I just finished Stone Creek, by Victoria Lustbader. I was lucky enough to get a copy of this from Book Club Girl, and I have been savoring it for several days now.
One might consider this a love triangle of sorts, and in some ways it is..but it’s so much more than that. Danny is struggling to maintain balance after the sudden loss of his wife, Tara. He is left with his 5-year-old son Caleb and the only family that he has close to him, includes his bitter, mother-in-law that blames him for her daughter’s death. Danny is consumed by grief and wants desperately to learn how to live again. He is searching for something, but has no idea what. He remains in the small town of Stone Creek but is constantly reminded of what was.
On a trip to the market, Danny’s attention is drawn to a woman in the same aisle. There is something about her.. the way she carries herself, her expression while talking on her cell phone, that piques his interest. Lily, also notices him and although she is married for the better part of 10 years, she is also drawn to him in a way that she cannot explain.
This is a story about love and loss. As you read the story, you feel as if you know these characters… as if they could be your friends or a close acquaintance. Their mannerisms, their preferences, everything about them become real. Lustbader does an excellent job of describing their inner most feelings and leaves you wanting more. Anyone that has experienced pain firsthand will appreciate many aspects of this novel. It is definitely a book that I will recommend.
One of the benefits of book blogging, is that you meet other book bloggers from various parts of the country. I have “met” several nice folks and visit their sites often. Another perk to visiting their sites often is that they sometimes have book giveaways or online book clubs where they will send you the book for participating. I have been lucky enough to score some great books just by participating. My bookshelf thanks you. The sites that I vist are noted on the right side of my page.
As a matter of fact, there are several books coming to me right now! I do hope they get here before the July 4th holiday as I really want to crack them open this weekend. I am sending mail vibes to my mailbox right now.
Last night I finished my book club pick for July. My group has not met to discuss it yet so I will post the review after our meeting on July 10th. I just opened Stone Creek, which was sent to me by Jennifer over at Book Club Girl. She is hosting a Blog Radio Show on July 23rd at 7pm EST and will be discussing this book with the author. Click here to read more about the show.
I am also reading two other books right now. It’s hard to juggle all the different reads but what do you do when you want to read everything right now?? I have no patience apparently.
Hope you all have a nice 4th. We’ve been invited to a friends’ house for a pool party/BBQ and then afterward, we will hit a park to see the local fireworks. Simple, but fun.
Don’t you love long weekends?