Wow! Gotta just begin with Wow! How can you not? This book was amazingly straight to the heart, fill you with love, and make you turn each page in anticipation for the next. Quiet small town living. Leaving behind the sorrows and trying to live in today, but Marnie is missing something. Her past is not quite passed her and is about to come full face to the present. Marnie is working in her coffee shop/bakery/book store, living a drama free life. She soon hears from Attorney Taylor Cole. Taylor is much more than an attorney, he is Marnie's past. But tragedy has accured and her sister has been in an accident. Now, her son needs a home, and Emmit is being sent to Marnie. But what Marnie doesn't know yet is that Emmit, a fifteen year old boy has Downs Syndrome. Is she up for the challenge? Emmit is not a challenge in himself. He is a beautiful boy.But for Marnie, it is a challenge. She is trying to leave a past behind her. Emmit brings so much into Marnie's life. Ready or not, her life is about to change forever and in a wonderful way.You will fall in love with Emmit. He brings a new life into Marnie's heart. We are able to watch Marnie and Taylor transform from their pasts to bright futures filled with a love they didn't know possible. This book contains so much more than the back cover. It has twists and turns for you to follow, and in the end when it all comes together you will be surprised. It holds a beautiful ending and carries within it much faith, a faith these characters search for. They are trying to leave the pasts, but they cannot without coming to terms with the truth of yesterday. Shades of Morning is one of those keepers to read again on a rainy day to bring some sunshine in your life. Within the shade of the morning is where we find a quiet beauty we don't really realize we need until we are there under the shade of the sun. This book carries such warm characters and the story line is simply beautiful. This one will bless you beyond words as you close that last page. We see how God makes everything complete in His time, and along the journey He gives us what we need to shine.
This book was a gift from Multnomah Waterbrook Press for it's review.
Marlo Schalesky is the author of several books, including Beyond the Night and Empty Womb, Aching Heart. A graduate of Stanford University, Marlo also has a masters of theology with an emphasis in biblical studies from Fuller Theological Seminary. Married over twenty years, she lives with her husband, Bryan, and their five children in California.