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Shades of Morning by Marlo Schalesky is a story of miracles.
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?
I enjoyed this book. It's very well written with flashbacks set into the story in realistic ways. It's not the typical one chapter in the present, one in the past but more of a character being reminded of something that happened in the past and the memory is shared.
I must admit though that the ending not only took me by surprise but left me a bit unsettled. I was so looking forward to how the author would resolve the issues and to me it just didn't sit right. Unfortunately to say more would give away the ending.
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This book was provided for my review by Multnomah Books.