Friday, July 16, 2010

Book Review: Shades of Morning by Marlo Schalesky

You may have read other reviews of Shades of Morning by now, since the blog tour started on Monday and I'm just now getting my review posted. I read a few before reading the book and I became excited about having the opportunity to read and review it. Now that I have read it, I must say I was not disappointed. Much.

Shades of Morning: A NovelI LOVED one of the main characters, Emmit. Emmit is a boy with Down's Syndrome who lives in New England. His mother dies and he is sent to live with his aunt, who lives on the other side of the continent. His mother's lawyer is a man who was once in love with the aunt. Problem is, she never knew Emmit existed, and she wants no contact with Taylor (the lawyer) or anyone who reminds her of the past she tried to leave behind. But Emmit needs someone to take care of him.

Emmit is a very loveable guy, even when he keeps getting into trouble. He has a way about him that melts his Aunt Marnie's heart. He always seems to do and say just what she needs and helps her overcome her fears and regrets. He is also obviously in love with God, as expressed by his exuberant and uninhibited worship. I know I would love Emmit if I met him.

The one thing that I didn't quite like is the twist at the end. Since I can't elaborate because it would give away a major part of the story, I will just say that I feel that it didn't seem like the best ending to this story. The way that Marnie's friends stuck by her, however, was nice and the romantic element satisfying.

I still enjoyed the book and I would recommend it to anyone who likes a good, clean read.

I give Shades of Morning 4 1/2 out of 5 stars.

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(I received this book from Multnomah for review purposes. I received no monetary compensation for this review. All opinions expressed are completely my own.)

1 comment:

Carrie said...

Yup, I felt like the ending wasn't the best but I'll not say too much more for, as you said, it had a surprise twist.