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Shades of the Heart (Encounters of the Heart Book 1) by [Bryan, Ann Marie]
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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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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #424,738 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It has a little Tyler Perry flavor... 25 June 2016
By Greg Brown - Published on
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Shades of the Heart by Ann Marie Bryan is the first book in the Encounters of the Heart series. The plot is clear from the first couple of pages. Gabrielle is married to the love of her life Blake. They both are successful professionals and have a growing relationship with God. However, Gabrielle has a moment of weakness with her employer that changes everything. This story deals with real topics like infidelity, rape, forgiveness, and most importantly faith.

The story has a challenging message—nobody is perfect, and we are all vulnerable to temptation. As you read about the characters, you can visualize them battling between the flesh and spirit—to follow God or to follow the flesh. The story also shows the importance of God’s Word, prayer, and the saints for healing and overcoming difficult situations.

The author’s writing is fluid, vivid, realistic, and impactful. It kind of has a Tyler Perry flavor to it. With that said, because the storyline is real, it does deal with some sensual situations that readers should be aware of. However, it is clear that the author tries to handle them in a tasteful manner.
5 of 5 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!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Life Changing 22 April 2016
By Author Danyelle Scroggins - Published on
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Shades of the Heart absolutely took my breath away. Through tears, smiles, heart palpitations, and prayers...I experienced every emotion as if I were a friend of Gabrielle's. I found myself rooting for her heart and her healing.

The author takes you through a series of counseling sessions, as you watch the affects of infidelity from the perspectives of both: the cheater and the one cheated on.
She reaches deep into the reality of this matter, pulling prime emotions that causes her readers to come to this revelation....nothing just happens. Then with the keys of life (the Holy Scriptures), she gives her readers the proof that God's Word is therapy like no other; it reaches to the depths of our hearts to cure our hurt and it drives our darkest secrets, deepest fears, and dirtiest deeds to the surface where God alone can restore, clean, and deliver us.

If you have ever been a victim of infidelity or rape this book is an awesome tool to healing. I would even recommend this book if you are the friend of someone experiencing either because the author gives us a precise look at what a true supportive friendship role details. I will be reading more from this hidden jewel in the Christian Fiction world and pray you will also! Happy Reading and Be Blessed!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Storybook Marriage on the Brink of Collapse and the Love and Faith that Hold it Together 23 January 2016
By Encuentro - Published on
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Ann Marie Bryan has thoughtfully crafted characters that are complex and realistic. Gabrielle and Blake are immersed in a storybook marriage, but when the scars of Gabrielle's past resurface, their storybook marriage is threatened. It is brought to the brink of collapse. Through the turmoil, Gabrielle and Blake turn to their friends, family and faith for guidance and support.

The story is beautiful! It is rich in character and story development. Ann Marie Bryan does a fantastic job of bringing these characters and their surroundings to life. She brings us down a very dark path in a storybook marriage that seems to be crumbling, and this dark path begins in the opening pages. However, the light on their horizon is lifted emphatically with the assistance of Gabrielle and Blake's friends, family and faith.

Every storybook must have a challenge. Every protagonist must have an antagonist. The challenge in this storybook are the secrets that threaten to dissolve a loving marriage. The antagonist in this story is the wound in Gabrielle's past that hasn't completely healed. To overcome the challenge and defeat the antagonist, Gabrielle must open a door that has remained closed to Blake for the entirety of their marriage. She must show him a past that she hasn't been willing to face herself.

Highly recommended! You won't be disappointed!