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August 7, 2013


THE FOREVER STONE                                      4 STARS
by Gloria Repp

Paralyzing memories of abuse . . .
A beautiful glass paperweight . . .
Escape to the wilderness.

"Don't bury yourself in that wilderness!" her relatives say. "Even though you're a widow, you're still young."

No matter what they think, Madeleine decides to go. She'll help her aunt restore the old house; she'll sign up for an online baking course; and she'll bury--yes, bury--those terrible memories. ''From now on," she tells herself, "I'm going to be strong and independent."

Her plan seems to be working, except for the panic attacks, until she has to deflect the attentions of two men.

The doctor, who has a fire-scarred past, is not upset by her panic attacks and knows he can help her to heal. The writer, who conceals more than one secret, admires her spirit and is certain that she needs him.

God uses both men and her father's gift of a floral paperweight to remind her of His enduring "forever love," and as she yields to Him, she finds the courage to take a new and challenging path.

The author, Ms. Repp wrote about Madeline (Molly)who is broken and not able to trust anyone, wants to make a new life  away from her past.  She flees from her dysfunctional past that she has had with her mother. She wants to be independent and have her new life. Her Aunt Linn had bought a Victorian mansion and Madeline moved in with her.  The two of them get busy cleaning and fixing it up. A teenager, Jude, has made friends with Molly and is hired to help with the mansion.  Molly and Jude have been going to church together.

Madeline meets some of the people and makes a few friends. In town, Molly meets broken families, discovers secrets and more secrets , even animals who are broken down. Somehow they manage to end up on Molly's doorstep and in her heart. 

Will all the brokenness and hurt cause Molly to become more disheartened? Or will it help her to find love and healing for herself? I felt so sad for Molly, but Molly was a strong individual and I hoped that her strength would carry her through.  It seemed to me it was just one bad, awful thing happening one right after another.  I looked back and realized that a lot of our lives are just like that. One bad thing after another. The author did a wonderful job of describing the characters, their responses to abuse, both physical and mental, post traumatic syndrome  and grieving.  All these emotions can bring anyone down let alone an impressionable teenager. 
The author brought in just enough of spirituality without being overly religious.  The story will touch your heart.  I would recommend this book to anyone, young and young at heart. If you like books with suspense, mystery and romance all in one, then you might want to try this one, THE FOREVER STONE.

I would give this book 4 STARS. 

The cover was quite good, 4 STARS.

I was given a complimentary copy of THE FOREVER STONE from the  author, Gloria Repp for my honest review.


Gloria Repp grew up in the Hawaiian Islands and the Pacific Northwest; it was there she learned a love for wilderness that pervades her writing. She has taught creative writing, worked as an editor, and written books for children, teens, and adults. In addition to wilderness adventures, she enjoys flying in single-engine airplanes and has a particular fondness for owls and frogs.

Each family member has played a unique part in the writing of her books. Her eldest son teaches on the Big Island of Hawaii, and she has made trips with him to lava tubes and Mauna Kea's volcano; she values his insights on the natural sciences and on godly scholarship.

With her Seattle son, daughter-in-law, and grandson, she shares an interest in people and music and journeys of discovery, especially on the Olympic Peninsula. She relies on them for a reality check of plot problems.

Her daughter, who lives in Virginia, is a competent resource in matters of sewing, baking, and midwifery. The two cats who have chosen to grace her daughter's apartment have sufficient character to appear in stories from time to time and often take part in book discussions.
At home, her husband, a pilot and aircraft mechanic, provides valuable input for the aviation elements in her books, entry to the fascinating New Jersey Pine Barrens, and a strong, supporting shoulder. Although she likes traveling to research her novels, she thinks that the best part of every journey is coming home.
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1 comment:

Gloria Repp said...

Thank you, Gayle, for your insightful review. I appreciate your thoughts--and you encourage me! The next book will be about Aunt Lin, the photographer: DEEP FOCUS.

~Gloria Repp