Heart Seasons

The Rainbow Revelation

Christian - Fiction
302 Pages
Reviewed on 01/15/2017
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Author Biography

Dianna Donnely is a lifelong resident of the Pacific Northwest who spent her early years on the Northern Oregon coast and who now resides in the Portland Oregon area. She is currently the author of Heart Seasons: The Rainbow Revelation. This story was inspired by real life events and the never-ending search for an understanding of life’s purpose.

In addition to writing, she is passionate about a “Healthy Happy Lifestyle" and "Real Food Meals.” As Lily, the lead character in Heart Seasons, would say, “I love to read cookbooks as if they were novels!”

Watch for a series of “Real Food Meals Recipes” books that will be coming in the future. Until the first recipe book is published, please visit our website to view step-by-step instructions, along with color pictures and recipe cards available to print for the recipes you like. And for upcoming release dates.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

Heart Seasons: The Rainbow Revelation by Dianna Donnely is written after the author faced a medical crisis, and it encapsulates the different periods of the author’s life. She has made it interesting and colorful by giving the sessions in the book the colors of the rainbow. The seven bands she has used symbolize the opening of her heart to God’s love and becoming whole. The author connects each color with the seasons of her heart and she reiterates the power and love of God in our lives. The book opens with the emotionally intense color red, where readers get to see the loss of the author’s two immediate family members and her medical problem. The book is about faith, love, gratitude, and self-discovery and will inspire readers to look into their lives and have faith in God’s will.

I liked the concept of using the rainbow to depict the different moods of the author and it works aptly with the experiences endured by the author. She looks at the rainbow as a reminder of God’s faithfulness, as it always appears after a storm. The manner in which the author has given colors to her different emotions makes it a colorful read, and it is also encouraging to note how she discovered her two new passions. The author’s love for healthy and nutritious food runs through the book.

The spiritual vibes stand out well throughout the book and the fictional story, based on her real life and God’s whispers, connects well with readers. The book is insightful and uplifting and will make readers feel God’s grace and His mighty power.

Vernita Naylor

"I simply admired rainbows, but now I see them as a smile from God that reassures me I’m traveling down the right path. Whenever I see a rainbow, it is a reminder of God’s faithfulness,” says Lily Marie Eastbrook Rhodes in Heart Seasons: The Rainbow Revelation by Dianna Donnely. Did you know that colors are connected to various types of emotions that send messages. Dianna Donnely uses what she calls The Rainbow Revelation to give meanings of colors - from violet which means our future, dreams and faith, and green for renewal, balance and well-being, to yellow which brings with it caution, clarity and awareness. Dianna Donnely walks us through the different seasons of real life experiences as expressed through colors, using Lily Marie Eastbrook Rhodes as the fictional character to tell the story. Through these stories we are shown how God’s love, mercy and grace have been the catalyst for the challenges and the paths of what we call life.

You will become empowered and maybe see a glimpse of your life as you read Heart Seasons: The Rainbow Revelation by Dianna Donnely. Despite the fact that Dianna Donnely is the author, you will read stories from others about their journey. What was inspiring was not only the colors that opened each chapter - from violet and indigo to red - but there were appropriate scriptures tied to each story. I truly enjoyed reading Heart Seasons: The Rainbow Revelation by Dianna Donnely and I am sure you will too. In order to complete Heart Seasons: The Rainbow Revelation by Dianna Donnely, you will be introduced to some delectable baking recipes. Enjoy!

Cheryl E. Rodriguez

Heart Seasons - The Rainbow Revelation by Dianna Donnely is a message from the heart. Meet Lily Marie Eastbrook Rhodes. Lily is a devoted wife, loving daughter, and a loyal, hard working, career-minded woman. After a set of very unfortunate events, namely “career-stressed” illnesses, Lily and her husband, Ryan, move back to her beloved hometown of Beachville, OR. After returning home, a list of new worries begins to surface. Through each tragic circumstance of Lily’s life, God makes Himself known. Time and time again, Lily recognizes another “God Thing” occurrence in her life. After a time of soul searching, Lily realizes that God moved her to her childhood hometown to discover Him. “If you’re looking for it, God shows up in the simplest ways to let you know He’s there.”

Dianna Donnely pens a testimonial of faith in Heart Seasons - The Rainbow Revelation. Donnely sets the stage by preparing the reader with insights into the colors of the rainbow spectrum. Each of the colors represents a season of the heart for her main character. The theme of God’s covenant promise flows throughout the narrative. Written in first person, the story is told through the heroine. In the beginning of the novel, the writing style is a bit choppy, but before long, a gentle rhythm develops and I found myself immersed in the life of the main character. How much can one family take? The conflicts are heart-wrenching and real, yet the resolve of the characters to carry on is astonishing. My favorite line: “It’s not how you begin your life that matters, it's how you choose to make the journey.” This statement is profoundly true. Heart Seasons reveals the patient, ever-presence of God. His ways and His timing are perfect, and truly “God gives us grace for the season we are in.”

Sefina Hawke

Heart Seasons (The Rainbow Revelation) by Dianna Donnely is a Christian fiction novel that will appeal most to an audience made up of primarily Christian adults, though some mature young adults may also enjoy the book. Heart Seasons is a fictional story following Lilly Marie Eastbrook Rhodes that is based on the author’s own life experiences. Heart Seasons has a set of themes which are: nutritious foods, cooking, writing, baking, food photography, and blogging.

Heart Seasons is a well written book that had me laughing so hard that I had tears in my eyes at some points. It was easy to see how, while the book itself was fiction, that it was based on real moments in the author’s life. I particularly enjoyed the parts of the book on blogging as I learned some new things that I plan to include in my own blogging in the future. I also never really knew that food photography was a real photography area and I can’t wait to tell a friend of mine about how she can combine her love of cooking, photography, and blogging together. All in all, I found Heart Seasons (The Rainbow Revelation) by Dianna Donnely to be an inspirational read that has inspired me to begin to make some real changes in my own life.

Jane Finch

Heart Seasons by Dianna Donnely, also sub-titled The Rainbow Revelation, is the story of the Eastbrook family and their lives, loves, and losses as they grow up in Beachville, Oregon. The book begins with an explanation of The Rainbow Revelation, explaining the colours of the rainbow and how each one has a specific meaning. The book then chronicles the family – specifically Lily Eastbrook – on her journey through the various colour times of her life, referred to in the book as her ‘journey of miracles.’ It follows all the close family members and friends, and the important roles they each played in the life of Lily Eastbrook.

The author, Dianna Donnely, explains the inspiration behind writing this book, and the revelation that came with it. She has based the book on events written in her own journal, but in the fictional life of Lily Eastbrook. Such was the clarity and emotion of the writing that I completely forgot the book was fictional and imagined the whole story as being that of the life of the author. I would imagine there is quite a fine line between fact and fiction. There is quite a lot of attention to detail, which at times can have the effect of slowing down the pace, but this does not detract from the story and at times enhances it. At the beginning there are quite a lot of family relationships to decipher, but once that is clear the book flows well and fills the reader with a mixture of emotions from sadness to laughter. A well-constructed story that holds the reader’s attention to the end.