Review: Stone’s Heart by Darby Karchut

Stone's Heart
Title: Stone’s Heart Author: Darby Karchut Published: May 2016


 No way, blue jay, and never again. That’s the vow Linney Van Horn has made regarding single dads and their adorable children. After all, that’s why she’s tucked tail and hauled herself and her beloved Arabian horse clear across the country from New Jersey to the small town of Venture, Colorado. To mend her bruised heart—and ego—and start over.  However, the good Lord has a different “do-over” in mind for Linney. She finds herself living next door to Stonewall “Stone” Wheeler, the frustratingly stubborn, but oh, so ruggedly hand-some farrier, and his seven-year-old son, Beau.   A widower, Stone has buried himself in his work to avoid the grief of losing his wife. Deter-mined to grow his horse-shoeing business and raise his child, falling in love is the last thing on his mind. Until an equally stubborn—but pretty as a daisy—teacher moves into the cottage besides his, and charms both him and his son.  Divine intervention. Yup, it’s a beautiful thing.  It’s going to take one adorable little boy, a pair of spirited horses, and a near-fatal accident to
convince Linney and Stone a second chance at a Grace-filled forever is theirs for the asking.

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My Rating: 5/5 stars

My Review:

It’s a long drive from the east coast to among the mountains of Colorado but Linney van Horn has made the drive and arrived at what will be her new life far, far from home and the heartbreak that drove her to the decision to leave home in the first place.  It’s certainly not how she saw her life playing out but it’s the situation she finds herself in and Linney intends to make the best of everything.  Her faith is in God and she is sure He won’t lead her astray.

Stone and his young son, Beau, have spent the better part of three years trying to come out of a fog of grief.   Since his wife was so cruelly taken from them in a tragic car accident, it has taken everything the two have just to survive.  Stone has never, not once in three years seen himself being involved with another woman until Linney shows up next door.  For the first time in three long years, Stone is able to look beyond his grief and see the possibility of happiness and a bright future.  Trouble is, those feelings are all kinds of uncomfortable and Linney has been clear, she wants nothing more than to be friends.

Friends??  HA!!  Even Linney has a hard time convincing herself that’s all she wants with Stone.  With each passing day Linney draws closer to Stone and Beau as she helps the two with their daily tasks and spends many evenings with them.  They share meals, recap their day, bounce ideas off one another, and share quiet moments that are filled with genuine feelings of friendship and so much more.  Though both are terribly scared of their growing feelings for the other, God has a plan for them and it’s going to take a bit of work, some true fear, and more than a little pain before Stone and Linney can be together.  Hey, God never promised the path would be easy 🙂

The Bottom Line:  Make no mistake, I so love a down and dirty romance with loads of foul language and naughty bits, BUT the market and my Kindle are flooded with those types of reads, and sometimes I crave something different.  Stone’s Heart is something different but is no less good for being so.  As always, Karchut has packed her novel with very real, very likeable characters.  Though Stone and Linney are fictional, their personalities, problems, and emotions are walking around in the real world which makes each totally relatable.  Their actions and reactions to every situation are authentic, and the plot they have been written into is real and completely plausible.  There are no stretches or leaps and every situation makes perfect sense to the overall plot and characters.  Finally, there is not a single curse word nor naughty scene throughout.  Now, before you scoff at no foul language and no naughty bits, know this, Stone’s Heart is a truly beautiful romance between two (three if you include Beau Bear!) people who have both been hurt before but are willing to open themselves up to love once again.  From start to finish, Stone’s Heart is a well written feel good read that will more than satisfy most readers and offer a breath of fresh, clean air to those who are a bit desensitized from all the down and dirty reads that are so very prevalent.

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About the author and where to find her:

author - Darby KDarby Karchut (aka Darby Kaye) is an award-winning author, teacher, and a compulsive dawn greeter. She lives in Colorado with her husband and owns more backpacks than purses. As she should.   Her Middle Grade books include FINN FINNEGAN (March 2013 from Spencer Hill Press). The next book in the Finnegan series, GIDEON’S SPEAR (Spencer Hill Press) will be released February 2014, followed by THE HOUND AT THE GATE (January 2015).  Her YA books include GRIFFIN RISING, GRIFFIN’S FIRE, and GRIFFIN’S STORM.   She has also co-authored a non-fiction book for teens entitled MONEY AND TEENS with her husband, author Wes Karchut.

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4 Comments on “Review: Stone’s Heart by Darby Karchut

  1. Holy moly, what a review! I’m still grinning at your “breath of fresh, clean air” comment. Yup, that’s exactly how I felt while writing it. Hugs!

  2. I agree with everything you said. This is a lovely story about grief, love, and two people that discover each other. I love it. Personally, I seldom read stories with bad language and/or graphic sex scenes. I think a lot of people prefer wholesome story’s like Darbys, who is the best at character development. Congratulations, Darby. Thanks for a great review.

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