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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Castle Quay Books (Sept. 12 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1894860349
  • ISBN-13: 978-1894860345
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.4 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,162,112 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By TKrauss on Jan. 8 2011
Format: Paperback
Alex Donnelly is a man on the run ' from the law and from the past. What better place to hide than the vast and rugged wilderness of the Yukon? Unexpectedly, he inherits a large sum of money and must leave the relative safety of his backwoods cabin and travel to Seattle to claim his inheritance. While there, some very disturbing revelations surface about his past and he is once again haunted by the demons of his abusive childhood while in foster care. He also meets Kenni Adams, daughter of a wealthy lawyer. The two are instantly attracted to one another, but Alex can't let go of his mistrust and sense of inferiority. Even more important, he can't believe in a loving God, as Kenni does, who would allow all the pain and turmoil in his life. He runs back to the Yukon, but instead of finding peace, his life become even more complicated as he meets with an unlikely mentor and his life is placed in danger of the deadliest kind.

Marcia Laycock constructs an intriguing, action packed story that combines an ever twisting plot, spectacular natural descriptions, and well developed characters, with a heart felt message of God's grace and mercy. She manages to expose the ugliness of sexual and emotional abuse in a way that elicits sympathy for both the victim and the perpetrator, yet still leaves room for hope and healing. Her descriptions of the Yukon are very true to reality, and her characters ' even the Christians ' are real human beings with frailties. This was a page turner. I honestly couldn't put it down once I got reading and wanted to follow through right to the end. I highly recommend ONE SMOOTH STONE.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bonnie Way on Feb. 24 2009
Format: Paperback
One Smooth Stone is the story of Alex Donnelly, a young man who has spent the last five years hiding out the Yukon - trying to escape his past, the police, and God. But with the passing of his twenty-first birthday comes an inheritance from his parents... money they left in trust for him before they died when he was a child... money that came from the lawyer's settlement in a court case against a doctor for failing to abort Alex.

Marcia writes a grimly realistic tale of one man's struggle with his past and with God. Alex was raised in foster homes, abused and mistreated, and the memories of those days still haunt him. He is angry at God for letting those things happen, angry at those who abused him, and just wants to forget about them. But God is after him, and uses even a blizzard and a grizzly bear to get Alex's attention.

One Smooth Stone won the 2006 Best New Canadian Christian Author Award from Castle Quay Books. This novel hooked me at the first page and wouldn't let me go until I'd closed the last page.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ruth L. Snyder on Sept. 3 2009
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Marcia Laycock's novel, One Smooth Stone, has all the elements of a great read: intrigue, fast-paced action, real life characters, and page turning suspense. Marcia's vividly descriptive writing makes you feel as if you are living the story. This is the best novel I have read this year.

Alex Donnelly is running from his past. That's the reason he lives in a remote area of the Yukon. However, one day his past catches up to him. Now he has to decide whether he will keep running or not. Will he have the strength to face the truth about his birth parents? Will he be able to put a stop to the brutality he lived through? And above all, will he allow himself to be loved and accepted by God?
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