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  • "... riveting ... memorable and well-sketched ... an exciting read ... With candor, sensitivity and suspense, this novel weaves together elements of mystery and emotion ..." -- Kirkus Reviews
  • #1 in Contemporary Women's Fiction during Amazon Kindle promos. Over 100,000 downloads.
  • "A powerful debut novel ... Stone skillfully propels you through the truth of a family tragedy that reverberates from one generation to the next, as she unravels a complicated mess, trying to right the wrong with memorable characters you feel you know from somewhere. Possibly your own family."      Ann Leifeste, producer, PBS
  • "...profound and beautifully crafted"    Book Bub

From the Author

This novel is for readers who wonder where they came from, not geographically, but in the family sense. We can't understand our own stories without exploring the lives of our parents  -- what shaped, wounded, drove, or stopped them? Truth, even if it's painful, is liberating. I hope you find sharing the journey worthwhile. -- Cynthia

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  • File Size: 771 KB
  • Print Length: 325 pages
  • Publisher: Violet Crown Publishers (September 12, 2012)
  • Publication Date: September 12, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009AFINNW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,090 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Cynthia Stone believes she and Sting were twins separated at birth, because they share the same birthday and original last name. Since she's a native Austinite, some complications in proving their kinship are sure to arise. All of which provides creative fodder for the family sagas she loves to write. Cynthia wrote her first story at age five and has continued to indulge that Muse ever since. Her checkered career includes magazine publishing, copywriting, professional fundraising for the fine arts, antiques importing, and interior decorating. She still lives in Austin with her ever-patient husband, Gerald.

Connect with Cynthia online: www.TreatyOakPublishers.com

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MASON'S DAUGHTER invites the reader into the life of a single parent of a moody teenager, reminding parents that one cannot parent their own children without knowing and understanding their own childhoods. The author utilizes flashbacks, miscommunications and frustrations that occur with acute stresses in life. Detailed descriptions and pithy dialogue engages the reader and evokes both nostalgia and understanding. A must read for parents of teens. A great read for those who love intrigue and surprise endings.
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This story drew me into life in Mason's Crossing! I found myself smiling, laughing and crying with the characters! I could not put it down. I absolutely loved it!
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Although comparing a book to wine might seem off-point, the analogy serves to illustrate my core reaction to reading Cynthia J. Stone's debut novel. You can't reliably judge a wine by the bottle any more than you can judge a book by the cover, but there exists in both cases an implicit promise about the quality to be found within. And like the label on a bottle of exceptional, vintage wine, the cover of Mason's Daughter speaks to its depth of character and enduring finish. It is a story to savor, one that will linger with you long after the last page. Look closely at the cover, let the details evoke images, memories, and emotions from your own past, and then read the description. From the first sip to the last, I promise you that Mason's Daughter will deliver all that you expect and more.
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A recently widowed woman is confused by the apparent suicide of her husband and by the increasingly rebellious behavior of her son. Her own past is gradually revealed as she tries to solve these problems, but the mystery deepens until she take drastic action.
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I am just getting to the middle of the book but it grabbed me imediately because there is a mystery and because it's fun to read a story set in my corner of the world, Central Texas. The characters seem real and the author's descriptions of people, places and events contain just the right amount of detail for my taste--enough to be clear without details that are so abundant as to be distracting. I'm looking forward to finding out how the mystery ends!
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This novel captures your involvement and caring about the characters from the beginning as well as intense intrigue about the compelling plot. It was difficult to put down! The author masterfully weaves present and past throughout the book into a rich tapestry of the lives of those in the books, bringing you along emotionally as well. The themes of family, forgiveness, and generational repetition lead you to reflect on your life as you follow the family in the book. Some sections, especially the reminiscences, were so beautifully written I read them again and aloud. The book is filled with deliciously rich descriptive language, so much so I had to highlight lots of passages to revisit them! The structure and skill of the evolving story line belies that this is a first novel for this author. I hope to see more from this author soon!
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I'd really like to give this 3.5 stars because I did enjoy the book but didn't find it great. I like the characters and especially loved the flashbacks to Sally's childhood that help to explain why she hasn't spoken to her father since the day she married Jack. Sally's father is uber rich and pretty much owns the town and a lot of the businesses except for the sporting store which is owned by Big Jack, her father-in-law. The book begins a year after her husband dies from an apparent suicide. She's left to raise their young teen son Colton who is insolent and gets into a lot of trouble. Sally never believed that her husband committed suicide and while rummaging through his desk comes across his day planner and sees that he had planned on attending a sporting event for their son and a couple of other meetings (one with her estranged father) which were set to occur after he passed. She believes his death was not a suicide and sets out to find out who these people are that he was planning to meet. She especially wants to know why he would ever plan a meeting with Nate, her father, who was estranged from their lives.

It's a good story line and the characters you meet along the way are interesting and entertaining. I think I was put off in the very first chapter when Sally and her son are discussing Jack and how she believes he didn't kill himself. She refers to him as "Jack" and not "your dad" or "your father". It's such a sensitive subject to discuss with your 13 year old child, would you really refer to him by his first name?

There are a couple of interesting romances and the book moves along nicely. Again, I wish I could give it 3.5 stars.
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Mason's Daughter was an intriguing story from start to finish. The author has a way of entertaining me with her often witty descriptions of people, places and things. The story keeps you guessing and who doesn't like a surprise ending. I would recommend this book!
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