The Color of Frost

Fiction - Drama
304 Pages
Reviewed on 02/02/2023
Buy on Amazon

This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Free Book Program, which is open to all readers and is completely free. The author will provide you with a free copy of their book in exchange for an honest review. You and the author will discuss what sites you will post your review to and what kind of copy of the book you would like to receive (eBook, PDF, Word, paperback, etc.). To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email.

This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Review Exchange Program, which is open to all authors and is completely free. Simply put, you agree to provide an honest review an author's book in exchange for the author doing the same for you. What sites your reviews are posted on (B&N, Amazon, etc.) and whether you send digital (eBook, PDF, Word, etc.) or hard copies of your books to each other for review is up to you. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email, and be sure to describe your book or include a link to your Readers' Favorite review page or Amazon page.

This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Donation Program, which was created to help nonprofit and charitable organizations (schools, libraries, convalescent homes, soldier donation programs, etc.) by providing them with free books and to help authors garner more exposure for their work. This author is willing to donate free copies of their book in exchange for reviews (if circumstances allow) and the knowledge that their book is being read and enjoyed. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email. Be sure to tell the author who you are, what organization you are with, how many books you need, how they will be used, and the number of reviews, if any, you would be able to provide.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Emma Megan for Readers' Favorite

The Color of Frost by Kasey Rogers is a delightful novel exploring themes relevant to modern life. It follows Nina DeMarco, a twenty-seven-year-old woman, as she contemplates the futility of her life. After almost five years of being happily married, her husband informs Nina that their marriage is over and that he and his new girlfriend plan on taking over her only home. However, Nina is determined not to give in to her husband’s demands. With both of her adoptive parents long gone, no friends, and no job, Nina is left at the mercy of fate. She will either have to fight for her home or move someplace new and start all over again, discover its mysteries and maybe make some friends.

The Color of Frost by Kasey Rogers has the most beautiful and powerful ending that I have ever encountered. This novel is well worth reading as it contains precious messages, a call to action to end the violence against women, and tackles the prejudice against LGBTQ people as well as the stigma associated with adoption. It's a profoundly moving and empowering story about the dark moments we all face that change our lives for the better. Dealing with loss, failure, suicidal thoughts, and hidden secrets and mysteries, Rogers's novel is utterly engaging and ultimately hopeful. This riveting work is part mystery and part historical fiction. It is a fantastic read for anyone interested in a book that honors other women’s rights and tackles themes such as anxiety, depression, abuse, adoption, homosexuality, suicide, and friendship.

Ananya Hazarika

The Color of Frost by Kasey Rogers narrates the story of Nina DeMarco, a woman in her late twenties who finds a new love in her life post-divorce. As she suffers from undiagnosed depression, Nina struggles to find hope to live. But she challenges herself to overcome her loss by going on a mission to search for a woman she forms a deep connection with, a mysterious Lilia Michaud, the author of a series of letters that Nina discovers in the crawlspace of the attic in her house. Her curiosity increases when she finds herself solving mysteries as she keeps learning about more letters and hidden boxes. With many events surprising her, Nina goes on an adventure and explores the unimaginable to find her strength, self-reliability, and the importance of being independent. She meets delightful individuals, makes friends, and builds healthy relationships with them, directly or indirectly rescuing each other from conflicts in their lives. It makes her realize what she has been missing all these years, as she devoted most of her time to her ex-husband, Richard, and his family. The Color of Frost is an inspiring and touching story about love, loss, kinship, achievement, and exploration.

In The Color of Frost, Kasey Rogers meticulously deals with the subject of loss and grief. While also doing an excellent job at creating a world of exquisite three-dimensional characters and narratives that create mental images, the narration takes the reader into Lilia's life through the letters that Nina reads. The reader can instantly see themselves living in the story. The characters' lives are described symbolically through specific books and movies like Anne of Green Gables, The Golden Notebook, and Diary of a Mad Housewife, which is laudable. Kasey has included multiple social themes, such as child abuse, domestic violence, education, sexual abuse, gender equality, childhood trauma, women's rights, sexual orientation, and mental health. Minute details are described metaphorically with rhetorical language, making The Color of Frost a soulful read. Through historical references like the recession and the Great Depression, Kasey reaches the audience through circumstances that people are familiar with in life.

K.C. Finn

The Color of Frost is a work of fiction in the interpersonal drama, social issues, and mental health writing subgenres. It is best suited to the general adult reading audience owing to its frank discussion of abuse, depression, and anxiety, and was penned by Kasey Rogers. The story follows the difficult life of protagonist Nina DeMarco, a young woman plagued by inner demons who sorely needs peace and balance in her life. When she discovers the letters of Lilia Michaud, the previous resident of her apartment, Nina finds an uncanny sense of connection with the experiences of the other young woman in escaping from abuse and searching for a better life.

Kasey Rogers delivers an incredibly heartfelt tale that feels so well-crafted that it could have jumped right out of an autobiography. It’s easy to see that Rogers put a lot of heart, soul, and personal experience into the character creation of both Nina and Lilia. This lends credence to the nightmare situations they found themselves in, and the incredible resilience with which they strove to escape is admirable. The pacing of the novel works well to deliver new twists and develops so that we’re right on Nina’s shoulder, making discoveries and breakthroughs with her. I also appreciated that the plot is not overfilled and it gives readers time to breathe and process the seriously emotional storyline. The Color of Frost is an engrossing read that will satisfy fans of emotional drama as well as those who want to take a closer look at realistically portrayed tales of recovering your mental health.

Maria Victoria Beltran

The Color of Frost by Kasey Rogers is the story of an adopted twenty-seven-year-old woman named Nina DeMarco. After going through a failed marriage, Nina suffers from anxiety and depression. Eventually, she moves to an attic apartment. She meets new friends and discovers a series of letters hidden in the crawlspace of her apartment. A mysterious lady, Lilia Michaud, is the owner of the letters that Nina had found. Despite the two women having lived decades apart, Nina learns more about Lilia's life as she reads through the letters, which related to her hardships. As she slowly overcomes her sense of despair from her marriage, Nina goes on a journey to find Lilia. Will Nina finally be free from her past, or will she continue to succumb to it?

The Color of Frost by Kasey Rogers is not just the story of Nina DeMarco's journey of self-discovery after a horrible divorce. It is also an account of love, loss, rebirth, empowerment, equality, and much more. The way Rogers interweaves the characters, events, and plots within the narrative is almost overwhelming at times. Her use of the house to help the story move forward is something that I applaud. Rogers uses everything at her disposal to tell a tale that is deeply rooted in pain, loss, hope, and love. Although I found the book to be longer than it could have been, the interesting twists and turns should keep readers engaged. This story echoes the plight of other people who have suffered at the deepest level and yet, through sheer will, perseverance, and love found the light and a new hope that they can share with those they care about.

Pikasho Deka

The Color of Frost is a slice-of-life drama novel by Kasey Rogers. Twenty-seven-year-old Nina DeMarco's seemingly humdrum life turns upside down when her marriage breaks down, and her husband, Richard, makes it his mission to take everything that Nina has got. This includes the house Richard inherited from his relatives. While rummaging through the attic, Nina stumbles upon letters belonging to a woman named Lilia Michaud. As she reads the letters, Nina finds Lilia to be a kindred spirit whose tragic past reminds her of her own struggles. As Nina searches for a way to bring closure to Lilia, she realizes there are other people who are in need of help from time to time. Will her new friends be able to bring back the joy she seemed to have lost somewhere along the way?

Although filled with heartbreak and tragedy, Kasey Rogers's emotionally resonant drama novel leaves readers with a hopeful note in the end. The Color of Frost is a story about a young woman who is trapped in a cycle of despair when she rediscovers her lust for life after bonding with like-minded individuals going through hardships of their own. This is very much a character-driven narrative, and Rogers develops her characters in a way that their struggles and motives feel genuine and realistic, making their plights relatable to the reader. Nina is a person who feels like someone you may have met before in life. Overall, The Color of Frost touches upon some relevant social issues and is a fantastic book for readers who love character-driven stories.