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"A young woman's struggle with issues of domestic abuse, self-doubt and shame . . . a life-changing narrative of courage and faith that keeps the pages turning."  -- Midwest Book Review

About the Author

Gloria Repp delights in exploring the sugar-sand roads, tumbled ruins, and gleaming dark rivers of the New Jersey Pine Barrens. She chose its deep forests as the setting for this story of a wounded but courageous young woman.

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  • File Size: 1050 KB
  • Print Length: 392 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: MTL Resources LLC (December 7, 2012)
  • Publication Date: December 7, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AKZO1HI
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Gloria Repp grew up in the Hawaiian Islands and the Pacific Northwest; it was there she learned a love for wilderness that pervades her writing. She has taught creative writing, worked as an editor, and written books for children, teens, and adults. In addition to wilderness adventures, she enjoys flying in single-engine airplanes and has a particular fondness for owls and frogs.

Each family member has played a unique part in the writing of her books. Her eldest son teaches on the Big Island of Hawaii, and she has made trips with him to lava tubes and Mauna Kea's volcano; she values his insights on the natural sciences and on godly scholarship.

With her Seattle son, daughter-in-law, and grandson, she shares an interest in people and music and journeys of discovery, especially on the Olympic Peninsula. She relies on them for a reality check of plot problems.

Her daughter, who lives in Virginia, is a competent resource in matters of sewing, baking, and midwifery. The two cats who have chosen to grace her daughter's apartment have sufficient character to appear in stories from time to time and often take part in book discussions.

At home, her husband, a pilot and aircraft mechanic, provides valuable input for the aviation elements in her books, entry to the fascinating New Jersey Pine Barrens, and a strong, supporting shoulder. Although she likes traveling to research her novels, she thinks that the best part of every journey is coming home.

Gloria says: "Come talk to me at www.gloriarepp.com"

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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Carol A. Brown on January 6, 2013
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Believable! Just the right combination of action, traumatic dysfunction, mystery and romance. This is a story of broken people finding hope and restoration. Loved it and could not stop reading.

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.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Shelley Hitz on December 17, 2012
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This book centers around a young widow named Madeleine, known as "Mollie". She leaves home to go and help her aunt restore an old home in an attempt to escape her grief and painful past. However, instead she finds healing, hope and love. Not only does she find romantic love, but also a "forever love" in God.

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.

Recommended!
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Julie Elizabeth Powell on January 21, 2013
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The thing I loved most about this book was its writing style. It hooked me to keep reading to 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.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Brenda R. on March 3, 2013
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As an avid reader, it is rare for a book to so capture my attention and imagination that I forget my own life and enter completely into the story. This book accomplished that. The main character is struggling to recapture her life, rediscover her lost self, rekindle her faith and re-imagine her dreams after several devastating life experiences. As a survivor of interpersonal partner violence, she finds it hard to trust, is full of self-doubt and shame and is incredibly hypervigilent--all common consequences of domestic violence. Her deep wounds occurred in community and her healing also begins in community with empathic, kind and loving individuals.

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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Fran on March 6, 2013
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After her father's death and the abrupt end to her abusive marriage, Madeleine decides she needs a change of scenery and her Aunt Lin's manor is just the place to start her new life. God has always been in her life, little does she know she will be needing him now more than ever.........

"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.
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