Hi Readers! My friends and I at Book Club Thursday are sharing our final Reading Challenge of the year. It's hard to believe that Christmas is only a few days away and we are glad to have you join us here at BCT. Take a look at our picks!
*Read a New Author to You
*Read a Book Published Prior to 2010
*Read a Novella
*Read a E-Book
*Read an Erotica
*Re-Read a Desert Island Book
*Read a Book With a Heroine that Has Your Name
*Read a Book You Bought For the Cover or Title Alone
*Read a Book Recommend by a Friend
*Read a Guilty Pleasure Book
*Read a Pee In Your Pants Read
*Read a Feel Good Book
Read a Book With A Heroine That Has Your Name
Tales of the Order - Stone Heart By Candace Sams Book 3 in the Tales of the Order series. Three hundred years ago, Angus MacGregor was the most feared and hated man in his village. Appalled by his lack of compassion, the Sorceress of the Ancients turned him into a statue as ugly as his demeanor, condemning him to miserable solitude in a stone prison. Unbeknownst to them, however, one of his rare strokes of kindness would be the key to his freedom. Karen Matthews' strong spirit is no longer enough to sustain her weakening body. She knows she doesn't have long to live, but she's determined to fulfill her beloved aunt's unusual last wish. And while she's off on this bizarre quest, she might as well enjoy the adventure. What she doesn't count on is the existence of a magical Order, where Fairies, Elves and Druids exist and freely practice magic. Neither does she expect to meet Angus, or to uncover the endless depths of his heart.
I started looking for my pick for this month's challenge in July. Yes, July. My first name, Karen, is not really found in books as often as other names. Now last year, I read a couple with my name, most unusual, but this year, nada, leaving me to do some digging, list making, and blurb reading. I am glad that nothing came to me too soon, because I fell in the love with the story I read and I just found it a couple of weeks ago.
Stone Heart is the third book in the Tales Of The Order series. Though there are characters linking the Order together, they can be read as stand-alones. The story is a fairy tale for grown-ups. Karen Matthews is young, smart, and has a good heart. She is fulfilling a promise to her only relative who is dying. Unfortunately, though young, Karen is also dying ironically of a congenital heart condition. She sees it as her last adventure and is on her way to Scotland. It seems that her family has been guarding over a gargoyle statue for almost 300 years and she needs to find the statue and recite some words.
Once she gets there, she must search a bit for the statue which has been moved. It was a hideous statue, and people hated to look at it, except Karen's family. Little does she know that the words she recites brings the statue to life.
Once upon a time, Angus was a cruel ass. But one day he did an act of kindness for a little girl and she never forgot it. She heard a sorceress curse Angus for his wrong-doings. The little girl came back and offered him friendship and her family line did as well. As he was captured in stone, he had time to think over his life and he felt redemption once Karen set him free.
The story is full of emotion. Things are explained why Angus became the hateful man he was and how The Order let him down. Karen has lived a quiet life do to her health, but being with the now free Scot is bringing life into her final days. Angus is really repentant and he is full of joy at the things he sees in the modern world like cars and wearing jeans. His favorite thing is a meal of burger, fries, and chocolate shakes. And did I mention that once he cleans up, he his quite a hunk of a man? Karen shares his joy and they feel like they have known each other for years. He wants to return to the place he new as a child with his parents, a magical place and offers to show it to Karen. He also wants to ask forgiveness of The Order.
The forest of the Order is a magical place. The have to hide from the human world and don't like outsiders. The current sorceress allows Karen entrance, knowing that she is dying. Many of the magical beings there are intrigued by Karen and her sweet and brave nature. Unfortunately, a few do not like her being there,
This story is so full of love, emotion and magic. There are some twists an turns and my eyes teared a time or two before the end. It grabbed me from the first page until the last. I loved the journey of Karen and Angus and truly enjoyed this gem of a story.
Thank you for joining us this week. I can't wait to see what Ann and Cyndi picked. Stop by next week, December 29th, when we tell you what is coming up for us in 2017. Until then, Happy Reading!