Like I’ve said before, I do not consider myself a romance novel reader. Kristin Hannah may be categorized by some as romance, however, I believe that her novels are nothing like the stereotypical “romance novel”. With each of her books that I’ve read so far, her writing pulls at different heartstrings again and again. Her writing has unbelievable depth at times, and I can’t chalk that up to “romance”.
ANYWAY. True Colors was yet another novel by Kristin Hannah that I absolutely loved. Focusing on the relationships between sisters, Hannah snuck in some crime and court trials which I enjoyed so, so, so much. She even threw in a quote from my all time favorite classic, To Kill A Mockingbird.
“I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It’s when you know you’re licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what.” -Atticus Finch
That quote describes Hannah’s True Colors perfectly. The Grey sisters are from a small town where the youngest, Vivi Ann, and their father run a horse ranch belonging to the family for decades. In light of financial hardship, the older Grey sisters (Winona and Aurora) venture home to the horse ranch in order to figure out how to save their father and sister from their debt. Upon coming up with a plan to insure financial security and revenue, Vivi Ann falls madly in love with a Native American bad boy nomad. Despite her sister’s wishes and warnings, Vivi Ann marries and has her first son, Noah, with the beautiful Dallas Raintree.
Unfortunately, it is not happily ever after for the Raintrees. When a former acquaintance of Dallas’ is found murdered, the police are quick to point the finger at the Native outcast. Ripping their family apart, Dallas is arrested and later convicted of murder in the first degree. Split into two parts, True Colors focuses on the young Noah in the second half of the novel. Struggling without a father and dealing with the rumors of being a murderers son, Noah is slowly on a downward spiral. Determined to close the chasm between her and her youngest sister, Winona uses her smarts and law degree to the fullest extent to prove Dallas’ innocence, give Noah a chance to have a father, and bring Vivi Ann’s husband home once and for all. Bringing me to tears on various occasions, True Colors is the ultimate Chick-Lit novel to snuggle up to the fire to read.