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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.
 

68 thoughts on “THE COLOR OF LIGHT by Emilie Richards plus GIVEAWAY”

  1. Marsha Markham says:

    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!

  2. Kitty says:

    North Carolina Arboretum

  3. Anita Balgenorth says:

    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.

  4. Donna Maine says:

    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!

  5. Ola Norman says:

    Biltmore

  6. Denice Stradling says:

    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!

    1. kewhite says:

      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!).

  7. kentuckykaren says:

    I would love to visit Biltmore!
    KarenP3720@aol.com

  8. Audrey Bonnell says:

    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

  9. Renee Williams says:

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

  10. 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.

  11. beckyrab says:

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

  12. Dianne Casey says:

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

  13. Dorothy Schreyer says:

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

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

  15. Mason Canyon says:

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

  16. Ellie Cammer says:

    Would love to visit the River Arts District!

  17. Karen dieffenbaugher says:

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

  18. Lisa McCracken says:

    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.

  19. Linda Townsend says:

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

  20. Debbie Casey says:

    Love the Biltmore, also would love the art district

  21. Joyce says:

    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.

    1. kewhite says:

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

  22. Carolyn Harris says:

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

  23. Jan Knabel says:

    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!

  24. JoAnn Kellman says:

    Folk Art Center

  25. 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.

  26. nancy reynolds says:

    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.

  27. Lucy Reynolds says:

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

  28. birdhousebooks says:

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

  29. Fannie Wiggins says:

    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.

  30. Debbie S says:

    Would love to visit Biltmore!

  31. Jim Belcher says:

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

  32. Cathy Allen says:

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

    1. kewhite says:

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

  33. Julie says:

    I would definitely choose the Biltmore Estate!!!

  34. Kathy says:

    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.

  35. Nancy Amundson says:

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

  36. sallycootie says:

    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.

  37. P.J. Coldren says:

    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.

  38. Julie Parrish says:

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

  39. Shanna says:

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

  40. Jane Dougherty says:

    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.

  41. Judy Maggio says:

    I love listening to books while I quilt.

  42. Vicki Hancock says:

    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.

  43. Laura says:

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

  44. Pam Reed says:

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

  45. Earlynne Desmond says:

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

  46. Connie Kauffman says:

    I’ve always wanted to visit the Biltmore Estate

  47. Dell Martinez says:

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

  48. AnneMarie Deremer says:

    The North Carolina arboretum

  49. stichnnurse says:

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

  50. Darlene Torday says:

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

  51. janetsm says:

    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!

  52. Evelyn Sobczak says:

    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.

  53. pricousins says:

    I’ve always wanted to go to the Biltmore

  54. Rena Leith says:

    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.

  55. Deb Reeves says:

    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!

  56. Joan Garland says:

    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

  57. Janet Robinson says:

    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.

  58. Marjorie Roberts says:

    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.

  59. Norma Wilson says:

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

  60. Darlene Wright says:

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

  61. Darlene Wright says:

    Biltmore Estate!

  62. Jane K says:

    I’d love to explore the North Carolina Arboretum.

  63. 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. 🙂

  64. Joni says:

    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!

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