The Color of Hope (The Color of Heaven Series, Book 3)

The Color of Hope (The Color of Heaven Series, Book 3) - Julianne MacLean As Good As "The Color of Heaven"

I was skeptical about reading the third book in this series, because although I really enjoyed The Color of Heaven, I was disappointed with the Color of Destiny, book 2 in the series. But I was pleasantly surprised to find that this one was as good, if not a little better than the first so I'm glad I risked it. These books are all loosely related, although you could read them in any order or as stand alone's and they would make sense, they don't need to be read consecutively, although I guess it helps a little to understand the full background of all of the characters. These are quick, easy reads, I've read each of them in under two days, so it's a nice light, fluffy, feel good book. I also like that part of the book (all of the books) takes place in Bar Harbor, Maine, which is where I grew up, on Mt. Desert Island, where I still vacation almost every summer, and live just a couple hours south of, in Portland, Maine. So that has a close-to-home feel that I enjoy. I also have a close personal connection with adoption, and all of the books, this on in particular, revolve around the affects that the choice of of adoption has on the lives of both the children and parents (adoptive and birth), and I always enjoy reading about that subject. There's an undertone of religion, or spirituality in this book as well as the first two, and I thought it was just the right amount, not enough to make it a religious book, but a nice balance, just enough to suggest that there is a higher power, or God, out there, but that wasn't by any means the focus of the book. I rated this book 4 star because it was easy to follow, with well formed, likable characters, well timed, suspenseful, fast read that I pretty much read non-stop from start to finish, with only a few exceptions. I'd recommend this to anyone who wants a quick respite from their usual genre, or a break from a long series, or just a feel good beach reach read or any such occasion.