The Essence of Shade

The Essence of Shade

by Deborah Jean Miller


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Shade’s life-altering vow to God leads to mysterious decisions that cause her to forfeit the man she loves.
Shade Doe believes her prayers are answered when she meets an older Christian man who offers her marriage and a name for her newborn child. Despite his overbearing nature, Shade delights in her new role as wife and mother. When her husband suddenly dies years later, she uncovers secrets from his past—secrets so profound they derail the lives of both her and her daughter.
After tragedy strikes, thirty-six-year-old Shade gains custody of her young grandson, Tyler, and moves to a small Michigan beach town where she becomes the owner of a successful bakery and café. Shade meets and falls in love with Tyler’s baseball coach, but their love for one another is doomed. Shade’s internal struggle to honor her vow to God, while denying her own desires, throws her on a path of painful redemption.

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ISBN-13: 9780998048901
Publisher: Deborah Jean Miller
Publication date: 02/01/2019
Pages: 380
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.85(d)

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The Essence of Shade 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
GinaRMitchell 4 months ago
The Essence of Shade by Deborah Jean Miller is my newest must-read recommendation. It has all the requirements of a great story. Love- love is prevalent throughout the book. Conflict- every great story has multiple degrees of conflict. Mystery- life is full of secrets just like this book. Many are inconsequential, some are huge and life altering. Romance- enduring unrequited love. Food- I love the addition of deliciously described food. Shock- a bombshell from out of the blue. Add all this together and you get a thought-provoking page turner full of life and it’s ups & downs, humor, great characters, wonderful recipes, beautifully described settings, and so much more. The generational relationships are especially poignant in this book. I can confidently recommend The Essence of Shade to readers of women’s fiction, faith based fiction, and even cozy mysteries.
GraceJReviewerlady 4 months ago
A wonderful book! Intriguing, informative with a hidden secret .. just soooo good!! Shade has a rough start in life; raised in the foster system, she finds herself pregnant at 15 and left in a mother and baby home. When she meets an older man at church she seizes the chance of marriage and the opportunity to keep her child. Many years later when he dies suddenly, Shade begins to blossom and makes contact with her estranged daughter, revelling in the delights of her grandson Tyler. When unforeseen tragedy occurs, Shade finds herself with custody of the boy and vows to put him first, bringing him up with a strong Christian faith. This is simply a terrific read; the story is eloquent, beautifully structured and provides plenty of food for thought. The religious element isn't pompous and overbearing (as some are) but rather shows that faith is a big part of Shade's life. Then comes the shock - a shocking revelation is dropped into the story with shocking results! The characters are varied, and there is a healthy dose of humour between the pages; I laughed along with the story many times. Shade came alive for me, and I felt quite privileged to know all the details of how she dealt with the hand God gave her. A truly endearing read, and one I enjoyed very much. I can't fault this one - author Deborah Miller has created a beautiful, satisfying read, fully deserving of the five shining stars I'm happy to give it.
JeyranMain 5 months ago
The essence of shade is a Christian woman’s fiction about Shade who is happily married to a Christian man and has a child. Things go wrong when her husband passes away as he leaves behind breadcrumbs of secrets and unhappy things happen that affect her. After moving to Michigan, she meets another man, and that is when the story begins to take an exciting turn. I found the story to be religious based but not too domineering to overpower the plot line. I particularly enjoyed Shade’s personality. Her character was very human-like consistent with many mixed emotions, and this made her decisions to be very realistic. The literature was simple to read and to follow. The pace of the story was consistent and due to its twists and turns, keeping the reader intrigued. I believe anyone that enjoys books prominently revolving around faith and God would enjoy the book. I say this not to suggest that this is a religious book but mention this due to the ethical dilemma the protagonist had in making certain decisions. I look forward to reading more from this author.