Tuesday, May 4, 2010

My take on: true colors

I came across this one on the discount rack at Walmart. I skimmed the summary, and thought why not?? The easiest thing I can compare to "true colors" by Kristin Hannah is a Lifetime movie marathon. The kind of marathon you get sucked into on a lazy Sunday afternoon. As the story begins we meet the teenage Grey sisters -- Winona, Aurora and Vivi Ann -- who are reeling from the death of their mother. Their father would rather tend to their ranch -- Water's Edge -- than give his daughters affection. As the oldest, Winona is the more practical sister, she goes to college and becomes a lawyer. But more than anything Winona just wants her father's approval. Aurora, the middle sister, is the family peacemaker. Vivi Ann is the golden child. Vivi Ann works on the family ranch and she's loved by everyone in town. Most of all she can do no wrong in her father's eyes.

The Grey family is at the top of the food chain in Oyster Shores, a small town in Washington. Oyster Shores itself is a walking cliche. It's a town where everyone knows each other. It's also a town where no one minds their own business. They don't take kindly to outsiders. But an outsider, Dallas Raintree, threatens to tear the Grey sisters apart. Dallas and Vivi Ann marry and eventually start a family. When Dallas is arrested for murder, the true test begins for the Grey family. The book spans nearly 30 years of the trials and tribulations of the Grey family.

Like a Lifetime movie, "true colors" feels very predictable. The language is a little too flowery for my taste. At some points it reads like a romance novel. In the beginning Vivi Ann fights the urge to go to Dallas, but you can see it coming a mile away that she will. Then the book turns into a family drama, one that takes too long to resolve itself.

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