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Blue by You

By Larry B. Gildersleeve


Daniel, a former D.C. trial attorney, has fled to Colorado following the cancer death of his young wife, a woman he'd known since their childhood. It's in a rural mountain setting two years later that a chance encounter results in a one-week love affair with Paula, a lifestyle writer from Nashville.

Paula is a person of faith; Daniel was while his wife was alive, but no longer. There is a soft-touch Christian theme throughout the book, especially about the power of prayer and the reality of redemption.

Paula leaves after the seven days, promising to return, but doesn't. And Daniel never hears from her again. They are reunited over twenty years later in Nashville, but a rare illness has deprived Paula of any memory of Daniel.

The two former lovers have been living very different lives over the years before they're brought together again by an up and coming country music singer who might be their daughter.

Daniel struggles with reliving his Colorado memories while falling in love with the same woman again who now can't share those memories with him. Together, they make new memories they can share -- until time runs out.

The book's title is wordplay on the song Blue Bayou, with Blue being an Australian Shepherd Paula comments is often by Daniel's side.

Book Takeaway:

There are second chances in life, especially for love.


Year Title Description
2023 Illumination Award 2023 Bronze medal for Christian Romance Fiction
2022 Writers Digest Writing Competition 2022 Writers Digest Writing Competition

Why the author wrote this book:

It’s a story I’d been developing slowly for a few years, and when finished I felt it worthy of sharing. I was right. It became an award-winning novel.


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