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Mason's Daughter [Kindle Edition]

Cynthia J Stone
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Book Description

Sally Mason's teenage son Colton is headed for a major meltdown, and she's desperate to avert another disaster by proving her husband's recent death was an accident, not the suicide determined by the coroner. Everyone in town, even Colton, seems to know something particular about Jack's last days, but no one in Mason's Crossing can help her put all the pieces together. 

On the morning she discovers secret notes in Jack's appointment book, she finds something else to convince her she's right. But the more she digs for the truth, the more destructive Colton's behavior becomes, until Sally is left with one choice: ask her father what really happened.

The problem: Sally hasn't spoken to him in fifteen years.

Includes a Reading Group Discussion Guide

Editorial Reviews


  • "... 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

Product Details

  • File Size: 771 KB
  • Print Length: 325 pages
  • Publisher: Violet Crown Publishers (September 12, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #453,482 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Parenting angst August 18, 2012
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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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Story! August 9, 2012
By Kim G
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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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fine Wine on Paper September 6, 2012
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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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bewildering mystery August 8, 2012
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Mason's Daughter October 29, 2012
By Carol H
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars True-life character October 20, 2012
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If, as Tolstoy says in the opening line of Anna Karenina, "Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way," Ms. Stone's novel, Mason's Daughter, is well suited to the latter. A few reviewers have said they didn't care for the protagonist, but I felt she was a true-life character. Flawed, yes, but having had a loveless marriage to a weak husband; a guilt-ridden, hormonal-bonkers teenage son; a distant father who never made any attempts to connect with her; a mentally disturbed and mostly absent mother; and a sadistic father-in-law you want to stuff down an abandoned well on a dark night, I certainly understood the tough shell of self-protection she has built around herself. For that reason, I was sympathetic, pulling for her to see the larger picture and what she was doing to herself and her son. I wanted her to forgive--not for the sake of the forgiven, but for herself and her son by extension. I highly recommend this well-written novel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging, Compelling, and Moving August 19, 2012
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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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Unpredictable, Great Read..... November 5, 2012
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I really like the way this book was written. It keeps the reader intrigued. I read it in one day, couldn't put it down.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mason 's Daughter
This book begins with a lot of conflict and anger. As the story unfolds you begin to understand all the different characters.
Colton is the biggest surprise. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Grandma2
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A suspenseful murder mystery set in Central Texas, with surprising characters and events. I was hooked from page one!
Published 1 month ago by Erin Dain
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Published 2 months ago by Deanna
3.0 out of 5 stars Kept me reading
This book I almost gave up on at first but I decided to keep reading a little while longer and I'm glad I did. Once I got into the book it kept me guessing and enjoying to the end.
Published 5 months ago by Shirley R. Keller
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Too particent. She shouldn't make remarks about her political affiliation.
Published 5 months ago by Phyllis Noonan
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful, unforgettable tale of family secrets, grudges, nostalgia,...
Mason's Daughter is not only a very fulfilling reading experience. To me, it's a powerful tale to which virtually every reader can relate. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Chadwick Wall
4.0 out of 5 stars very well written, but so many of them leave ...
very well written, but so many of them leave you up in the air at the end, Just wanted it to go on forever.
Published 6 months ago by Nanny
4.0 out of 5 stars My thoughts
Good book, shows how we can get wrapped up in what we believe our lives are and forget about what truly matters.
Published 7 months ago by Sheila Holt
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A good read!!
Published 8 months ago by Nancy Haycraft
5.0 out of 5 stars communication is vital
Assumptions, based on faulty or nonexistent communication, over the years compound difficulties in relationships over generations. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Laura Latzke
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More About the Author

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.

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