The Color of Heaven

Rated 4.73/5 based on 15 reviews
Sophie Duncan is a successful columnist whose world falls apart after her daughter’s unexpected illness and her husband’s affair. When it seems nothing else could possibly go wrong, her car plunges into a frozen lake. In the cold dark depths of the water, a profound and extraordinary near-death experience unlocks the secrets from Sophie’s past and teaches her what it means to truly live. More
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About Julianne MacLean

USA Today Bestselling author Julianne MacLean is a three-time Rita Finalist and winner of numerous awards, including the Romantic Times Magazine Reviewers Choice Award, the Colorado Romance Writers Award of Excellence, and the Greater Detroit Romance Writers Booksellers' Best Award.

She has written more than 15 historical romances for Harlequin and Avon/Harper Collins, and is currently writing more books for St. Martin's Press.

She is a devoted wife and mother, and loves to travel. She has lived in New Zealand and Ottawa, and is now settled happily in Nova Scotia, while working on her latest historical romance.

Please visit her website at for more information about her books and writing life.

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Review by: Deb Diem on Sep. 06, 2013 :
A very enjoyable book.
(reviewed 26 days after purchase)

Review by: Rachel Bell on March 06, 2012 :
This is a keeper! I do not say that very often. I will re-read Sophie's story. I could not stop reading it! This is a thought provoking story and loved how the story line tied together at the end.
(reviewed 2 years after purchase)

Review by: Jan on March 30, 2011 :
This is a wonderful story, loved it and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a heart felt and moving story.
(reviewed 50 days after purchase)

Review by: Gina Borkowski on March 28, 2011 :
A must read for anyone who has ever loved, grieved, lost hope, or questioned if it's worth going on. Loved every minute of this book that I finished in one sitting. Hightly recommend!!
(reviewed 47 days after purchase)

Review by: rhonda laney on March 19, 2011 :
well I cried and cried at different part of the book. I was so into the characters. they were real to me. so if a book is supposed to make you care and believe this book is a winner. the characters where well rounded. the story kept me involved didnt want to stop. will read other books by her. the story tells of sophie fairytale life and then problems she faces. than in the middle tells her parents story than next phase of sophie story. it all fits together really well. I would recommend this book but have kleenex handy.
(reviewed 40 days after purchase)

Review by: Lynne Colter on March 13, 2011 : (no rating)
This is written by Julianne MacLean as E.V. Mitchell. She's using a pseudonym because this novel doesn't fit in the typical romance genres that she's known for. It's hard to categorize it - it a broad definition, it is a contemporary mainstream/modern fiction novel.

I really enjoyed it - it was thought provoking and engrossing. I didn't want to put it down.

Sophie Duncan is a successful woman, but her world just falls apart when her daughter is diagnosed with an illness. As she is almost completely focused on her daughter, she is blindsided by her husband leaving her. And then, determined to try and come out of her depression, her car skids on the road and plunges her into an icy lake. There, in the cold dark depths of the water, Sophie experiences something profound and extraordinary – something that unlocks the secrets of her past and teaches her what it means to truly live.

A terrific read. Note - it is only available as an ebook, as Julianne has actually self published this.
(reviewed 38 days after purchase)

Review by: Michelle Liebler on March 12, 2011 :
Interesting story. Sophie watches her young daughter die of cancer. In her sorrow, she loses her husband to another woman and seemingly her will to live. But a car accident opens her eyes to things she has never seen before, about her own life and what is yet to come.

Written like non-fiction. I had to go back and check to make sure that it was really a fiction book. Nice little read.
(reviewed 30 days after purchase)

Review by: Phyllis Gronewold on March 09, 2011 :
The Color Of Heaven is a very compelling story. It's the story of Sophie who has a wonderful life with a loving husband and a delightful daughter until Meagan, her daughter, is diagnosed with cancer. After fighting the disease for several years, Meagan dies; Sophie grieves, and her husband has an affair and leaves her. Sophie is alone and bereft when she has an accident and dies for 40 minutes. During this time, she sees her Mother, who left when she was 14, and hears her mother's story. The two stories entwine and show us the power of love, forgiveness, hope, and faith. It is a thought provoking story that stays with you after the end.
(reviewed 30 days after purchase)

Review by: Ernestine Wilder on March 07, 2011 : (no rating)
I never recieved this book on my kindle so I cannot review it. Also it was supposed to be free before valentine day. Either way it was never downloaded on my kindle Thank you
(reviewed 25 days after purchase)

Review by: CherubsLibrary on March 06, 2011 :
The Color of Heaven is an amazing contemporary fiction novel. I wasn’t sure what to expect, so was surprised when I was so quickly drawn into Sophie’s story and did finish reading it in one sitting. I loved each of the characters; they were richly developed and so carefully woven into the story. And what a story – certainly loaded with joy and sadness, regret and forgiveness, and loss and new beginnings. But most of all, it was a love story. All different kinds of love: between a husband and wife, between friends, between child and parent. There were plenty of twists and turns and I laughed and I cried. I love a story that can make me cry! This is a must read and would definitely recommend.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: Carol on March 05, 2011 :
Engaging story, well-written.
(reviewed 25 days after purchase)

Review by: Nancy H on March 05, 2011 :
I autobuy Julianne MacLean's historical books, she can tell an intriguing story.

The Color of Heaven is the first contemporary by her that I've read. And what a contemporary!

The story line is a tear jerker of the grief, regret, love and loss, and ultimately hope with second chances that we as human beings can and do experience in our lifetime.

This book may be a cliche for some. For me, hands down this is Ms. MacLean's best work!
(reviewed 25 days after purchase)

Review by: Jean Patton on March 03, 2011 : (no rating)
I really enjoyed the story, thought it was a great read! Definitely want to read more of this author.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: Sox on March 02, 2011 : (no rating)
This book has a GREAT story line. Good Stuff.
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)

Review by: Debra Thomas on March 02, 2011 : (no rating)
Life is good for Sophie Duncan. She had a great career, the love of a fantastic man and her beautiful daughter. Then her world comes crashing down around her. Her beautiful daughter becomes desperately ill and her husband has an affair. Then to make matters worse her car skids off the road and she plunges into a lake. Who would have thought that enlightenment would come at such a time? Sophie is launched into a journey that will forever change her life.

The Color of Heaven is a very emotional read. When Sophie cried, I cried. When Sophie smiled, I smiled. I couldn’t stop reading it. From the beginning there were questions that needed to be answered. This is a story about love, grief, disappointment, hope, faith and happiness. Some may call it depressing. I call it living. Julianne’s story-telling is great. I highly recommend this read.

Mammy Deb
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: Vicki Hancock on March 02, 2011 : (no rating)
I read this in 1 setting. It was an amazing book and very well written. As someone who "died and came back" it brought alot of emotions long buried out. I cried thru the entire book. Regardless, I love the story and can't imagine anyone not liking it. Absolutely amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: Renee Connell Renee Connell on March 02, 2011 :
This was a really good book. I enjoyed it. I also thought it was a bit depressing, but it turned out to be great in the end.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: Christiana Tegethoff on March 01, 2011 :
A very enjoyable read.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: Ivan Joyce on March 01, 2011 :
What an absolute delight to read! Okay! I'm a bloke, but I've always been a sucker for romance. I became so spell-bound by Julianne's story-telling and Sophie's charming character that I was caught totally unaware by the cleverly crafted twists in the tale! I will be reading more of this talented author's work!
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)

Review by: Judy Cox on March 01, 2011 :
This was a fantastic read!! I really enjoy Julianne MacLean's books and this one did not disappoint either. Sophie Duncan's character was marvelous, I felt I knew her felt in the end. I would highly recommend this book.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: Dorothy Constable on March 01, 2011 : (no rating)
I really like this book! It is a lovely, emotional journey.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: Annette Bower on March 01, 2011 :
I really enjoyed this book and look forward to reading anything else this author has to offer.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

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