Single mom Suz Mitchell is an artist who most loves painting full wall murals–preferably of ocean life–but there’s not much money to be made in that career in the small town of Otter Bay. She takes a job aiding in the restoration of the nearby famous Hearst Castle, though she finds the work tedious.
It’s worth it, though, to build a future for her and her young son, Jeremiah, but two unexpected men show up in her life. One is her ex-con ex-husband who claims to have turned over a new leaf. The other is Suz’s old boyfriend, whom she hasn’t seen since she last chose between the two men years before. Shouldn’t she give Jeremiah’s father a chance to prove himself a good dad, even though she has no intention of allowing him back into her own life romantically? And what about Seth? It looks to him that Suz has made all the wrong choices. Is there any chance for her to find love again?
Fade to Blue is told entirely in Suz’s first person point-of-view and gives a deep look at issues involved in divorce and single parenting. For all the less-than-fluffy material, this book is refreshing and genuinely sensitive. Recommended.
Over the years, Julie Carobini published several hundred articles and stories in magazines and books, including Aspire, Decision, Expecting, Focus on the Family, Key Magazine and God’s Abundance: 365 Days to a Simpler Life. As she wrote, she found a common theme cropping up: her family, the sea, and God’s timely work in the lives of those around her. Julie Carobini and her family make their home on the sun-spattered California coast.
I read and reviewed the first book of her Otter Bay series, A Shore Thing last October, and when I discovered her new novel available digitally for review through NetGalley, I requested a copy. Opinions, as always, are mine alone.