Review: The Color of Heaven by Julianne MacLean
Review by Heather Ragland
Sophie says she had it all - the dream job; a wonderful relationship with her husband, and a child. Everything seems to be going well until Sophie is blindsided by a devastating diagnosis. Things get even worse for her on the night of a horrific accident. A mother’s absence; a strained father-daughter relationship; devastating loss, and the accident are the combining factors which lead Sophie to know that she needs to have an overdue conversation with her mother, Cora.
When Sophie’s speaks about her ordeal, she tentatively gives an account of what she experienced. She shares information about her marriage and her experiences as a parent. She also gives details how she decided to deal with the shocking diagnosis. References to certain drugs and treatments, used for a major illness, add to the believability of her story.
During Sophie’s conversation with her mother, readers get a glimpse of the conflict between the two women. Soon after they meet, the story’s point of view changes and Cora tells her tale. The mystery surrounding Cora’s life spurs readers to read further. Cora reports her experience and how she felt and dealt with the hardship of her own life.
Sophie’s and Cora’s stories are told in a plain, honest and straightforward manner. A number of intense scenes in the book show the characters dealing with grave illnesses. The themes in this touching story deal with relationships, anger, abandonment and true love. Readers also get an up close and personal view of the most challenging situations and conflicts of Cora’s life.
Although much of what is reported in The Color of Heaven is heartbreaking, messages about love, adversity, and faith stand out to inspire readers to overcome difficulties. The characters deal with the tough situations with honesty and integrity even though they suffer agonizing emotional pain due to their circumstances. Sophie’s transformation will inspire readers. Though she admits she had a contrary nature during her adolescence, she shows she is a mature adult when she bravely faces the hardship in her life.
Readers may assume there are certain reasons behind the strained relationship between Sophie and her father but as the story ends, a plot twist reveals the real reason for the detachment in the relationship. Another interesting plot twist shows the reason why Sophie’s and Cora stopped speaking to each other.
By the end of the story, major revelations about Cora’s past lead to unexpected and positive changes in Sophie’s life.
In a nutshell, MacLean actually shows readers how learning the truth about the past can be the key to taming a troubled heart.
If you are a fan of stories about coming to terms with the past, and tales that encourage readers to stay strong in the face of adversity, then this is the book for you!
I give The Color of Heaven 4 out of 5 stars.
I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.