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True Colors [Kindle Edition]

Kristin Hannah
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"In this big juicy novel, bestselling author Hannah (Firefly Lane) scores again with a tale of three sisters set in the sprawling ranchlands of Washington state...Deliciously romantic and often heartbreaking, this is a book you'll want to climb inside of and stay as long as possible."
"[Makes] full display of the author’s strong suits: sense of place, compassion for characters and understanding of family dynamics."
--Kirkus Reviews
"Hannah ... really knows what women—her characters and her audience—want."
--Publishers Weekly

"A beautiful and captivating story of love and rivalry, family and community, that readers will happily devour."

"An engrossing, fast-paced story that will appeal to readers of Barbara Delinsky and fans of women's fiction."
--Library Journal

"Clever plot twists and complex, engaging characters make True Colors a very satisfying read."
-- USA Today

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True Colors is New York Times bestselling author Kristin Hannah’s most provocative, compelling, and heart-wrenching story yet. With the luminous writing and unforgettable characters that are her trademarks, she tells the story of three sisters whose once-solid world is broken apart by jealousy, betrayal, and the kind of passion that rarely comes along.

The Grey sisters have always been close. After their mother’s death, the girls banded together, becoming best friends. Their stern, disapproving father cares less about his children than about his reputation. To Henry Grey, appearances are everything, and years later, he still demands that his daughters reflect his standing in the community. 

Winona, the oldest, needs her father’s approval most of all. An overweight bookworm who never felt at home on the sprawling horse ranch that has been in her family for three generations, she knows that she doesn’t have the qualities her father values. But as the best lawyer in town, she’s determined to someday find a way to prove her worth to him.

Aurora, the middle sister, is the family peacemaker. She brokers every dispute and tries to keep them all happy, even as she hides her own secret pain.

Vivi Ann is the undisputed star of the family. A stunningly beautiful dreamer with a heart as big as the ocean in front of her house, she is adored by all who know her. Everything comes easily for Vivi Ann, until a stranger comes to town. . . .

In a matter of moments, everything will change. The Grey sisters will be pitted against one another in ways that none could have imagined. Loyalties will be tested and secrets revealed, and a terrible, shocking crime will shatter both their family and their beloved town.

With breathtaking pace and penetrating emotional insight, True Colors is an unforgettable novel about sisters, rivalry, forgiveness, redemption---and ultimately, what it means to be a family.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1815 KB
  • Print Length: 541 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; 1 Reprint edition (April 1 2010)
  • Sold by: Macmillan CA
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002LA0A8O
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #36,333 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This is the story of three sisters, Winona, Aurora and Vivi Ann. Set in a small town in Washington, this story follows their lives from the time of their mother's death when they are teenagers, through the trials and tribulations of adulthood.

The girls grow up on Water's Edge with their father who is emotionally distant. Winona, the eldest, craves his approval but does not possess any of the talents he seems to value. Aurora, the middle sister, marries and has children. Vivi Ann, the youngest, has skills that her father values but makes choices that bring her into conflict first with Winona, and then with her father. It is these choices and their consequences that the novel is really about: how relationships can change existing loyalties and create friction between sisters. Is the love that these sisters have for each other sufficient to overcome the challenges posed?

I enjoyed the writing without really being swept up by the story.

Jennifer Cameron-Smith
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Turning the Pages Review Feb. 14 2012
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Never before has the relationship between sisters been more accurately portrayed. In True Colors, Kristin Hannah takes on the complexities that are involved in not only family, but in the sister dynamics.

From page one, I could instantly relate to Winona, the oldest sister; the one who's job it is to protect her younger siblings, protect the family name, and keep an eye out for any potential issues that may arise. My heart broke for her when she chose to hide her love for Luke in order to allow her youngest sister a shot at true love. Who knew everything would blow up in her face.

Aurora is the one sister that I didn't connect to. It must be the fact that my family didn't have a middle child... there were no sides to choose when the cards were played. It was a position that is not to be envied. Choosing one sister over the other when you know that both are doing what they think is 100% right.

Vivi Ann is the sister that was most envious of and it seems so strange to say that because she dealt with the most heartache, the most upset and had the hardest life. However, she had true love; love that will conquer all. Who doesn't want that? Choosing love of a man over the love of your family shows just how amazing the relationship Vivi had with the love of her life was. It made me swoon.

Overall, the story seemed to have many ups and downs and I found that as I was feeling the book was slow and wasn't overly enjoying it, a surprise would come out of nowhere and I would be hooked once again. Kristin Hannah is an author who sets out to keep her readers interested from the very first page to the very last word.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely... Aug. 25 2013
By Pat the cat TOP 1000 REVIEWER
It's the first book that I read by this author. I really enjoyed this novel.. If you're in the mood for a heartwarming story, this should do the trick. It's the story of three sisters who live in a small town in Washington State. It shows how sibling jealousy can poison family relationships and how people who live in small towns can be mean to one another. The author created beautiful characters and a neat story line. It truly is the kind of book that you want to curl up with and read in one shot during a rainy weekend. It made me cry a lot and hope for a nice ending. It's a beautiful family saga and romance. I give it top marks, 5 out 5 stars (excellent).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another hit! June 14 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I loved this book. I love how Hanna describes her characters and the relationships between them. I always feel I am "in the story". I am always sad to see her books end. This was a great read that I could not put down. I keep buying her books for that reason. Makes me want to go see Nantucket every time I read one.
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63 of 68 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars KRISTIN HANNAH AT HER VERY BEST!!!! Feb. 3 2009
By Maudeen Wachsmith - Published on
There are several things readers have come to expect when they read a Kristin Hannah book--that they'll get an amazing, compelling, emotional story, that they can't put down once they've started. While TRUE COLORS is no exception, there is a degree of depth to this novel that sets it apart from anything the author has written in the past. A degree of depth that won't simply satisfy her legions of current fans, but I dare say should bring her to the attention of many more.

Spanning nearly 30 years in the lives of the Grey sisters of Water's Edge, a waterfront ranch on the shores of Washington state's picturesque Hood Canal, first meet the sisters in 1979 just after the death of their beloved mother. It's obvious from the beginning that her loss is going to leave an enormous hole in their hearts and have long-lasting effects in the lives of these young girls. But even worse, their grieving father Henry buries his soul when he buries his wife, coping with life by drowning his sorrows in a bottle of hard liquor.

The book quickly fast forwards 13 years where we find oldest sister Winona just beginning her law practice in the nearby town of Oyster Shores, Aurora a young wife and mother of twins, while the youngest the beautiful but fragile Vivi Ann is an expert barrel racer on the western rodeo circuit, living at home, helping her father on the failing ranch that has been in their family for generations. Vivi Ann soon comes up with a plan to save the ranch and resurrects it into a thriving horse arena for lessons and competitions.

Meanwhile Winona, who has been fighting a weight problem all her life, may, at long last, have romance come her way when her childhood crush, veterinarian Luke Connelly returns to town. She is excited that this time their relationship may become more than just friendship--until he is captivated by the beautiful ViviAnn. Although Vivi Ann doesn't totally return his feelings, they eventually become engaged. Winona has a difficult time hiding her jealousy. All of this causes a rift between the sisters that won't soon be mended, especially when the new ranch hand and quintessential "bad boy" Dallas Raintree excites Vivi Ann much more than Luke ever can. This sets in place a tragedy that changes the complexion of the sisters' relationship forever.

This also sets in place events that propel this novel from one of Kristin Hannah's hallmark "domestic dramas" into one that is part legal drama, a coming of age story of a teenage boy, a story of redemption and forgiveness, and of loyalty and unfailing belief in someone when it really counts.

Kristin Hannah excels in knowing how to pull at the reader's heartstrings, to touch their emotional sweet spot, and with TRUE COLORS she pulls at those heartstrings and doesn't let go. TRUE COLORS is Kristin Hannah at her very best - maybe even better than her very best. As usual readers need to keep the hankies handy for the read that is absolutely unputdownable and totally satisfying. As impossible as it seems, Kristin Hannah just gets better and better with each read; I can't wait to see what she comes up with next.
35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Solid, if not unique, story Feb. 8 2009
By mellion108 - Published on
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Winona, Aurora, and Vivi Ann Grey are sisters, brought closer together by their mother's death when they were children. Winona, the oldest, takes charge of her sisters, but she is plagued throughout life by her issues with her weight, her ceaseless unsuccessful quest for her father's approval, and her hope that someone will love her. Aurora is the sensible middle sister - she grows up, marries, has kids, and then struggles with the reality that life isn't a fairy tale. Vivi Ann is the wild, beautiful, optimistic youngest sister. She loves her horses, adores the father that her sisters tell her is not worth her adoration, fights to keep the Grey home and land in the family, and knows that something breathtaking is going to happen to her. When Winona's true love falls for the wrong sister, jealousy and spitefulness come between them all, and when Vivi Ann gives her heart to the dark, dangerous Dallas, the family and their small town are nearly torn apart.

Hannah does a good job of painting the portrait of small-town Oyster Shores, Washington - a town of decent, hard-working people, some of whom still hold on to old prejudices and distrust of outsiders. She also does a fine job of giving us yet another book about family loyalty, an over-controlling patriarch, and women fighting through their insecurities to become stronger and more independent.

There are countless numbers of books out there extolling the virtues of sisterhood - blood or no - and True Colors joins their ranks. This is a good, solid book with an emotional storyline, strong but flawed characters, and a compelling drama to pull everything together. Although I wasn't exactly blown away by the story, it did keep my interest, and I would pick up another Hannah novel. For me, the legal drama was a tad over the top and tended to slow down the pace of the story, and I thought that Noah's character went sadly underdeveloped, but overall this is a good novel that would be perfect for the beach or for a vacation in general.
22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Predictable - no surprises here. A family picnic with no ants... March 22 2009
By Barbara McArthur - Published on
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This may be a wonderful beach read, but it's March and we need a bit more grit to keep us glued to the pages while the rain-laden winds whip through the pines. We have characters who are easily summed up in a few words - pretty and wild; overweight and unappreciated; smart and too conventional; rawboned and dangerous; troubled teen; reliable and boring; crotchedy and mean. Mix together. Add the usual gossip, jealousy, forbidden love, injustice and redemption. Bake for what seems like a long, long time. Believe it or not, what comes out of the oven is chocolate chip cookies! Yep - a happy ending for all - except old Dad, who is still crotchedy and mean - but you can't have everything!

There are no sharp edges to get in the way - no surprises or twists - just a good old, straight garden path leading to a beautiful sunset. Everybody's happy but me. I was expecting a lot more.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow, and Wow again Jan. 30 2009
By Georgia Mom - Published on
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This is a very touching story about three sisters, family, and loving so much it hurts. Three sisters band together after their mother's death and grow up loving each other and clinging to each other. But jealousy crept in some how and that jealousy threatens to destroy their relationship, while at the same time the youngest sister pays the worst price through it all. This story was well written, and touching. I couldn't help but to cry with not only sadness, but with regret and joy. This book is a must read for anyone who enjoys books about family and love.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Bottom Line: Too Predictable May 27 2009
By Mom of Three - Published on
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This was my first attempt at a Kristin Hannah book. I was quite disappointed. The book feels too familiar. When I pick up a book, I want something fresh, unique, or something we've experienced that the author helps us rediscover in a new way. I just didn't find that with True Colors. I was worried it might be since the title is a cliché. However, I thought maybe with lower expectations, I could still appreciate it. You know that old mind trick of setting the expectations low so they can be surpassed when it comes to a book or movie. Well, that didn't work. This is a book I would have probably liked when I was in my teens, not in my thirties though. The characters and plot are too predictable and one dimensional.
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