Synopsis from Goodreads:
Sybil has dreams; the prophetic kind, although interpreting them correctly is another matter. Her latest dream involves her sister Emerald, who wants to pursue her art once more and move on with her life after losing her husband. John, once felt he was making a difference as an ER doctor, but finds himself slipping away in his Manhattan practice as well as in his marriage. Allison, John’s wife wants to change her ho hum existence with John into something spectacular. Mark, Allison’s brother, a struggling musician, wants to quit rambling in life and find his purpose.
The cold changes everything.
About: The Color of Cold and Ice is a fiction novel written by J. Schlenker. This book was published on 7/20/16 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. This book is the author’s second novel and her first was called Jessica Lost Her Wobble which was published in December 2015. Please read more about the author below.
My Experience: I started reading The Color of Cold and Ice on 12/18/16 and finished it on 12/30/16. Normally only books that bored me takes me 2 weeks to read, but this book takes me this long because I was sick (cough, runny nose, sneeze, tired) so I experienced a bit of a reading slump in between. This book is actually very interesting. There is a lot going on and I like that there are many point of views. This book is unlike other books I have read and it’s in a good way. Some chapters in this book describe different colors. Normally, I may able to write 2-3 sentences to describe color black or pink but in this book, the author can write a whole chapter of multiple pages to describe color black or red. I admire that greatly! One thing I don’t enjoy these chapters is that they only describe the color; they don’t point to the plot or how they embedded into the story. The plot points to the colors but the colors chapters doesn’t involve the plot.
“Do something before it is too late.” 46%
The characters and plot are likable and interesting. There are two sisters Sybil and Emerald, both married. One with a kid and one without. One loses her husband and one wants a child badly. One owns a coffee shop called The Java Bean and the other helps out. The sisters gets along very well. One sister has these dreams that comes true but it’s not clear enough to know exactly what. One dream foretold a sister will meet Mr. Right. Other characters in the story are the doctor John, his wife Allison, and a struggling musician Mark. At one point, some characters loses their purposes in life, they learn of a guru that teaches them to embrace nature such as walking bare feet in the park or swim in ice water to take back control of their life. This book has so much packed into one that makes it interesting and not confusing at all. I highly recommend this book.
Pro: multiple POVs, entrepreneur, family, beliefs, dreams, art
I rate it 4 stars!
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About the Author:
J. Schlenker, a late blooming author, lives with her husband out in the splendid center of nowhere in the foothills of Appalachia where the only thing to disturb her writing is croaking frogs and the occasional sounds of hay being cut in the fields. Her first novel, Jessica Lost Her Wobble, published in December 2015, was selected as a finalist in the William Faulkner – William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition. One of her short stories, The Missing Butler, received honorable mention in the first round of the NYC Competition. The Color of Cold and Ice is her second novel. Upcoming Works are: The Innkeeper on the Edge of Paris and The Missing Butler and Other Life Mysteries (A Collection of Short Stories). (Info from Goodreads)
***Disclaimer: The author invited me to read this book. Many thanks to J. Schlenker for the opportunity to read & review. Please assure that my opinions are honest.