The Color of Light [NOOK Book]

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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 ...
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Overview

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.



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Editorial Reviews

RT Bookclub Magazine
"The reader will hear the ocean roar...as the past reluctantly gives up its ghosts in this beautiful, engrossing novel."
4 1/2 stars
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101117927
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 6/7/2005
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 19,979
  • File size: 504 KB

Meet the Author

Karen White

After playing hooky one day in the seventh grade to read Gone With the Wind, Karen White knew she wanted to be a writer—or become Scarlett O'Hara. In spite of these aspirations, Karen pursued a degree in business and graduated cum laude with a BS in Management from Tulane University. Ten years later, after leaving the business world, she fulfilled her dream of becoming a writer and wrote her first book. In the Shadow of the Moon was published in August, 2000. This book was nominated for the prestigious RITA award in 2001 in two separate categories. Her books have since been nominated for numerous national contests including another RITA, the Georgia Author of the Year Award and in 2008 won the National Readers’ Choice Award for Learning to Breathe.


Karen currently writes what she refers to as ‘grit lit’—southern women’s fiction—and has recently expanded her horizons into writing a mystery series set in Charleston. Her tenth novel, The Lost Hours, will be released in trade paperback by New American Library, a division of Penguin Publishing Group, in April 2009.


Karen hails from a long line of Southerners but spent most of her growing up years in London, England and is a graduate of the American School in London. She currently lives near Atlanta, Georgia with her husband and two teenaged children, and a spoiled Havanese dog (who appears in several of her books), Quincy. When not writing, she spends her time reading, singing, playing piano, chauffeuring children and avoiding cooking.


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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted July 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    The Color of Light

    In this a wonderful, contemporary love story set on Pawley's Island, S. C., where the main character Jillian Parrish and her 7-year old daughter, who seems to have a very special gift.
    Jillian, "Jilly Bean", her adorable daughter, Grace, calls her, is pregnant with her second child in the midst of divorcing its father. She moves back to Pawley's Island, S.C., where she spent summers with her grandmother and her best friends Lauren and Linc. When they were teenagers, Lauren and Linc were a couple.
    Jillian is desperately seeking peace and the meaning of love in her troubled life. Abused as a child, thrown into a dark closet as punishment for the most insignificant crime, Jillian clings to the good memories of days spent with her grandmother on Pawley Island. Hoping to somehow rekindle that peace by returning, Jillian encounters other ghosts, such as the unsolved mystery of her best friend, Lauren's disappearance years ago. I really enjoyed this.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 15, 2009

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    The color of light

    I am a newbie to Karen White's work and was immediately hooked! Her storytelling skill is like being on a rollercoaster... and then comes the twist! You can't put it down until you get to the final page and she leaves you wanting to know more about the wonderful characters she has created. I am patiently awaiting the release of her newest book!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2007

    One of the BEST books I have ever read

    You CANNOT skip reading this book. It will change your mind about romance writers and possibly change your life. White had done an excellent job of bringing this characters to life - when you are finished reading, you'll miss the characters and their story. This book has a 'Harper Lee' feel and White does an excellent job of making us feel as if we're on the island in the south. BE PREPARED - If you read one book of Karen's - you'll HAVE to read them all.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2006

    Surprise book

    I usually have my list of authors to read, but since none of them have come out with anything new I was looking for a book set on the coast and decided to give it a try. Wow! If all her books are like this I can't wait to read more. I could not put this book down, yet I never wanted it to end. It is the perfect summer beach book or a middle of the winter pick me up. Try it. You won't be disappointed!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 8, 2011

    Did not want this book to end ...

    I am looking for anything and everything Karen White writes now. This book kept me reading and not wanting to put it down. Wonderful story of a pregnant woman with a child and seemingly alone in the world but she hangs on, starts a new life and comes through her fears and challenges and meets her past head-on and conquers it. It is so well written - I continue to be amazed at the way Karen White can bring so many characters (interesting, in-depth characters) together in one story. She can blend mystery, romance, family, friendship and everyday life skills all together, and keep you on the edge of your seat, and not miss a beat in her stories. I wanted it to continue through the following years because the characters become so close to you - it's like watching a movie and you just have to know more. Excellent read!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 11, 2009

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    Fabulous Read!!

    I thought that this book was outstanding and would recommend this book to anyone!! I honestly couldn't put it down and didn't want it to end. Anyone who is looking for a new book that has a plot and a good love story this is your book!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2005

    Wonderful!!

    This book was my first read and it was wonderful.I dont like to read at all but decided to pick up this one while shoppiing. Once I started reading it I couldn't put it down!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2005

    Beautifully Written Story

    Ms. White captures the South Carolina Coast beautifully. Pawleys Island is rich in Mystery and beauty. The Colour of Light didn't disappoint. You will experience heartache, mystery, the power of friendship and an equally powerful love story. I recommend this to anyone who enjoys reading!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 16, 2012

    Love Karen White

    I can absolutely recommend anything from Karen White and this is no exception. She is a very descriptive author and her books flow beautifully. The Color of Light is a love story and I fell in love with the location and the characters. You can't go wrong if Karen White wrote it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 10, 2012

    Lately, I have seen a lot of reviews on novels by Karen White, s

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2012

    Another great book from Karen White

    I found Karen White when i searched for a book about Folly Beach, SC. I came across her book On Folly Beach, read iit and loved it, then read three of her Tradd Street series books, and finished this one today. Karen White writes a great story with memorable charcters. She weaves a good mystery into everyday life in settings that are beautiful. I am so glad i stumbled upon Karen White! She is a far better writer than Dorthea Benton Frank.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 25, 2009

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    I was hooked

    I have found an author that I will follow! This was a great book. It sticks in your mind long after you have read it. I am eager to read more of her novels.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 13, 2009

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    Low Country Lover

    I am a AVID fan of books about the South Carolina Low Country. This book was no exception. Karen White takes the Low Country and puts complicated characters with personal baggage in these beautiful locations and makes a fresh and quirky story. This a perfect rainy day book or great for a lazy day on the beach.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 23, 2009

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    I loved it too!!

    I'm beginning to search out Karen White's books.... what a talented author. This book takes a recently divorced pregnant woman back to her island home with her little girl to find out what happened to her best friend who disappeared years ago. She rekindles a childhood romance and many things come to light. Very good read and will have you reading nonstop till the end!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2009

    Loved It

    All of Karen White's books are wonderful. I can't wait to read the sequel to The House on Tradd Street. I bought every one of her books that I could find!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2013

    Mustacheluvr

    YES ur doing AWESOME

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2013

    Re:Volted//Repurpose Chapter 1 --Grey

    ((Gargamel here: what's up everybody? I'm so glad you're reading this. Thank you!!!!))<p>When Destiny City had been shattered to bits, Iraki had slipped into the deep, dark abyss of space beneath the world. She remembered plummeting down for what seemed like forever. She remembered blacking out. But everything after that was a blur.<p>She could recall waking up once or twice, but he had immediatley slipped back into unconciousness. One time, she remembered waking up in a lush, green garden, filled with hedges and sunlight. She had heard some voices come from beside her. One of the voices, a man's voice that sounded sarcastic, yet kind, said "It's been a while since we have had a new recruit." Another voice, a woman's, spoke up in a much less friendly tone. "Ugh, don't sound so excited Lexa. That just means that we- excuse me, I- am gonna have to teach her and babysit her." She groaned.<p>Then a third voice spoke up. It was a man's voice, beautiful and rich, but cold, and emotionless. "Nevertheless, Elarxen. Thorenxa and Axnems will be pleased." The woman's voice piped up again. "Oh, shut up Xamiarlu. Why must you alway be right?" And the Iraki lost conciousness again.<p>---<p>She woke up for real in a grey room, on a grey bed, with grey sheets and grey pillows. In fact, the entire room seemed to be just one grey blob. Iraki was proven wrong, however. After getting up and looking around, she found in the drawers of the desk in the room (It was grey, of course) a brown journal. Se flipped through it and saw that it was empty. She set it aside. <p>Upon further exploration of the room, she found a dresser that had a pile of clean underwears that were her size. "Tt's kinda creepy that whoever made this room- or at least did the laundry- knew what size underwear I wore..." she shuddered. She shut the drawer.<p>Seeing that the other drawers held nothing, she attempted to open one of the two doors in the room. It was locked. "Uggh..." she groaned. She wondered were in the worlds she could be. Upon opening the other door however, she immediatley knew where she was.<p>It was a dark closet, three or four paces wide and about six feet long. It was easy to walk in. But on the dozens of hangers on the wall hung large, black, hooded coats.<p>"Orginazation coats!!" Iraki said aloud. She had been brought to an Orginazation traning facility, where one was trained in the ways of darkness!!<p>((What's up? Gargamel here. I wante to do Iraki's story because in the Kingdom Hearts games, Kairi (Ikari's counterpart) played the role of the damsel in distress. I honestly doubt that this is in her personality at all, and that she would have acted. Also, because I loved Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days so much, I decided to kind of combine Roxas, Xion, and Kairi's story here. I realize that 95% of you have no idea what I'm talkimg about, but don't worry! It's not nessecary for the story!!))

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2013

    <_dick>

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2013

    I read this book as part of a book club. Glad I did. Can't wai

    I read this book as part of a book club. Glad I did. Can't wait to read more from this author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2013

    Lionrun

    Sits

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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