- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Word Alive Press (March 22, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1770694552
- ISBN-13: 978-1770694552
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,732,180 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The story revolves around Andrea, a timid high school graduate who becomes pregnant by her first love, an "all or nothing" type of guy, as he calls himself, who dumps her before either of them know what (or who) they started. When Andrea's fate becomes obvious, her foster parents try to avoid judgment and ridicule from their church by making a plan to send Andrea away to a relative whom she's never met. The tension and lack of support at home are too much, and Andrea runs away before the day she's supposed to leave. Her journey to family, love, and acceptance begins on a bus going anywhere.
A Tumbled Stone had me captivated, one sentence to the next, as I wanted to know what happens and felt connected to the characters. My only complaint is that there are no discussion questions at the end of the book (at least there weren't any on my Kindle version.) A Tumbled Stone is ideal for a group discussion. The characters have history and are multi-dimensional, which make their decisions worthy of debate. This is a book you want to ponder, the lessons of faith are powerful and run deep.
Whilst Andrea is the heroine, her parents story is fascinating and her lost brother's struggles with life and his relationship kept me wondering. Woven into the story are both sides of abortion and also adoption, a wonderful mother and a mother so hurt that she can't love.
Add a couple of burnt out detectives and a confused bus boy in a roadside diner, and there is an enjoyable mix of unlikely people trying to sort out their lives.
Fast paced, the book changes from one group of characters to another quickly and often, but I could always follow the action.
The love of God is central to the resolution of the story and was naturally presented as part of the plot. Andrea was tumbled over and over, yet the tumbling polished her until she reached clarity and peace.
Thanks Marcia for a great read.
Alex Perrin learns he has a younger sister, and from that moment, he and Kenni, who had tracked him down, search for her. The now-retired detective, Stan Sorensen, who had once sought Alex in a criminal matter that he was found innocent of, is a PI. They pool their various sources to find Andrea, who could be anywhere. As they begin the search, Alex feels a sudden urgency to locate her as soon as possible.
Andrea has had an okay life with her foster parents. Earl and Edna have not demonstrated love or affection between themselves or for Andrea who is currently is being sent to her aunt’s for a few months. Unbeknownst to Earl, she is pregnant, and the plan is for her to carry the baby, give it up for adoption, and return home. The baby’s father is out of the picture.
Andrea left on her own, going as far by bus as she had money for. She miraculously meets Evie, owner of Evie’s Rocky Road Diner when Evie needed a waitress. She gets the job, and employees are allowed a room to live in upstairs in from the diner. Edna is crushed to find Andrea has left, however, she and Andrea may be able to bond in a most unique way while they are apart.
Watching the characters throughout this book is like seeing the kind of people who came to Jesus in the New Testament. Whether or not they know they are broken, their needs are plain to the Master, and He shapes each tumbled stone through their circumstances. Some circumstances were especially emotional for this reader as there were feelings and moments mirroring past snippets of my life and I would guess, probably those of other readers. The characters are drawn with care with regards to soul, spirit, mind, and body!
The most outstanding feature of this novel is how the Lord is glorified throughout. The author designs characters who are just like many readers, certainly many Christians, broken in ways that lead them to think that they are beyond the help or love of God. She shows how God can take what is left when we come to Him and use it for His kingdom purposes, for His glory. The plot twists and miracles bear His signature. Each chapter was unpredictable, there were very pleasant surprises of God’s work and surprises that could break one’s heart in the very next chapter. I was very satisfied with and astonished by the ending, and highly recommend this to any Christian who appreciates well-written Christian fiction.
From a grateful heart: I was given this eBook by Book Fun (The Book Club Network) and here is my honest review.
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Book starts out with Andrea in the Saskatchewan wilds where she lives with her foster parents.Read more
It isn't necessary to have read One Smooth Stone, the award-winning novel which preceded this one, but is probably a good idea.Read more
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