Set in the 1870s Lovie Lane and her three sisters were the daughters of Irish Iminnigrates that had settled in New Orleans. The father and his brother worked in the channels and both families lived in the small little hut. Both of Lovie's parents died of maleria and that is when life became a living hell for her.When Lovie grew up she changed her name to Laura Foster and moved to Texas where she though she could start a new life and no one would ever find out about the dark secrets of her past. She had set up a very well established boarding house with all the finest furniture and bric-a-brac that money could buy.Reverend Brand McCormich also lived in the town and was pastor of the only church, so he started calling on Laura but she was determined not to ever marry. She was afraid her past would be discovered if she got close to anyone.It was soon discovered that Brand had a past of his own and the whole town was in dismay. Everyone in the town loved both Laura and Brand but would these past secrets destroy their relationship and the standings they had in this small town. Can they savage the damage that tongues have caused.The book for this review was a complimentary copy from Zondervan Publishers, and the words unless noted elsewhere are the though of myself.
I loved this book. The characterization is so good. It is such an inspiring story of love and forgiveness. I highly recommend it, but I love everything by this author. I am looking forward to the next book in the series.
Heart of Stone was a heartwarming read. Set in the 1870's in Texas, this novel had me under its spell from the first pages. The characters were proper and gentile, but still with the strength that you would expect from living it a tough time and place. I loved the main characters. Laura Foster was a hurt woman with a tarnished past, but she overcame it, and developed into a strong woman. Brand McCormick was the town preacher who had strong morals and a family. Both had strengths that were put to the test, making this story more that just a good read. It held two very distinctive messages... One - you can't hide the past, and two - practice what you preach.I really enjoyed the storyline, the morals and lessons that were presented and the Faith that was talked about. It was an excellent example of what I would expect from Christian Historical Fiction. Jill Marie Landis wrote a beautiful story, and I'm really looking forward to book two!Why I rated this as for older teens through adult - There are scenes and discussions of prostitution, abortion, and selling children into prostitution.Oh, before I forget, I must warn you...you might want to keep a box of tissues handy. :)