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Shades of the Heart (Encounters of the Heart Book 1) by [Bryan, Ann Marie]
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Length: 220 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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All was well in Blake Montgomery’s magnificent world. He was actively involved in ministry at church, employed by a great company, and to top it all off, he was happily married to Gabrielle, and awaiting the new addition to his family.

Gabrielle found the love of her life. From the moment they met, their chemistry was undeniable. But, Blake had to work tirelessly to tear down the wall she had built up against ever loving again, and she was glad he did. They shared a love they attributed only to the grace of God on their lives…a love so rare.

When a dramatic turn of events disclosed shocking secrets, everything changed. As their marriage explodes and their lives shift in unexpected directions, both must learn to relinquish control and trust God in order to embrace the future.

Life-altering struggles can be the pathway to new beginnings. Will they find the courage to forgive and create a love for all times?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 709 KB
  • Print Length: 220 pages
  • Publisher: Victorious By Design, LLC (23 February 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00T512KQ2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #380,087 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1.0 out of 5 stars Too sensual. Couldn't finish. 27 February 2016
By Carol Ford - Published on
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I was very disappointed as I started reading this novel. I am afraid I only read the prologue and most of chapter one. The writing is way too sensual for me. It wasn't explicit sex scenes but very sensual. It started with the admission of the wife in committing adultery (in the prologue-not a spoiler), then continues with the wife remembering her sex life with her husband. Yes, there was the occasional, God forgive me, but it wasn't real. I understand that this is a topic that many deal with but it is not something I want to read about. I imagine the book has a story in it somewhere but I read to relax and enjoy the characters I am reading about and that is not what this book was about.

With all the five star reviews I guess I am alone in my thoughts. But they are my thoughts. Not what I expect from something labeled as Christian fiction.
5.0 out of 5 stars Jesus take the wheel by Denise Anderson 5 April 2016
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Wow what can I say about Blake and Gabriella, this novel was very emotional I cried and was thanking and praising God through out the novel..the main characters were Blake and Gabriella they had to deal with betrayal, infidelity, forgiveness, trust, understanding and yes pain .
Gabriella kept a secret for twenty years which led to her insecurity and trust issues. Blake did not know how to handle his pain which led him to heartbreak. Yes I felt their turmoil and hurt it was like I was right there with them wishing I could hold and rock both of them. The way Ann Maria describe the church service all I can say was Jesus through my tears. The secondary characters role was excellent and every one needs a sister friend like Val and their church family. Ms Ann Maria writes a powerful novel and if you have not read this novel u need to read Shades of the Heart. Have your tissues ready and your dance shoes on with hands up praising God because with out Jesus where would we be ?
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended!!! 23 March 2015
By tanya mills - Published on
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I truly, truly enjoyed this book so much. I was going to wait and put up my review but something won't let me do that. I have NEVER read a book that I have connected with on so many levels. To me, this is a raw and emotional tale about pain, suffering, hurt, loss and love. The turmoil and guilt that Gabrielle goes through is something that I have experienced myself, along with the devastation and hurt from Blake. Ms. Bryan does an amazing job of conveying all of the emotions that these two individuals go through, without placing all of the blame at one's feet. I honestly couldn't make it through the book without shedding several tears. To steal a line from Helen Baylor, this book is "Highly Recommended."
5.0 out of 5 stars Tugged at my Heartstrings 17 September 2015
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This book in one word: POWERFUL! As a married woman, this book ministered to my soul. I loved how the author took us through every emotion of dealing with the extreme lows in crisis to the extreme highs. The personal battle to move towards forgiveness, restoring, rebuilding and ultimately the true meaning of love were all brought in full circle showcasing that love truly endures all things. This is an excellent display of how our faith and relationship with God can develop and the importance of having strong and true supporters in your corner. I loved Blake and Gabby together but what I loved most was their individual story of growth. Excellent job and excellent read!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Real Shades 24 June 2015
By Barbara Joe Williams - Published on
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I loved this fabulously written Christian romance novel centered on a married couple dealing with infidelity by the wife. Although it contained prayers, Scriptures, and a few short sermons, it wasn't preachy but right on time for me. I loved reading about the trials and tribulations of Christian marriages and this one covered all of the emotional basis to draw me in and keep me turning the pages. I couldn't wait to read the beautiful ending. Just a fabulous story that pulled on all the heartstrings!

Barbara Joe Williams, author of Love Never Felt So Good!

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