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One Smooth Stone Paperback – August 8, 2007
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Alex Donnelly is a loner. On the run since age 15, he trusts nobody, now eking out a living in the bitter cold of the Yukon. His parents died when he was a baby, and his adoptive parents died when he was five. He was in the foster care system until he ran away for good. There is now a price on his head, so he lives “off the grid” where only the strong and hard-working survive.
Kenni Adams is good at what she does. She is a researcher, seeking people via the internet for the purposes of the law firm her father is a partner in. George Bronski is the attorney for this case, to finish the trust available now to Alex as he turns 21. Inspector Sam Sorensen is also looking for Alex. Sam believes, based on what a foster parent said six years earlier, that Alex sexually abused a young girl at the same foster home. Sam is ready to retire, and wants Alex caught before his retirement party. Unfortunately, Kenni’s search provides the impetus to bring Alex back onto the radar of the RCMP.
Alex’ birth parents had left a large sum of money in trust for him, and it is up to the attorney to find proof that he is the right Alex. It is the hardest search that Kenni has worked on and she looks forward to meeting him. Alex doesn’t feel comfortable in civilization again, especially when invited to spend a weekend with George, Kenni, her father Drew, and mom Maria, since it will be a few days before they can prove from baby footprints who he is.
These lines resonate in the heart of this reader, and shows the depth of understanding of her characters this author has. Chapter 5, location 749: “Alex felt like he was walking onto a movie set. And he was the only prop that didn’t fit.” Location: 785 “…Alex again found himself feeling like a cracked mug in a cabinet full of expensive china.”
Alex doesn’t much want anything to do with the Lord. Drew is the first to penetrate his defenses, but their time together is short and Alex needs intensive care. A man of prayer, Drew uses this most powerful tool. Especially when Alex learns that his parents had tried to abort him and the doctor failed to do so.
This might be a tough read for those sensitive to child abuse; the author doesn’t share details, only writing what is essential to the story. The abuse opens the door for others who are childhood recipients of abuse to identify with the characters and see what is possible for them to achieve.
The plot is well-planned and executed, with various twists and turns. The characters fit well together and were fully defined. I was pulled into Alex’s world from the first sentence and stayed there throughout his challenges in Seattle and the Yukon. This reader was very satisfied with the novel overall. I highly recommend One Smooth Stone; it is a compelling Christian novel with sufficient suspense and drama to keep the momentum.
From a grateful heart: I was given this eBook by Book Fun (The Book Club Network) and here is my honest review.
Alex Donnelly's entire life has been a complete disaster. Where some foster homes are good, Alex ended up in the worst of the worst, with limited food to eat and abuse that no one should face, much less an innocent child. This is why he picked the Yukon to hide from life and everyone in it. And when you hear his story, you won't blame Alex at all. Then the visit came that would change Alex's life forever, that is if Alex really believed what he was hearing.
Alex was special from the beginning, because of his lonely and sad life you can't help but love him. The hurt he had endured in life was so deep that it seemed that Alex was just too far gone to ever be helped. What Alex didn't realize was that he couldn't hide from God. And it seemed there was always a Christian in Alex's path. But Alex would still have to make the decisions. Join Alex as he discovers things about his past, and about God that will capture your heart and keep you in the pages of this book until the end.
I just can't say enough about Marcia Laycock's "One Smooth Stone." I really enjoyed the visit to the Yukon and the other neat places we get to visit during this story. You can tell Marcia has lived near the Yukon and surrounding areas by the vivid details of how she describes the setting. And then there is Alex. I felt so bad for Alex, he was so hurt and bitter, living a lonely life because of how people had treated him. I appreciate Marcia dealing with this side of foster can, and what children actually go though, and the effect it has on their lives.
If you only have time to read two books right now, then Marcia Laycock's "One Smooth Stone" and its sequel, "A Tumbled Stone" need to be the two. The issues Marcia writes about here, and how she writes in her stories that God is in control of our lives, and how we need to Trust Him, are lessons everyone need to learn. Whatever difficulty you have gone through or are going through, this book will be a valuable resource for you to read and keep on hand.
A copy of this book was provided to me by the author, Marcia Lee Laycock, for me to read and review. I was not required or expected to write a positive review. The opinions in this review are mine only. Awesome book, and very well worth your read.
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