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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
Jun 05, 2011 Lee Holz rated it it was amazing
A lyric love story and poignant tale of personal growth. Highly recommended!
Crystal
Dec 13, 2010 Crystal rated it it was amazing
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
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Lindsay
Apr 12, 2011 Lindsay rated it it was amazing
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
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Jess Scott
Oct 09, 2010 Jess Scott rated it it was amazing
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
Kristina
Mar 14, 2011 Kristina rated it it was amazing
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
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Scott Nicholson
Sep 06, 2010 Scott Nicholson rated it it was amazing
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
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431p The talented 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 driver, turns out to be a sculptor and carver of tombstones. In spite of his profession, Andreas is anything bu ...more
Martha Cheves
Dec 05, 2011 Martha Cheves rated it it was amazing
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
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Misty Baker
Jan 06, 2012 Misty Baker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Ginger
Jan 31, 2012 Ginger rated it liked it
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.
Holly
Feb 16, 2012 Holly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 07, 2012 Karen Banks rated it liked it
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, I have always had the desire to explore the world outside of my beautiful but tiny country. I traveled in Europe, China, Japan as well as South America. Now, I live and work as writer and translator in southern California. My interest in foreign cultures informs my work and my novels take place in several countries. I published a volume of poetry (The Path of Fire). ...more
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