Fade to Blue: An Otter Bay Novel

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Suz Mitchell is the determined dreamer we should all be and won't allow her ex-husband Len's jail sentence to ruin their young son Jeremiah's life. An accomplished artist, she moves with her child across the country to California's central coast and lands a sweet job restoring priceless paintings at the historic Hearst Castle overlooking the ocean.

To her utter surprise, a serious old flame, Seth, is also now working at Hearst and jumbles the dreams inside Suz's heart. While ...

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Overview

Suz Mitchell is the determined dreamer we should all be and won't allow her ex-husband Len's jail sentence to ruin their young son Jeremiah's life. An accomplished artist, she moves with her child across the country to California's central coast and lands a sweet job restoring priceless paintings at the historic Hearst Castle overlooking the ocean.

To her utter surprise, a serious old flame, Seth, is also now working at Hearst and jumbles the dreams inside Suz's heart. While sorting out the awkwardness of their past split and current spiritual differences, a repentent Len shows up eager to restore his family.

Suz must learn to let God be the true restorer of all that once seemed lost.

Acclaim for Julie Carobini's Otter Bay Novels:

"The perfect combination of playfulness, charm and enrichment. Julie Carobini has a winner on her hands."

--Relz Reviewz (Sweet Waters)

"A creative and fun story about trying to honor and preserve God's creation . . . I almost expected to shake out sand from between the pages."

--Author's Choice Reviews (A Shore Thing)

"Carobini has a talent for creating characters that come alive." (4 stars)

--RT Book Reviews (Fade to Blue)

"An insightful contemporary Christian relationship drama."

--Genre Go Round Reviews (Fade to Blue)

"Julie Carobini uses real, pure emotions coming from believable characters to keep readers longing for more."

--Christian Book Reviews (Fade to Blue)

"A story that is full of richness and romance . . . a great read!"

--Once Upon a Romance (Fade to Blue)

"A wonderful story about second chances . . . I loved this book."

--Salt Fresno Magazine (Fade to Blue)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805448740
  • Publisher: B&H Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/15/2011
  • Series: Otter Bay
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author


Julie Carobini writes seaside novels filled with faith, flip flops, and waves of grace. Other books in her acclaimed Otter Bay series include Sweet Waters and A Shore Thing. She has also written articles for Decision and Focus on the Family magazines and received awards from the National League of Pen Women. Julie and her husband Dan have three children and live on California’s central coast.
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  • Posted May 15, 2011

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    Restoring Romance One Brushstroke At A Time!

    Suz Miller was hoping for a fresh start away from her past. In moving into her brother's home on California's central coast, just within view of the famed Hearst Castle, along with her young son Jeremiah, she thought all her past was behind her. Until the day, he showed up quite literally right in front of her eyes.

    Working as an apprentice restoring historic art for Hearst Castle, she looks up one day at the window washer who looks eerily familiar. It's Seth, her ex-boyfriend that she broke up with when he presented her with fleeting ideas to traveling the US and visit places while making a living wherever life took them. Wanting just a bit more stability in her life with the recent death of her mom, she found it in the arms of Len.

    At first life was perfect, with a man who loved to wine and dine and spoil her with everything money could buy. She should have seen the signs that when things appear to be too perfect, there might be something too it. Her new husband found his life would soon be placed behind bars after finding out, the way he was making his money was through illegal drug deals.

    Now she wants nothing more to do with either of them, but when the parole board announces that Len is heading her way with his new found faith in Christ and the re-appearance of Seth, Suz begins to wonder just what she should do and how to protect her son, Jeremiah from it all.

    I received Fade To Blue by Julie Carobini compliments of Christian Blog Fiction Blog Alliance and B & H Books for my honest review. This book is such a treat as we see the restoration efforts set amid Hearst Castle and the Pacific Coast while love finds a way into the heart of Suz Miller. This is a story about second chances and being willing to open your heart again with the help of God. It's the ultimate story of restoration of the heart and soul and will captures a 5 out of 5 stars!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 24, 2011

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    an insightful contemporary Christian Otter Bay relationship drama.

    Suz Mitchell and her four year old son Jeremiah settle in Otter Bay, California as the single mom obtains a position at Hearst Castle and moves in with her older brother Gage who is engaged to Callie (see A Shore Thing). Her plan is for her and her child to start fresh while she prays her ex Len, who lingers behind bars, returns to God.

    Also employed at the castle is her former boyfriend Seth Russo. She is surprised that feelings she thought dead prove they were only hibernating as she is attracted to Seth. He reciprocates and wants second chance with Suz. However, she knows Jeremiah must come first as the lad needs to adapt to his father in jail and he and his mom relocating. Complicating matters is Len is free from prison and coming for his family as if nothing happened as he knows his former wife only sees the best in people.

    Fade to Blue is an insightful contemporary Christian Otter Bay relationship drama. The cast makes the tale work especially Suz-Q whose belief in the Lord will soon be tested. With a profound underlying message that you can pray for others but like that proverbial horse not make them drink the water of faith. Readers will appreciate this strong drama.

    Harriet Klausner

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 23, 2011

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    A New Otter Bay Fan!

    I can not believe that this is my FIRST Julie Carobini novel! Where have I been hiding at???? I have some of her books on my book shelf to be read, but haven't actually gotten to them yet. I am so disappointed in myself! I should be punished. Plain and simple. Julie is FANTASTIC! This book had me hooked instantly and kept me hanging on to every word, every sentence, every page until the last one was turned. WOW! I LOVED it!

    Fade to Blue is a story of letting go, moving on and healing from the pain of the past. A story with characters who seem real, I laughed and I cried throughout this novel. Suz just wanted a new life for her and her son as she traveled cross country to a California town.....far away from her ex-husband. Seth was her old flame and he wants to make a new life too, and try to forget his old one. But the two of them still have some unresolved feelings to work through.

    I'm not so sure I liked Len just showing up to claim his family again, after being released from jail. While I didn't like that, I know that Julie Carobini had to add it to the story to bring out the realistic feel to it. It really made me, as a reader, think how real these issues are.

    Seeking God's will and trusting in Him is a strong message through the entire story. It really made the characters genuine and true. Carobini blends just the right of romance and a bit of humor into the seriousness of the story, and never left me hanging.

    I am so glad that I read this novel and am now a HUGE Carobini fan! Her beach setting gives this a relaxing, fun tone to the novel and a reader can seriously drift away into the midst of the scenery and make friends with the people of Otter Bay. Definitely highly recommended with 4 stars! I can't wait to go back and read the other novels that I have here by Julie.....if they are like this fantabulous read, then I know I won't be disappointed!

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  • Posted January 25, 2011

    Love it!!

    Fade to Blue made me want to visit the central California coast, especially the fictional town Julie Carobini has created, and the beautiful and historic Hearst Castle. I am glad, however, that I don't share the complicated life of Suz Mitchell, the main character. She is raising her young son alone, while her ex-husband serves time in jail. Her old flame, Seth, ends up in the same town she has settled in. He has his own painful past to deal with. When her ex is released from jail, he heads across the country to join his family, although his repentance may not be all that it seems. While restoring delicate artwork and creating new, Suz finds healing along the rugged coast-and a little romance to go along with it.
    Julie has done another wonderful job with this Otter Bay novel and in bringing the reader to a beautiful place. Definitely book club-worthy!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 19, 2011

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    Great beach read

    Julie Carobini is the queen of the summer romance - she writes the perfect books to read while laying out under the sun soaking up the rays. "Fade To Blue" is a fun book with a familiar setting in Otter Bay, California. As we revisit some old friends and meet some new ones I loved getting reacquainted with the fun world that Julie has created in Otter Bay. She doesn't let me down with this book and leads me on an adventure with Suz and Seth as they meet up with each other after 5 years apart. I wasn't sure how things would turn out and I enjoyed the lead up to the ending. What a great beach read!

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  • Posted May 17, 2011

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    FADE TO BLUE

    Suzi Mitchell a divorced woman with a four year old boy Jeremiah. She is an artist so she moved to the bay on the California area and took a job with a man that restored old pieces of art. She got the job of helping restore parts of the "Hearst Castle" to find out her boyfriend Seth had moved to the same area and had his own company of washing windows on any building including the castle.

    They had parted when Seth wanted to move to California and she didn't want to move away from their home town, so she had stayed and married an older man and had the little boy by him. She was a stay at home mom and didn't have an idea what her husband was up too and where he got so much money. Soon he was arrested for drug dealing and then she found out that he was an adulterer also. After he was put in jail is when she moved to start over. She never thought he would find her, nor get out of jail. But he did and wanted her back and told her he had accepted Christ and she so wanted to believe him, but didn't think she had ever loved him.

    This book tells us some things that even the people who are really close to us, we really don't know that much about and what they are doing. God is in control if we just accept him and try our best to do what we think He would be proud of.

    This book was sent to me free from B and H Publishing Group for me to read and add a review of my own words. Thanks to the author and to the publisher.

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  • Posted May 15, 2011

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    Hearst Castle Romance

    Here is a contemporary Christian fiction about a talented artist struggling to make a new life for herself and her four-year-old son. Suz moves to California after her ex-husband cheats on her, goes to prison, and divorces her. She moves in with her bachelor brother, and regains her ability to enjoy life. As in all good stories, the plot thickens when the creepy ex gains his release and looks her up.

    I learned a good bit about Hearst's castle and the business of restoring its valuable art.

    However, I easily figured out the inevitable twist at the end of the story. Perhaps because the characters are rather expected; the good ones are totally without flaws. Nevertheless, the plot makes for a nice read.

    Discussion questions are included.

    Thank you to Bonnie at Christian Fiction Blog Alliance and B&H Books for my copy.

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