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This was a movie on the Hallmark Channel. Both are based on the true story about a couple who get together after both of their spouses die tragically of cancer. They merge their families, united in their shared experiences. Then they start The New Day Foundation, which helps other families who go through these similar experiences.  They als have a weekly talk radio show in Detroit.

It's a very interesting and uplifting book. If you are religious or have gone through losing a family member, or if you simply like inspirational stories, you'll probably enjoy this. My only complaint is that there are many characters introduced, and it changes voice often, so I got a little confused. But I do admit that it's not my type of book, so I probably could have paid better attention. I usually only read fiction, and I'm not spiritual at all. Check it out for yourself!

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Hallmark Movie Channel


LACEY CHABERT (“Mean Girls,” “Party of Five”) & WARREN CHRISTIE (“Alphas,” “Happy Town”)


MICHAEL and GINA SPEHN authors of the New York Times bestselling book The Color of Rain

DAN PAULSON, Executive Producer of ‘THE COLOR OF RAIN


The Hallmark Movie Channel Original World Premiere “The Color of Rain” airs

Saturday, May 31 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, 8C

2011 New York Times bestselling book

The Color of Rain autographed by Michael and Gina

“Inspirational, Touching and Real”

In the emotional true story of an unexpected new beginning in the face of unimaginable loss, Lacey Chabert (“Mean Girls,” “Party of Five”) and Warren Christie (“Alphas,” “Happy Town”) star in the Hallmark Movie Channel Original World Premiere “The Color of Rain,” premiering Saturday, May 31 (9 p.m. ET/PT, 8C). Inspired by the true story of Gina Kell and Michael Spehn and their 2011 New York Times bestselling book, the film follows both families as they become one after cancer tragically claims both Gina’s husband and Michael’s wife just six weeks apart. 

When young husband and father Matt Kell succumbs to a terminal cancer diagnosis on Christmas day 2005, his widow, Gina (Chabert) and two young boys are left to cope with the pain of his loss while their close church community gathers around them for support. In a gut-wrenching coincidence, just weeks after Matt’s death, the Spehn’s mom, Cathy, is also suddenly taken by cancer, leaving her distraught husband, Michael (Christie), to care for their three kids on his own. Sensing the hopelessness in Michael she so recently saw in herself, Gina reaches out to Michael and his kids and the two families begin to forge an unlikely friendship. During the year that follows, their lives become intertwined as they learn to lean on each other during, at-times, insurmountable obstacles, tears and adversity. They begin to heal with laughter, compassion and faith. And, when Gina and Michael realize their newfound bond could be more than just friendship, they struggle against surprising resistance from their families and community to unite their two grieving families as one, and eventually learn to open their hearts to love again.

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