Posted by: Karen | March 6, 2016

THE COLOR OF LIGHT by Emilie Richards plus GIVEAWAY

Book #4 in the Goddesses Anonymous series.br9k-square-400

Available now from Blackstone Audio.

From the Publisher:

The deeper the darkness, the brighter the light

For more than a decade, minister Analiese Wagner has felt privileged to lead her parishioners along a well-lit path. Her commitment has never been seriously tested until the frigid night she encounters a homeless family huddling in the churchyard. Offering them shelter in a vacant parish house apartment and taking teenage Shiloh Fowler—a girl desperate to rescue her parents—under her wing, she tests the loyalty and faith of her congregation.

Isaiah Colburn, the Catholic priest who was her first mentor and the man for whom she secretly longed, understands her struggles only too well. At a crossroads, he has suddenly reappeared in her life, torn between his priesthood and his growing desire for a future with Analiese.

Divided between love and the vows they’ve taken, both must face the possibilities of living very different lives or continuing to serve their communities. With a defeated family’s trust and her own happiness on the line, Analiese must define for herself where darkness ends and light begins.”

My recording experience:

I was really looking forward to Analiese’s story in this series.  She’s a character I wanted to get to know better – some prickly elements to her, a protective outer shell – but it’s obvious that she has a good heart. This book puts her through all kinds of challenges, and like the others in the series brings us characters struggling with current social issues, primarily homelessness involving a family which is handled in a wonderfully complex way.  I like how the series has touched on spirituality and faith without being dogmatic about religion, and that continues here.  Though it’d probably be best to listen to these in order, Richards does a great job of writing each so it stands on its own well, too. Like the rest of the series, Richards sets this one in Asheville, NC, which is almost a character unto itself.

Listen to a sample here:

And the Giveaway:

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.  Cathy A. is the randomly selected winner and the CDs will be mailed out to her as soon as I get her address.  Thanks to all for entering! I give away lots of books – to find out about them in the future, please consider following this blog, or my Facebook page, or on Twitter.



  1. I would love to visit the Biltmore estates in Ashville – I know Emilie doesn’t talk about the estates but that’s on my bucket list.
    From the book I would have to visit the Church and look out the stained glass windows!

  2. Since I have never been there, I would love to visit every place I could possibly get in to see and especially places that have amazing food. 🙂

  3. I’d love to explore the North Carolina Arboretum.

  4. Biltmore Estate!

  5. I have been to the Biltmore Estate when I was a child. Would love to see it as an adult! It’s beautiful!

  6. I would love to revisit the Biltmore Estate. It has been 10years and I enjoyed it so much.

  7. I would love to see the Biltmore Estate. A coworker friend of mine went with her daughter and took an audio tour. They loved it. I have heard great things from other people, and it’s on my bucket list.

  8. North Carolina Arboretum….Asheville is one of my favorite cities. I drive through it on the way to my hometown in Wise, Va from my workplace in Aiken, SC every couple of months. I’ve been to a bunch of places in Asheville, but still have the Arboretum to mark off my list.

  9. We’ve toured the Biltmore several times especially during the Christmas holidays walking thru the home by candlelight was a favorite. The Packs Tavern was a wonderful place to sit, enjoy the music and visit with friends. So I think Packs tavern is my favorite

  10. The Biltmore Estate is on my list of places to visit. It offers so much to explore throughout the mansion and the gardens. I understand it could take days to absorb all the beauty!

  11. I moved to New Jersey recently from California and am enjoying exploring. I’ve had my eye on the Carolinas but not until after my knee surgery in May. Now Asheville is on my list. Very interesting article. Downtown sounds like a real treat and a good place to lunch. I’m also intrigued by the Folk Art Center, the River Arts District, and the Biltmore Estate. I’m a fan of beauty.

  12. I’ve always wanted to go to the Biltmore

  13. I would love to go to the River Arts District and the Biltmore Estate. I was fortunate enough to see the Biltmore Estate once when I was a teen. It sparked a yearning for knowing more about the family and the era when they were actively living there. Emilie Richard’s books often take me to places like this through her stories. Love the Goddess Anonymous series. Love the area around Asheville.

  14. Where do I start? Malaprop’s Bookstore, Tupelo Honey Cafe, Folk Art Center, Pack Square,… and Asheville Cotton Company is a fantastic shop for quilting fabrics!

  15. Would love to visit Biltmore Estate one day. My friend went with her husband and loved it.

  16. i have always wanted to see the Biltmore mansion!!!! even just the gardens…. lol

  17. The North Carolina arboretum

  18. The Biltmore house is fantastic. I have seen photos of it during Christmas. It would e great to see it in personl

  19. I’ve always wanted to visit the Biltmore Estate

  20. The biltmore Estate. Was near it years ago, but unable to get there before the vacation was over.

  21. I have been to the Biltmore estate and it is beautiful. Fabulous book – as is the entire series. Emilie Richards is my favorite author!

  22. I would love to visit the Biltmore Estate especially the grounds. Photos look beautiful.

  23. Definitely the Biltmore Estate. I read an article on it not long ago and it made me want to see it so badly. I can’t imagine that it was actually someone’s house. I don’t say home because it seems to big and overdone to be able to relax like a home. At least that’s how I would feel. Doesn’t mean I don’t want to see it though, lol.

  24. I love listening to books while I quilt.

  25. I would love to visit the gardens at the Biltmore estate in the spring. It has been a long time since I have been able to enjoy a North Carolina spring with the dogwood and redbud blooming along with azaleas and bulbs.

  26. I would love to go to the Biltmore. I Have wanted to explore Asheville for years, but haven’t made it there yet.

  27. Ive seen shows on the Biltmore Estate and Id love to see it in person

  28. So many choices – but I’d pick the gardens. Lovely surroundings, peace and quiet. I could read there or knit, and spend a serene day amid the wonders around me.

  29. It all sounds fascinating, but I would especially like to visit the North Carolina Arboretum. What is better than beautiful gardens, and I received a Bonsai as a gift recently so would like to see those exhibits. Thanks for the chance to win.

  30. I would love to see the Biltmore Estate. I garden and visiting this would be a thrill!

  31. I have been to the Biltmore twice once in summer and once at Christmas but I would love to go again because it has been a long time and I just love the place.

  32. I would definitely choose the Biltmore Estate!!!

  33. The Biltmore Estate is where I’d love to go see. I love these old houses and mansions.

    • Congratulations, Cathy, you are the winner! I will be sending you an email shortly to get your mailing address.

  34. Ashville and North Carolina are on our bucket list, but to choose, it would be the Biltmore. It is in so many books.

  35. Would love to visit Biltmore!

  36. I live about 60 miles from Asheville so I shop there on occasion. I haven’t visited Biltmore House in a long time so I would love to go see it in the spring when all the flowers are blooming. Somehow I have never been in spring. Of course it is special at any time.

  37. I have visited The Biltmore Estate before, and would love to go back. It is a fascinating place!

  38. I’ve always wanted to visit the Biltmore Estate. A nice dream.

  39. I visited Biltmore for the first time last year – during the Downton Abbey costume exhibit. Believe me, I plan to return to that beautiful place in the future.

  40. When I saw the Biltmore Estate, I thought “Downton Abbey”, and I am sooo going to miss that show. But then I saw the River Arts District, and I would have a hard time picking between the two for sure. Thank you for the chance to win.

  41. Folk Art Center

  42. I would love to see the Rver Arts District. Love seeing local art! But of course, would love to see any of these places, where the goddess books were based. Thoroughly enjoy reading them!

  43. Asheville is a wonderful place to visit, and we really like seeing the Biltmore Estate in particular.

  44. I’ve patiently waited for years now in hopes of visiting Asheville & Biltmore Estates, after hearing about my mom’s many trips there with her sister. Now I finally get to see it all for myself as she’s booked a trip there for Spring Break for us all to go & I’m so excited!!! Thanks so much for the opportunity to win & good luck to all who enter!!! May the luck of the Irish be with us all!!! Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!!🌈🍀😊

  45. have visited Asheville in the past and remember going to the Folk Art Center on the Parkway. The artworks displayed were so inventive, imaginative and beautifully crafted. I also remember how much I enjoyed traveling on the parkway to get there.

    • Though the Biltmore seems to be the most popular destination in this unscientific poll, I am now so curious about the Folk Art Center!

  46. Love the Biltmore, also would love the art district

  47. I visited Biltmore Estates a few years ago and would love to return there via this book! Thanks for the giveaway!

  48. I would love to see Biltmore Estates. I love old furniture an how people lived back then a much simpler time to what it is now.

  49. Would love to visit the River Arts District…Love art and only wish I could be so talented…The informal dining sounds great.

  50. Would love to visit the River Arts District!

  51. I’d love to visit Biltmore Estates. I just listened to a book that mentioned the estate’s beginning

  52. I am heading to Asheville in May with my Mom, we plan on going to the River Arts District when we are there!

  53. Would LOVE to see the Biltmore, but the rest of Ashville too!!

  54. I would really like to visit The Biltmore Estate. It’s hard to believe how people lived in that era.

  55. I have visited Ashcille and the Biltmoor. I!d love to visit downtown and St. Jude’s Chapel in the Pines. Many thanks!

  56. I would love to visit both the Pack Square Park and the Biltmore Estate. Reading about them seems like I have been there, however I would love to be able to visit it and absorb the energy.

  57. I’ve been wanting to go to Biltmore for many years.

  58. The Biltmore Estate Love this series and would love to visit N C at some time thank you Emilie for your wonderful books. I always feel as if I am there with the characters and that they are so very real

  59. I would love to visit Biltmore!

  60. Having just finished watching “Downton Abbey” last night … it would have to be the Biltmore …!!! I love how you say in your blog piece that the book is not “dogmatic” about religion … so much more gets communicated that way. Hope I win … thanks for the opportunity, Karen!

    • I visited the Biltmore years ago but have wanted to visit again having immersed myself in the period with Downton (sniff, sniff, can’t believe it’s over!).

  61. Biltmore

  62. I would love to visit The Biltmore. It is always do beautiful no matter what time of year you go! Thanks for the chance to win. I live Emilie Richards books!

  63. The Biltmore Estate or the River Arts District would be my top picks, but I would just love to visit Asheville and spend a week wandering around 🙂 Love the Goddess Anonymous series and look forward to reading this one.

  64. North Carolina Arboretum

  65. I’ve read this book and it’s one of my favorites of Emilie’s…not a book you read then forget. I have never been to North Carolina but have read about the Biltmore Estate…that’s where I would choose to go!

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