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Heart of Stone [Hardcover]

M. L. Welsh
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Book Description

5 Jan 2012

After a wonderful summer sailing, Verity Gallant just wants life to stay the same for ever. But as she should know by now, not everything in life turns out as we would like.

The land is shifting beneath the ancient harbour town of Wellow, causing mysterious caves to appear in cliff faces, terrifying rock falls and dangerous landslides. And the earth isn't the only thing crumbling... Verity is thrilled that Jeb has returned, but their feelings for each other threaten her friendship with Henry and Martha.

Once again Verity and her friends are embroiled in a tale of evil, intrigue and lost love, as a powerful force works its way towards Wellow, hell-bent on putting an end to all happiness. The Heart of Stone is the key, and the race is on to find it...


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  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: David Fickling Books (5 Jan 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385617674
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385617673
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 18.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,303,726 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Melanie Louise Welsh was born on the Isle of Wight in 1971 and spent her childhood there in the sailing town of Cowes. The tightly-bound community, maritime history and captivating landscapes of the southern Island were all sources of inspiration for the fictional town of Wellow in which Mistress of the Storm is set. She now lives in Suffolk, near the coastal town of Southwold with her husband and two sons.

Her debut novel Mistress of the Storm is published by David Fickling Books, an imprint of Random House. It is the first of a four-part series. The second novel, provisionally titled Heart of Stone is due to be published in summer 2011. Prior to writing Mistress, Melanie worked in marketing for a variety of magazine and newspaper publishers.

Of being an author she says:

"I've spent most of my life being accused of living in a dreamworld, or having my head stuck in a book. The thing I love most about writing is that I get to spend whole days doing precisely that - and pretend it's work."

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"Welsh writes just beautifully - there's an ease and a flow about everything and so Heart of Stone is an absolute pleasure to read. The sailing sequences are possibly my favourites as they're written with clear affection. Just as with Swallows and Amazons, they will make even the most confirmed of landlubbers - me, for instance - long to take to the waves in a special dinghy all of their very own" (The Bookbag)

"Filled with magic, intrigue, myth, adventure and developing friendships this charming tale that's beautifully written has it all, and deserves to be on everyone's bookshelf, along with the first in the series" (Scribbler! Magazine)

"A story sure to grip readers by the heart" (Kirkus)

"There is an old-fashioned feel to the characters and setting - but this will not detract from its appeal to lovers of fantasy who want a compelling plot combined with depth of characterisation and emotional resonance" (Anne Harding The School Librarian)

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The breathtaking sequel to ML Welsh's gripping magical debut, Mistress of the Storm.

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There's something really comforting about reading M. L. Welsh's stories. They're so sweet with a slightly old-fashioned tone to them that just makes me feel very nostalgic. I was absolutely thrilled when I heard that Heart of Stone would be a sequel to Mistress of the Storm, which I read and adored last year. And Heart of Stone was just as brilliant. Gushy review to follow, be warned!

I absolutely adore the main character, Verity Gallant and how tough she is. In the previous book, it was up to her to stand against evil and whilst all she really wants is to have a happy ending and enjoy her time with her friends and her family and to sail, it is not to be. With some odd things going on in Wellow, with the earth moving and white sand covering everything, Verity begins to suspect that these events could also explain the lack of sleep and bad dreams that she's been having. It is the start of this new adventure as Verity and the others start researching the Original stories and begin their fight against this powerful force which wants an end to happiness!

I also love Verity's friendships with Henry and Martha. I wish I had friends like Henry and Martha, though of course, the three have their problems and issues to work out in Heart of Stone. Despite any jealousies or arguments, I just knew everything had to work out with these three, nothing else would do! But of course, Verity surrounds herself with so many wonderful people. The librarian, her grandfather, Henry's brothers, and of course, Jeb Tempest, who returns to help.

I love the concept and importance placed on storytelling in this series and this love for the library. Extra cool points for making librarians into their own force against evil!
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