- File Size: 804 KB
- Print Length: 289 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1974600351
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Crooked Cat Books (October 24, 2017)
- Publication Date: October 24, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B074L68VL3
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #982,610 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Set in the 1700's Ireland during a turbulent period in history, we are introduced to the Rochford brothers, Robert, Arthur and George, all set to inherit wealth from their father upon his death. Robert is livid that his younger brother George has already produced an heir and unless he can find a wife to give him a son, then all the wealth will in time fall to George's sullen son. Robert has his sights on the young and impressionable Mary Molesworth. Mary is besotted by Robert and truly believes him to love her. However, it soon becomes evident that Robert only wants Mary to produce a son for him. She is nothing more than something he owns. Mary finds comfort from Arthur Rochfort who is the polar opposite of his bullying, aggressive and cold brother.
I can only imagine the amount of research that was required to write this novel and John Jackson has done a sterling job! My only criticism of the time period is the amount of going back and forth the landed gentry seemed to do throughout the year moving from one house to another depending on the season. It was exhausting! I felt very sorry for poor Mary constantly decamping at the barked orders of her hard-hearted husband.
John has written Mary's isolation and loneliness very well and can only imagine how desperate she felt at times. It was easy to understand how she would fall in love with Arthur was by far a more amenable character in contrast to Robert who is hell-bent on exacting revenge. The other brother George was a particularly horrible character, caring nothing for his starving tenants and completely focused only on how much money he can make. He, like Robert appeared to have a Heart of Stone!
1740 definitely was not a good time to be either a woman or a common man. John has described well the hardships faced during this time period and the lack of insight by some into the suffering going on in front of them. The rich and the poor were worlds apart on most fronts although the famine was a great leveller with some of the wealthy, including Mary herself finding times tough for herself and her children.
Heart of Stone was a great read that I enjoyed. For those of you who enjoy historical novels with a romantic slant to them then this is definitely the book for you. A super story of love, passion, jealousy, revenge and the harsh realities of Ireland during this time period, John Jackson has crammed so much into this fab book. Looking forward to reading more from John.
When Mary Molesworth is forced to marry Robert Rockford, she hopes to establish some semblance of love in her marriage but she soon realises that that will never be and that her husband revels in his cruel and vicious nature. But when she meets his younger brother, Arthur, Mary recognises a tender heart like her own and she cannot help but fall in love with him and the feeling is certainly mutual. But neither Mary nor Arthur realise how truly terrifying Robert can be and the lengths to which he will go to have his revenge ...
There are so many elements that I loved within this story - the setting, the time period, the essence of history that seeps through the narrative - but my favourite aspect of this book was the characters themselves. From Robert who I loathed from the beginning to Mary and Arthur who I desperately wanted to find their happily ever after together, these excellently developed characters drew me in and made me feel, and that is always such an important part of a great novel for me. The harsh reality of life for women at that time in history is portrayed well throughout, and there is plenty of drama and danger alongside romance to make HEART OF STONE a wonderful all-rounder when it comes to readers.
HEART OF STONE by John Jackson is an emotional, historical novel about the desperate lengths that some will go to for power and others for love, and I highly recommend it.
*I voluntarily reviewed this book from the author
Beautifully plotted, Heart of Stone tells its tale competently within the setting of 1730s Ireland. There's nothing superfluous in the author's prose which keeps things moving along at a good pace. I could imagine the main characters vividly and was cheering the good ones on and gnashing my teeth and the bad. It's a tale of passion, treachery, greed and sometimes cruelty, but there's sweetness caught up in there as well. I thoroughly enjoyed it and thank the author for producing such a good read.
Set in Ireland in 1700s the John cleverly weaves historical fact and real characters into this tale of love, deception, betrayal and suffering. A thoroughly fascinating read which I found difficult to put down.