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The Secrets of Lost Stones

Narrated by: Cris Dukehart
Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
Categories: Fiction, Literary
4.5 out of 5 stars (107 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A soul-stirring novel about the bonds between mother and child and the redemption that comes with facing the past and letting it go.

Thirty-two-year-old Jess Abbot has lost everything: her job, her apartment, and - most heart-wrenching - her eight-year-old son, Chance, to a tragic accident. Haunted by memories and grief, Jess packs what’s left and heads for the small mountain town of Pine Lake, where she takes a position as caregiver to an eccentric old woman.

A rumored clairvoyant, Lucy is strange but welcoming and immediately intuits Jess as a “loose end” in need of closure. But Jess isn’t the only guest in Lucy’s large Victorian home. There’s also Star, a teenage runaway with a secret too painful to share. And the little boy with heart-shaped stones, who comes with a hope for reconciliation - and a warning.

Soon Jess learns that she’s not the only lost soul running from the ghosts of the past. She and Star have been brought together for a reason: to be saved by the very thing that destroyed them. 

©2019 Melissa Payne (P)2019 Brilliance Audio, Inc., all rights reserved.

Critic Reviews

“Stories of loss are often moving, but rarely are they as fulfilling and redemptive as this stirring debut…Payne spins a fast-paced tale full of tenderness and sparked with magic, illustrating how the future can transcend the past, and proving that forgiveness is the greatest virtue.” - Sonja Yoerg, Washington Post best-selling author of True Places

“A compelling story of hidden secrets and the forgiveness that finds us when we least expect it.” - Kerry Anne King, best-selling author of Whisper Me This

“If Alice Hoffman had written The Shack, it would’ve turned out like The Secret of Lost Stones…an otherworldly, beautiful tale in which people who are grieving and lonely get the chance to find their way home. But will they take it?” - Wendy Webb, #1 Amazon best-selling author of Daughters of the Lake

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Different genre for me but definitely worth the read!

I loved the flow of this book! It was almost like the movie "the sixth sense" at how things just surprised you and unfolded in the end . Great read!

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Beautiful story!

I really enjoyed listening to this on Audible. Great characters; Lucy the elderly lady was my favorite. A story of loss and healing and the making of a family, not by blood, but by circumstance and acceptance. Lovely book.

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Best book ever

Keeps you engaged from start to finish. I
Enjoyed every page and the characters were wonderful

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Excellent

Its hard to believe that this is Melissa Payne's first novel. It is a wonderful story with great narration. I look forward to more.

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Incredible story

This was a great book that kept me on the edge of my seat. Very compelling and touching. I couldn’t stop listening and was grateful that I had so many long drives and could continue to listen. Can’t wait for her next book.

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Exceptional

Tightly-crafted story with unforgettable characters. Twists and interesting layers. A smattering of curse words may offend some, but not over done. Paranormal thread is seamless and barely noticeable while it props up the main plot. An interesting and perplexing paradox. Narration is excellent!

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I loved this book!

After having read so many disappointing books lately, this book renewed my faith in modern writers. The story is very well written. I loved the characters. Lucy was amazing. The little bit of paranormal activity absolutely brought the story together. It was just enough without going overboard.
All the characters were endearing and I hope we see more of them in future books. The story was heartbreaking, funny, magical and completely believable. I loved it. Such a good book.
Also, I thought the VA did an amazing job bringing the characters to life.

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A great story of coincidence and providence...

a beautifully crafted story that is one of second chances after heartbreaking losses. the writer does a wonderful job creating a world through vivid descriptions and emotional memory. absolutely worth the listen to.

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  • TINLEY PARK, IL, US
  • 09-05-19

Disappointed

I pre-ordered this audiobook and eagerly awaited its release, so I am disappointed that it failed in so many ways. Both the story and the writing are weak, and I nearly (should have) returned it several times. It reminds me so much of the stories spun by teens who fancy themselves writers, and it might actually appeal more to a young adult cozy mystery audience than to mature readers. Its reliance on a ghost boy and unexplainable intuition, second-sight, and archtypical, one dimensional characters is amateurish. Lucy is neither cute nor appealing, Jess’s untethered existence is just plain unrealistic, and the portrayal of Star as a street kid is stereotypical and simple. The narration is not exceptional, but adequate to the task.

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Ok

This book was just ok. Slow-Moving and predictable. I would not read another book by this author.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful