Discussion #2 & Final Wrap-Up: True Colors

Finally, let’s get a move on with our second and final discussion of book #31 True Colors by Kristin Hannah. Following are a few questions pulled out of the air, but feel free to add any of your own that you would like to discuss here:

  • Which main characters find true love in this novel? Which ones settle and with what results?
  • Was Winona selfish in seeking Dallas’ exoneration? What did she eventually achieve?
  • In the end, realization of the true meaning of “family” took center stage. Did you find Henry Grey’s bitter stubbornness tragic?
  • Did Vivi ever really give up hope for Dallas’ freedom even after she signed the divorce papers?
  • What purpose(s) did Noah’s journaling for Mrs. Ivers eventually serve?
  • How well/not so well did the Grey family garden turn out after all was said and done?
  • Rating alert: On a scale from 1 to 10 (1=hated with a passion, 10=completely adored), what do you give True Colors? Interested in reading more novels by Kristin Hannah?

Post away! Also, we’re currently on the lookout for our next book – got a recommendation for book #32?

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10 Responses to Discussion #2 & Final Wrap-Up: True Colors

  1. maksbestfriend says:

    * Which main characters find true love in this novel? Which ones settle and with what results?

    I think that Vivi, and Noah find true love. I think that Winona settles. I think Aurora has figured out that she doesn’t need a man to make her happy.

    * Was Winona selfish in seeking Dallas’ exoneration? What did she eventually achieve?

    I don’t think that she was selfish. I think like she said, it was her only true way of apologizing. Making amends and putting a true family back together again.

    * In the end, realization of the true meaning of “family” took center stage. Did you find Henry Grey’s bitter stubbornness tragic?

    Yes. I think that he needs to get beyond is own anger and grief over the loss of his wife and surround himself with those that truly love him.

    * Did Vivi ever really give up hope for Dallas’ freedom even after she signed the divorce papers?

    Maybe on the surface she did, but I don’t think in her heart she ever did. But she didn’t know what to do.

    * What purpose(s) did Noah’s journaling for Mrs. Ivers eventually serve?

    I think that his journaling helped him to learn more about who he was and what he wanted to be in life and how to better address his anger issues.

    * How well/not so well did the Grey family garden turn out after all was said and done?

    I think that some flowers bloomed and flourished, some bloomed and died, and some never really got the water and love that they needed to grow healthy and strong. And I don’t think that those flowers in the garden were the daughters. I think that the garden that actually went untended was the father’s. His anger and hatred ate him up inside and made him a bitter person. Nothing bloomed in his heart.

    * Rating alert: On a scale from 1 to 10 (1=hated with a passion, 10=completely adored), what do you give True Colors? Interested in reading more novels by Kristin Hannah?

    I give this book a 9! I love how this book kept twisting and turning from one chapter to the next and all of the characters had a vital role to play. I would definitely read another book by Kristin.

  2. * Which main characters find true love in this novel? Which ones settle and with what results?
    Vivi & Dallas, Winona & Luke, Noah & Cici found true love. Although, I tend to think Luke settled with Winona who was in love with him – he had experienced unrequited love with Vivi. Mark was willing to settle for Winona whom he didn’t truly love, but she wanted the real deal like Vivi & Dallas. Aurora settled for the boring, good ‘ole reliable and ended up divorced in the end.

    * Was Winona selfish in seeking Dallas’ exoneration? What did she eventually achieve?
    Initially, I think her actions were self-serving, as she wanted redemption from her lack of support in defending Dallas before he was sentenced to prison. But then later, she focused more on justice and the unfairness of Dallas’ wrongful conviction. She earned dignity and respect for herself and the judicial system by fighting for what she learned to be the truth. She brought the family unit back together again.

    * In the end, realization of the true meaning of “family” took center stage. Did you find Henry Grey’s bitter stubbornness tragic?
    Yes, I did find Henry’s choice to distance himself from the family tragic. He never could be there for anyone emotionally after his wife’s death, which was really too bad for him in the end.

    * Did Vivi ever really give up hope for Dallas’ freedom even after she signed the divorce papers?
    I think she let go just enough to get through the aftermath of his incarceration, however unwillingly. She must’ve had at least a small glimmer of faith left, because she never could "move on" until she was back together with him again. In a way, I wanted them to have a big re-marriage at the end of the book. Wouldn’t that have been great?

    * What purpose(s) did Noah’s journaling for Mrs. Ivers eventually serve?
    At first, the purpose of the Noah’s journal was to keep him from flunking English so that he could go to high school the next fall. But then sharing his thoughts in journal-form allowed Noah to voice his daily experiences, almost as if it were a confidante listening to his thoughts. I got a kick out of "hearing" Noah’s voice through his journal – Kristin Hannah was so keen in using the writings as a way to develop Noah’s character.

    * How well/not so well did the Grey family garden turn out after all was said and done?
    The garden turned out strong and robust after everything they’d experienced. Even though the father checked out and was non-supportive, they fended for themselves and rose to the occasion – battered and bruised, but still hopeful for the future as a family unit.

    * Rating alert: On a scale from 1 to 10 (1=hated with a passion, 10=completely adored), what do you give True Colors? Interested in reading more novels by Kristin Hannah?
    I give True Colors a perfect 10! The book was completely unputdownable and with depth beyond belief. I enjoyed reading Kristin Hannah’s writing and would absolutely be interested in another of her novels. Bravo!

    As for book #32, how about This Charming Man: A Novel or Very Valentine: A Novel? I have both and can be ready with either one.

  3. maksbestfriend says:

    I can order This Charming Man on Sunday or Monday if you can hang out that long? I am also getting the new Jodi Picoult book, Handle With Care.

  4. We might be able to get Ginabeana to read the Marian Keyes novel with us, so let’s give that one a shot.

  5. @maksbestfriend – do you already have ‘Very Valentine’? I’m extremely interested in reading that one… as it stares me in the face. 😮

  6. maksbestfriend says:

    Yes I do..do you want to do that while I wait to get TCM? I signed up again for Amazon Prime! It worked out well last year!

  7. @maksbestfriend – sounds like a deal! I’ll post the announcement/timeline before the weekend is over. This book will be our first by Trigiani – maybe she’ll visit us? We’ll see. Meanwhile, TCM will be #33. 🙂

  8. @maksbestfriend – and Amazon Prime? I’ve renewed mine, too. So glad Jeri pointed us in that direction, it really has worked well in sending our books free at lightening speed. Absolutely LOVE that service.

  9. maksbestfriend says:

    I was checking out your Shelfari, and yes I am a stalker today, I got Savannah Blues on my Audible book club choice today, because it has darn near 5 stars!!! It is an almost 15 hour listen, so this is going to be a good book!

  10. @maksbestfriend – I’ve been offline all day today, but it’s good to be ‘stalked’ while away. 🙂 Yes, that one looks like it has serious potential. Can’t wait to read it while you listen via Audible!

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