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The Convict and the Rose Paperback – May 31, 2014
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Writing this book was a challenge since I wasn't personally present in prison. However, I researched endlessly to come with accurate information and details to write each scene.
Since this is a true story, it is super important to me that the facts be correct. I enjoyed doing the research, because that meant digging through boxes of letters, volumes of writings and remembering stories I was told.
During this research, I ran across some song lyrics that I'd never seen before. I'd never heard Rick Sikes sing them or mention them, but they were so powerful, I knew I had to get someone to put music to them. That person turned out to be Jamie Richards and the day we went into the studio was pure magic. He completely captured the emotion in the song, Forty Foot High.
This book is the sequel to my first book, Flowers and Stone, and I'm currently working on a third title to complete the trilogy. "Home at Last" will be released in the spring of 2015.
From the Back Cover
Rebel Texas musician, Luke Stone, loses everything he treasures in life to the forty foot walls and iron bars of Leavenworth Penitentiary. How is it possible that, in America, a man can be convicted of a crime he did not commit?
Locked in her own prison, attempting to live with only half a heart, is Darlina Flowers a fool to keep holding to nothing but memories and a dream?
Join Luke and Darlina as they continue their epic journey through shackles and chains, drugs and gurus with undying love as their North Star.
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Some books reach in and take your soul into their keeping. Flowers and Stone was one … and The Convict and The Rose has captured me again.
This journey towards growth and a deeper understanding is one very special reading experience.
The anguished struggle of two-fallible, and all too human people as life hands out its own deranged sense of justice is at times painful to read.
This book provoked anger, sadness and a deep sense of empathy in me. It in turn delighted me, and made me cry, and then continued to invade my senses long after the ending.
There is a depth of love between these two damaged souls that defies the limitations of time.
The drug abuse is a road many of us have taken in times of the darkest despair, the struggle to overcome it and move clearly distant is an epic one, as is the final understanding of the violent reactions of Luke to his imprisonment.
Life knocked these valiant people to the ground again and again. BUT they didn’t stay down for the count.
It takes guts to do that … and to keep right on doing it …
We are permitted to glimpse inside their darkness and anguish …and grow with them as the love and faith that they share takes them from that darkness and into the warmth and the light.
A wonderful, moving and intensely memorable story of love!
Darlina and Luke fall in love way back in the sixties when they are very young. They are wild and carefree—living life as they should—but maybe a little more dependent upon drugs and alcohol than is wise. Luke finds trouble, or it finds him, which lands him in prison with concurrent sentences that could keep him incarcerated for the rest of his life.
He is a wild animal in a cage and wild animals don’t do well locked up, but what happens in prison, and out with Darlina, is what makes this story so special. What is it? I’m not going to tell you. You have to read the story yourself. But I’ll tell you this, the story is well worth the read.
The Convict and the Rose is also quite the eye-opener about the prison system and makes this a good read for young adults. It just might keep a few young and naïve kids out of trouble.
There are a few hardly noticeable errors, but they in no way deter from the quality of the story. I give this book an easy five stars despite the typos.
The story of Darlina (Jan Sikes) and Luke (Rick Sikes) is a love story for the ages and fraught with challenges seemingly every step of the way. This series is made more poignant for me by the fact that it is the true account of two people, fictionalized for the benefit of the author!
I give The Convict and the Rose by Jan Sikes five cups of steaming hot Room With Books coffee and I highly recommend you read it! The Convict and the Rose
©August 1, 2017
Patricia, Room With Books
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