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June 9, 2013

TUMBLING STONES by Carol Clark Roberts

TUMBLING STONES
by Carol Clark Roberts


                                                   4.5 STARS






OVERVIEW: (FROM OUTSKIRTS PRESS)

Anne Rockford has it all. A handsome husband, a secure marriage, and three wonderful teenage children. But her world tumbles into a nightmare of secrets and lies when she receives a shocking letter: Anne’s husband, a popular and respected professor of Romantic Poetry of the 19th century, has seduced not only her best friend but numerous other young women. In the aftermath of this appalling discovery, lives are lost, reputations are ruined, and Anne’s own life is threatened. On the coast of California, Anne gathers, tumbles, and polishes beach rocks—one of her hobbies—and muses that, like the rocks crashing into each other in the tumbling drum, some people come out of the process of life’s buffeting cracked open by hidden pressures. Others are chipped at the edges, leaving raw surfaces, and still others turn out as clear and lovely as gemstones. Along Anne’s painful journey of discovery and healing—as she learns the stories of the damaged women and gains unexpected champions—she encounters all three kinds. Tumbling Stones is the compelling story of a woman who finds the strength to reclaim her life—and her self-worth—after a shattering betrayal. In the aftermath of this appalling discovery, lives are lost, reputations are ruined, and Anne’s own life is threatened. On the coast of California, Anne gathers, tumbles, and polishes beach rocks—one of her hobbies—and muses that, like the rocks crashing into each other in the tumbling drum, some people come out of the process of life's buffeting cracked open by hidden pressures. Others are chipped at the edges, leaving raw surfaces, and still others turn out as clear and lovely as gemstones. Along Anne's painful journey of discovery and healing—as she learns the stories of the damaged women and gains unexpected champions—she encounters all three kinds. Tumbling Stones is the compelling story of a woman who finds the strength to reclaim her life—and her self-worth—after a shattering betrayal.


REVIEW:
The book may capture your undivided attention to the point you may not be able to put the book down.
Your average neighbor, the Rockford's, Anne is a mother of three and doesn't work outside the home. She loves collecting and tumbling stones.  Phil Rockford, her husband is a dream come true.  He is well liked, he is a professor of romantic poetry. Anne attends functions with her husband at the college.

Unfortunately, Phil is not who he lets on.  He has some dirty secrets that he is keeping from his family. Anne just lost one of her few friends when she read the letter she received.  She learns the awful truth he's been hiding.. He's having an affair with her best friend and even some of his college students. Anne's world just went into a spin. She doesn't know what she should do.  She begins to question her husband's actions and her best friend.

The author, takes you through Phil and Anne's turmoil while they both go to counseling.  It ended up helping Anne  instead of the intent to help Phil change his ways.  Anne is a strong woman who after all the infidelity she makes a decision about her life.  Will she stay with Phil?  A lot of women do for the sake of the family. Will she leave him?  This was a very good read.  It may relate to many of us.  If not you, have you ever thought what you would do if?The author's book was very easy to read.  It moves fairly fast as it keeps you turning the pages to find out what happens next.  You may think you know what will happen as you read along, but you may be surprised.  Get a copy and go through Anne and Phil's life which could be anyone's life.


I would give this book 4.5 STARS.

I was given a complimentary copy of this book, TUMBLING STONES by the author,Carol Clark Roberts for this unbiased review.




 ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Carol Clark Roberts, the daughter of missionary parents, spent her early and teenage years in a China occupied by Japanese troops during a brutal civil war and a Communist takeover. Forced to flee, Carol’s family returned to the United States, where Carol attended college, married, and started a family. For fifteen years she wrote and photographed original filmstrip stories for schools and churches. Later she turned to writing novels, mostly inspired by her life in China and the research it required. Her first published novel, For the Love of China, came out of this effort. For decades she has been a collector and polisher of rocks from California beaches, an inspiration for Tumbling Stones. She is the mother of eight and the grandmother of fourteen. Carol currently lives in Santa Cruz, California.


http://www.amazon.com/Tumbling-Stones-A-Novel-ebook/dp/B00C696PRU
http://bemiown.blogspot.com
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17652097-tumbling-stones?ac=1
http://www.shelfari.com/search/books?Keywords=tumbling%20stones%20by%20carol%20clark%20roberts

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