Sunday, September 6, 2015

A Colorful Life: Drawn in Broken Crayon by Melissa Storm - Book Review


Synopsis
A handsome stranger.
A whirlwind trip to India.
A life forever changed.


For Daly English, life is a series of one disappointment after another. Rather than dealing with the fall-out, she locks herself in her studio and works tirelessly toward completing her art school portfolio. Unfortunately, fate isn't done with Daly quite yet.

Time and time again, a handsome stranger refuses to be ignored, forcing her to come to grips with the loss she's been harboring for years and to trust herself to love again. Their whirlwind romance transports her from the drab Midwest straight to the bold and colorful capitol city of India where a slew of quirky characters cast a stark contrast to her world at home. Will Daly continue to fade into the background of her own life, or will her journey transform her into exactly who she needs to be?

A Colorful Life Drawn in Broken Crayon weaves a tale of friendship, ambition, and adventure while illustrating that sometimes what we want the least is what we need the most.


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My Review 
A Colorful Life: Drawn in Broken Crayon tells the story of Daly English. At twenty, Daly feels like she's in a rut. Unable to attend the art school she wants to go to, she's stuck dealing with classes she doesn't care about, a cheating boyfriend, and an indifferent mother who would rather see her daughter go to nursing school. All that changes, though, when she meets a handsome young man at the coffee shop she visits one day. Although a little annoyed by him at first, she lets him in, and suddenly, her life becomes a whirlwind of romance and adventure. From Michigan to India and back again, Daly learns to let go and become free.

I really quite enjoyed this book. I felt an immediate connection to Daly. Her mother sort of reminded me of my own, but in a different way. I just wish I had her artistic talent. I felt she was a really simple character, but with a complexity about her, if that makes sense.

Kashi is probably my favorite character. He was written so well. He's fun, charming, and romantic. I actually pictured him as Dev Patel the entire time I was reading the story. If this book ever became a movie, he'd be perfect for the role, I think.

Meghann is also a really lovely character. She's got a hard life, but she doesn't let it get her down. She becomes best friends with Daly, even though there's a bit of an age difference between them. Their connection is so sweet and so real. I liked that about this book.

The plot flowed nicely. It wasn't too fast or too slow. There was romance, friendship, adventure, and tragedy. A tiny bit of frustration, too. I found myself getting sucked into the story, and I had a really hard time putting the book down.

If you're looking for your next great read, I highly recommend picking up a copy of A Colorful Life. Just make sure you have some tissues on hand. Give it a whirl. It's definitely worth it, and I know you won't regret it. 




 About the Author
Melissa Storm is a mother first, and everything else second. She used to write under a pseudonym, but finally had the confidence to come out as herself to the world. Her fiction is highly personal and often based on true stories. Writing is Melissa’s way of showing her daughter just how beautiful life can be, when you pay attention to the everyday wonders that surround us.

Melissa loves books so much, she married fellow author Falcon Storm. Between the two of them, there are always plenty of imaginative, awe-inspiring stories to share. Melissa and Falcon also run the business Novel Publicity together, where she works as publisher, marketer, editor, and all-around business mogul. When she’s not reading, writing, or child-rearing, Melissa spends time relaxing at home in the company of her three dogs and five parrots. She never misses an episode of The Bachelor or her nightly lavender-infused soak in the tub. Ahh, the simple luxuries that make life worth living.

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