Shades of Blue [NOOK Book]

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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 ...
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Overview

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.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The author of more than 40 bestselling fiction titles whose combined sales hover near 15 million, Kingsbury takes her loyal faith-based fans on an exploration of the emotional and spiritual effects of abortion. Interestingly, the author frames the story through a young adult male character, Brad Cutler, an up-and-coming ad agency executive; he revisits a former relationship in which he encouraged his pregnant girlfriend to have an abortion. Years later, Brad continues to feel guilty, and as he readies to marry his fiancée, a new ad campaign for baby clothes has immobilized him. Emma, the former girlfriend, also cannot move past what happened. As the pressure mounts, Brad travels home and reunites with Emma to find closure, but what he discovers in the encounter is far more different than he hoped or expected. Kingsbury tackles a touchy, difficult topic, yet in her characteristic style, her gentle approach wins the day. It will also overcome any reader resistance, no matter what position one takes on this volatile issue. (Nov.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780310564140
  • Publisher: Zondervan
  • Publication date: 11/7/2009
  • Sold by: Zondervan Publishing
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 23,030
  • File size: 787 KB

Meet the Author

Karen Kingsbury
New York Times bestselling author Karen Kingsbury is America's favorite inspirational novelist, with over 20 million books in print. Her Life-Changing Fiction has produced multiple bestsellers, including Unlocked, Leaving, Take One, Between Sundays, Even Now, One Tuesday Morning, Beyond Tuesday Morning, and Ever After, which was named the 2007 Christian Book of the Year. An award-winning author and newly published songwriter, Karen has several movies optioned for production, and her novel Like Dandelion Dust was made into a major motion picture and is now available on DVD. Karen is also a nationally known speaker with several women's groups including Women of Faith. She lives in Tennessee with her husband, Don, and their five sons, three of whom are adopted from Haiti. Their daughter Kelsey is married to Christian artist Kyle Kupecky. SPANISH BIO: Karen Kingsbury es autora de mas de treinta titulos, incluyendo algunos EXITOS de venta, uno de los cuales se uso para la pelicula de la semana de CBS. Es una de las atoras favoritas de novelas inspiradoras.Se han impreso mas de dos millones de ejemplares de sus libros. Kingsbury reside en el estado de Washington con Don, su esposo, y sus seis hijos, tres de los cuales los adotatron en Haiti.
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  • Posted November 8, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Best book I've read in a long time!

    This book is a MUST read! I literally could not put the book down. It made me laugh, cry (I mean sob), and thank God for an author that has the talent like Karen Kingsbury. This book opened my eyes to things I've never considered. I was actually bummed when I finsihed reading. The story is somewhat basic, but will make you feel emotions like no other book. It is a real life story that, I'm sure, takes place way too often in today's society. It's a fantastic book for dealing with finding closure in a difficult situation, learning what it means to love unconditionally, and depending on God during your darkest moments. I've already shared the book with a friend and she loved it just as much! It deserves much more than 5 stars!!!

    9 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Decent read, HOWEVER

    I love Karen Kingsbury books. I read them in one day, usually finishing them with tears shed. However, this book was not one that I love. I felt that the author was pushing her stance of abortion into an unlikely scenario. Yes, I understand this is FICTION. Yes, it's tragic when it happens. Yes, it does affect women in different ways. However, abortion is still legal. I had to consult with my sister in law, who is an RN and used to work for a doctor who performed the procedure about some of the issues in the book. For starters, in most states, NC included, a doctor will not perform the procedure after 12 weeks without a medical reason or in cases of rape and incest. Even when the events took place in 1999. Even in 1999, there were ultrasounds that dated the stage of gestation and anything after 12 weeks, the procedure would not happen. Also, there are no doctors in this date and age who would callously tell a woman the gender of said fetus/embryo. Also, a little after 12 weeks, there's no way a doctor can tell the gender since the fetus/embryo is still too small to determine. THAT is the part that bothered me the most. ALSO, not all of her readers are pro-life Christians. It is possible to be one and not the other. It is also possible to be neither and still enjoy her books. She kind of went political in this book and for that I am highly disappointed. Will I stop reading her books? Unlikely.

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 16, 2009

    more from this reviewer

    Hard to put down!

    Brad Cutler lives in New York and has a dream job. A dream life! He is engaged to the love of his life who also happens to be the boss's daughter. Brad is a Christian man and the relationship between him and Laura seems perfect. But, a past sin comes back to haunt Brad and before he can marry Laura and start his new life with her he has to go back home to North Carolina and right a wrong. Unfortunately that means seeing his old high school sweetheart. Brad only makes matters worse when he doesn't confide in Laura about Emma and what happened many years ago.

    The book is thought provoking and sincere. Regardless of whether or not you read Christian fiction, this book transcends the boundaries of genre and will appeal to anyone searching for a well-written story about redemption, forgiveness and love.
    I enjoyed it very much. 5-stars!

    5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2012

    Forgiven

    Awesome book about forgiveness, trust, and trial. A must read! Amazing and addicting. Definitley worth your money.
    -izzy

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2011

    I really wanted to like this book

    Right from the 1st chapter I knew I was gonna struggle with this storyline. Not because of it's reality, and not because it delt with abortion [which made me cry], but because of Brad. I know he was young, I know he made a bad decision and needed forgiveness...which is good...but I just couldn't LIKE him for what he did to Emma--how bad he hurt her--and how he just walked away from her for 9 years!!!!!! Life goes on, yes...but I'd hoped it wouldn't have gone on like this. What a creep. Karen broke my heart "too much" for Emma, Brad was beyond horrible when they were young--"and" even when he showed back up, and now he's happy with someone else? Bah! Now, Karen is a wonderful writer, but me personally, I never enjoy moving page-by-page with people like Brad. [Mr. Leave em' and then leave em' again] I rooted for Emma, and twice she lost her dream. How sweet. Gavin was, at least, a nice 2nd place. So, if you can handle a man who gets to "have his cake, and eat it too"...then you'll really enjoy this story. <3

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2013

    O

    Too many plot spoilers ruined this. Why buy the book when plot spoilers have already told everything that happens???? These rude ppl need to be fined and/or banned for this.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2013

    I Also Recommend:

    Great

    Great

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2013

    Best Karen Kingsbury ever!

    Karen did a great job of tackling this tough topic and how it can affect everyone involved.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 15, 2010

    A Hard Subject To Read About But A Wonderful Book

    A friend had loaned me this book to read. While reading it, I'd felt as though Karen Kingsbury had peeked into my past and wrote about me. My circumstances were a bit different but she got the feelings, saddness, loneliness, abandonment, love, excitement, just right. You'd think she had experienced this first hand but has not. What a wonderful book to read. Once I started I could not stop! You get drawn right into the book. You feel the crushed feelings, the hatred, the love, everything, as if you were really there! I recommend this for anyone but expecially those who have experienced abortion whether first hand or on the outside looking in. It is heartwarming and puts a bit of finality to things.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2013

    Bdhfhfifdhshyf

    I AM 13 AND I WANT TO READ THE BOOK ??????? Shoud I ??????????

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2013

    Absolutely amazing read!

    This book was very hard to put down and I highly recommend it to anyone. I haven't had such an inspiring read in quite some time! It was myfirst read by this author and certainly wontbe my last!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2012

    Loved it!

    I cried from beginning to end. Even if abortion has not affected your life this is still a must read. This book is about forgiveness and healing.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 14, 2011

    Great+Book%21

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  • Posted December 30, 2010

    very good

    great book

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 13, 2010

    Great book for young women :)

    This book is about a successful advertising agent in his twenties who is about to be married to a beautiful New Yorker from a wealthy family. Both of them Christians, Brad and Laura have about four weeks until their fairytale wedding. But Brad is distracted by a heavy burden from his past back in North Carolina. He decides to tell Laura about how he and his high school sweetheart, Emma, decided to get an abortion before he left for college. Laura is hurt, but Brad needs to go to Holden Beach to apologize for not ending it the right way with Emma before he can move on and begin a new chapter in his life. Emma is a first grade teacher in North Carolina and she is very lonely and depressed about the way things ended with Brad. She has a high school student who comes to help in her class in the afternoons. Lauren suffers from heart disease, but Emma is intrigued by her constant faith and love for others, despite her condition. Gavin is the P.E. coach who tries to befriend Emma, but she has her guard up. Brad ends up spending Memorial Day Weekend in North Carolina and shows up at the school where Emma teaches. She is initially hurt, but they spend the weekend talking about what happened before they went their separate ways, ten years earlier. They turn to their faith and discover things about themselves and God that they didn't know. This book was extremely emotional, and I found myself tearing up in many parts. It also involved many Bible verses and Christian beliefs. I like sad books because they tend to show you what's really important in life and they include life lessons. Other books that are similar in themes and plots are The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks, Dear John by Nicholas Sparks, and Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen. These books all have characters with an emotional situation that they have to overcome. I enjoyed watching the characters in this book grow and become better people as they grew in their faith. I recommend this book to teenage girls or women in their twenties because it was a unique kind of love story. And yes, it is a sad book, but I found myself pleased with the ending. -Emmy F. Hewitt Trussville High School (Alabama)

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 18, 2010

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    What Happens When the Past Catches Up With You?

    Brad Cutler is living the dream life: he has a great career with an ad agency, a beautiful woman whom he is about to marry, and everything is on track. But now, only weeks before his wedding, thoughts of a complicated past and an unresolved relationship are creeping into his mind. And they are beginning to interfere with his work. In order for Brad to move on with his perfect future, he has to return and face the wrecked reality he left behind, before everything falls apart. Will he find forgiveness? Find out in Shades of Blue, the new novel by award winning Christian-fiction author Karen Kingsbury. Kingsbury has written more than 40 novels, many of which have received high praise. Her inspirational work is well-received by Christian readers around the world, and Shades of Blue will prove an excellent addition to your fiction collection. If you enjoy heart-warming, uplifting stories with dynamic characters who are striving to make sense of the world and its complications, then Shades of Blue is for you.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2013

    Wow

    What a great book highly recomend to read it. I read it in 2 days cause i just had to know what happened. I cried and i wish the end would of been different, dont want to give any spoilers. And sometimes i like the end. I go back and forth with the ending but such a good book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2013

    Religious righteousness

    Religious righteousness crammed down your throat. Anti abortion preachy. Unbelievable characters.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2013

    Quite surprised - I did not know it was a religious romance

    I was pleasantly surprised to read my first religious romance novel. I really enjoyed it - although I think it was alittle long with the characters thought processes - and alittle unrealistic. But I will definitely read many more of Karen kingsbury novels now that I have found her. I did email her quite a while ago to ask her if she had written a book about how to deal with a long term romance and engagement breakup - but she has not answered me. Oh well!

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  • Posted May 10, 2013

    recommended

    I enjoyed the book, but it was a bit depressing at times,
    Some of the parts, hit home, and hurt a bit,'
    It is a very good read, but ,I have trouble putting myself into some of the happenings,
    You will like it, very well written,

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