A Tumbled Stone Paperback – Mar 22 2012
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Andrea Calvert has run away from home because she couldn't stay on the farm with her foster parents, shaming them before their neighbours and their legalistic church with her pregnancy. She couldn't face going to live with strangers, as her foster mother arranged either. She had to start a new life and do what she wanted to do. So she hops a bus and ends up at Evie's Rocky Road Diner where she takes a job as a waitress. Lucky for Andrea, Evie is a Christian and realizes that God has sent her to her restaurant for more than just a job. Andrea is frightened, alone and confused and is considering her options for the future, one of them being abortion.
In the meantime, Andrea's brother Alex is looking for her. His journey eventually takes him, his wife Kenni and the same detective in One Smooth Stone, right to Evie's Diner. But, not everyone is happy with this turn of events and one person will make a decision that may cost Andrea her life.
The author draws you into the story almost immediately and never lets you go. I loved the way she brought in the subject of forgiveness and God's love without making it too preachy. This story will touch your heart and provide a valuable lesson along the way.
A Tumbled Stone continues the life of Alex Donnelly and his now wife Kenni. At the end of "One Smooth Stone," Alex finds a baby picture of him, and an even younger baby girl, which has to be his sister, one he never knew he had. Now Alex's main mission in life was to find his sister Andrea, the only tie to his real family.
Andrea Calvert's life has been somewhat good, but there's just been something missing. Her foster mom and dad had just never acted right, but Andrea couldn't put her finger on what the problem was. And now Andrea has added to that problem by being in the situation that is now in. And because she didn't want to spend the next 9 months to a year with her mom's sister, she runs away from her home and parents. She lands in the closest nearby town, Regina. Eating at a restaurant and kind of making a joke about the owner needing help because they were so busy, she was surprised and happy that Evie did need help and offered her a job at Evie's Rocky Road Diner. She even had a room above the restaurant for Andrea to live in. It was all coming together for Andrea, for now, until Evie found out about the pregnancy.
Meanwhile Alex had hired a PI to try and find his sister, since he had no idea where to look for her. For some reason, Alex knew he had to find her, and find her fast. Though he didn't know why, he couldn't shake the feeling.
I don't want to give anything else away about either of these books, because it will ruin the reading for you. This book, as well as the first book in the series, is so full of life, good and bad excitement, along with the many twists and turns you will be glued to its pages. I love everything about Alex and Andrea's story, from the first meeting with Alex on through to meeting all of the many people along the way and all of the details in-between. And I really appreciate the way Marcia incorporates the Lord in her stories, just as we should in our everyday lives. And she writes it in a way that is not offensive to anyone because it is just a way of life for the characters.
Again, Marcia Laycock gives us another book that will capture your heart as you continue to follow the life of Alex. And again, Marcia delivers a message of hope to those who have faced the many difficult situations that are mentioned here. To be able to take on the difficulties caused by losing ones parents at an early age, horrific foster care, abusive foster parents, bitterness and hurt, teen pregnancy, abortion, autism, the secrets and lies of Andrea's adoptive parents, whew, and so much more, then pull it all together and come up with a story like this, well it takes an awesome intelligent, gifted and professional writer. And that is just what Marcia Lee Laycock proves she is in her two books. I am not sure if this is the last book in this series, but I am ready for more of Alex and Andrea. And I am sure looking forward to any other books Marcia will be writing.
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.
This novel covers themes of fostering, adoption, teen pregnancy, abortion and infant death.
A Tumbled Stone is the sequel to One Smooth Stone, Marcia has written A Tumbled Stone so well that I didn't realise it was a sequel until I researched Marcia Lee Laycock after I read her book.
Thoughts while reading...
Lies and silence are a hindrance and in no way help heal pain. The truth will set you free.
I highly recommend this book. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.
Whilst Andrea is the heroine, her parents story is fascinating and her lost brother's struggles with life and his relationship kept me wondering. Woven into the story are both sides of abortion and also adoption, a wonderful mother and a mother so hurt that she can't love.
Add a couple of burnt out detectives and a confused bus boy in a roadside diner, and there is an enjoyable mix of unlikely people trying to sort out their lives.
Fast paced, the book changes from one group of characters to another quickly and often, but I could always follow the action.
The love of God is central to the resolution of the story and was naturally presented as part of the plot. Andrea was tumbled over and over, yet the tumbling polished her until she reached clarity and peace.
Thanks Marcia for a great read.