The Colors of Blue. Lance McCulloch
The Colors of Blue. Lance McCulloch
Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews
So, the Colours of Blue…intriguing title isn’t it? And I wondered what it meant, then found out about Sara’s “colours”. She sees colours in addition to what everyone else sees, and they have meanings to her – happy, sad, trusting, friendly, dangerous etc but as she grows up they disappear. Its strange how so many “oddities” of childhood like this go as we age – maybe its just that ridicule that comes from others, or the belief that if science can’t explain it then it can’t be true..I don’t know but I do know there’s a whole branch around this phenomenon called synaesthesia. Wiki gives some interesting info on it – I’d only heard of numbers and letters having colour for some people but there are huge variances. So I was interested to see how it worked in the novel.
Sara – oh I loved her, her dad was a gem, supportive of her colours as so few parents are when their child is “different” in some way. She was so sad that she’d trusted Greg with her heart, and he let her down. And she felt betrayed, violated, lost and really wasn’t sure what to do or where to go next. Losing her job too was another burden she didn’t need, so when the invite to the week long sort of hen/stag combined party for her sister at the ranch came she needed that break. She didn’t need though to find out that the cheating ar se ex, Greg, was going too – but her sister’s father in law to-be was friends with his dad, and the two were hoping it would make for some fence mending. Arrogant Greg was convinced Sara would fall at his feet, so Yay for the delicious Rick who was at the ranch.
So some great characters, fabulous link in the Colours hook, love and heartbreak, and all in an incredible, vibrant, amazing setting – why didn’t I love this book? I liked it – a lot – just didn’t love it. Its a personal thing what we like in books, what each individual reader wants, and thankfully we like vastly differing things so there’s always a range of stories available. For me I wanted more Rick and Sara. The others were interesting, and the info on them provided the setting to place them in the story, but I got much more of them that I needed, which left less room for Sara and Rick. I didn’t need so much detail on Matteo’s history and family, on Bastiaan ( sp?) and his family, on the couple who started the ranch, on Sam – she needed a bit of her story but I didn’t need to read that much of her. It all provided excellent reading and colour but wasn’t what I needed. What I did need was more contact between Sara and Rick, more build-up and flirting, that tension that comes from shared glances and tentative touches. I wanted a bit more drama too over the Rick/Kelly/Greg situations – they were mentioned and then over it seemed, and I need my drama to drag out. I soak up misery like a sponge, then feel so good when it all comes right and the sadness washed away. I loved the way that part played out, and give Nancy a treble Martini for her actions when the People ran that article. That was such a great payback – made me feel great!
Its well written, the ranch was so perfectly described I felt as if I was there, but its just that I found myself skim reading to get to more of Sara and Rick. That’s just me remember, and my preferences, so if you like a gentle slow discovery romance set in a real place (the ranch does exist, see Lance website) then this will be perfect for you.
ARC provided via Netgalley.