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The Stone Flower Garden [Hardcover]

Deborah Smith
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31 May 2002
Darleen Union and Eli Wade are childhood friends torn apart by a murder that has never been solved. Raised by her grandmother, Darleen is the heir to Hardigree Marble Company, which controls the small North Carolina town of Burnt Stand, and Eli is the boy genius destined to make something of himself when his family is forced to leave. But now, years later, long-buried secrets are about to be, literally, dug up: "On a dark spring night twenty-five years after I helped bury my Great Aunt Clara Hardigree, I found myself digging her up." A story about destiny, and a great love affair, this is a rich, gothic, Southern story about the darker side of family myths.

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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Warner Books; 1st edition (31 May 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316800945
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316800945
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.8 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,274,904 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The pale pink marble buildings glistened in the sunlight shining through the shadows of the North Carolina mountains like some fairy tale city - or perhaps it was a little slice of heaven that had descended to earth upon the wings of fairies. The Wade family, pushed almost beyond endurance, gazed down upon the vision with awe. They had never seen anything like it in all the poor existence of their lives.
The two little girls, who could have passed for sisters except that one was a little pink white girl and the other was a little pink honey girl, stood in front of the Hardigree Marble Showcase watching the little raggedy family walk into town pushing the old beat up truck packed with their belongings. The truck, with pots and pans and household belongings hanging from every nook and cranny, stopped in front of the Hardigree Marble Showcase - and the two little girls. The little pink white girl had never seen anything like it in all her protected pink existence. The dirty little boy standing by the beat up old truck glared at her, daring her to laugh at him.
The town of Burnt Creek, North Carolina was built from the beautiful pale pink marble dug from beneath the ground surrounding the town. But the pale pink marble had a dusky dark rose streak running through it. Some things are best left uncovered - or are they?
Deborah Smith has created a world that draws you in and won't let you go. It is a world that is full of twists and turns and the haunted past of not only the little pink white girl but of her ancestors as well. Stone Flower Garden is a mystery yet it is a fine love story as well. Will love be able to overcome the shadows of the past?
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I found this book in one of our libraries while indulging a sudden craving for Mills & Boon. I forgot what a decent romance could be like, and this is definitely not Mills & Boon. The Stone Flower Garden is a proper story, and I have to admit I dropped everything just to hang onto every word. I felt so drawn into the imagery created, and kept holding my breath in the hopes that everything would come right in the end. After reading the book, I flicked back to the beginning where Eli and Darl dance, somewhat defiantly, and where Jasper just wants to get his family out of town. Then I opened the book at the first page and read it all again right through.

I could see it playing right before my eyes, typical of the kind of film that fits into the Channel Five afternoon movie slot, and for some reason I cast Jim Caviezel into the dual role of Jasper/Eli, and possibly Vanessa Williams as Swann Hardigree (I really liked her style in Ugly Betty). I'm still working on the rest of the cast. This is a book I'll return to time and again.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Southern gothic novel 23 Oct 2011
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I loved this book nearly as much a "a Gentle Rain" (one of my all time favourites). Its a larger than life story which makes parts of it a bit implausible but it doesn't matter, the joy is in the story telling which is so nicely done that you become completely immersed in the pink marble world of Burnt Stand. The characters are interesting and appealing - Deborah Smith writes great men who are honourable as well as physically gorgeous. This book reminds me why I love the written word and getting lost in it - its a very sweet love story as well (to call it a "romance" would be a major under-sell).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth a read; 25 Mar 2012
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I can see this book has been classed as a romance. To my mind it is rather more than that. I enjoyed the various characters, and found myself getting annoyed with Clara. She was certainly a character! I also enjoyed the 'freedom' of the end too.
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