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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 haveTrue 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....

Title : True Colors
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ISBN : 9780312364106
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Number of Pages : 344 Pages
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True Colors Reviews

  • Dawn
    2019-03-13 12:56

    This is a hard book to rate for me. On one hand, I thought it was really good. Hannah does a super job of making you feel the emotions the characters are experiencing, at familiarizing you to the settings and the motivations of the story and just simply making you FEEL. Whether it be sadness, anger, love or disgust you get to crawl into some of the characters lives and see the story through their perspective. That part of the book I loved. On the other hand is the mechanics of the story. How she relates the details, and brings out the plot is at times mediocre. She almost lost me in the first half of this one. The unfolding was stiff and predictable. The characters weren't doing anything to make me understand their actions and neither were my emotions being involved. It was just a relating of events -then at about the half way point, it's like Hannah thawed everyone out and really got deep into the retelling. You started to feel the emotion and understand the angst and jealousy. You cried at the injustice and cheered for justice to be done. And Noah, who was absent in the first half, became a central character as well as my favorite. HIs story and feelings and inner turmoil were portrayed so well. I loved him. Another main character, Winona, became more likable and approachable. We started to see why she made the choices she did. Other characters, as has been mentioned here by other reviewers, were left to starve for want of a place in the story and we were only able to make their aquaintance, not really befriend them and see what made their lives tick.Overall, certainly worth a read. It is a slow start but makes up for it by being a sincere love story with characters that are human and imperfect, yet heroically trying to be great.

  • Barb
    2019-03-15 06:48

    I read this book in four days. I couldn't put it down. I just wanted to know what was going to happen. This is when you really know a book is good when it's a page turner. Anyway, this book is about three sisters trying to stay together as a family. The dad is always drinking and basically hating his life after his wife died. The three sisters are trying to make their way in life and get torn apart but certain events that happen along the way. Eventually they reunite but there is tension still between them. It takes a lot of understanding and a young teenage boy to bring them all back together. I didn't think I'd cry but you can't help not to cry in this book. It pulls at your heart. The youngest sister runs the family horse farm and there are parts about the horses they just break your heart but makes you understand that animals can give us a sense of stability and happiness. They play a big part in our lives. Animals can help us get through the most difficult times in our lives when there is no one else to turn to.

  • Melissa
    2019-03-24 09:41

    I was so disappointed. I had saved this book thinking I would have a lovely time reading. I have read a lot of her books, and always enjoyed them. The relationships between the three sisters are interesting, and not real relationships. They are very flat and unnatural. There were instances where the book is so stilted with the development of some characters, I wouldn't want to read further. I got depressed the further I read, and I kept hoping that the story would get better. There are many ends just left, such as a resolution for the middle sister, Aurora which never happens. She and her children are referred to, but you never know those characters. The other two sisters just irritated me. Stop pouting, feeling sorry for yourselves and do something. Needless to say, I didn't like this book. I am thrilled that I didn't cave and buy in hardback.

  • Sally Wessely
    2019-03-20 06:32

    One may wonder why a reader would rate a book so low and still read it. I guess I read the book because I decided not to waste my money. (That's best reason I can come up with.) I've never read Kristin Hannah before, so I picked this book up because it was cheap at Costco, and because I decided I needed a bit of light, chick-lit reading as a change of pace. I found myself almost groaning sometimes during the story because the writing was so dull. The author's attempt at character development for two of the main characters seemed to be profiling with not depth. The skinny, blonde, athletic sister was popular, loved by dad, able to attract the best catch in town, a bit wild, etc., etc., etc. The fat, smart, unpopular sister was not popular, unloved by dad, and unable to capture the best catch, etc., etc., etc. The third sister was a flat character who appeared when the author needed someone to tie the story together.I don't think I'll even bother passing this book on to my daughter, best friend or casual acquaintance. I'll donate it to the library's fund raiser. Maybe they can make a few bucks off of it.

  • Bark
    2019-03-09 06:53

    I listened to this as an unabridged audio book. Kristin Hannah has written some charming historical romances in the past which is why I was tempted to pick this up but I’m really under whelmed with this women’s fiction/chick lit/soap opera venture. Where’s the charm? Never mind that, where’s the love? All I’m reading here is bitterness and jealousy and awkward relationships. It’s making me edgy and impatient. The book is about three sisters whose mom died of cancer when they were very young teens/pre-teens. Supposedly they are super close, or that’s what the author keeps saying anyway. Winona is the oldest, Aurora the middle one and Vivi Anne is the young beautiful one favored by gruff old dad. Winona grows up to be a successful attorney but she is very insecure and an emotional eater and has been unable to snag a man. When Luke, a hunk from her past calls her up and asks her to meet him to discuss some legal business over a drink she instantly hopes and wishes that he wants to date her. Desperate, much? She then agonizes over her looks, insists that Aurora pretty her up and then imagines him gushing about his wife and kiddies and on and on. Blech, is she 27 or 17? But, alas, it’s all for naught because the moment Luke spies gorgeous Vivi Anne he’s head over heels and Winona starts to seethe with jealousy and dreams up ways they’ll break up so she can comfort Luke. She refuses to tell Vivi Anne about her crush on Luke and then starts being a royal bitch to everyone (including employees) because those two are dating. Emotionally stunted, much?The middle sister, Aurora, seems to be here to act as a peace-keeper between the beauty and the bitter sister. She’s married to a doctor whom she apparently finds boring and has little children who are apparently never around. I’ve heard people say that kids should be seen and not heard but these kids weren’t even seen. It was weird since Aurora was in the story so much whenever someone needed advice or prettying up. I began to wonder if she had some dark secret and had locked her kids in the basement or sold them for cash or something.Vivi Anne is probably the only character I somewhat warmed up to but only because she had a soft spot for horses, especially wounded ones, and because she was a bit wild herself. She’s not so smart in the relationship department and was too eager to please others however. This gets her into a real nasty bind as the book goes along. She makes some excruciatingly stupid choices but she’s the youngest so at least it made more sense than Winona’s endless pining and whining over Luke, the blandest man in the land.The whole dynamic of this relationship just wasn’t working for me and none of these characters were likable enough to latch on to. The entire first part of the book annoyed me and though these three supposedly have a close relationship I didn’t feel it. I understand sibling rivalry and all but the way this relationship was written was just not believable. There’s also some weird-ass dialogue that bugged me. I can’t remember it all but this gem really stuck out. When Luke first calls and asks Winona to meet for a drink she responds with, “How about 4:00? I hear that’s Miller time?” Honestly, who says things like that outside of a commercial? It’s no wonder this woman can’t get a date.Later on a major plot development happens that only cements my previous dislike for Winona and helps me feel compassion towards Vivi Anne even though she is too weak of a character to fully embrace. The twist here is a total soap opera event but it does make the book a bit more interesting. It’s here that the book did fully grab my attention but not because of the tangled relationship between the sisters but because of a troubled young teen boy and his journal entries. He was a great character and Hannah is a writer who can touch the emotions. It’s just such a shame that she wasted so much space on a character as utterly awful as Winona and gave the third sister, Aurora, such the shaft. The end of the book where Winona’s love life was resolved seemed very contrived and not believable at all. It should have ended with an epilogue where she was a bitter old cat lady. Now that I would have believed.I’ll read Kristin Hannah again because she can write an emotionally involving story but this one won’t be getting a reread.

  • Dale Harcombe
    2019-03-23 12:39

    Three and a half stars.This is a story of three sisters - Winona, Aurora and Vivi Ann Grey. For all of her life Winona has sought and not received her father’s approval. Her aim is to try and make him see her worth. As the middle sister Aurora mostly tries to be the peacemaker between Winona and Vivi Ann. Jealousy, is the big problem for Winona since Vivi Ann, the youngest, is also the golden haired one who is beautiful and seems to get everything she wants. When that includes Luke, Winona’s secret love, jealousy turns to bitterness. Then a stranger, Dallas Raintree, comes into town and complicates matters in ways none of them could have foreseen. Decisions made by Winona, Vivi Ann , Luke and Dallas have far reaching consequences that affect not only their lives but those around them and the lives of those yet to come. This is a story of family dynamics. I found the family dynamics hard to understand. But then I have never had a sister or parents that favoured one child over others. I enjoyed this, even it angered me at times. I liked some of the dialogue especially where Aurora after hearing Winona’s idea for helping her father and trying to gain his approval, tells Winona, ‘Yeah, well, you’ve got the learning curve of a lemming.’ Enjoyable and raises some interesting issues about family dynamics, love, jealousy, bitterness, betrayal, guilt, prejudices and racism.

  • Rhonda Rae Baker
    2019-03-14 12:54

    Unbelievable...Kristin never fails...she is such an amazing author! I can't recommend this book high enough...what a beautiful story. I couldn't read it fast enough and I didn't want it to end...WOW The characters in this book are so real I felt they were part of my family. The dynamics in personality, depth of feeling and emotion, picturesque descriptions of town, home, and country, the twists and turns of what happens to them, the surprises, the hardships, and joy in one another's life's, the real-life family drama, and so many details were all absolutely perfect!If you are a real person with real friends, siblings, parents, you'll love this story. And we all know that people are way more important than possessions or status but when the rubber meets the road what are our choices? I would venture to say that you will be deeply moved by this story and consider what you value the most in life. For me, I believe that family is not one of blood but of faith and trust in one another, of standing by their side no matter what happens, and loving them no matter what others may say.Unconditional love is what we all should give and receive in our lives but this is not always what happens. This is an ugly world with many prejudices, injustices, hardships, misunderstandings, and trials. But when we have family with us, (and I must say again that family doesn't need to have the same blood) we can stand strong, have faith, and hope against hope. Everything will work out in time, whether it is good or bad, things will move forward and we will be stronger as individuals. And if we have family along the way then we are truly blessed.I don't want to spoil the story for you by saying too much so you're going to have to trust me on this is a MUST read.Now to get my hands on the next Kristin Hannah novel...Winter Garden, here I come..(-:

  • Jan
    2019-03-10 11:32

    I started out really liking this book, and stayed pretty riveted throughout the first half. But after a while, it just started to wear on me.True Colors is the story of 3 sisters in a small town in Washington as they try to keep their family ranch afloat, find love, and live their lives. Ultimately, none of the characters in the book was terribly likable. Two of the sisters in particular both came off incredibly self-absorbed. Their love-hate relationship, particularly as it dragged out for decades, was very tedious. I just wanted to shake both of them and scream, "Oh, grow up already!"A bizarre plot twist about halfway through the book really turned me off and I didn't much feel like reading the rest. I ended up skimming through it. It seemed like it was more of the same bickering and selfishness, which makes me think I didn't miss much by not reading it thoroughly. It also seemed as though it came to the inevitable conclusion: reconciliation between the two bickering sisters and the oldest sister finally getting the man she wanted after 20-odd years. Ugh.I think I need to stop reading books that I find from magazine reviews. I'm always disappointed.

  • Ena Hasečić
    2019-03-11 11:35

    Prva zamjerka ide II dijelu romana koji je prilično razvučen i manje uzbudljiv od I. Druga zamjerka ide sestrama koje su sušta suprotnost jedna drugoj, Vivi Ann je za moj ukus previše tvrdoglava, Winnona se previše žali na debljinu i svako malo ispoljava svoju ljubomoru, a Aurora nije do kraja izgrađen lik koji se pojavljuje u momentima kada neko treba smiriti situaciju; propast njenog braka nije ni opisana, već samo spomenuta u par rečenica. Naravno, tu je i otac zbog kojeg sam poželjela ući u knjigu samo da mu odvalim šamarčinu. Sve u svemu, solidna porodična drama u rangu sa Zimskim vrtom. Samo mi je Posljedni ples leptira za peticu :)

  • Alaina Meserole
    2019-03-11 12:30

    Well, here is another book that has been on TBR for longer than 2 years. I was so happy when I got this book from the library. I couldn't believe that I forgot about reading True Colors but I am happy that I finally did. Also... why the hell did it take me so freaking long to get a library card?!? I didn't get one until 2017 (I wont name which month I finally got one because it's just super sad that it took me so freaking long to get a card...)Now this is my first book ever written by Kristin Hannah and let me just say that I wasn't disappointed at all. I loved every second of it because I just couldn't put it down!! I also brought it with me if I had to drive somewhere or go to work or the gym. I TOOK IT EVERYWHERE! And when I couldn't read a single word from this wonderfully amazing book I was kind of heartbroken. I felt a crack appear in my heart (which I know I'm being very dramatic but I just love books so much!)Anyways, I loved all of the characters with True Colors. The three sisters: Winona, Aurora, and Vivi Ann Grey were all unique and amazing in their own way. Although if I had to pick a favorite I would say Winona. Even though I'm probably more of a Vivi Ann since I'm the youngest of three kids and basically deemed the favorite in my father's eyes. True Colors also gave me funny moments where I would just crack up from what a character would say or do. Other than that there's sort of a sibling rivalry and so much jealous. I don't know what else to say about this book other than the fact of loving it to bits and pieces. I need another book written by her pronto!

  • Jeannie
    2019-03-17 11:37

    I really enjoyed this one! I love Kristin Hannah's books.I know when I chose to read a book written by her I am going to read a wonderful story filled with likable characters. That is exactly what I got with this book. This is a story about 3 sisters who are all very close until an event tears them apart. I could feel all the emotions and heartbreak that they were going through. This was sad at times but a great story. Highly recommend.Thank you to St. Martin's Press for a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

  • Alice
    2019-03-03 08:39

    This book is an excellent example of why, sometimes, I keep reading when I don't like a book. Granted, I had read this author before, and therefore was willing to give her the benefit of the doubt based on previous enjoyment. But I'm glad I didn't miss out on an enjoyable read.True Colors is about the Grey sisters, who lose their mother to cancer when the oldest is 15. We skip forward over a decade. Winona, the oldest, is an embittered, fat spinster. The middle child, Aurora, is married with two kids: a twin boy and girl. The youngest, Vivi Ann, is helping to run the family ranch, and she's awesome. (I shy away from describing her as "perfect," but even her supposed flaws are spun as strengths, and descriptions of her made my teeth ache.)The characterizations start off rather shallow. Winona has been driven her whole life, apparently, by jealous rage over her awesome little sister, and the desire to be loved by their distant and emotionally unavailable father. I lost count of the number of times dear old Dad expressed his feelings by walking out and slamming a door.It took until the midway point of the book to move beyond the shallow characterizations, and to paint Winona in a more sympathetic light. Initially, she's all wrong, Vivi Ann is all right, and the text is slanted heavily toward the younger sister. That grated. There were a lot of assertions in the text, too, that I didn't agree with from the rest of the story. If the three sisters were so close, there were a lot of questions Vivi Ann should've been asking that she never did. She was supposedly selfless and giving and caring, but she was so wrapped up in her own little world that she never even thought to get to the heart of the rift between her and her sister, and I thought she carried at least half of the blame. No one else in the story seemed to think so, though, not even Winona, or Aurora, the supposedly perceptive sister. The conflict could have been written in a way that made both sisters' perspectives understandable.The second half of the book, though, almost redeemed the sloppy writing of the first half. The characterization was much fuller, and the overblown description seemed less tacked-on. The sisters' relationships were a lot more nuanced, and, even though there was still conflict, everyone's perspectives were easier to understand.Still, it didn't erase that the first half of the book had me rolling my eyes and considering moving on to another audio book. It was, in the end, an enjoyable read filled with some heartwarming messages about love and family and what's important, but I really felt like Hannah is capable of better characterization than what was in the first half of this book.

  • Christine Zibas
    2019-03-15 09:31

    Although this story of the Grey sisters (a ranching family in Washington state) is solidly in the chick lit genre, author Kristin Hannah does take on a topic that resonates with today’s headlines. Following on from her storyline, she includes a character (Dallas Raintree), who marries one of the Grey sisters and later becomes false accused and sentenced for the crime of murder.Before that contemporary twist to the story, however, the novel centers on the relationships of the three Grey sisters, Winona (a lawyer), Aurora (a stay at home mom, who later opens her own store), and Vivi Ann, the most beautiful sister and the baby of the family. The story follows the sibling rivalries and much seeking of their father’s attention (as their mother died when the girls were young). When the novel begins, it actually had echoes of Jane Smile’s “A Thousand Acres.”Then the story segues into a romantic triangle with Winona (unrequited), Vivi Ann, and Luke Connelly, a high school friend of Winona who comes back as a vet and falls hard for the youngest Grey sister. Tension and heart ache ensues as Luke proposes to Vivi Ann, but she falls for Dallas Raintree, a new hired hand on the ranch.Eventually Vivi Ann and Dallas marry, have a son, and make the once-struggling ranch profitable again. However, Dallas remained an outsider and when a woman from the wrong side of town gets murdered, he becomes the prime suspect. Despite Winona’s status as a lawyer, she refuses to help with Dallas’s defense due to ill will that has continued between the sisters’ since their earlier conflict over Luke.Where the plot line moves from here is the true heart of the story, including how the sisters manage to reconcile, Dallas’s continuing years in prison, and the way in which his son grows up in the shadow of a scorned father. While the ending might be predictable, the passageway to the final scenes remains compelling. Using information from groups like The Innocence Project, Hannah gives a good portrait of a man trapped in a justice system that finds it easier to keep him jailed for the crime than to admit mistakes were made.Compelling, too, is the girls relationship with their father, which has never been easy. Rather than making him a character who changes his mind, Hannah allows the sisters, particularly his favorite Vivi Ann, come to see him for the person he is. This is a welcomed touch. No sister has all (or really, any) of the answers in the Grey family, just like life. At the end of the day, they have each other, and that is enough.

  • Emma
    2019-03-21 08:49

    Get out your tissues, you are going to need them.Wednesday I had a flight to Seattle and back and since it was such a short day I decided I could do without a book and just do work things. Well as often occurs at the airport flights are delayed and other things occur, so I ended up with 5 hours on my hands.The first three hours I did alright but then I was bored out of my mind so I headed to the closest book stand. I browsed for close to half an hour narrowing down my choice to two books. In the end I chose the one with the most pink on the cover, I know a bad way to finally make a ruling, but I am so glad of the one I chose.At the airport I only made it through the prologue and part of chapter one, then the book got placed in my briefcase promptly left for a few days. This weekend with my husband out of town I remembered the book and so sat down (beginning at 11:30 pm) to read a little bit. Well I am now going on 32 hours of no sleep because I stayed up all night reading. I did not realize the time until my two sons came into my room wrapped in the blankets saying morning mama.Once Dallas Raintree, a half Indian with a past littered with unsavory events, entered the book and the life of Vivi Ann Grey the books takes on a ton of intrigue. There is passionate love (but tasteful and not graphic, you can just feel the passion), heartbreak of the worst kind, sorrow, people in the depths of despair and depression.In a nutshell, this man with a past is accused, tried and convicted of murder. The book is the ensuing 12 years of sorrow for the Grey family, 3 sisters and a father. Winona, the eldest sister and lawyer has a grudge that causes the three sisters to tear apart, and ultimately keeps them off and on estranged for years.So many things happen in this story that I would love to share with you, but this is a story that telling any piece can ultimately give a piece of the book away and this particular story needs the drama and suspense for a first time reader. It is amazing and I give it a definite 5 stars and if I could give it 10 I would.

  • Jonetta
    2019-02-24 13:41

    Some have described this story as "chick-lit" but, in my opinion, it couldn't be further from that genre. It's not an easy story with simple, likable characters. You'll go back and forth about these sisters throughout the book, which I think is the strength of the writing. The beginning is sketchy about all of the characters but they become more vivid as the story unfolds. There's tragedy, resilience, romance and heartbreak but through it all, I felt like the characters were responding realistically to their personalities. I didn't always like the direction of the story but it felt authentic. This isn't a feel-good romance but it is an intriguing story. I've never read anything by this author so I had no expectations. I highly recommend this book if you're looking for a well-written story with interesting, likable and flawed people.

  • Darci
    2019-02-25 09:27

    Don't bother. I'd have given it one star, but that would have made me feel a bit guilty, because it did hold my attention enough to finish it. I felt like I was reading a Harlequin Romance book, complete with the stereotypical Perfect Sister, the Chubby Smart Sister, the Beautiful Wild Sister and the Indian Who Scares The White People. This is my first Kristin Hannah book, and I've had friends recommend her. Maybe it's a bit like Jodi Piccoult, you either love her or ... you don't. It just felt like a goofy book with characters that anyone could have designed. I guess if you want your brain to just turn off and pretend like it's never heard of these people, then this is the book for you. Otherwise, I might just move along.

  • Virginia Hill
    2019-03-04 10:35

    I've read most of Kristin Hannah's books for a reason. I get thoroughly involved in her stories! I find her characters to be human and the dialogue believable. I felt connected and involved with the people in True Colors. I cared what happened to them and I cried along with them. I know for a fact that horses can help a person through the darkest of times. The author captured that type of healing bond beautifully. The sisters had their rough spots and true love and devotion was tested, but it all came together so beautifully in the end.

  • Vanja Kalinac
    2019-03-06 13:49

    <3 Prelijepa.

  • Diane
    2019-02-22 13:36

    I loved this book! I have read some great stories recently and I have had some difficulty in finding stories that grip me, keep me interested and that I can love. I probably should have known to turn to the author who wrote the book that will forever remain one of my favourites...The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah! I read this book within 24 hours! I would recommend this book.

  • Xana
    2019-02-27 11:50

    Gosto da escrita da autora e este foi dos melhores que li dela.Uma história simples, um amor verdadeiro, personagens fortes... tudo para dar un livro que me agarrou do princípio ao fim.Aconselho :)

  • Erin
    2019-03-13 10:31

    Probably up it to 2.5 stars...and I will say it definitely improved after a major twist in the middle. But by that point, i was frustrated with it, the uninspired writing, and the cliched characters--so after the first 100 pages, I skimmed. The story focuses on 3 sisters on a ranch in the West, with an emotionally unavailable rancher father (who's pretty much a douche all the way through) and a mother dead from cancer when the girls are young. The fat oldest sister can't please her father, the middle sister is the peacemaker (and has no real story to speak of) and the youngest sister is the beloved gorgeous blonde, who does everything well and steals the hearts and minds of the town. Of course the fat sister is horribly jealous of the youngest sister, and most of the way through the book I wanted to strike her. not positive.The love story of the younger sister turned out to be much more interesting than I originally thought it would be, and the conflicts with the older sister got worked out, but in a cliched way. The middle sister was mostly pointless. The plot twist (which begat a court trial...whuh?) added some intrigue, but by then Hannah had lost me!I had a BIG issue with the fact the girls would call each other bitches when they were behaving badly. I have a sister, and we don't always agree, but I would never say to her "Stop being such a bitch." It just rubbed me the wrong way, and I've never heard other women say it to their sisters either. I will admit--I shed a tear or two at the end. But I was emotionally manipulated, i swear it!

  • Sharon A.
    2019-03-18 09:55

    I normally really enjoy Kristin Hannah's work, but this one just didn't grab me. I think it was the lack of sympathetic main characters. It seemed like the sisters were whiney, self-serving, and were constantly reminding themselves that "sisters trump men." It didn't help, obviously. I could see the plot line coming from a mile away, and there were several inconsistencies in the story. For instance, Vivi Ann works with a group of pre-teen 4H'ers. One of the girls' mother is one of Vivi Ann's childhood classmates. Vivi Ann is 24. So this girl must've been a mom when she was what, 13? I set it aside after about 100 pages, when I realized I didn't really care, I was just trying to finish so I could read something else.

  • Harmonyofbooks
    2019-03-12 12:54

    "Onu hala seviyor musun?""Dallas ile senin arandakiyle kıyaslanırsa..." Söyleyecek söz bulamayınca omuz silkti.Ablasının koluna dokunarak, "Bu bir yarış değil," dedi Vivi Ann. "Aşk sadece... aşk işte."3,5/5🌟🌟🌟Yazardan okuduğum sekizinci kitabında herkesin dediği gibi artık bir zamandan sonra benzer konular üzerine kalemini eline aldığına katılıyorum. Bu kitapta Kızkardeşler Arasında ile Gece Yolu'ndan tutamlar alınıp çok da uzak olmayan bir kurguyla meydana gelmiş bir romanıydı. Fakat bayılıp mükemmel bulmamamdaki sebep bu romanlara benzemesi değil, kesinlikle başka nedenler. Öncelikle kitap çok güzel başlıyor ve zaten genel havasıyla elden bırakmayarak merakla kendini okutturuyor. Kitabı beğenmediğimi söyleyemem ve hatta kitabı bitirene kadar çok beğenmiştim ama sonrasında üzerinde biraz fazla düşününce bazı şeylerin kitabın güzelliğini sömürdüğü kanısına vardım. Vivi Ann ile Dallas'ın aşkı kitabın kesilikle en güzel yanıydı ve yazarın en büyük hatası da bu güzel ikiliyi parçalama nedeniydi. Derinlemesine araştırma yapmadan, çok hızlı verilen kararlarla bir aile karaltılıyor. Beni en çok öfkelendiren daha sonrasında olayın temize kavuşmasının da bu kadar kolay olması. Yani sanki adamı hapse sokmak için soktular gibi geliyor. Ve yazarın senelerin geçmesi konusunda bu kadar zalim olması bu kitapta beni oldukça rahatsız etti. Ayrıca kitaptaki kıskançlık ve ihanet duygularının ağır bastığı konusunda hemfikirim fakat çok büyük kırgınlık, geri dönülemez bir olay bekleyerek kitabı "ee" diyerek geçirdim. Beş yüz sayfalık bir roman olmayı hak edecek dolu dolu bir roman olduğunu düşünmüyorum. Evet severek okudum ve Vivi Ann karakterine bayıldım ancak bu bahsettiğim durumlar beni kitaptan irrite etti. Yazardan okuyacağım sıradaki kitabın yorumuyla görüşmek üzere..

  • Karen & Gerard
    2019-03-11 06:48

    What a neat novel True Colors by Kristin Hannah is! It starts off following the lives of three sisters from when their mother died while they were teens. Aurora is the peace maker who settled for marriage to “Mr. Boring” while the eldest daughter, Winona, an attorney, loves her younger sister’s fiancé and longs for her father’s approval. Vivi Ann, is engaged to a real nice guy, but isn’t in love with him and follows her heart and passion when Dallas, the new ranch hand shows an interest in her. The plot thickens when Vivi Ann goes against her family and marries Dallas who gets arrested for murder! This is a great story that shows the bond between sisters as well as a contemporary romance and the struggle of a single mom whose husband is rotting away in prison.I loved this book because the characters were so believable and the story line drew me in and wouldn’t let go! I liked how the author brought in the horses and ranch activities, how she shared with the reader how the son felt growing up without his dad through his journal entries, and the family dynamics. It’s a love story about love, hope, forgiveness, betrayal, family ties, second chances, heartbreak and redemption. I highly recommend this one!

  • Becky
    2019-02-26 12:44

    What an incredible story! I think that this book is every bit as good as Firefly Lane! The three sisters go through so much in this story! Each of them have their own struggles, but the fact that they remain true to each other is amazing. Yes, there are fall-outs that last for a while, but in the end, they all come back to each other. They look upon themselves for what a mother and father would give them. My heart went out to Vivi Ann. When she fell in love with Dallas, she fell hard! But her strength and determination to stand by her man during the hard times was so uplifting. She didn't back down from what she believed in, no matter the cost. Winona, on the other hand, was striving so hard for something that she'd never receive that she damaged many people along the way. She stayed true to herself, but her selfishness caused not only much of her pain, but pain to others too. Aurora was the peacemaker. It didn't become evident that she hid her own problems and feelings until late in the story since she was always so busy worrying about Vivi and Win. I laughed and cried through this book and have added Kristin Hannah to my favorite author list. Her ability to make me "feel" the story is amazing!

  • Shonda
    2019-03-03 09:32

    Overall, I thought this was a good read. It started out a bit slow, but when Dallas Raintree came to town, the story picked up quite a bit and I could not put it down. My only complaint is that I wanted Aurora’s character to be developed more. I thought the author did a good job with Winona and Viva Ann, but I didn’t feel as connected with Aurora as I did the other two.The book begins in 1979 shortly after their mother's passing. It spans almost three decades and we see how her death still impacted them as adult women. Family loyalty and jealousy are two important themes in this book. Jealousy will cause Winona to do the unthinkable, while Vivi Ann is torn between following her heart and obeying her father’s demands.Without giving too much away, the reader quickly comes to understand that within the Grey family, buried secrets will always find a way to resurface. Silence is not always the answer, as the past has a way of repeating itself. Living one’s life to always fit in, doesn’t mean one is doing the right thing. Be true to yourself and know that sometimes in life you may just have to stand alone.

  • Sheryl
    2019-03-13 06:56

    True Colors by Kristin Hannah ~ at first I was reading this and thinking to myself, well Kristin has gone all "Romance Novel" on us and all I could picture were those cheesy Fabio book covers.... And in a matter of a few more chapters it got REALLY good!!! I know a book is good when I am sitting at work reading it and I have to gather myself to answer the phone because I am boo hooing! This is such a great love story based on the lives of 3 sisters and the men that come and go.... There is so much family drama, but with big strong family bonds (well minus their Di$@K head father...what an ole coot he was)! It touches on love, heartbreak and jealousy, accusations....murder and suspense, teen angst and love.... And lots of sisterly squabbles and the bonds they all share. You name's in there. If you have sisters, you should read this.... It was really a very touching novel. I'm glad I stuck out the ***tall dark stranger comes to town and sweeps young naive girl off her feet like no man ever has*** feel to it and gave it a fair shot!

  • shukri
    2019-03-06 07:32

    5/5 starsThis was so good, my fucking heart.... Dallas.... One thing I truly love about Kristin Hannah's books are that the blurb gives you just enough to know what but god the plot's are always so different and so damn good.

  • Caitlyn C
    2019-03-01 06:26

    Some stories have such a strong, promising beginning that any lapse in quality just seems impossible, and the idea of growing bored is equally unlikely. But it happened. This book let me down right away.Like I said, this book began as a promising read. The introduction of the three sisters in their early teens, struggling with the death of their mother and sudden emotional absence of their father was interesting. I wished it was longer, actually, because I wanted to read more about their ordeals. But of course, the story couldn't just evolve through the prologue and the book continued thirteen years later.This is where it all went wrong. The sisters, for starters, are the most bland characters I have ever been introduced to. There's three of them, each with obvious sister-esque personalities. There's the elder sister who is insecure and devoid of daddy's respect and desperate for love and affection because of that. Then there's the youngest, who is gorgeous and the apple of daddy's eye and the stark opposite of the eldest, which results in petty arguments and often overreactions between them. Lastly there is the middle child who has no development or storyline beyond being the mediator between the other two. That's literally all she is ever described as.The most annoying aspect of the novel was the overused justification for their quickly resolved problems: "We're sisters!"Then there's the dramatic time jumps that start happening at random. ***SPOILER*** Like after Vivi Ann gets married, suddenly it's two years later. And then she gets pregnant and it's nine months later. And then she has her baby Noah three weeks early and he has all of these complications and then it's TWO YEARS LATER. And then, the worst time jump of all, Dallas is charged with murder and convicted for life, AND IT JUMPS TEN YEARS. There are so many unanswered questions with these tie jumps, and there's so much left to the imagination that I just do not like. I waned to know what happened between these stupid jumps but you just barely find out as they mention it in passing.Example: Aurora shrugging off the fact that her husband, Richard, had an affair with his nurse at some point during a time lapse and they are now divorced but THIS FACT WILL NEVER BE MENTIONED AGAIN BECAUSE IT'S AURORA AND SHE'S THE MIDDLE CHILD AND WHO CARES ABOUT HER LET'S HEAR MORE ABOUT WINNONA AND HER ICE CREAM ADDICTION.I could go on and on about what I didn't like about this book. But it wasn't all bad. The description was often beautiful and although it didn't quite make up for the awkward dialogue, poor character developement or scattered storyline, it was still somewhat satisfying. I know Kristin Hannah can do better than this. The book hasn't put me off the author just yet. I know for a fact there is a lot better out there by her.

  • Glenda
    2019-02-28 08:26

    This novel is about relationships between the Grey sisters, Winona, Aurora, and Vivi Ann. Wynona is an overweight lawyer who never married, and never felt acceptance from her father. Aurora, the middle sister is the peacemaker and tries to keep everyone together. Vivi Ann is the beautiful, talented youngest sister and her father's favorite. The girls' mother died when they were young, and they are raised by their father Henry, who runs a horse ranch and is only concerned about how the community views the family. Winona wants to sell some land to save the ranch. Vivi Ann comes up with a way to finally make some money for the ranch but nobody takes her seriously. Luke, Winona's secret love, returns to town only to fall in love with Vivi Ann and become engaged. How can Winona be anything but jealous? And then Dallas, a native American cowboy enters the picture. The Grey sister's loyalty to each other is severely tested as a crime is committed and who knows who is to blame. Everyone in town is more than willing to take sides. I especially enjoyed Noah and his journal entries...they added a lot of insight to his character.This book starts out like a typical romance novel, and then there is a twist in the story. After that, I couldn't stop reading. I had to find out what happened. This was a very quick read for me.This book covers many life issues--like prejudice, sibling rivalry, family acceptance of spouses, small town gossip, and raising teens.Quote:"It was something she would pass on, not just to her son, but to her husband, who didn't yet understand that he belonged here, on this land, in this place. It would be their gift to him, the thing this generation of Greys passed on to the next: the knowledge that it wasn't property lines or markers on a man's land that outlined the boundaries of a home. It was who you were that mattered, how you stayed together in hard times, the people you held in your heart."