with the honesty and realness she wrote with, I felt like almost like I was intruding in their business. The way the plot developed was awesome. The emotions and reactions of everyone were completely true to life and the subject matter wasn't something that was glossed over or made into a pat little sermon. The relationship between Brad and Emma over the course of the weekend was so bittersweet and I teared up more than once. I'm really glad it ended the way it did, however, because anything else would have felt like they were living in the past. I really really liked Laura's character and the journey she went on. Her emotions about the situation were completely normal and she had every right to feel that way. But Karen really flipped the situation around and showed her feelings from a biblical light that isn't shown very often. It helped me personally to read Laura's struggle. The scene between her and Brad when he comes was amazing and I couldn't believe she did what she did but I thought it was an amazing gesture toward him that showed her change of heart. I HIGHLY recommend this book

  • Alex
    2019-05-07 21:48

    4 out of 5 stars. This book pulled at my heart strings in so many ways. Yes, constantly hearing Emma grieve over her life was kind of bothering me - until I found out why. Karen's book has touch me on such a deep and spiritual level that I can promise you I will be re-reading it and recommending to anyone that is willing to sit down and enjoy it. No matter what your views on abortion are - this book will make you think. Everyone has a past.On top of that, this is the perfect book when it comes to closure. Not just closure on past decisions, but relationships and heartache. Everyone at some point in their life will come across that man or woman who just leaves their heart shattered across the floor. This book will help you find peace with it. "He angled his head, searching her eyes, almost as if he were memorizing her. 'Shades of blue. That's where we'll always be.' He looked out at the ocean again. 'Here in the shades of blue.'"

  • Keiki Hendrix
    2019-04-20 21:46

    “Simply a must read for fiction lovers who would dare engage into the Truth about the Sanctity of Life, the consequences of bad choices, and God’s power to heal and reconcile us after the most atrocious of sins.”Those who are pro-choice (better named parent’s choice as the child has no choice at all) would most likely not read this novel.Planned Parenthood supporters would ridicule it (the last act of vestige of someone without a defensible position.)And, those who have so lost their way that they herald abortion as a ‘woman’s reproductive right’, would simply dismiss it claiming it is for the unintelligent.I am none of the above. I am a Christian and though the subject matter of this book, abortion, is quite hard to read sometimes, the focus is not about abortion debate. It is about the infinite power of a loving God to heal, reconcile, and forgive.A young love that falls prey to a weak moment results in a decade of guilt, misery, sorrow and pain. The story of Emma Landon and Brad Cutler is one of a lives changed by an irrevocable decision.Can Jesus, a loving God, bring healing after an abortion? Can we fall so deeply into sin that Jesus cannot reach us to forgive and heal? If we cannot bear to remember our pain, face it and confess it, can we live our lives as if it did not happen?Many other reviews are posted with the storyline of this novel so I won’t include it in this review. It is better that I should discuss the importance of this novel for how it provides a true picture of how lives are changed.Abortion is not something discussed at family gatherings or other ‘friendly’ conversation and oftentimes men and women live with the hurt, the pain, the shame, and the guilt without an outlet to release them, even to God. But, God is ever present waiting, watching, and wanting to forgive if we only read II Chronicles 7:14.This story tells of the ‘mental conversations’, the ‘walking shame’, and the ‘lifetime of self-judgment’ that those who have shut down the life of their child at the altar of their own plans for the future truly feel. I have no doubt that even those who support abortion have these feelings but deny them. Perhaps, it is these feelings that drive their anger.This is a book whose time has come. Few authors approach this topic. Reading of the author thoughts, I find that she might not have written it had God not prompted her, which is a miracle of God’s providence alone.I recommend this book to men and women who would care to know the Truth about the inevitable consequences of abortion and those who have had an abortion as well because it give voice to their own thoughts and allows them to identify with the characters and prompts them to seek healing and forgiveness from the living, loving most high God.

  • Megan
    2019-05-18 16:35

    Very preachy -- over the top preachy and usually I don't mind Christian fiction.

  • Melanie
    2019-04-21 21:46

    Didn't finish - cheesy and preachy

  • Randy Tramp
    2019-05-01 20:43

    Brad Cutler, 28, is preparing to get married. Yet, memories of his high school girlfriend surface and torment him. Brad must confront his past by visiting her before he can go onto the next chapter in his life.What a powerful story that had to be told. Thank you, Karen, for telling it. As said in the book, "Everyone has something in their past."Following God isn't always easy. Going back to fix a wrong is the right thing to do. Brad finds doing that may cost him everything. Isn't that the Christian message? Risk everything for the cross?This book touched areas in my life. Without giving anything away, I identified with Brad. I had to go back to those earlier years and straighten out a wrong I created. The fruit of doing what's right paid off.

  • Heather
    2019-05-14 21:43

    I received this book free from the author. It wasn't a promotional thing, rather I won it via a Twitter contest. I recently discovered Karen Kingsbury, and wasn't sure what to expect. I enjoyed her 9/11 series, and figured I'd enjoy this one, too. I had little idea what was coming when I began. But, pretty early on I was kinda able to guess what was coming. And, oh, the pain. Karen Kingsbury handles a very difficult subject very well. I am impressed. This is a heart-wrenching story - in a MUCH different way than her 9/11 series stories. Where that's about a horrible tragedy no one brought on themselves, this is about the repercussions to the choices we make. I am sorry to leave this so vague, but I don't wanna spoil this for anyone. I couldn't put this book down - couldn't wait to see how everything played out. My heart breaks thinking that there are people out there who struggle with this very thing, and I can only imagine how those without Christ can make it through.

  • Emily
    2019-04-30 18:54

    What an honest, real, open book about abortion, and the aftermath that nobody talks about. Brad is getting ready to marry the woman he loves, but he realizes that, before he gives his life to her, he has to close the chapter of his past. That past involves a childhood love, a choice they made, and dealing with the abortion of their child due to an unplanned pregnancy. It shows how, one decision can not only affect the life of a child taken away, but can affect a woman, a man, and those that come into their lives in the future. Brad had to apologize to Emma for his role in aborting their child. Emma had to forgive herself and Brad for their choice. Brad's fiance then had to forgive them for keeping the secret. Wow, what a mess!! In no way was this novel condemning abortion, it was just showing all the aspects that may not be thought about and spoken about, and all the emotions and guilt that MAY arise from one "procedure". Thank you Karen Kingsbury for being so honest about your choices in the end as well!!

  • Kristy Trauzzi
    2019-05-18 17:36

    This is not my type of book. At all. It was religious. It made no false pretense of what the book was about. But I still had to read it.And it wasn't as bad as I thought considering it was religious. I just skipped the bible verses (thank you new paragraph) and continued on.As I am pregnant now, reading about the abortion was so weird to me. I am against abortions for myself, but believe women should be able to choose. However, I remember how excited I was at 3 months and how much my baby had grown, and I felt sad about the abortion, and that much happier about my baby.This was a great book.

  • Lorrie
    2019-05-17 15:55

    For some, this book might not be that exciting or inspiring; for me it was deep and thought provoking, because it was personal. I don't think I have ever cried so much while reading a book, as I did reading this one. I don't mean a tear or two, I mean tears streaming crying. Unfortunately, I could relate all too well with the young female character in this book, with the pain, the shame, the self-condemnation; I could also relate to the healing, the cleansing and the forgiveness that only God can give.

  • Jeanie
    2019-05-19 19:32

    Abortion is probably the most divisive social law that we have and will continue to have. The fictional story is about the 3 that abortion affects. The mother, the father and the baby. I liked the Kingsbury gave this baby a name. Just like the holocaust, it was a mass of people without names and abortion in our society has become that. However, there are names, with likes and dislikes, with gifts, and worth. The story is not about judgement, but about forgiveness and healing. The healing comes when dealing with the act of abortion and that was what this story was about.

  • Meredith
    2019-05-02 20:29

    This book was not interesting enough for me finish it. I didn't have a connection to the characters and really didn't care what happened to them in the end. Kingsbury takes great pains to inflict her extreme Christian views on her readers when she should spend more time developing her characters.

  • Krystal
    2019-05-21 15:52

    I'd give it a 3.5. I liked the book and it dealt with a tough topic (abortion), but I didn't care too much for one of the main characters. Spoiled rich girl, still living on Daddy's money, not holding down a job (but kept extremely busy 3 days a week doing charity work). I just couldn't relate!!

  • Anna
    2019-04-26 16:35

    What a sad and difficult story to read. A reminder that with God we can find forgivenes, redemption, and grace. A reminder that life is hard and we need a good and powerful God.

  • Patricia Solla
    2019-04-26 18:33

    I found it very interesting the story and characters are compelling. This book is "Christian" lit and although I like the story there was too much reference to Good and the scriptures for my taste.

  • Rebecca
    2019-05-14 17:43

    Squeaky Clean? - Yes.

  • Laura
    2019-04-26 22:39

    Brad Cutler is a handsome, successful ad executive who is on the brink of marrying the perfect woman, Laura James. He finds himself suddenly at a loss to promote his latest campaign, Kotton Kids, and instead finds himself thinking of his high school girlfriend Emma Landon. Emma and Brad grew up together on the North Carolina coast. They were friends since childhood and became a couple in high school. Their relationship had a complicated and heart breaking ending, and both Brad and Emma find themselves unable to move on without closure and forgiveness for the past. I thought Shades of Blue gave a mostly well rounded view of a very touchy subject. I did feel at times that the book did get a little too preachy and a few times almost sounded like propaganda. Luckily those moments didn’t last and it was able to get on track to the story.I think the heart of the book were very complicated and well rounded characters. Instead of being perfect Christian people, Brad and Emma had pasts where different actions were not actions they were proud of. I did think that Laura James at times was too good to be true, but she also had a few moments of inner conflict and doubt.I did not like the ending of the story. I think Emma’s story line was tied up a bit too neatly.Overall, Shades of Blue was a good book, although it did get a bit too preachy at times.

  • Ian Mcnamara
    2019-05-11 19:50

    Another great book by great writer. Karen Kingsbury is one of my favourite authors and This book did not disappoint.

  • Hilary
    2019-05-13 22:53

    I've certainly never read anything like this before. The interplay of relationships, the long-term effects of abortion on both the mother and the father (often ignored) and the requirement for Brad to leave his "offering" on the altar and go immediately to make reparation was quite striking.Yes, some areas lacked subtlety. Yes, a couple of the characters were less developed than I'd normally like. And yes, Karen Kingsbury faced tricky moments and issues head on. Laura in particular went through a crisis (view spoiler)[that was too quickly resolved for real life, but obviously there's a page limit here (hide spoiler)] but I really identified with her reactions and emotions. (view spoiler)[I wish everyone - including me - had a study group that were so thoughtful and supportive whilst not ignoring Biblical truth in favor of friendship. (hide spoiler)] The importance of openness and honesty, and Karen's own confession at the end that planted the seed for this book really resonated with me, and made me take a hard look at how I might otherwise have acted in the same place.

  • Stephanie
    2019-05-14 19:49

    For starters, this book is amazing. Amy Ferris has gathered writings about a subject that is close to my heart, and the result is a powerful, gut-wrenching, piercing look into a topic that is too often stigmatized, hidden, shame-based, you name it, there just aren’t many positive terms that come to mind around this topic. And yet, people in the grip of this affliction (or living with someone who battles the “black dog” of depression) can really benefit from the realization that they are not alone. So why was I so negative about this book when I read it? OK, so I guess it really IS all about me!! ☺And why do I think this book is amazing? A psychiatric nurse who wrote about this book put it this way: “The crushing isolation of depression gets a few shades lighter each time someone realizes..."I'm not alone. I'm connected to a bigger picture."’ Thank you for this beautiful and necessary book.”I couldn’t agree more. And yet, when I wrote in my journal about this book, after spending two full days with it while on vacation, I said:Only 3 types of people would read this: 1. Someone in prison who goes to the prison library and finds every other book is checked out 2. People who are really into the topic of depression, falling into two categories:a. Therapists/caregivers b. DepressivesIt is SO honest, and I found I became seriously depressed reading this book. Early on, I recognized myself in quotes such as “Among the many things that make me who I am is the fact that I am a person with a clinical disorder. I’ve been on five different antidepressants since I was a teenager…” And “I hate taking the medication. The idea that I cannot fully function without it breaks my heart on a regular basis, but I can’t stop taking it. I’ve tried.” These are things that resonate with me, and I am sure with many people who have felt the slide toward the black hole. (NOTE: I am not identifying the authors of any of the quotes in this review—and confess I am somewhat afraid to go back and read it right now…having just recovered what feels like equilibrium following the deep despair I felt after reading it. Seriously, on the bright side (often an unfamiliar landscape for me), in retrospect I realize that it was equal parts despair (reading about the reality of this affliction) and hope (as I realized people CAN -- and I often DO-- recognize the “warning signs” and avoid the big slide toward the black hole). Several of the writings captured the reality of the affliction:• “I now accept, without doubt, that depression is purely a result of the chemicals swimming in our brains, and we can choose those chemicals.”• “The stigma and shame of depression linger. No one brings you casseroles or calls you a heroine when you’re depressed.”• “Terrible things happen—they go on happening all your life, but here’s what I discovered: anguish, unhappiness, sadness, fear, loneliness, and grief are not the same as depression. It can all hurt as much as depression, but you are not paralyzed. You keep breathing. And the lovely surprise of growing older is that most of us get happier. If you’re lucky and have decent health, friends, a roof over your head, food on the table, and something you love to get up and do every day – you calm down. You no longer want to throw yourself off a balcony.”• “Sleep, when it comes, is full of nightmares. You awaken in the middle of the night, terrified, and filled with disgust at your terror. Morning arrives and you do not feel rested.” Despite being dragged down by the writing (admittedly, reading it ALL in two days may not have been the best idea), I also now realize after pondering it for a week or more, that I got hope from several statements:• one writer “found my ability to travel alone to the kinds of gorgeous places I had once only romanticized about: beaches and vacation and…”• “I have had other bouts of depression, but I have learned to catch myself at the top of the spiral before I begin that terrifying descent. I heed those first warning signs—self-deprecating thoughts and debilitation anxiety—and, with the help of medication, I know I can stop the fall.” Fundamentally, the book reiterated what I have come to admit: I am complicit in perpetuating the negative stigma that is all too real, even today. Several years ago, I decided that I would help break down some of the barriers, and talk about my experiences. I soon realized that my boss was emphatically NOT sympathetic, and that my workplace environment would be much less pleasant if I admitted to “having problems.” And that, as my aunt told me, some members of my family would not react well…my penchant for being “too straightforward” was not likely to be met with hugs and warm supportive responses. I decided it was all I could do to just maintain my hold on the life I had created as I learned to “deal with it,” and I crept back into silence. I have also learned from conversations with my niece that there really are people (even family members!) who understand and who can both benefit from my experience and provide support when I need it. To sum it up: “To look at most of us, you’d never know. We compensate so well, we look so normal. We’ve kept the silence. We’ve perpetuated the stigma. “But everyone does the best they can to get through each day! I so appreciate this book…although it may not be easy reading, especially for those who see themselves in these pages, it really can help people realize they are NOT alone! Much gratitude to NetGalley for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my review. Again, powerful stuff, and not for everyone, or maybe just not necessarily at any time (for me, it’s a trigger, apparently, to delve so deeply into someone else’s anguish) but just for the honesty alone, it is worth five stars.

  • Amy
    2019-05-01 15:44

    I wonder who would be more disappointed: the person who picked up this book thinking they were reading Fifty Shades of Grayor vice versa.This book isn't easy to rate. I like the basic premise of needing forgiveness and closure and the Wilmington/ Holden Beach setting. However, it seemed as if there were too many subplots, irrelevant details, and overwritten emotional appeal. My college creative writing prof would have crossed out over half of it.People who enjoy Kingsbury's other novels will enjoy this one also. I could have identified the author without being told in advance.Update: I just read some other GR reviews of this book, and they call it "well-rounded." I'm not sure how they can call a CLEARLY pro-life book unbiased. I will agree, however, that Kingsbury dealt with the issue with sensitivity.

  • Jennifer
    2019-05-13 22:53

    Wow! I just love Karen Kingsbury more and more with each book that comes out. She handle the issue of abortion in an amazing way. I cried in the book at several points. I love how she weaves in the tale of forgiveness between these two people who made a decision to abort their baby, that still haunts them 10 years later. But, the fact that forgiveness is shown from all different sides is what I loved the most. Not only did they seek forgiveness from themselves and God, but they sought it with their family, and other important people in their lives. Complete healing can't come without facing up to the consequences and asking for forgiveness. This is one of my favorite Stand-alone books that she's written.

  • Nicki Freitag
    2019-05-03 20:48

    This is my second Christian fiction book that I have read and compared with my first, which I can't remember the title, this was sub par. The depiction of the feelings that Emma and Brad went through were very clear and realistic to me, but the rest of the story felt too contrived, like Laura's book group friends and how quickly Emma's love interest faded in the background for a long time. Also, the author used too much scripture and religious meaning that felt too forceful about trying to convey the moral of the story, that it made the book boring and cheesy.

  • Audrey
    2019-04-28 17:37

    This book was very slow to me. It was also very predictable. It wasn't one of my favorite Karen Kingsbury's book. I love the redemption series. This one was kinda cheezy in parts. I had high expectations for this book. I had read other reviews saying this was one of Karen's best books. I think thats one reason I didn't like it as much because my expectations were too high.

  • Sheila Stitzel
    2019-05-04 22:51

    Worth reading---this author is a christian fiction writer. A lot of scripture quotes, which is fine. I liked this book---it has a good ending, but the book as a whole was pretty sad. Glad I read it, but it was sad. Not upbeat at all. My next book has to be a comedy!!!

  • Charity U
    2019-05-14 21:57

    It was amazing. A story about the impact on the parents of an aborted baby. Very moving and eye-opening.

  • Mary
    2019-05-11 17:54

    This story centers around Brad Cutler and the journey he must walk, physically, mentally and spiritually in order to try to find peace from a painful past. This book was very hard to read because it dealt with difficult, painful life happenings. I am glad I read it, glad for every tear I shed. I am glad for the healing it brought to me spiritually. I recommend this book. My advice to the person contemplating reading this book: read it, stick with it to the end, you will never be sorry you read this book.

  • Sherri
    2019-05-20 16:48

    Shades of Blue paints a realistic portrait of what some people experience in the aftermath of an abortion. Though I shed many tears throughout this book, I'm so glad Ms. Kingsbury wrote it and that I read it. I could relate to all 3 of the main characters in multiple ways. A great thought provoking read.

  • Leslie
    2019-05-15 23:36

    Great book! I couldn’t put it down! The narrator did a great job with the voices and accents. Very soothing voice. The subject of abortion was difficult to listen to for so long in the book, but the subjects of love, forgiveness, and mercy we reassuring. These attributes can be applied to any aspect of life with any person. That was exactly what I needed to be reminded of :)