Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Review–Fade To Blue by Julie Carobini




Fade To Blue
by Julie Carobini
B&H Publishing Group
384 pages

ABOUT THE BOOK:  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 repentant Len shows up eager to restore his family.

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

If you would like to read the first chapter of Fade to Blue, go HERE.

MY REVIEW:  I will admit up front that I had to suspend my disbelief a bit on one of the main plot points of this book – the fact that after moving across the country she just happens to run into an old flame.  Once I got past that though, I sat back to enjoy the book.

Fade to Blue was an easy read, especially with summer coming up.  But while I did enjoy the book, it was not my favorite by this author.  Enjoyable, but not one I felt I had to read every spare moment I had.

A 3 out of 5 star rating.



A word from the author:
I grew up as Julie Navarro, in a family of truly right-brained individuals. Among us you’ll find writers, artists, and musicians, all of us willing to talk about the arts at a moment’s notice.
Over the years, I’ve published several hundred articles and stories in magazines and books, including Aspire, Decision, Expecting, Focus on the Family, Key Magazine and God’s Abundance: 365 Days to a Simpler Life. As I wrote, I found a common theme cropping up: my family, the sea, and God’s timely work in the lives of those around me.

Maybe it was time to incorporate those interests into novels, I thought.

And so I did. Not once, but twice. Both times, God shut both doors and windows. So I continued to write and dream and raise my kids with Dan. Eventually I decided to write romantic seaside novels, and that’s where I found my voice.

When I’m not writing, marketing, or editing for others, I’m driving my kids around town, imagining that my mid-sized SUV is actually a sleek sailing yacht.


My thanks to CFBA for furnishing this book for my honest review.

1 comment:

carla said...

I don't know about running into old flames, but once during the 1940s while living in California, my mom and dad were at Farmer's Market. Daddy heard a familiar voice and said "That sounds like my cousin from Oklahoma." And it was. Neither knew the other one was on the west coast.

It's funny about things like that, because I would've said the same thing as you about suspending belief over circumstantial occurrences. But I've also had several things have that would've sounded phony in a book.