Thursday, May 10, 2012

Review: The Color of Light by Karen White

Lately, I have seen a lot of reviews on novels by Karen White, so while perusing the list of her novels, "The Color of Light" jumped out at me.  I'm not sure why, maybe the beautiful cover which just feels free, clean, and refreshing, all the components to a great spring or summer read. 

This is a great story of how the lack of love from a mother can impact your life and how the love for your children can impact your life even greater.  With Mother's day a few days away, this book really made me reflect on how important mothers are to well being of a child; children see the reflection of themselves in your eyes.

This story is about a woman finding herself and the life she wants to live despite the tragedies in her life, a community bond, faithful friends, a love story, suspense and self acceptance. Sometimes the book is a bit predictable but I truly enjoyed it, and I look forward to reading some of Karen White's other novels.

SYNOPSIS by Barnes & Noble
At thirty-two, pregnant and recently divorced, Jillian Parrish and her seven-year-old daughter find refuge and solace on Pawleys Island, South Carolina. Jillian had experienced her best childhood memories here-until her best friend Lauren Mills disappeared, never to be found. At the time, Linc Rising, Lauren's boyfriend and Jillian's confidant, had been a suspect in Lauren's disappearance. Now he's back on Pawleys Island-renovating the old Mills house. And as ghosts of the past are resurrected, and Jillian's daughter begins having eerie conversations with an imaginary friend named Lauren, Jillian and Linc will uncover the truth about Lauren's disappearance and about the feelings they have buried for sixteen years.

"The arched pillars of the front porch had always reminded her of her grandmother's arms, and standing beneath them she could almost remember being loved and cherished."

"Sometimes mother's can only do their best.  It's all God ever asks of us.  And all he can expect with what we're given."

"Sometimes we rely on the kindness of others to put us back in our nests."

"I think we're given the children we need to make our lives whole."

"Honey, I've been a mother for thirty-eight years.  There's nothing I haven't seen or been made to understand.  And there sure as heck's not anything that can surprise me."

"My mommy loves to cook.  She curses like a sailor when she burns herself but she's really good."

"You fertilize, prune and talk to them.  And in all the taking care of them, you find your own heart is just about full to bursting with love and pride.  It's no big secret."

"Motherhood is a mixed bag.  You make of it what you can, and nobody expects you to be perfect -
most of the time all you have to do is show up."

"The best things life has to offer are the hardest won."

"I think motherhood has very little to do with biology - except for maybe the color of your eyes or the shape of your hands.  All it takes to be a mother is a little effort and a lot of love."

RATING - 4 STARS  I Loved It!

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