The Color of Heaven

Book #1 in The Color of Heaven Series

 "A box of tissues should be included in the purchase price of this book.... I finished THE COLOR OF HEAVEN in a matter of hours, but I've no doubt the read and the lessons imparted through Sophie's story will stay with me... probably forever. THE COLOR OF HEAVEN is an incredibly poignant and unbelievably gripping novel, deserving Romance Junkies' highest rating."  --FIVE BLUE RIBBONS - Chris at Romance Junkies

A deeply emotional tale about Sophie Duncan, a successful columnist whose world falls apart after her daughter's unexpected illness and her husband's shocking affair. When it seems nothing else could possibly go wrong, her car skids off an icy road and plunges into a frozen lake. There, in the cold dark depths of the water, a profound and extraordinary experience unlocks the surprising secrets from Sophie's past, and teaches her what it means to truly live...and love.

Full of surprising twists and turns and a near-death experience that will leave you breathless, this story is not to be missed.

THE COLOR OF HEAVEN is a work of fiction and was a USA Today bestseller. It is currently FREE as an ebook.

"Just finished reading The Color of a Promise by Julianne MacLean. The best book I've read this year!" - Victorious Voice

"A gripping, emotional tale you'll want to read in one sitting." - New York Times bestselling author, Julia London

"Brilliantly poignant mainstream tale." - 4 ½ starred review, Romantic Times

"'The Color of Heaven' is pure reading pleasure. MacLean's well-paced, fluid prose takes readers through the full expression of family and love. Family drama, the pain of loss, the hope of new beginnings, and falling deeply for the new man--it's all in focus in this women's fiction series." --JustKindleBooks  



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behind the book

How much of The Color of Heaven is true?

This is entirely a work of fiction, though I wrote it as if it really happened. There are many elements, however, which are inspired by my real life experiences. For one thing, I had a car accident years ago, which was very similar to Sophie's. I was driving in the rain, and my car hydroplaned. I spun around 180 degrees on a busy highway and rolled down a steep embankment, just like she does, so I was able to describe every detail. Thankfully, I didn't land on a frozen lake, but it remains a fear of mine. Every time I drive by a body of water, I get a bit white-knuckled. In my case, my vehicle stopped rolling when it collided with some trees which held me back from going over a steep cliff beyond. I'm very glad those trees were there to stop me from going over the edge. (I was 25 years old at the time, and it changed my life. It made me very aware of how precious each day is.)

Another element of the story that comes from personal experience is Megan's illness - every parent's worst nightmare. My own daughter was seriously ill when she was two-years-old. She had Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome and suffered many complications including kidney failure, which required her to be in the ICU for quite some time. We spent a very traumatic 6 weeks in the hospital, while she bravely endured an endless parade of bloodwork and treatments which, thank heavens, saved her life. My husband and I slept in her room every night. I don't think I'll ever get over it, and I am extraordinarily grateful to all the doctors and nurses who cared for her, and I am so thankful that she is still here with us. She is now a happy, healthy, beautiful young woman.

I have received more than a few letters from readers asking for the name of the book Matt wrote, but that part is fiction as well. The book doesn't actually exist.  

How much research did you do?

I did a fair amount of research into the science of Sophie's daughter's illness – treatments, medications, etc. My husband is a doctor, so he was helpful with some things, but a lot of my information came out of an excellent book on the subject called Childhood Leukemia by Nancy Keene. It was very thorough from the medical side, and also included personal accounts from families who shared their experiences. I highly recommend it for anyone who is facing such a challenge.

If you'd like to read bonus scenes in Kirk Duncan's point of view, don't miss the special iBooks Edition of Spring Rain, a women's fiction anthology which includes never-before-published bonus scenes from The Color of Heaven. Release day: March 14, 2017