Shades of Blue
Sometimes hope lies somewhere in the shades of blue.
Brad Cutler, twenty-eight, is a rising star at his New York ad agency, about to marry the girl of his dreams. Anyone would agree he has it all … a great career, a beautiful and loving fiancee, and a fairy tale life ahead of him—when memories of a high school girlfriend begin to torment him.
Lost innocence and one very difficult choice flood his conscience, and he is no longer sure what the future will bring except for this: He must find his old love and make amends. Haunted by the past and confused about the future, he turns to God seeking forgiveness and redemption.
Three people must work through the repercussions of a decision made long ago before any of them can look toward a new future.
Review by Sarah Francoeur, October 7, 2014
This book tore my heart apart. I am adopted. My birth mother says that abortion was never an option for her. She was also adopted. But being young, unmarried, from a small town and raised by prominate parents, didn't make her choice an easy one. She says that giving me up for adoption was the hardest decision she has ever made but she knew it was the right one. I know there are "grey" areas in life and I would never judge anyone for having an abortion but I have always held to the view that abortion is wrong and more damaging than society admits. My friend had an abortion our first year of university. Her "christian" parents convinced her that it was ok and that it would be better for her than having a baby. I couldn't believe it! I didn't say anything because I didn't want to seem hateful or judgemental. That child would be almost 17 now. I often wonder about him or her. My friend has grown in her faith since then...and has children. We have never talked about her abortion. I've never asked but I do pray for her constantly. As I read this book, I was touched in knowing that my friend, from the way that she speaks and lives life, has forgiveness (which I knew in my head but worried in my heart) and peace. I am grateful for grace and mercy. To me, this book was more than a story about wrong choices. It was an example of forgiveness, unconditional love, trust, friendship and faith. Thank you for writing "Shades of Blue", Karen. I would read it again and again-each time, I am certain, gleaning something new.