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The Many Colours of Us: A heart-warming story of love and family for summer 2017 by [Burton, Rachel]
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The Many Colours of Us: A heart-warming story of love and family for summer 2017 Kindle Edition

4.8 out of 5 stars 44 customer reviews

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Length: 209 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1012 KB
  • Print Length: 209 pages
  • Publisher: HQ Digital (26 April 2017)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B06XQ2M6BG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 44 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,268 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I had no idea what to expect with this debut when I started reading, but I quickly discovered it should come with a box of tissues. I don't think I was more than a few chapters in before I was blubbing all over my Kindle.

This is a beautiful story about fathers and daughters, unconventional family bonds and how a single discovery can change both lives and worldviews overnight.

Thirty-year-old Julia, daughter of famed model Philadelphia Simmonds, has never known her father. The closest thing she has to a dad is her mum's loyal PA, Johnny. But all that changes when she finds out her real father was world-famous artist Bruce Baldwin. Bruce, she discovers, has recently passed away, leaving her his vast fortune.

As she gets to know her dad through his work and the letters he left behind for her, Julia is determined to use her newfound wealth to create a legacy he would be proud of. With the help of her unconventional family and their friends - not least handsome, magnetic family lawyer Edwin Jones, who's nursing a few issues of his own - she sets to work creating an art salon for up-and-coming young artists while also rediscovering her own creative side as a dressmaker.

This was exceptionally well-written - I found it hard to believe it was a debut - with a fluid, waffle-free writing style that I really enjoyed. There are a number of unforgettable characters, both primary and secondary; I particularly loved Julia's often immature but ultimately loving mother Philadelphia, and uber-protective Italian chef Marco, who was just hilarious.
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The Many Colours of us follows the story of Julia, a relatable and easy to like protagonist who's yet to figure her life out. Through a series of letters delivered after his death, she gets to know the father she'd spent her life wondering about. There's something beautiful about getting to know someone this way, because in letters he thought she'd never read, true honesty comes through.

Learning about her father helps her to get her own life on track with the helps of her gorgeous lawyer.

It's a warm, easy to read novel with the right about of love, emotion, wit and humour. I truly recommend this book.
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Julia Simmonds lives in Cambridge with her best friend. She has got stuck in a rut with her boyfriend and with the humdrum routine of her life. She isn't particularly bothered by this, however, until the day she finds out that her father has died. Her father, an artist, whom Julia has never met - and who absolutely everyone has heard of. Everyone except Julia.

With the help of her father's lawyer, Edwin, and her mother, a former top model who wants to make up for her mistakes, and her uncle Frank, Julia tries to get to know her father even though he is no longer around. He has written her letters, which help her to understand who he was and who she is herself. Losing her father ultimately gives Julia a chance to find herself and to find some direction to her own life.

The Many Colours of Us is a fabulous debut and deserves to do very well indeed. Rachel Burton has a beautiful turn of phrase and this shines out of each and every sentence. The novel is romantic, suspenseful and humorous and I absolutely adored it. The characters are colourful, believable and rounded. Julia is a strong, honest heroine who sees the good in people even when she is a little lost herself. Her mother is quite a character. And Edwin. What can I say about him? Is it OK to have fallen slightly (all right, completely) head over heels in love with Edwin?

I would highly recommend this book.
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Let me start by saying I have never before read a romantic novel. The notion I had of the romance genre did not appeal to me in the slightest: damsels being swept off their feet by impossibly perfect men, unrealistic love at first sight, melodrama, a fantasy world with no grounding in reality. 'The Many Colours of Us' was my first experience of the genre, so I wasn't sure how I'd find it, based on my misgivings about the genre as I understood it. What a delightful read it proved to be!

What is palpable from the start is Rachel Burton's real empathy for her central character, Julia Simmonds, as she learns of the father she never knew and makes some big changes in her life (I'm being vague to avoid spoilers!) and grows to understand who she wants to be. Julia is not the remote damsel in distress that I had imagined a romantic heroine to be. She is a character full of doubt, sadness and insecurity. The situations she finds herself in are completely believable also, meaning that it is easy to connect with and relate to her and be fully invested in her story. Burton has clearly invested a lot of herself into this character, and the narrative is crafted in such a way that we are drawn into her story and her experiences.

The other characters all add, rather than detract from, the narrative. Each one is included for a reason; they all play a vital role in Julia's life and in her journey of self-discovery. Burton has taken great care and consideration in exploring the relationship each character has with Julia: the eccentric and overbearing mother, Pen, the Cambridge friend, the childhood family friends, the handsome lawyer and his own family. Each relationship is recognisable, but at the same time there is nothing hackneyed or predictable.
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