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The Distant Shore (Stone Trilogy Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Mariam Kobras
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Book Description

Winner of the 2012 Independent Publisher's Bronze Medal
Amazon Bestseller

There's nothing like receiving a letter from a teenage son you knew nothing about, but that's what happens to international rock star, Jonathon Stone. He drops everything to find the boy, and his mother, the girl he loved so many years ago who left him when his rock n roll life became too much for her to bear.

Seeing her is like falling in love all over again, and everything seems perfect, until someone sets out to destroy their idyllic life.

It felt as if the universe itself had opened to welcome us into its embrace . . . It still feels that way to me, Naomi, every time we are together. It feels that way when you walk into a room and I see you. Now that I have you back, I feel the unbearable emptiness of those years without you. I was selfish, distracted, and uncaring. You should never have had to endure what you did, and I should have fought a lot harder to find you again . . .

Editorial Reviews


"This is a delicious book, one that demands tea or chocolate and hours to savor the words and thoughts of her characters . . . the story tumbles out beautifully, structured with a sense of inevitability--and yet I still found myself surprised. Mariam hits familiar notes and yet the story feels altogether fresh. She is a lovely writer and one to watch." --Johanna Harness, Author of Spillworthy

"A gorgeous book; from the strangely tactile, softly coloured cover right through to the unresolved ending, Kobras plays on all the senses to weave a tale of love that is bigger than either of the main characters. Her style is reminiscent of Anita Shreve, and if you liked Body Surfing, then you will love this." --Jane Travers

"Kobras delivers a story of love that transcends time and crosses continents. Poignant and beautiful . . . Fans will appreciate her fresh voice." --Donna Carrick, author of IPPY Award-winner,The First Excellence

About the Author

Award-winning author Mariam Kobras was born in Frankfurt, Germany. Growing up, she lived with her family in Brazil and Saudi Arabia before they decided to settle in Germany. She attended school there and studied American literature and psychology at Justus-Liebig-University in Giessen. Today she writes and lives in Hamburg, Germany, with her husband, two sons, and two cats.

The storyline for The Distant Shore was inspired by her fascination with the limitations fame can impose on people. Her book explores the value of love in a world where money and a front-page photo are sometimes more important than a person's soul.

Product Details

  • File Size: 785 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0984203540
  • Publisher: Buddhapuss Ink LLC (January 16, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007B4X7TE
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #586,610 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Start of a great trilogy December 11, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I normally don't like rock star romances although I do like secret baby plotline. Well this secret baby is 16 years old when he (not the heroine contacts the hero). The rock star, Jon Stone, is a very good hero. He is caring for the heroine, but not a pushover. He has his own demons to fight and overcome but they do not take up the entire story.

The heroine, Naomi, is not too stupid or too naive to live, as many rock star romance heroines end up. She has her own issues - her family being one. However this is a family that loves her. I won't do spoilers but the conflict between Jon and Naomi's family (while not the major conflict of the book) is well drawn and believable.

Speaking of secondary characters, beside Naomi's family, they are all well fleshed out. Sal, Jon's manager, is not only caring for Jon's ability to make money (another rock star romance cliché). Joshua (the secret baby) is also well drawn - although sometime way too mature for a 16 year old.

Since this is the beginning of a trilogy there is no happy ever after or even happy for now at the end of this book. I enjoyed A Distant Shore so much I have already bought the second in the Stone Trilogy - Under the Same Sun. I am looking forward eagerly to the third book.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful and Authentic Voice February 4, 2013
I truly enjoyed everything about this strong and well-written novel. One of my favorite things was that despite the many interruptions I had while reading, the plot line and characterizations were so compelling that I never forgot where I was each time I picked up the book. In fact, everything is so real here that I now feel as if I know these people and could sit down and have a conversation with them.

Mariam Kobras has a real gift for description, and I loved the settings in particular; some of the passages read like poetry. Reading her book was the equivalent of taking a vacation--and to my mind that's the best kind of reading experience there is.

I have already purchased the next in the series and look forward to Book #3. Jon, Naomi, and the deep bond that ties them together are now a permanent part of my literary vocabulary--so glad I found these books!
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Difficult Read....Then... June 10, 2013
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I found the dialogue to be stilted, uncomfortable. It didn't flow. It was very difficult for me to read this whole book, but I forced myself to finish it. There was no warmth. It felt very cold and hard, miserable. Maybe that was what the writer was trying to convey. The first chapters were painful to get through.

Then.....I found myself caught up in the storyline. It was still difficult to read. It put me in the mind of a foreign film with subtitles. Sometimes the emotions of the characters you see don't match the subtitles you are reading. I still felt the need to complete the journey. There was the sense that the storyline and the underlying storyline didn't quite mesh.

Part of me wants to read the second book, but I'm not sure if I want to deal with the turmoil. I always felt like Naomi needed medication and Jon was a tad too obsessive or oblivious. Even when they would come together, I felt like they were talking at each other instead of to each other. Maybe in the second book, the storyline will feel more cohesive.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Immediately Compelling July 5, 2013
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I meant to just read a couple pages of this book and then go start my work. But the image of a man actually flying halfway around the world to ask a woman why in the hell she never told him he had a son was very compelling. I was drawn in within minutes, and I actually stayed up half the night to finish the book.
I actually loved some of the lesser characters in the book more than the main characters - Naomi was a wonderful character but she was so rude to people that I kept getting mad at her! Jon needed to be ignored in a school cafeteria a few times, or maybe slapped with one of his gaudy shirts, because he was so full of himself. In spite of that, their love was palpable, and after all, humans are flawed.
The thing I loved most about this book, though, was that it surprised me. I kept expecting certain things to happen and then being shocked by the story taking a different direction. I have read an awful lot of books, so being surprised is a genuinely pleasurable experience.
Also, Ms. Kubras' writing is gorgeous. I disagree with some of the other reviewers' avowals that "people don't talk that much"...I happen to talk that much, and my husband, who is sappy and in love with me, talks that much, too. We have conversations that are sort of similar to some I saw in this book, and I appreciate that. Writing rules are made to be broken, and Ms. Kubras has broken some in a delightful way.
Looking forward happily to reading the next book in the series!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful, Romantic, and Unexpected July 6, 2014
Author Mariam Kobras expertly weaves a story about love, loss, and redemption, and the price that each can cost us.

The book opens as Jon and Naomi "discover" one another again (after years apart) because of their teenage son. The twist? Jon doesn't know the boy exists.

In the opening pages, Jon receives a letter from a Scandinavian teenager who claims to be his son ... by Jon's long-lost love, Naomi, who disappeared many years before without an explanation. Jon, a rock star, hops on a plane to investigate the letter, and soon finds himself face to face with his long-lost love ... and his son.

Mariam Kobras has written an unusual and interesting love story. The primary tension here doesn't come from love triangles or lovers who constantly split apart and get back together. The reader isn't whipsawed back and forth across the teeth of a jagged, painful story. Instead, Kobras offers a rich, layered, romantic story with realistic tension, thoughtful characters, and real depth of narrative and plot.

Speaking as someone who normally reads in the "blow things up, find the killer, and save the world" genres, I found this a refreshing and unexpected story, and would recommend it both to fans of romance and relationship-centric novels as well as anyone looking for an interesting change of pace.

Disclosure: I know Mariam Kobras (the author) through Twitter and Facebook, and consider her a lovely person. That fact did not influence this review.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Long, but a unique being the scenes approach
A little long, but an enjoyable story with a twist. The story takes a look at the life being being famous
Published 14 days ago by S Sybert
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I truly enjoyed reading this book and have purchased the other two books in the trilogy.
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Published 2 months ago by Tammy Edwards
2.0 out of 5 stars I felt like I was rereading the same thing over and over
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4.0 out of 5 stars Strong characters and sense of place
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Great read! First I have read of her .different from other romance novels.
Published 5 months ago by Jean B
1.0 out of 5 stars not understanding why???
I normally dont write reviews and when I do its because I feel strongly about something. I am an avid reader and I am not too picky. But the book has to engage me. Read more
Published 6 months ago by elizabeth Schultz
4.0 out of 5 stars I thought te plot was great and the writing was quite good
I thought te plot was great and the writing was quite good, but I felt there was a nagging repetition that made me set it aside a few times. Read more
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Three-time Independent Publisher's Book Award Winner, Mariam was born in Frankfurt, Germany. Growing up, she and her family lived in Brazil and Saudi Arabia before they decided to settle in Germany. Mariam attended school there and studied American Literature and Psychology at Justus-Liebig-University in Giessen. Today she lives and writes in Hamburg, Germany, with her husband, two sons, and two cats.

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