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Sunday, March 25, 2018

Shades of Blue by Karen Kingsbury

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Shades of Blue by Karen Kingsbury is a story about the after-effects of abortion.  This story is unique because it is told mostly from the heart of the baby’s father, Brad Cutler.  Brad works in a successful advertising agency in New York City.  His boss is also his future father-in-law.  Brad is just weeks away from marrying Laura James when he is trusted with a brand which manufacturers baby items.  While struggling with the campaign, he realizes that his past haunts him.  He cannot move forward with the campaign or his bride-to-be until he apologizes for his roll in his ex-girlfriend’s abortion.  Just weeks away from his wedding day, Brad travels back to North Carolina to find his first love.

Emma Landon is a school teacher in North Carolina.  It has been nearly a decade since she and her ex-boyfriend made the decision to end her baby’s life by abortion.  She has never found the strength to move past November 20, 1999 – the day her baby died.  Soon after that terrible day, her boyfriend, Brad Cutler, left her and her mother passed away.  Emma carried her burden alone – until almost a decade later when on the last day of school, she walked out to her car to find Brad waiting for her.

During the days that followed, God gifted both Brad and Emma with more than either of them thought possible.

Shades of Blue is a story about the after-effects of abortion but it is also a story about forgiveness, both giving it and receiving it.

As great as the story is, I have to admit that the story did not end the way I wanted.  There were times when I thought Karen might end the story the way I hoped, but . . . nope.  My heart broke for everyone involved, but I really wanted the story to end differently.  However, I know that this is a story that could probably be taken from the real lives of countless couples around the world.  This is how real life sometimes plays out.

At the end of the story, there is a letter to the reader.  In the letter, Karen explains how her story came about.  She also shares the reason the topic of abortion is personal for her.  It took her several years to develop the story because she wanted to present it in a non-condemning way.  If you read this book, I highly recommend that you read the letter to the reader at the end.

If you are reading this and you are considering an abortion, please contact someone at one or more of the following resources.

National Right to Life

ProLife Across America

Here is a list of many resources.

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