The Forever Stone (The Dumont Chronicles Book 1) Kindle Edition
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- Book 1 of 2 in The Dumont Chronicles (2 Book Series)
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Madeline (Mollie), widowed, feels broken and unable to love or trust again. She flees the legally shady, shallow, dysfuncional presence of her mother and the pressure of family to remarry after her husband's death--a tragedy for which she is grateful? She flees to stay with a paternal aunt to help restore an old mansion and develop a plan to become strong again and independent. The aunt while providing a place where Mollie can deal with grief and get her head together, flits in and out as Mollie and crew clean and restore room after room. In the community Mollie encounters secret upon secret, broken families, broken parents, broken children and animals--all of whom seem to find their way into Mollie's heart and some into her home. Even a "snake" got into the house, but you will have read to the end to find how he was "smoked out!" In the process of helping others she not only becomes an instrument of healing but at the same time finds love and healing herself.
At one point I wished I could see how much of the book remained. I wanted the sad, horrid happenings to stop but they kept going on and on! Yet, I could not put the book down! I thought the depiction very believable. Some people's lives do seem to keep going from one horrible event to another! Repp did a masterful job in depicting teen responses to emotional and physical abuse, post-traumatic stress and the grief process. I also appreciated the strength, wisdom and faith of Timothy -- and that God's "forever love" won the day!
I would heartily recommend this book. Good characters, good development and never preachy. The story was gripping. I think anyone who reads would enjoy it.
I received this book in a free kindle promotional without expectation of a positive review or any review.
I enjoyed reading this book - I enjoyed the story and the deeper meaning behind it. It was a good reminder to me of God's "forever love" - even in the midst of difficult circumstances.
Throughout the book is also woven a mystery that is solved at the end.
Yes, there were a lot of religious references, but even as a non-believer, I found it a quiet and loving belief - though I suppose Mollie should have been given credit for her strength, I suppose it was the author's way of giving it to her.
It's a great story, I loved the characters. There was suspense, mystery and romance, all superbly written.
I don't give spoilers but will recommend this story as a good read.
Ms. Repp is a masterful storyteller and demonstrates an understanding of the deeper issues and consequences of major life devastations. She handles the faith component with grace and gentleness--not superficially and simplistic--but with a childlike trust as a beginning to the healing process. I highly recommend this book.
"The Forever Stone" by Gloria Repp is as story of a young woman, Madeleine, who feels she need to change her life and regain her independence. She lost her father - whom she dearly loved, suffered unspeakable abuse from her husband and was freed from that abuse when her husband died in a car accident. Aunt Lin made her an offer to stay and help her at the Manor. It is just what she needs to start her new life. After arriving, mysteries start popping up around every corner and she is finding herself right in the middle of it. Through it all, she learns to put her trust back in God and to call on him in times of need. She also learns to trust her gut feelings and finally she learns to love again.
"The Forever Stone" classified as a Christian Romance novel, but it is much more than that. You will find a little mystery, some suspense, a bit of detective work and some action combined with God's healing, a new found self and love all wrapped up into one novel. Gloria Repp's talent for writing really shines in this book. She introduces so many seemingly unrelated characters - each with their own piece of the puzzle - and masterfully weaves them all together to create this novel you will find hard to put down.
Note: I did receive a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Had a little trouble sticking to the end on this one. Not sure exactly why.Published 9 days ago by Barbara Collins
"I borrowed this book, and this is my honest review." This is a wonderful book of mystery, romance, and healing. Mystery keeps you guessing and intrigued throughout. Read morePublished 6 months ago by I love books
This was a nice story. I love stories of faith. I liked Tim's character but would have liked to know more about his background.Published 7 months ago by Kindle Customer
Great story that includes wonderful truths about God. Loved getting to know the characters and am looking forward to the second book in the series.Published 10 months ago by Kindle Customer
Thought I had already reviewed this book, but cannot find it, and do want to review this fabulous read! Read morePublished 13 months ago by D. Hannon
Mystery! Romance! Believable characters! Unpredictable, exciting ending! This novel has it all, plus Christian values and principles. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Ruth Lowrie
Never fear. No foul language, sex, some violence. Proving a great story can be ENGAGING without them. I definitely recommend.Published 19 months ago by Barbara Carpenter
This is a good story with very lovable characters. I wanted it to continue, it kind of left me hanging at the end on some of the characters. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Ladybug
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