Shades of the Heart (Encounters of the Heart)

Title: Shades of the Heart ( Encounters of the Heart) Christian Fiction Romance 

Author: Anne Marie Bryan

Publisher: Victorious By Design, LLC (February 23, 2015)

Number of Pages: 220 pages

ASIN: B00T512KQ2 (EBook)

ISBN-10: 0985146850 (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 978-0985146856 (Paperback)


About The Author: 

Ann Marie Bryan is a dedicated, graceful, multi-talented leader with a passion for excellence. She is the CEO & Founder of Victorious By Design, an organization committed to providing professional writing services, personal and professional development programs and performing arts services.

An inspirational novelist, Ann Marie writes to educate, inspire and empower others. She desires to tell great stories with fascinating characters to show the awesome power of God in the lives of people and places. Her most recent novel, Shades of the Heart, an Amazon #1 Best Seller, started her Encounters of the Heart series. Book 2, Mirrored Hearts: Sealed By Fire, was released February 2016. Ann Marie’s greatest passion is to empower others to succeed by tapping into their God-given potential. She enjoys writing, reading, dancing, teaching, meeting people and traveling. Visit Ann Marie at

About This Book:    


All was well in Blake Montgomery’s magnificent world. He was actively involved in ministry at church, employed by a great company, and to top it all off, he was happily married to Gabrielle, and awaiting the new addition to his family.
Gabrielle found the love of her life. From the moment they met, their chemistry was undeniable. But, Blake had to work tirelessly to tear down the wall she had built up against ever loving again, and she was glad he did. They shared a love they attributed only to the grace of God on their lives…a love so rare. When a dramatic turn of events disclosed shocking secrets, everything changed. As their marriage explodes and their lives shift in unexpected directions, both must learn to relinquish control and trust God in order to embrace the future. Life-altering struggles can be the pathway to new beginnings. Will they find the courage to forgive and create a love for all times?

Shades Of Heart Book Review:

Shades of the Heart is my first read from this author and it was a good one. Blake and Gabrielle have a solid marriage until a huge mistake throws their world into disarray. They are a Christian couple, which I thought would make the resolution of their problems easier, but not so.  A phantasmagoric holy matrimony on the verge of Collapse and the Love and Faith that dominance it in sync. Ann Marie Bryan has thoughtfully created characters that are complex and realistic. Gabrielle and Blake are immersed in a phantasmagoric holy matrimony, but when the scars of Gabrielle’s past reemerge, their phantasmagoric marriage is in danger. It is brought to the brink of collapse. Through the turmoil, Gabrielle and Blake reach out to their friends, family and faith for guidance and support. Without a doubt this narrative is anointed with lessons learn from infidelity, My understanding with reading Shades of the Heart was nothing short of extraordinary.

This writer Ann Marie Bryan is truly anointed as well as her books, in my viewpoint. When you say “there was just something about this book”, you are describing the anointed of the Holy Ghost. This anointed author really created this book that the readers can related with on so many levels. In my own opinion, this is an immature and emotional narration about pain, suffering, hurt, loss and love. The turbulence and the shame that Gabrielle goes through is something that many individuals have experienced, along with the devastation and resentful from Blake. Ms. Bryan does a miraculous job of conveying all of the emotions that these two characters has went through, without placing all of the blame at one’s feet. The actions of unforgiveness or unsympathetic is the considerable stumbling block in order that Blake can’t seem to appear being irritable. The narrative is realistic in that it points out our human imperfection and how in a moment we fall victim to weaknesses and make bad decisions. No matter what, that we as Christians working for the Master (God)and try to live by His commandments, we find it so difficult to forgive others when we’ve been take advantage of by them and this is the case with Blake.

I loved this astonishingly well- written Christian romance novel focusing on a married couple dealing with infidelity by the wife. Although it contained prayers, Scriptures, and a few short sermons, it wasn’t preachy but right on time for married couples who are dealing with betrayal. I adore reading about the trials and tribulations of Christian marriages and this one touches all of the emotional basis to draw the readers in and causing them continue of turning the pages. Still, the boulevard of true romance never did run peaceful . In the narrative of“Shades of the Heart” as I was reading even though this is a fiction but in today’s world, I can relate that relationships are being tested, weaknesses come to light, secrets are revealed.  While reading this narrative I learns that with understanding and love for one’s partner, relationships survive the worst trials. I recommend this book to EVERY Christians who is reflecting upon marriage. If you or someone that you know have ever been a victim of infidelity or rape this narrative is an awe-inspiring mechanism to the power of healing. Ann Marie Bryan takes us on a journey through a procession of counseling discussion, as you watch the transform of infidelity from the relative importance of both: the cheater and the one cheated on. She grasp deep into the authenticity of this subject, pulling perfection emotions that causes us to come to this eye-opener….nothing just happens. Then with the keys of get-up-and-go (The Word of God), she provides us the proof that God’s Word is therapy like no other; God’s word  influence to the profoundness of our hearts to cure the pain and it ramble our darkest secrets, deepest fears, storms and dirtiest deeds to the surface where only God  can restore, clean, and deliver us. I definitely endorsed this book because the author deliver  a well-defined glimpse at what an authentic supportive acquaintanceship role details. I will be looking forward to be reading more books from Ann Marie Bryan.  Ann  Marie Bryan  need to turn this narrative into a blockbuster Christian Romance Movie in the purpose of spreading God’s Word to the world.

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