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The Color of Heaven
by Julianne MacLean

Published: 2011-03-23
Paperback : 296 pages
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"A box of tissues should be included in the purchase price of this book.... I finished THE COLOR OF HEAVEN in a matter of hours, but I've no doubt the read and the lessons imparted through Sophie's story will stay with me... probably forever. THE COLOR OF HEAVEN is an incredibly poignant ...
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"A box of tissues should be included in the purchase price of this book.... I finished THE COLOR OF HEAVEN in a matter of hours, but I've no doubt the read and the lessons imparted through Sophie's story will stay with me... probably forever. THE COLOR OF HEAVEN is an incredibly poignant and unbelievably gripping novel, deserving Romance Junkies' highest rating." FIVE BLUE RIBBONS - Chris at Romance Junkies

A deeply emotional tale about Sophie Duncan, a successful columnist whose world falls apart after her daughter's unexpected illness and her husband's shocking affair. When it seems nothing else could possibly go wrong, her car skids off an icy road and plunges into a frozen lake. There, in the cold dark depths of the water, a profound and extraordinary experience unlocks the surprising secrets from Sophie's past, and teaches her what it means to truly live...and love. Full of surprising twists and turns and a near-death experience that will leave you breathless, this story is not to be missed. Print edition includes a Bookclub Discussion Guide.
"A gripping, emotional tale you'll want to read in one sitting." - New York Times bestselling author, Julia London
"Brilliantly poignant mainstream tale." - 4 ½ starred review, Romantic Times
Other books in this series:
Book One: THE COLOR OF HEAVEN
Book Two: THE COLOR OF DESTINY
Book Three: THE COLOR OF HOPE
Book Four: THE COLOR OF A DREAM
Book Five: THE COLOR OF A MEMORY
Book Six: THE COLOR OF LOVE
Book Seven: THE COLOR OF THE SEASON
Book Eight: THE COLOR OF JOY

"Full of high emotional moments and unexpected twists and turns, these Color of Heaven books are impossible to put down." - New York Times bestselling author, Emily March

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Excerpt

Not long after I crossed the border into New Hampshire, the temperature plummeted. If I had been out walking, I would have felt it on my cheeks. The chill would have entered my throat and lungs, but I was strapped tightly into the cozy confines of my vehicle with the heat blasting out of the dashboard vents, and was therefore shielded from the conditions outside. I will always wonder what brought that deer out onto the road just as the puddles from the melting snow turned to ice. I saw her out of the corner of my eye, galloping onto the pavement, and my whole body went rigid. ... view entire excerpt...

Discussion Questions

(Warning: there are some spoilers in the discussion questions,
So you may not wish to read them until you've finished the book.)


• In chapter one, Sophie mentions her first love, Kirk Duncan, and says: “I knew that no matter where life took us, I would always love him.” Do you believe she made a mistake to let him go? Was her marriage to Michael a mistake?

• Sophie’s husband Michael wants to have another child when Megan is ill. Do you think Sophie was right to say no, and do you think it would have made a difference in keeping their marriage together if she had gotten pregnant at that time?

• When Sophie rekindles her romance with Kirk after she wakes up in the hospital, do you believe it was the right thing for her to do, or do you feel she was playing it safe, retreating into a former, familiar comfort zone?

• Different sections of the book have different headings: Sunshine and Rain, Going Home, Cora’s Story, Flowers, The Deep Blue Sea, Mountains, Life. What is the significance of these headings in terms of the story structure and the themes?

• In chapter thirty-two, just before Matt walks back into Cora’s life, she says: “It was early October in 1968 when the monstrous wave crashed and exploded onto the coastline of my life, changing my future forever.” Earlier in chapter twenty-nine, not long after she and Peter share their first kiss at the lake, she says: “The woods were quiet that day. I couldn’t hear the sea.” What is the significance of these two ideas in relation to Peter and Matt, and where else in the novel does “land and sea” play a part in terms of symbolism? What does this reveal about Cora and what she wants out of life?

• Peter quickly comes to Cora’s rescue after Matt’s death, and offers her marriage. Do you think she was right to accept him? Did you feel that Peter was taken advantage of, or did you view him as a heroic character?

• When Sophie leaves the hospital to return to her mother’s house in Camden, did you know that she was still having an out-of-body experience? At what point in the novel did you realize that Cora was dead and the Camden world was not real? What were some early clues that suggested it was an out-of-body experience?

• Grief is an important theme in the novel. How does it affect Sophie’s relationship with her father, Peter, and how does it affect the breakdown of her marriage? What were some similarities in these two relationships? Do you believe Sophie and Kirk will be able to weather future storms in their marriage if grief becomes an issue?

• How does the discovery of Matt’s manuscript in Peter’s attic change Sophie’s life? Do you think Matt wanted her to publish his novel? Why or why not?

• Do you believe in life after death? Have you ever had an out-of-body experience or some communication with a “ghost,” or do you know someone who has?

• In the epilogue, Sophie reveals that she had a son with Kirk – which is exactly what Megan predicted. Sophie then goes on to say they also had a daughter, but Megan never mentioned a sister. What do you think is the significance of this?

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For more information about E.V. Mitchell and the novel The Color of Heaven, visit www.evmitchell.com.

For more information about Julianne MacLean’s historical romances, or to enter her monthly contest and view her photo and video gallery, visit www.juliannemaclean.com. While there, be sure to sign up for her E-Newsletter for the latest info about new releases and appearances. She is also on Facebook and Twitter, and loves to hear from readers.
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The discussion topics and questions were very good
by sarahloo (see profile) 02/21/12

Notes From the Author to the Bookclub

Dear Readers,

Please accept my sincere and heartfelt appreciation for your kind support of my historical romances over the past decade. Now, I am pleased to present to you my first mainstream contemporary fiction novel THE COLOR OF HEAVEN - the story of a woman whose seemingly perfect life becomes an emotional roller coaster ride when nothing turns out as she expected it would.

It’s about the ups and downs of life, and how we learn from them and discover how strong we really are when the going gets tough. I hope you enjoy it.

Warmest regards,

Julianne MacLean

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  "The Color of Heaven"by Wella (see profile) 04/13/12

Truly a great book, one of the best I've read in awhile. I'll be taking Matt's advice with me, "Don't lose faith in the good things, even when life is tough. The good things come in waves, along with the... (read more)

 
  "The Color of Heaven"by ncjn5 (see profile) 04/10/12

This book was a great read! Once you pick it up you will not want to put it down. You know what is going to happen, but you are happy when your guess is correct.

 
by momin0306 (see profile) 02/26/17

 
  "Great Read"by tmurphy (see profile) 03/04/15

I enjoyed the book. I loved the ending and thought Sophies journey to get there was really good.

 
  "The Color of Heaven"by lollygil (see profile) 08/22/12

This book generated a lot of deep discussions at our Book Club meeting about the afterlife. It was interesting to compare this to other books we have read on the subject.

 
  "Great read no matter your beliefs about what happens after we die"by ecoalson (see profile) 04/19/12

 
  "color of Heaven"by anairene (see profile) 02/28/12

what a great experience to be able to see & speakk to loved ones who have passed & get a glimps of the future

 
  "A total Tearjerker!"by sarahloo (see profile) 02/21/12

I cried the majority of the book. It was such a good book though.

 
  "The color of Heaven"by sonalea (see profile) 02/17/12

Excellent book. Best one I've read in a while. Once I started I could not put it down.

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