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Stone Heart [Kindle Edition]

Luanne Rice
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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Book Description

From New York Times bestselling author Luanne Rice comes a long-awaited opportunity for readers to discover an acclaimed early novel–one of this cherished storyteller’s most powerful and complex portraits of the fragile bonds of family and home.


Nomadic archaeologist Maria Dark is returning home again to the Connecticut shore–a magical place where she, her sister Sophie, and their brother Peter spent their childhood on the banks of Bell Stream. After fifteen years away, Maria hopes that she can rediscover the joy and optimism of her youth in the arms of her family. But things have changed. Maria’s siblings and her mother have weathered difficult times...and Sophie and her children are not as happy as they seem. Now Maria will embark upon an emotional journey–navigating the memories of a tender past–toward the truth at the heart of her family and the chance for a new beginning.

A remarkably graceful and intuitive novel, Stone Heart reveals the depths of faith and love that can mend life’s most fragile and precious ties. As never before, Luanne Rice inspires us all to look love squarely in the eye and never let it go.

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From Publishers Weekly

Having left her husband and returned home to a seacoast town in Connecticut, archeologist Maria Dark discovers that her sister's outwardly ideal family is torn by abuse. Although Rice "is an engaging writer," she "raises complex psychological issues and resolves them only superficially," said PW.
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About the Author

Luanne Rice is the author of twenty-one novels, including Sandcastles, Summer of Roses, Summer’s Child, Silver Bells, Beach Girls, and Dance With Me. She lives in New York City and Old Lyme, Connecticut.

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Product Details

  • File Size: 779 KB
  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 055358782X
  • Publisher: Bantam; Reprint edition (March 29, 2005)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FCK2CO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #175,669 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good, Very Sad, A worthwhile read May 20, 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The Stone Heart is one of the most heart-wrenching books I have ever read. Very good book, but get ready to cry. It is the story of horrifying domestic abuse, and how hidden that abuse really is. Luanne Rice brings into her story all the aspects of Domestic Violence too, how it affects the children and immediate family, and how family will often fight to keep it under wraps. The excuses, the denial, the hopelessness, and the immense pain that abuse brings are all very present in this book. She brings up the dysfunction and trauma of the early years of both the abuser and the victim, and brings into the light the mental cruelty along with the physical violence that eventually culminates in the worst case scenario of all domestic abuse, death. Although she delves deep into the pain and horrors of domestic violence, I felt she barely skimmed the surface of the agony of suicide, especially when those left behind are children. She does minimally portray the confusion from a death such as this, but I felt should have spent more time on this aspect of abuse since she did such a good job portraying all other aspects. Stone Heart is far more brutal than say, Belva Plain's Whispers. But the most horrifying part of this story is that although it is fiction, in real life this does happen in varying degrees from just the mental abuse all the way up to what unfolds in this book. Maria, our lead character, is no hero either. She struggles with her own personal problems and problems with her dysfunctional Mother, and often does not have the answers. But this is just another way the Luanne Rice stays close to reality in this book, because Maria does keep trying whether she is right or wrong. There is a kind of sub plot to this book that a previous reviewer took offense at. Read more ›
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Forget the Other Reviews September 15, 2003
Forget all the other reviews you've heard about this book and go get it now. I borrowed this book from the library, but after reading horrible reviews, let it sit for a week before opening it out of curiosity. It was too hard for a die-hard Rice fan like me to believe that she could write anything less than wonderful. And to my delight, I was right. I really enjoyed this book. Unlike most of Rice's books, it didn't have the "ride off into the sunset" type of ending, and it really gave this book another type of dimension for it's readers. It wasn't a perfect life, or a perfect wrap-it-all-up type of ending, and that's what made it great. It follows the lives and lies of one family in a small (how'd you guess) beach town. Although looking in, they seem like the perfect family, it's rotten with lies, abuse, and mental turmoil that keeps you hooked. It also deals with issues many are afraid to touch. I can't even begin to do this book justice. All I can say is get it, read it, and sit amazed at it's twisted story that will keep you hooked and wanting more.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I thought it was a good read.... April 1, 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I know most of the reviews here aren't so positive, but I found this book a good read. It is the first Luanne Rice book I have read, and it won't be the last. I thought the story was a sad, but realistic one. It was filled with surprises, twists & turns.
I enjoyed the characters, but at times, didn't understand where they were coming from. However, I believe that in a good read, you get more than the predictable story & characters you can relate to. There should be characters who you CAN'T relate to. But at that instance, you learn about people & human nature.
And at the end of the story, it should make you stop & think about a situation or attitude that before you didn't know or consider. I recommend this book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
This story is not a warm fuzzy one. It isn't easy to read about abuse of any kind however I think this is a very moving story about what happens when life goes down that street. I almost didn't read this book after reading the previous reviews but I am so glad I did. I wouldn't recommend this story to everyone but it is very real and paints a picture of what complicates the lives of this family. I felt the characters were honest and that it didn't really have a happy, tie up the package with a pink ribbon, ending.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Please don't read this book! October 3, 2000
By "twtr"
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Stone Heart, by Launne Rice.
I am very glad I did not spend money to purchase this book. I only picked it up because I had a long plan trip to take and I needed something to read. Furthermore, I only finished reading it because of a rule that I must finish anything I begin.
I can't really say there was much about this book I enjoyed. There was never a moment when it was a page turned, rather the times I turned back to count the contradictions. In many ways this book may me think of a Self-published book I may buy from the dollar store. There are many error, many parts that seem to me lacking or missing and many things in general that are just wrong.
My first fault is the Authors descriptions of time. One days she says it rained, then she says it rained for weeks, then days. First example, she tells the Reverend that she uncovered a grave the day before, when it had been days before. Then page 58, she drives into her sisters yard and says the Children are running around in a dark yard. If it was dark, how did she see them. And if she was driving, weren't her head lights on? She talks to the kid who do not seem tired at all from running around. The author had said the kid were screaming too, yet no one heard anything.
Page 71 The boat she buys has no cabin. But page 317, the boat of her boyfriend is chosen because its cabin is heated.
Page 108. Peter's nose is broken. Nothing is mentioned of this further. No marks, no bandages. Page 237, oh this is a big mark. Simon hits the main Character Maria on the cheek. Next page she says she has not had not had a black eye since.. and a few pager later the cheek is mentioned again. Page 306
It is said that everyone gets in Peters station Wagon. Someone tell me where Peter's son is. You know, the baby, Andy!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Love Luanne Rice? This book will not disappoint you. It is different from her other novels, still a great read.
Published 4 months ago by Jeni S.
5.0 out of 5 stars Glad I purchased!
Great item with no problems and seems to be just what I thought it was when purchased. Would buy again if needed.
Published 8 months ago by Deborah K Selby
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Book
I loved this book from beginning to end. It showed that what is going on in a family is not always seen or heard. I highly recommend this book.
Published 9 months ago by djunk
2.0 out of 5 stars Rice has a Stone Heart
Before explaining why I didn't like the book, I would like to say that the author writes skillfully and successfully interweaves her knowledge of other subjects throughout the... Read more
Published 12 months ago by H2
5.0 out of 5 stars Something different
I really enjoyed this book. Not often do you read about domestic abuse. Luanne Rice is a very talented writer.
Published 12 months ago by renay casteel
3.0 out of 5 stars Tough Love Hurts
I didn't know what to expect when I first began to read this book as I had not read a review of it. As the story unfolded and the story line became more evident I contemplated not... Read more
Published 12 months ago by kate ferguson
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book
I received the book in a reasonable time and it was in very good condition. I have had surgery recently and a stay in a nursing home so am really late with this review. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Prolific Reader
4.0 out of 5 stars Not a Feel Good read....
This was my first Luanne Rice book. This story is definitely not an uplifting, feel good read, but it is a must-read for Luanne Rice fans. Read more
Published on February 27, 2012 by Diane2012
5.0 out of 5 stars A story that will haunt me for many days to come...
What an awesome book. I was looking through my book shelf a couple days ago - so many books, so little time - when I happened upon this book. Read more
Published on January 28, 2012 by Mary Chrapliwy
4.0 out of 5 stars Stone Heart
The book arrived in good condition. I had ordered a paperback and received a mass market paper. As I am collecting this particular author in paperback, this book was of the wrong... Read more
Published on June 16, 2011 by Simone M. Neall
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More About the Author

LUANNE RICE is the New York Times bestselling author of thirty one novels, most recently THE LEMON ORCHARD. Her novels, including Cloud Nine and Last Kiss often center on love, family, nature and the sea, and have been translated into twenty-four languages. A number of Rice's novels have been adapted for television, including Crazy in Love for TNT, Blue Moon for CBS, the Hallmark Hall of Fame presentations of Follow the Stars Home and Silver Bells, and Beach Girls as a summer drama series for Lifetime Television. She has contributed a theatrical piece to the new off Broadway play Motherhood Out Loud. Rice loves nature and frequently writes about it. Born in Connecticut, Rice divides her time between New York City and Southern California.

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