Arrrgh! Before I tell you about Marlo’s new book, I just have to vent.

Yesterday afternoon the hubby and I were outside digging up an out of control asparagus fern–it had completely swallowed a bouganvilla, and I had a new plant, a snowball bush, that I wanted to try in that one protected spot. So the hubster and I pulled on our gloves, gathered our equipment, and went at the asparagus fern.

I don’t know if you’ve ever wrestled with one, but those lovely, lacy ferns have THORNS! So, after much snipping and clipping and tugging and raking, we finally get the mass of the fern out of the ground . . . and then we watched in horror as the matted root system pulled up about ten feet of ground cover! Plus, the roots were covered in those things–I think they’re called rhizomes–that looked like shriveled pods. I called my neighbor across the street (she was working on her lawn, too) and told her to come over and look at the alien creature we had just dug up. Yuck!

And then, just before hubby hauled away the corpse, I saw a cable cord . . . not jaggedly severed, but pulled out from something. The thing is, I KNOW where the cable cord is, and we weren’t digging anywhere near it. Though we searched, we couldn’t find the other end of the severed cord, so we came in the house, hoping to find that maybe we’d just unearthed a dud wire . . . no such luck. I had no TV, no Internet, no telephones. Nada. No email.

And the guy couldn’t come to do the repair for another 24 hours. So I quietly missed the LOST finale (haven’t really followed it, anyway), but I was determined not to miss the 24 finale tonight. But a man just came out to set up a temporary repair line, which is the ONLY reason I’m able to type this post now. Sigh. Oh, the things we take for granted.

And now, here’s the scoop on Marlo’s lovely new book!


By Marlo Schalesky

Published by Waterbrook-Multnomah Publishers

Shades of Morning is Marlo’s third “Love Story with a Twist” (think a Nicolas Sparks type love story with an M. Night Shyamalan type twist!).


Marnie Wittier has life just where she wants it. Quiet. Peaceful. No drama. A long way away from her past. In the privacy of her home, she fills a box with slips of paper, scribbled with her regrets, sins, and sorrows. But that’s nobody else’s business. Her bookstore/coffee shop patrons, her employees, her friends from church – they all think she’s the very model of compassion and kindness. Then Marnie’s past creeps into her present when her estranged sister dies and makes Marnie guardian of her fifteen-year-old son—a boy Marnie never knew existed. And when Emmit arrives, she discovers he has Down syndrome – and that she’s woefully unprepared to care for him. What’s worse, she has to deal with Taylor Cole, her sister’s attorney, a man Marnie once loved—and abandoned. As Emmit—and Taylor—work their way into her heart, Marnie begins to heal. But when pieces of her dismal past surface again, she must at last face the scripts of paper in her box, all the regrets and sorrows. Can she do it? Or will she run again?


Top Pick! 4 ½ Stars! “Schalesky has a knack for weaving a surprising spiritual twist into her tales. The touching plot will make readers examine how they deal with past regrets, and how God moves them through it. A not-to-be-missed, stunning novel!”


Marlo Schalesky is the award winning author of numerous books, including her latest novel Shades of Morning, which combines a love story with a surprise ending twist. Marlo’s other books include the Christy Award winningBeyond the Night, and its sequel If Tomorrow Never Comes. Marlo is also the author of nearly 700 articles, the mother of 5 young children, and holds her Masters in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary. When she’s not changing diapers, doing laundry, or writing books, Marlo loves sipping Starbucks white mochas, reading the New Testament in Greek, and talking about finding the deep places of God in everyday life.



  1. Ruthie

    Isn’t it interesting how dependent we have become on the high-tech items in our lives? What would we do now without our cell phones or computers? What would we do with our time without cable TV, internet, ipods, or Kindles? Some of us might rediscover the wonder of real books. Some might learn a new craft and find out that they are talented (or not so much!) in that area. Who knows? Maybe families would become close again.

    Ahhhhhhhhhh, for the good, old days!

  2. Mocha with Linda

    Glad you’re hooked up again!

    This book just arrived for review and is in my TBR pile. Looking forward to it.


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