The Color of Light

The Color of Light

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by Karen White

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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


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

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Meet the Author

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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Color of Light 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 60 reviews.
DEVILICIOUS More than 1 year ago
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.
BANCHEE_READS More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
SouthernSilverReader3 More than 1 year ago
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!
Bad_Penny More than 1 year ago
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!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous 16 days ago
Excellent story! I enjoyed it tremendously, a A bit slow starting but,,,wow,,, once you got into it it was a real page turner!! Problem is i lost too much sleep, just couldn't put it down, i am an avid reader but this is te first time i've givenn a book 5 stars !
baePA More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
rnoncology More than 1 year ago
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.
BlueDog807 More than 1 year ago
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.
Future-Author More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Ariesgrl 16 days ago
Jillian Parrish’s life has been turned upside down. After her divorce, she packs up her daughter and drives to Pawleys Island, South Carolina, where she was happiest during her childhood. Pregnant, and driving at night, her nerves are on end, when her daughter unexpectedly screams, calling out a name, Jillian hasn’t heard in years, Lauren. Lauren was her best friend, and she mysteriously disappeared, never to be heard from again. Their friend Linc was accused and run off the Island, but Jillian soon finds him back in town. Together, will they be able to heal their wounds and discover the truth about Lauren’s disappearance? Karen White’s majestic writing brings beautiful Pawleys Island to life. The gripping storyline will keep readers guessing until the very end. This romantic suspense book has a small amount of paranormal activity running through it, which gives readers of all genres something to enjoy. The Color of Light was my first experience reading any of Karen White’s writing, but this intense beach read has me craving more. Notes: This review was written for Sasee Magazine and My Sister's Books. This review was posted on the Ariesgrl Book Reviews website.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story draws you in gently and carries you through Jillian and Linc's life so naturally you think they are your friends. I want to live next door to them. I felt I was right next to them, the ocean I could smell and feel the sand beneath my feet. Love the mystery and the psychic connection with Gracie. Just wonderful. Thank you.
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Always a great read from Karen White
cammie3 More than 1 year ago
BEAUTIFULLY WRITTEN! I really enjoyed this book. Hard to put down. I just love Karen White's style of writing!
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I read this book as part of a book club. Glad I did. Can't wait to read more from this author.