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Wednesday, February 4, 2009

True Colors by Kristin Hannah

True Colors by Kristin Hannah
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 5 Books
Review by Camellia

The Grey sisters have always been close. After their mother’s death, the girls banded together, becoming best friends. Their stern, disapproving father cares less about his children than about his reputation. To Henry Grey, appearances are everything, and years later, he still demands that his daughters reflect his standing in the community.

Winona, the oldest, needs her father’s approval most of all. An overweight bookworm who never felt at home on the sprawling horse ranch that has been in her family for three generations, she knows that she doesn’t have the qualities her father values. But as the best lawyer in town, she’s determined to someday find a way to prove her worth to him.

Aurora, the middle sister, is the family peacemaker. She brokers every dispute and tries to keep them all happy, even as she hides her own secret pain.

Vivi Ann is the undisputed star of the family. A stunningly beautiful dreamer with a heart as big as the ocean in front of her house, she is adored by all who know her. Everything comes easily for Vivi Ann, until a stranger comes to town…

In a matter of moments, everything will change. The Grey sisters will be pitted against one another in ways that none could have imagined. Loyalties will be tested and secrets revealed, and a terrible, shocking crime will shatter both their family and their beloved town.

With breathtaking pace and penetrating emotional insight, True Colors is an unforgettable novel about sisters, rivalry, forgiveness, redemption---and ultimately, what it means to be a family.

Awesome main characters inhabit the pages of TRUE COLORS. Each of them comes alive with hopes, dreams, fears, and a multitude of other emotions that enliven all the reader’s senses. Winona, Aurora, Vivi Ann, their dad, Luke, Dallas, and Noah are unforgettable.

The three sisters Winona, Aurora, and Vivi Ann, each with unmet emotional needs after the death of their mother at a time when they were most impressionable, form strong ties to each other. In time, jealousy strains these ties, wrecking havoc on their lives. Their problems are so close to real life the reader feels for them as if they are longtime friends or acquaintances.

Kristin Hannah’s smooth writing along with an intriguing and sometime heartbreaking plot creates a world that pulls the reader into the action and makes her an integral part of Oyster Shores, Wave’s Edge Ranch near Puget Sound in Washington state. The descriptions make one almost feel the rain, the damp, the soggy turf, and the joy that comes with the changing seasons.

Love for soul mate, for family, and for community are the driving forces in this poignant novel. At times, these loves threaten to destroy all in their wake. Prejudice, jealousy, envy, and pride bring on a mountain of misery and in their intensity, propel the reader along at a fevered pace making it hard to put the book down.

TRUE COLOR is a story to be enjoyed again and again. Kristin Hannah gives us a powerful story.