Love of a Stonemason (Family Portrait, #2)
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Love of a Stonemason (Family Portrait #2)

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The young painter, Karla Bocelli, is all too familiar with loss. When she was five years old, her mother died in a car crash in the south of Switzerland. Her Peruvian father lives at the other end of the world, and a year ago, her aunt and guardian passed away. Now, at age twenty-four, Karla almost gets hit by a speeding car. As if this wasn't fateful enough, Andreas, the...more
Paperback, 446 pages
Published July 24th 2010 by CreateSpace (first published April 24th 2010)
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Lee Holz
A lyric love story and poignant tale of personal growth. Highly recommended!
The first thing that went through my mind when I finished this book on Friday night was simply "Wow". I felt like I had been told a full story and while I wanted more of Karla and Andreas at the end, the story really was complete. I don't know when was the last time I truly felt that when I finished a book. Ms. Polkinhorn did a magnificient job crafting this story and getting it on the page. The characters, scenery and happenings in the book really came alive for me and I felt like I was watchin...more
Linda Lewis
Reading Christa Polkinhorn’s Love of a Stonemason is an inner visual experience. Not only will you “see” locales in Switzerland, Peru, and Italy, but also, because her main characters are artists, you’ll feel you’ve toured a gallery of paintings and sculpture.

Karla, the painter, and Andreas, the stonemason, meet in what at first appears to be a typical romance plot device, but it’s not. These characters have depth, which the author portrays with sensitivity and realism. The darkness in their pas...more
This book is lovely and full of grace.

Set mostly in Switzerland, with detours to Italy and Peru, LOVE OF A STONEMASON is about the relationship between Karla, a painter, and Andreas, a stonemason. After a chance encounter that seems at first like a "meet cute" device (though it isn't; it introduces a theme that weaves throughout the novel), they live together, fight, commit mutual infidelity, get back together, marry, have two children, and grow as artists and people.

Christa Polkinhorn is insi...more
Jacqueline Howett
My Review:
Love of a Stonemason by Christa Polkinhorn is a wonderful book, I highly recommend. Being a bit of a traveler and artist myself, I could really relate to the world of culture, which I really found enjoyably described, and a refreshing change. I especially liked how the heroine's thoughts were conveyed through her brushstrokes on canvass as an artist, giving the story depth. The Stonemason, the artist meets, known for his tombstone's, is also semi famous, creating shiny sculptures that...more
Jess Scott
I've always liked travel/adventure, and the richly detailed settings of this novel really satisfied that aspect of myself! The build-up of the relationship and rendering of the topic of love is done in a way that's old-schoolish. Old-schoolish does not necessarily = boring. Recently (especially in the YA genre), I haven't really gotten into the whole sync where the characters suddenly are attracted to each other, and start professing their undying love for each other. What ever happened to the a...more
This was a tale of loss, love, and life told beautifully by Christa. The characters are a touching blend of imperfect and real.

The author's attention to detail is impecable and makes you feel as if you are traveling along with Karla and Andreas. It's one of those books to take you away.

I loved Christa's smooth writing style and ability to make me feel emotional throughout the story.

If you are looking for a tale that has a realistic representation of life and love then you may want to check his o...more
Scott Nicholson
Christa Polkinhorn's debut takes the reader on a journey of the heart across several lands. Vivid portraits of Europe and South America will sweep you to those exotic locales and have you experiencing the vibrancy of different cultures. But the heart of the story is the love between a man and woman, with all the challenges and triumphs, successes and failures, as well as the creative journeys of the two main characters. Highly recommended.

Scott Nicholson
Martha Cheves
Love of a Stonemason – Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat and Think With Your Taste Buds Dessert

‘She saw the car just as she stepped into the crosswalk. An old beat-up Fiat screeched to a stop within a few inches away from her. Karla jumped back and dropped her portfolio, spilling its content onto the pavement. Her heart thudded and she took deep breaths, trying to calm the queasy feeling in her stomach. That smell. Burnt rubber. A young man got out of the car and stared a...more
Elizabeth Wilder
I enjoy an author that can use description to carry me away and place me in locations that I can enjoy within my mind's eye. Christa Polkinhorn does just that in Love of a Stonemason. From Switzerland to Italy to Peru, I enjoyed vistas I will never see; felt breezes across lakes and through valleys I will never personally feel; was surrounded by local scents from exotic dishes and fields of flowers that I will never smell.

The title of her book first intrigued me as my grandfather was a stonemaso...more
Misty Baker
I was in therapy the other day (aka web-surfing for mindless crap) and ran across a quote that sent off a flare in my mind. For the past couple of days I have been reading Christa Polkinhorn’s debut novel “Love of a Stonemason” and try as I might, I couldn’t peg a witty or otherwise enchanting way of wording its message, and then I ran into this…

“I don’t pretend to know what love is for everyone, but I can tell you what it is for me; love is knowing all about someone, and still wanting to be wit...more
Read Jan 2012. Wanted a simple escape. This provided it, but it was not a standout. Somewhat interesting characters, surroundings, circumstances in Switzerland and travels to Peru. But the cast of characters did not move nor inspire me.
the author had a thing to make everyone important to Karlas life pass away. but over all a nice story. She put in more sex then I cared for but but worth the free price.
Karen Banks
Gave up on it... It just lacked depth and lost its interest well before the halfway point. Nice writing style, though. Loved the descriptions... Story just didn't do it for me.
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Born and raised in Switzerland, Christa Polkinhorn has always had a desire to explore the world outside of her beautiful but tiny country. As a young woman, she traveled through Europe, came to the United States on an exchange program, and ended up staying. Her travels led her to China and Japan as well as South America. She studied literature and linguistics in Zurich and California. Now, she liv...more
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