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One Smooth Stone [Paperback]

Marcia Laycock
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Sept. 12 2007
The novel tells the story of Alex Donnelly who is running and trying to hide from nearly everyone. He has picked a good place to do it - the Yukon - but is pursued by friends, enemies, and most effectively, by God. Burning with the need to know about his parents, Alex returns to his birth-city, Seattle, where he discovers that his mother tried to abort him. The trauma sends him on the run again only to find out God has orchestrated a divine appointment for him back in the Yukon. The story is filled with miraculous healing, struggles with rage, and an obsession with revenge for a childhood abuser. It shows that God never gives up on those whom He has chosen. His mercy and grace extend to those who consider themselves unworthy, and even more so, to those who are considered unworthy in the eyes of the world. Laycock says, "The book tries to illustrate that no matter how far you run, God will find you. No matter how bad you've been, God will forgive you."

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars God Will Find You 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One Smooth Stone - A Great Canadian Read! 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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5.0 out of 5 stars One Great Read! Jan. 8 2011
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars One Smooth Stone June 5 2008
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I expected One Smooth Stone to be good -- after all, it won the Best New Canadian Christian Author award in 2006. I read the first chapter online and was surprised at just how good. Vivid sensory details, strong point of view, and characters the author treats with understanding and compassion. This was my favourite Christian novel that I read in 2007.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This Novel is Overflowing with God's Love! March 12 2010
By Christy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book really exceeded my expectations. It was flat-out just a good story that had a little bit of a mystery going on, a little possibility for romance, and a whole lot of God's love. It was so very refreshing to read a story that dealt with real problems that could only be solved by turning to a real God, and also the continual theme that simply was, "You can't run away from God."

Alex is not a perfect person...not by a long shot. He pretty much becomes a loner once he becomes of age because of how badly he was treated in his early years, especially while he was in the foster system. All of a sudden, there is the possibility that he's about to receive a huge inheritance. That is...if he is the Alex Donnelly that's supposed to be receiving it. Alex actually doesn't care one whit about the money. He just wants some answers for why it involves his parents who passed away when he was just a child.

I loved how, in spite of Alex trying to run away from all that was happening to him at once, there were people all around surrounding him with Christian love. Even though the road was long and hard for pretty much everyone that was involved in Alex's life in some way or another, they never gave up on him. Wow...if only all Christians could respond like that on a daily basis, who knows what God might have in store for them?!?!

This is a great book for men and women alike. It deals with some tough issues, including rape, so it's probably best for just adults. Also, there is supposed to be a sequel in the works to One Smooth Stone....well, there's gotta be one because the very last line of the book is a cliffhanger! Hurry, Marcia, hurry! I'm ready to read it! :o)
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One Smooth Stone - One Great Read! Oct. 18 2010
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Read with setting in the Yukon May 14 2012
By ibjoy1953 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
One Smooth Stone by Marcia Lee Laycock

Alex Donnelly's entire life has been a complete disaster. Where some foster homes are good, Alex ended up in the worst of the worst, with limited food to eat and abuse that no one should face, much less an innocent child. This is why he picked the Yukon to hide from life and everyone in it. And when you hear his story, you won't blame Alex at all. Then the visit came that would change Alex's life forever, that is if Alex really believed what he was hearing.

Alex was special from the beginning, because of his lonely and sad life you can't help but love him. The hurt he had endured in life was so deep that it seemed that Alex was just too far gone to ever be helped. What Alex didn't realize was that he couldn't hide from God. And it seemed there was always a Christian in Alex's path. But Alex would still have to make the decisions. Join Alex as he discovers things about his past, and about God that will capture your heart and keep you in the pages of this book until the end.

I just can't say enough about Marcia Laycock's "One Smooth Stone." I really enjoyed the visit to the Yukon and the other neat places we get to visit during this story. You can tell Marcia has lived near the Yukon and surrounding areas by the vivid details of how she describes the setting. And then there is Alex. I felt so bad for Alex, he was so hurt and bitter, living a lonely life because of how people had treated him. I appreciate Marcia dealing with this side of foster can, and what children actually go though, and the effect it has on their lives.

If you only have time to read two books right now, then Marcia Laycock's "One Smooth Stone" and its sequel, "A Tumbled Stone" need to be the two. The issues Marcia writes about here, and how she writes in her stories that God is in control of our lives, and how we need to Trust Him, are lessons everyone need to learn. Whatever difficulty you have gone through or are going through, this book will be a valuable resource for you to read and keep on hand.

A copy of this book was provided to me by the author, Marcia Lee Laycock, for me to read and review. I was not required or expected to write a positive review. The opinions in this review are mine only. Awesome book, and very well worth your read.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deeply Disturbing and Inspiring at the Same Time May 6 2014
By Cheryl Colwell - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Marcia Laycock does a brilliant job with a difficult subject, abuse in the welfare system, but that is just the back drop as the story reveals inch by inch how God gently brings us to faith. A T-shirt I once read said: Coincidence: God's way of remaining anonymous. One Smooth Stone pulls the curtain away to watch the Spirit's work, not lifting us out of our difficulties, but giving us strength to get through.

The story is rich in accurate details that thoroughly immerse the reader into the unique setting of the wild Yukon territory, where I could feel the ice crystals and the loneliness as Alex tries to hide from his past and find peace, a place that serves as a grand metaphor for each human as they resist the loving call of God. I finished this book within 24 hours, deeply touched and grateful it came to my attention.
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