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on July 24, 2012
I've been looking forward to this sequel to "One Smooth Stone". "A Tumbled Stone" was worth the wait. I was drawn into the struggles of Alex, his sister and her foster parents as each grappled with becoming free to express and receive the love everyone longs for. What each character copes with on this quest makes for a totally satisfying "page-turner".
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on January 18, 2013
In the long-awaited sequel to her debut novel One Smooth Stone, Marcia Laycock tells the story of Alex's sister Andrea. Also left in foster care, Andrea is now facing a crisis pregnancy herself. Running away to Saskatoon, Andrea finds a job in a diner where she connects with the motherly owner and the mentally handicapped busboy. Meanwhile, Alex is looking for her, desperate not only to reconnect with his only family member, but also wanting to pass on important medical information about their mother. I enjoyed meeting Alex again and getting to know Andrea. At times, the story felt a bit "preachy" - several characters share their testimonies - but in the end, it was fun to see how all the threads of the stories came together to produce a happy ending for each character.
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