Monday, May 13, 2013

The Heart Stone by Sherry Kyle

About the Book:

When the biological father of Jessica MacAllister’s son decides to break their custody agreement, Jessica and her son visit her Uncle George for advice and refuge…

Following a year of grief, Evelyn Sweeney is finally ready to move on. Pondering her new path in life, her mind drifts to her first love, George MacAllister…

When the lives of these two women cross, they discover that one heart-shaped ring binds their stories together. But will the results be a rekindled faith and new hope, or will it lead them both back into the darkness they’ve fought for so long?

My Thoughts:

This was a summertime novel I was eager to read. Unfortunately, while the story was well crafted, the characters just never connected with my imagination.

Jessica seemed so stiff, and Evelyn never came alive for me. Uncle George was a curmudgeon, which was understandable considering how his life changed, but even he seemed a bit two dimensional.

Even the scenery didn't capture me, and I'd spend every day of my life on the beach if I could. Fresno? Not so much, but we quickly abandon that city for the coast, where much of the story if set.

Still, while I longed to feel the ocean spray and hear the waves...I didn't. And that made me extremely sad.

Sherry throws in a plot twist, but I saw it coming almost from the beginning. And the ring mentioned on the back cover really doesn't seem to have the significance I thought it should have had in the story.

I received a copy of "The Heart Stone" from Abindgon Press in exchange for an honest review. While I enjoyed the story, I only 'read' about the third of the book. It was too easy to skim pages to get to the heart of the book, which just wasn't big for me.

This is Sherry's second novel, and I'll check out the next book she writes to see how it reads. For now, "The Heart Stone" is mildly recommended.

Happy Reading!



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