Shades of Blue
By Karen Kingsbury
Wedding Movie, Television or Theatrical
He had to say “I’m sorry” before he could say “I do”. Caught between a checkered past and a fairytale future, a decision awaits. Brad Cutler, 28, is a rising star at his New York ad agency, six weeks from marrying the girl of his dreams – his boss’s daughter. Anyone would agree he has it all. But six weeks before the wedding, he is given a campaign for baby clothing. The job causes him to remember a high school girlfriend and the baby they lost to abortion. Memories of that time begin to torment him. He is no longer sure what the future will bring except for this: He must go back to the shores of Holden Beach in search of his first love, and a forgiveness neither of them has ever known. He must say he’s sorry, before he can say, “I do.” Three people must work through the repercussions of a decision made long ago, before any of them can look toward a new future.
From Publishers Weekly:
The author of more than 40 bestselling fiction titles whose combined sales hover at 25 million, Kingsbury takes her loyal faith-based fans on an exploration of the emotional and spiritual effects of abortion. Interestingly, the author frames the story through a young adult male character, Brad Cutler, an up-and-coming ad agency executive; he revisits a former relationship in which he encouraged his pregnant girlfriend to have an abortion. Years later, Brad continues to feel guilty, and as he readies to marry his fiancée, a new ad campaign for baby clothes has immobilized him. Emma, the former girlfriend, also cannot move past what happened. As the pressure mounts, Brad travels home and reunites with Emma to find closure, but what he discovers in the encounter is far more different than he hoped or expected. Kingsbury tackles a touch, difficult topic, yet in her characteristic style, her gentle approach wins the day. It will also overcome any reader resistance, no matter what position one takes on this volatile issue.
Abortion, Forgiveness, Healing, Engagement, Reconciliation, Wedding
New York City, Holden Beach, NC
Brad Cutler, 28, Good looking, athletic, confident, conservative. Rising star at an elite ad agency. Brad is a kind, likeable guy about to marry Laura James in just six weeks. But he can’t get over guilt about the past.
Emma Landon, 28, long dark hair, beautiful blue eyes, small-boned, long legs. Emma teaches first grade in Holden Beach, not far from where she grew up. She loves kids but is paralyzed when it comes to love. The abortion she had when she was a teenager plagues her every day, every hour.
Laura James, 25, blonde hair, brown eyes. Pretty daughter of Randy and Rita James – owners of the elite ad agency. She is a young woman of strong faith and profound vision. Fun-loving and beautiful. Brad is the love of her life.
Gavin Greeley, 30, blonde, athletic, tall. Middle school basketball coach and teacher. He is in love with Emma Landon, but she is uninterested. He has a sense that something is very wrong with Emma. But he can’t find his way to the deep places of her heart.