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  Library Journal Review

Teenage sisters Winona, Aurora, and Vivi Ann are shattered when their mother dies, but what comes close to destroying their relationship is the reaction of their father, a hard man who dotes on his youngest daughter, Vivi Ann, disparages Winona, the eldest, and ignores Aurora, who tries hard to keep peace in the family. Flash-forward 13 years, and Winona is still desperate for her father's approval and increasingly jealous of Vivi Ann. When Luke Connelly, the man Winona has always loved, begins dating an oblivious Vivi Ann, events are set in motion that will hurt everyone involved and come close to destroying one sister's life. It is difficult to care for the self-righteous Winona, the novel's central character, but Hannah, a former romance writer (Once in Every Life) and prolific novelist (Firefly Lane), does a lovely job of handling the relationship between Vivi Ann and her husband. An engrossing, fast-paced story that will appeal to readers of Barbara Delinsky and fans of women's fiction. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 10/15/08; library marketing.]-Elizabeth Mellett, Brookline P.L., MA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

  Booklist Review

The Grey sisters miss the love of their mother, who died of cancer, as they are raised by their cold, status-conscious father on their horse ranch outside the small town of Oyster Shores, founded by their family. Winona, the oldest, strives for her father's praise, which he only seems to give to the youngest, Vivi Ann, while the middle sister, Aurora, tries to keep the peace. Jealousy eats away at Winona's self-esteem, even though she becomes a successful attorney. As for Vivi Ann, she is totally unaware of Winona's hidden rancor. Then the man Winona loves falls for Vivi Ann. Winona conceals her anguish, hoping that, as usual, flighty Vivi Ann won't take her boyfriend seriously, then is devastated by the couple's engagement. The symptoms of Winona's festering resentment go beyond her overeating and ultimately cause her to betray her sister. This breaking of the bond of sisterhood has a deep effect on the family, and Winona is forced to face her demons and seek redemption. As Hannah explores the deep, emotional connection between sisters, she creates a beautiful and captivating story of love and rivalry, family and community, that readers will happily devour.--Engelmann, Patty Copyright 2008 Booklist

  Kirkus Review

Female rivalry is again the main preoccupation of Hannah's latest Pacific Northwest sob saga (Firefly Lane, 2008, etc.). At Water's Edge, the family seat overlooking Hood Canal, Vivi Ann, youngest and prettiest of the Grey sisters and a champion horsewoman, has persuaded embittered patriarch Henry to turn the tumbledown ranch into a Western-style equestrian arena. Eldest sister Winona, a respected lawyer in the nearby village of Oyster Shores, hires taciturn ranch hand Dallas Raintree, a half-Native American. Middle sister Aurora, stay-at-home mother of twins, languishes in a dull marriage. Winona, overweight since adolescence, envies Vivi, whose looks get her everything she wants, especially men. Indeed, Winona's childhood crush Luke recently proposed to Vivi. Despite Aurora's urging (her principal role is as sisterly referee), Winona won't tell Vivi she loves Luke. Yearning for Dallas, Vivi stands up Luke to fall into bed with the enigmatic, tattooed cowboy. Winona snitches to Luke: engagement off. Vivi marries Dallas over Henry's objections. The love-match triumphs, and Dallas, though scarred by child abuse, is an exemplary father to son Noah. One Christmas Eve, the town floozy is raped and murdered. An eyewitness and forensic evidence incriminate Dallas. Winona refuses to represent him, consigning him to the inept services of a public defender. After a guilty verdict, he's sentenced to life without parole. A decade later, Winona has reached an uneasy truce with Vivi, who's still pining for Dallas. Noah is a sullen teen, Aurora a brittle but resigned divorce. Noah learns about the Seattle Innocence Project. Could modern DNA testing methods exonerate Dallas? Will Aunt Winona redeem herself by reopening the case? The outcome, while predictable, is achieved with more suspense and less sentimental histrionics than usual for Hannah. Above-average formula fiction, making full display of the author's strong suits: sense of place, compassion for characters and understanding of family dynamics. Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.
Summary
<p> True Colors is New York Times bestselling author Kristin Hannah's most provocative, compelling, and heart-wrenching story yet. With the luminous writing and unforgettable characters that are her trademarks, she tells the story of three sisters whose once-solid world is broken apart by jealousy, betrayal, and the kind of passion that rarely comes along.</p> <p>The Grey sisters have always been close. After their mother's death, the girls banded together, becoming best friends. Their stern, disapproving father cares less about his children than about his reputation. To Henry Grey, appearances are everything, and years later, he still demands that his daughters reflect his standing in the community. </p> <p>Winona, the oldest, needs her father's approval most of all. An overweight bookworm who never felt at home on the sprawling horse ranch that has been in her family for three generations, she knows that she doesn't have the qualities her father values. But as the best lawyer in town, she's determined to someday find a way to prove her worth to him.</p> <p>Aurora, the middle sister, is the family peacemaker. She brokers every dispute and tries to keep them all happy, even as she hides her own secret pain.</p> <p>Vivi Ann is the undisputed star of the family. A stunningly beautiful dreamer with a heart as big as the ocean in front of her house, she is adored by all who know her. Everything comes easily for Vivi Ann, until a stranger comes to town. . . .</p> <p>In a matter of moments, everything will change. The Grey sisters will be pitted against one another in ways that none could have imagined. Loyalties will be tested and secrets revealed, and a terrible, shocking crime will shatter both their family and their beloved town.</p> <p>With breathtaking pace and penetrating emotional insight, True Colors is an unforgettable novel about sisters, rivalry, forgiveness, redemption---and ultimately, what it means to be a family.</p>
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