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Heart of Stone Paperback – November 17, 2016
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One look at Claire and Mac knows he’s in trouble. He wonders why someone would reject and jilt this beautiful woman. Claire has a similar attraction to the hunky Mac. This story allows these two strangers to heal and find a new chance at love.
This was a fun, wonderful and entertaining story with very loveable and authentic characters you want to cheer on, hoping for that happy ending. The characters were well written with complex characteristics. The story line was riveting and kept my attention to the very end. I enjoyed reading this book and had trouble putting this book down, reading it in one day. I definitely recommend this book to other readers.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
Mac Stone has been going through the motions of living for the past 5 years after a horrible tragedy. He works at his aunt’s B&B trying to protect his heart from any kind of pain. Little did Mac and Claire know that broken hearts do mend.
I enjoyed this book very much. This didn’t feel like a novella as this author did a great job with the plot and the development of the characters. The humor from the Aunt was a nice bonus that added a little fun to the story. I am not a fan of novellas because it always feels like part of the story has been left out or hurried. Absolutely not so with Heart of Stone as this story was strong and I couldn’t put it down until the last page!
I received an ARC for an honest review.
A Christmas wedding. What could be more perfect? To Claire Walsh, marrying her fiancee days before Christmas was the best thing she could do. She loved Brian Fuller and they were going to have a great life together. So where was he? She didn't see him at the front of the church. She was at the back of the church with her father, seconds from starting her walk down the aisle to take her wedding vows. Claire's dream wedding all went south when the wedding planner received a text from the groom stating he wasn't planning on saying "I do." Ever. So, rather than staying in snowy Boston over the holidays and wallowing, Claire went to the honeymoon destination she had paid for. Perhaps two weeks in California, away from everyone, would help her deal with the questions and pitying looks she knew would be coming her way.
Five years previously, Mac Stone had lost his wife during a New Year's Eve celebration. For five years he blamed himself for the events leading up to her death, wondering what more he could have done to prevent it. When his Aunt Myrna asked him for temporary help to run her bed & breakfast, he took a leave of absence from his job and went to Santa Barbara be with her. When Myrna's caretaker announced his retirement, Mac decided to stay in California permanently. He formally quit his job, moved his belongings into the caretaker's cottage at the b & and became Myrna's full-time assistant. He wasn't looking for another romance; he didn't think he could love anyone again the way he had loved his late wife.
Neither Mac nor Claire were in the mood for romance. Why should they be? She was reeling from being ditched on what should have been the happiest day of her life. He believed he'd be unfaithful to the memory of his late wife if he fell in love again.
Fate had other plans.
Their first meeting wasn't quite what fairy tales romances are made of. Yet as the days passed and they spent time in each others company, Mac found himself feeling something for Claire, something scary. Claire, too, felt an attraction for Mac but was it real or was it just a rebound romance, a reaction to a handsome guy when her self-esteem was at a low point? Did they dare follow their hearts to see if their feelings were real or would their feelings be nothing more than just a brief holiday fling?
At some point in a fairy tale, the hero and heroine need outside help to achieve their happily ever after. All Mac and Claire needed was a helping hand and Myrna made sure that helping hand was hers.
I'm not going to spoil the rest of it. In Aunt Myrna, Ms. Baxter has once again created a secondary character who is funny, sweetly devious, and just as important to the story as Mac and Claire. Myrna also has a trio of friends who, though unseen, are just as wonderful as Aunt Myrna.
I loved this novella. It transported me to a place filled with people who I came to care about. Ms. Baxter is a terrific story-teller who, as I said, creates characters who immediately become real to the reader. I lost myself in the story right away and it was a really fun story to read.
Treat yourself to a cup of tea and read "Heart of Stone." It's a wonderful Christmas treat.
The characters are very lovable and well developed. The story is short but I never noticed it. I could have kept right on reading. It was a really good story and I thoroughly enjoyed it.