Reviewed by Lori Fox
"Marilynn does not disappoint--ever...Her writing is powerful, but don't ever underestimate its entertainment value."
Chenille Rizzo lost her husband to cancer two years ago. Their baby died at birth just months before Lyle passed on. After more than two years of struggling with her grief, Chenille needs to move on.
But that's not so easy. Even having a minor break down and kissing one of the doctors at the hospital where she'd been volunteering seemed to make it worse. How could she have feelings for another man after being married to someone as wonderful as her husband? She still thought of him as her husband, felt like a wife. Receiving a message from Lyle years after his death didn't help matters much.
But Doctor Loyola just can't take “no” for an answer. To him, Chenille is the woman he'd been waiting for. The answer to his prayers. But when his ex-fiancée shows up pregnant, how is he to know what God's plan is for him? And worse, she's someone that Chenille has a past with.
The last of the Shades of Style series, Turquoise, tells the story of the last of the four girls at Garments of Praise. Not only does Marilynn Griffith draw us into Chenille's life, but she also wraps up the stories from the first three girls in Pink, Jade, and Tangerine. In fact, Raya, Lily, and Jean have bigger parts in this one than they had as supports in the other books (aside from their own). It gives Turquoise that wonderful family feel that was begun in the first book of the series.
Marilynn's writing always touches my heart. The love comes through so strongly that I often have to put down her book and go find my husband just for a kiss, a hug, or a look that speaks volumes. This book had me crying before I'd even finished the prologue.
I still stand by what I said in the Tangerine review, that Jean and Nigel were my favorite couple. But Marilynn does not disappoint---ever. Every romance is a tornado of feeling, prayer, and best friends who are all up in each others' business. But each person is different, and each story is unique.
While this is the end of her Shades of Style series, I'm looking forward to whatever project God gives her next. Her writing is powerful, but don't ever underestimate its entertainment value. I dare you to put down any of her books for longer than it takes to pick it back up again. Trust me, you'll love it.
Lori Fox is a freelance writer who is working on her first novel as well as writing reviews for TitleTrakk.com. In addition to writing, she enjoys reading, making jewelry, and taking as many trips to Walt Disney World as possible with her wonderful husband Kyle. Visit her online at her website.