The Color of Heaven
Written by Julianne MacLean
Sophie Needs Answers:
Sophie arrives at her mother's house, and by her surprise, her mother, Cora, is willing to explain her past, why she left, and why her father has always been so distant.
Growing up, Cora had two best friends: Peter and Matthew. After leaving his friends without saying goodbye, Matthew leaves. Hurt by Matthew's action, Peter and Cora became extremely close and eventually start dating. When Cora entered college, they began talking more about marriage which frightened Cora a lot.
To Cora's surprise, Matt arrived at her college which sent her emotions to a whirl wind. She had so many mixed feelings for Matt: she was angry at him for leaving, she was happy that he was there, but most of all she was worried what Peter was going to say.
Matt told Cora that he was in town for a few weeks visiting, but she knew there was more to it. After days of suspicion, Cora finally confronted Matt and asked why he was really there. Matt told Cora that he had a brain tumor and was going through with a procedure that gave him a 50% chance of surviving.
He wanted to apologize for all the lost years. Cora knew that she needed to be with Matt, and eventually began to fall in love with him. Later, she called Peter and broke up with him (obviously he wasn't very happy, and it is explained more dramatically in the book). Matt and Cora spent every waking moment together.
The night before his surgery arrived, and they exclaimed how much love they had for each other and agreed to get married if he made it through his surgery. As the morning rose, Matt and Cora headed to the hospital. To everyone's surprise, Peter showed up, and he told Cora that he wasn't mad at her and that he just wanted to be there for her and Matt.
Unfortunately, Matthew didn't survive the surgery.
Peter wasn't her real father and that's why they never had a very good relationship. To her father, Sophie was always looked at differently than her sister because of the event that took place between Matt, Cora, and Peter. Peter always knew that Cora loved Matt more than him, and Sophie was Matt's daughter.
Sophie was still confused as to why her mother left when she was young, and Peter told her that she died of cancer, it wasn't her choice.