One Smooth Stone
One Smooth Stone  -     By: Marcia Lee Laycock
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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: Castle Quay
Publication Date: 2007
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 X 0.54 (inches)
ISBN: 1894860349
ISBN-13: 9781894860345

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The novel tells the story of Alex Donnelly who is running and trying to hide from nearly everyone. He has picked a good place to do it - the Yukon - but is pursued by friends, enemies, and most effectively, by God. Burning with the need to know about his parents, Alex returns to his birth-city, Seattle, where he discovers that his mother tried to abort him. The trauma sends him on the run again only to find out God has orchestrated a divine appointment for him back in the Yukon. The story is filled with miraculous healing, struggles with rage, and an obsession with revenge for a childhood abuser. It shows that God never gives up on those whom He has chosen. His mercy and grace extend to those who consider themselves unworthy, and even more so, to those who are considered unworthy in the eyes of the world. Laycock says, "The book tries to illustrate that no matter how far you run, God will find you. No matter how bad you've been, God will forgive you."

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  1. Caroljo
    Farmington, MO
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Sometimes God Chases Us
    December 13, 2017
    Caroljo
    Farmington, MO
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    A touching story of God's mercy and grace. The main protagonist, Alex, became an orphan as a toddler and went through the foster care system where he was abused verbally, physically and sexually. Alex is hiding in the Alaska because he has been accused of rape. Now Alex is found by attorneys and told he has a million dollar inheritance. Alex believes he will go to prison if the authorities find him. God places people in Alex's path who tell him about God and puts him as caretaker of a mining camp during the long Yukon winter where one of the few books available is a Bible. I enjoyed One Smooth Stone but parts of the abusive memories may be hard for some people to read. I received my e-book from the author through Book Fun. This is my honest opinion.
  2. Jeanie
    Phoenix, AZ
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    "That was Then. Stay in Today."
    November 27, 2017
    Jeanie
    Phoenix, AZ
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This is one of the best Christian contemporary novels I've read this year. There are spiritual themes throughout; amongst the strongest is healing from and forgiving what seems unforgiveable. The characters are so real, their joys, rages, and griefs so powerful that I felt the struggles depicted against the beauty of Puget Sound and raw wilderness of the Yukon.

    Alex Donnelly is a loner. On the run since age 15, he trusts nobody, now eking out a living in the bitter cold of the Yukon. His parents died when he was a baby, and his adoptive parents died when he was five. He was in the foster care system until he ran away for good. There is now a price on his head, so he lives "off the grid" where only the strong and hard-working survive.

    Kenni Adams is good at what she does. She is a researcher, seeking people via the internet for the purposes of the law firm her father is a partner in. George Bronski is the attorney for this case, to finish the trust available now to Alex as he turns 21. Inspector Sam Sorensen is also looking for Alex. Sam believes, based on what a foster parent said six years earlier, that Alex sexually abused a young girl at the same foster home. Sam is ready to retire, and wants Alex caught before his retirement party. Unfortunately, Kenni's search provides the impetus to bring Alex back onto the radar of the RCMP.

    Alex's birth parents had left a large sum of money in trust for him, and it is up to the attorney to find proof that he is the right Alex. It is the hardest search that Kenni has worked on and she looks forward to meeting him. Alex doesn't feel comfortable in civilization again, especially when invited to spend a weekend with George, Kenni, her father Drew, and mom Maria, since it will be a few days before they can prove from baby footprints who he is.

    These lines resonate in the heart of this reader, and shows the depth of understanding of her characters this author has. Chapter 5, location 749: "Alex felt like he was walking onto a movie set. And he was the only prop that didn't fit." Location: 785 "...Alex again found himself feeling like a cracked mug in a cabinet full of expensive china."

    Alex doesn't much want anything to do with the Lord. Drew is the first to penetrate his defenses, but their time together is short and Alex needs intensive care. A man of prayer, Drew uses this most powerful tool. Especially when Alex learns that his parents had tried to abort him and the doctor failed to do so.

    This might be a tough read for those sensitive to child abuse; the author doesn't share details, only writing what is essential to the story. The abuse opens the door for others who are childhood recipients of abuse to identify with the characters and see what is possible for them to achieve.

    The plot is well-planned and executed, with various twists and turns. The characters fit well together and were fully defined. I was pulled into Alex's world from the first sentence and stayed there throughout his challenges in Seattle and the Yukon. This reader was very satisfied with the novel overall. I highly recommend One Smooth Stone; it is a compelling Christian novel with sufficient suspense and drama to keep the momentum.

    From a grateful heart: I was given this eBook by Book Fun (The Book Club Network) and here is my honest review.
  3. grammy
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    recommend
    November 14, 2017
    grammy
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The book One Smooth Stone was a very interesting book. I just finished reading it through Bookfun.org. I asked to be able to read and review this book. The plot was different but good. The story flowed well. The characters were very well developed. The editing was done very well also. I enjoyed the book and found it delivered a good Christian message without being pushy. If you like a Christian love story/mystery type book, you'll enjoy this one.
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