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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Book Review - Mary In Color by Curtiss Ann Matlock

Mary Lunsford, a widow, lives quietly in the small town neighborhood where she grew up. Her life is centered in women. Her mother, also a widow, lives in the family home down the block in one direction, and her eldest, and pregnant, daughter lives just around the corner in the opposite direction. Two more grown daughters live at home, but are preparing to go away to school and into their own lives in the world. Mary is about to be alone and on her own for the first time in her life. She is far more ready to be on her own than the women of her life are ready to allow her.

Mary’s first indication of restlessness is to decide to make a small change--just a bit of color added to the rooms of her house. She has no idea that with this change of color her entire world will change, as will the lives of the women around her, because it brings to all their lives a colorful man. Jim Pettijohn comes into this household of women with his cans of paint, charming smile, and sunshine in his pockets. He soon sweeps Mary off her feet and causes the other women to get up in arms.

This is the story of a woman’s awakening: to the inevitability of change, to unbounded possibilities and choices, and to the colorful vistas of her heart.

First of all, I've been a huge fan of CurtissAnn Matlock for many, many years - ever since we first met at a huge booksigning event in my hometown - and have loved her and her writing ever since!

"Mary In Color" is, in my humble opinion, is one of Curtiss Ann's most charming, sweetest and liveliest stories! The cast of characters are real and personable and the romance is gentle and sweet. Curtiss Ann spins the story of the lonely widow and the painter who steals the lady's heart with the mastery and creativity that has made her one of the foremost Southern women's fiction writers.  

I highly recommend this delightful story to anyone who enjoys a well-written story with a lovely romantic feel.

Curtiss Ann Matlock is a the author of thirty-three novels, including the tender and funny Valentine series. Her books have earned rave reviews, spots on the USA TODAY bestseller list and numerous awards. Told with a strong Southern voice, her insightful stories portray the uncommon valor of everyday people and the humor, heartbreak, and shining graces of small-town life. 

Born in North Carolina, Curtiss Ann lived many years in Oklahoma; she now resides with her family near Mobile, Alabama. You can find out more about her and her work at www.CurtissAnnMatlock.com.

"Mary In Color" is currently only available as an e-book.

To Purchase this e-book, go to Amazon.com by clicking here - http://www.amazon.com/Mary-In-Color-ebook/dp/B00BMT7NBC/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1363729466&sr=8-1&keywords=Mary+In+Color

My thanks to the author for the review copy of this book. I was not compensated for my opinion.

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