Book Review: The Secret of the Lost Stones

Thirty-two-year-old Jess Abbot has lost everything: her job, her apartment, and—most heart-wrenching—her eight-year-old son, Chance, to a tragic accident. Haunted by memories and grief, Jess packs what’s left and heads for the small mountain town of Pine Lake, where she takes a position as caregiver to an eccentric old woman.
A rumored clairvoyant, Lucy is strange but welcoming and immediately intuits Jess as a “loose end” in need of closure. But Jess isn’t the only guest in Lucy’s large Victorian home. There’s also Star, a teenage runaway with a secret too painful to share. And the little boy with heart-shaped stones, who comes with a hope for reconciliation—and a warning.
Soon Jess learns that she’s not the only lost soul running from the ghosts of the past. She and Star have been brought together for a reason: to be saved by the very thing that destroyed them.

I received a free digital copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This was a great debut novel by Melissa Payne. I was immediately drawn in by both the characters and the plot. I read this book straight through. I absolutely could not put it down. 

This book travels through the phases of grief. I really felt terrible for Jess. She went through so much. She lost her job, her home, and more importantly.. Her son. The death of her son really devastates her (as it does with anyone losing a child). Jess decides to leave her life behind her and drive away. She ends up stuck in the small town of Pine Lake. Jess ends up taking a temporary job  as a caregiver to a rumored local witch named Lucy. Lucy becomes Jess’s salvation, helps her grieve her losses, and start over. 

There is so much raw emotion portrayed in the pages of this book. I enjoyed Melissa’s writing style so much I really hope to see more from her. Each character is unique and greatly flawed just like real life. 

Thank you so so much Melissa Payne for this amazing story. It was truly wonderful to read. Thank you to Lake Union Publishing and NetGalley for allowing me to review this title.
Images and synopsis taken from NetGalley.

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