The holiday season has arrived and so often begins the frenzy that goes with it, the holiday events, gatherings, meals to plan, dishes to cook, gifts to find, purchase . . . this on top of an already busy life can leave little down time, the down time that is important for our health and well-being, and really good for the soul . . . 

Finishing Kristin Hannah’s 2009 book True Colors was a recent occurrence in my life “around the edges” as Toni Morrison would say, in those precious, untaken moments.   Because I have enjoyed reading several of Hannah’s other memorable books, like Firefly Lane, buying it was an easy choice when I saw this one at a local book sale.

Set in the Pacific Northwest on a multi-generational family homesteaded ranch, it is the story of three sisters and their enduring relationship in a small, coastal town.  The central story is about a crime that occurs that ruptures the family and pulls the town apart.  This novel covers universal themes of love, competition, loss, loyalty and forgiveness.

The importance of traditions as a binding element for families (as we define them) is a recurring theme in the novel.  To me, these traditions are a part of the story relevant to Thanksgiving and why I chose to write about this story for this holiday post.  These traditions reinforce those things that matter in the great scheme of things.  Things like love, relationships, trustworthiness, shared experiences, and the joy that can come from spending quality time together.

Generally, I found the pacing of the almost six-hundred-page book quite good, as the story moved along with nice character and plot development.  The love story that involves Vivi Ann, one of the sisters, is incredibly touching and tender, and yet forbidden in her small town.  The novel can seem almost like two books due to the span of time that the story covers, from one generation to another.

If you are looking for a meaningful book to read this holiday season, True Colors would be a great choice.  You may find yourself slipping away from the bustle to “steal” a read.   Just don’t forget to check the turkey.  Seriously.  You will not want to put the book down.    And trust me, you won’t forget the story.  Ever.  It is an unforgettable one.

As is typical of many of my posts, I am closing out this entry with a musical meditation.    Choosing one song was challenging, and so I am posting three . . .

In the spirit of the Thanksgiving holiday, and the poignant story True Colors, the classic country tune Back Home Again by John Denver, a familiar tune from my young years,  seems like an apt choice.  John Denver, songwriter of  so many nostalgic songs about going home . . .

For friends and family who have lost a loved one they will be missing this Thanksgiving, I have posted Kenny Loggins’ moving, heartfelt song Celebrate Me Home.  The lyrics and emotional tone remind us that those we have lost live forever in our hearts . . .

If you like country music, you might really enjoy Everything is Fine by Josh Turner.  This song is reminiscent of rural, small-town living with all of its strengths and challenges.  Turner’s deep voice accompanied by the banjo and fiddle are definitely worth listening to.  The song has a certain sweetness to it . . .

May you have an abundant Thanksgiving filled with people you love and relationships you hold dear.

Many blessings to you and yours.