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The Distant Shore

(Stone Trilogy #1)

3.45  ·  Rating details ·  299 ratings  ·  47 reviews
The Distant Shore is a contemporary romance with a light twist of suspense.

There's nothing like finding a letter on your breakfast table informing you have a teenage son you knew nothing about, but that's what happens to international rock star, Jonathon Stone. He drops everything to find the boy, and his mother the girl he loved so many years ago who left him when his ro
Paperback, 366 pages
Published January 17th 2012 by Buddhapuss Ink LLC
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Johanna Harness
Jan 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I know Mariam Kobras from Twitter. She's a funny, smart, wise-cracking woman with an answer for everything. She lives in Germany and is already wide awake while I'm pouring my first cup of coffee and settling into 5AM writing.

When I opened her book, I was so surprised at her beautiful, flowing lines. It was like watching someone goof around on stage just before breaking into an intricate, gorgeous dance. This is a delicious book, one that demands tea or chocolate and hours to savor the words and
Jun 20, 2012 rated it did not like it
This book was PAINFUL to read. The dialogue throughout the book was so elementary, it shocked me. The plot seemed to skip a good 100 pages, making the story so one dimensional. The same things were said 100 different ways with no depth of character given. My fifth grader would do a better job writing a conversation.

I have never SKIMMED a book like this before...had to read it for book club.
Jan 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Jonathan Stone—a handsome, famous rock star—despite never being short of female fans who throw themselves at him at every opportunity, still pines for the woman who left him over a decade ago, sets off across the ocean to find her again. Sounds familiar, right? Many of us have read or heard something like this before.

However, Kobras’ novel is not your usual Mills and Boon romance, nor one of those average, happy ever-after Hollywood movies, either. The author weaves a fascinating story, with a
Apr 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Mariam Kobras has written a beautiful book about a famous rock star named Jonathan Stone. Just as most people imagine a rock star would have groupies, Jonathan has his fair share of women throwing themselves at him; however, for some reason he isn't really interested because his heart is elsewhere.

The skillfully written novel begins with "THERE IT WAS...Jon found the letter among the pile of mail he had carelessly tossed on the counter the night before." The letter has news for him that would s
Jan 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is a gorgeous book; from the strangely tactile, softly coloured cover right through to the unresolved ending, Kobras plays on all the senses to weave a tale of love that is bigger than either of the main characters.

The book begins unconventionally with a lost love regained, leaving the reader wondering where the story can possibly go from there. However, though drawn helplessly together, the main characters have oceans between them, complex histories and enormous amounts of baggage to overc
Jul 06, 2014 rated it did not like it
I stopped at 24%. I just couldn't make myself keep reading. There was something just completely NOT believable about it. It was too easy for then to start up where they left off 17 years before. How is that possible? Naomi clearly had issues with being part of his life but she grabs hold immediately, agrees to marry him and then constantly cried when its hard, when they don't know how things will work with her Inn in Norway and his work in L.A. Duh!! Where are the conversations about their real ...more
Jul 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
It's hard for me to explain exactly what I loved about this book. Sure it's a love story - and a good one. It's the start of a trilogy so you know you don't have to miss the characters long when it's over. But it was more than that. Mariam Kobras manages to engage all of your senses in this story, drawing you in and wrapping you up in light and shadow, in smells and temperatures and textures until you're not just reading this book, you're floating in it. This isn't a quick 'read in the doctor's ...more
Mariam Kobras
Dec 18, 2011 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Today, May 2nd, 2012, the IPPY Awards committee announced that "The Distant Shore" won Bronze in the "Romance" category for 2012! I'm beyond happy, and so grateful! ...more
Talli Roland
Jan 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A evocative, beautifully written story of finding love and hanging on to it, no matter what distance must be travelled.
Apr 25, 2013 rated it did not like it
Had such a hard time getting thru this book. Literally just finally gave up, too many good ones to read on my list to drag thru it any longer. Wanted to love it, just could not get into it.
May 13, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
I am done. I just haven't been able to get into this book. I never like to leave one unfinished but I need to move on! The dialogue annoyed me to no end and the jumping around was too choppy to keep me interested. And I kept waiting for the fact that the main woman in this story never told the man that he had a son to become a heated issue. Hadn't yet happened. All he cares about is her. I guess I child you had never met could wait a few more weeks. And meeting said son was like having coffee wi ...more
Linda Sienkiewicz
Jul 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This eloquent love story begins in Norway, so well described I could feel the cold wind blowing in from the rocky coast. International rock star, Jon Stone, sets off to find his first love after receiving a startling letter from a teenage boy. Is it possible that his first love, Naomi, left him only to give birth to his son and raise him in secret? Why? Jon never stops to think that his lifestyle could have been an issue.

The writing is lyrical, Jon and Naomi's lovemaking has just the right amou
Mar 22, 2012 rated it it was ok
The story was long and dull. Naomi was totally unlikable and very rude.
Jun 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I love this book it is unputdownable, the story draws you in right from the start & keeps up the pace ..a real page turner
Jul 08, 2013 rated it liked it
sometimes way to intimate
Melissa Jindra
Feb 12, 2018 rated it it was ok
I kept reading and reading expecting the book to get better. Now that I finished it, I wish I would have quit earlier. What a redundant story.
Melody Cox
Aug 12, 2020 rated it liked it
This was a decent trilogy but not great.
Watermelon Daisy
Jan 17, 2012 rated it liked it
I liked the chemistry between Jon and Naiomi, and maybe it was the third-person-writing, but I never got close to them. They were always strangers through my eyes.

Jon was adorable in his "hopeless romantic" way, but at the same time, I found he was too outspoken for a male character. It's usually the female character who's all, "I love you!" and the male character would (stereotypically) grunt a reply. So I guess the whole story was a little hard to read, seeing as the two main characters couldn
Contemporary second chances romance about a rock star that fell in love with a young song writer until she suddenly left his life seventeen years ago with a secret child plot and a stalker mystery.
Big deal rock star, Jonathon Stone is just trying to survive without his heart since she left to places unknown many years ago, but on a random day he receives a letter from a 16 year old boy who claims to be his son, but that first love, so Jon takes the next jet to Norway to finally find his love and
Oct 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've never read a novel where the two romantic leads spent 90% of the story analyzing their relationship ~ why they met, why they broke up, why they got back together, why they will or won't stay together and so on and so on. I liked Jon, the leading man, very much, although I found it hard to believe that a man who grew up in Brooklyn would speak like a character in a Victorian romance novel. For most of the story I actually thought he was European, maybe from London and was surprised to find o ...more
Dec 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014
This book was the first time I'd come across Mariam Kobras' writing but I can promise you it won't be the last. She pulled me from the very first page until the end, leaving me wanting so much more (I will be investing books 2 & 3 when I finish this review!).

So how and why did it end up on my Kindle? Simple really, it was a limited offer free download on Amazon and because money is extremely tight right now I am taking the opportunity to get as many freebies as possible. Having said that, it sat
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Jon Stone is a singer songwriter. Naomi is his love interest and has been forever. She's 'the one who got away'. She left him. In doing so, she lost a part of herself. She ends up spending her days hiding out owning a hotel. She spends most of her time listening to his music. Music they wrote together and writing lyrics hoping one day he'd sing those too.

Jon is a mess. He never found out why Naomi left him. He has no idea where she went. It's been ten years. One day he gets a
Apr 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviews
The Distant Shores takes readers on a roller coaster ride of emotions as they explore the timeless love story of a famous musician and the girl who captured his heart nearly two decades ago.

When Jon Stone receives a letter from the son he never knew existed his life is turned upside down. He drops everything and heads to Norway to reconnect with the love that escaped him so many years before. Although love always seems to be the motive, Jon and Naomi forge a tumultuous and strained relationship
Susan Spann
Jul 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-by-friends

Author Mariam Kobras expertly weaves a story about love, loss, and redemption, and the price that each can cost us.

The book opens as Jon and Naomi "discover" one another again (after years apart) because of their teenage son. The twist? Jon doesn't know the boy exists.

In the opening pages, Jon receives a letter from a Scandinavian teenager who claims to be his son ... by Jon's long-lost love, Naomi, who disappeared many years before without an explanation. Jon, a rock star, hops on a plane to in
Mar 16, 2016 rated it liked it
This is the first time I have come across this author. The premise of a rock-star recapturing lost love after so many years piqued my interest.

Jon receives a letter out of the blue from a young 16 year old lad who mentions that his mother is called Naomi. Joshua explains he and his mother live in Norway and he has reason to think Jon is his Dad.

Naomi runs a hotel and is a successful business woman .. but it’s enough for Jon who has been pining the loss of this woman to up and leave California a
Lois Gould
Aug 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
If you're looking for the standard fast-read romance, this isn't it.
Kobras manages to have a rock star hero who is a die-hard romantic, yet possessive and arrogant with feet of clay. Her heroine Naomi is an accomplished businesswoman who is less than brimming with self-confidence in the romance arena, and it's clear that she doubts any man, let alone Jon Stone, would actually want to be with her long-term. Sounds like real people, dealing with real problems. Self assured one minute, a pile of tr
Book Review originally published here:

In A Distant Shore, Jonathan Stone, an aging rockstar, still longs for Naomi, a girl he fell in love with years ago, who left him because his rock n’ roll life was too much for her to bear. When he gets a letter from his teenage song, who claims his mother is Naomi, and that Jonathan is his father, he sets out to find and reconnect to Naomi and to his son.

This isn’t your usual rockstar story: in fact, it holds many di
Jul 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I can't believe that this is the first book by Mariam Kobras. I was drawn in from the first few lines and finished the book in one day.

Jon and Naomi's love story had me captivated and I was carried along on the roller coaster of their relationship. Her ability to set a scene had me transported to Norway, New York and beyond. I got a sense of the bleakness and remoteness of Naomi's hideaway in Norway, yet she still conveyed the beauty of the place and the warmth of the people.

She shows an insight
Jun 29, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: dnf, i-own-it
What I read was okay, but it went on and on and on yet never seemed to get anywhere. It seems that the protagonists got together too young, and Naomi had secrets upon secrets, first the son, then something to do with family property. I didn't get far enough to find out what that was.

Following is a personal quibble. I get tired of people who have pots of money and many houses and seemingly endless hours to romance each other. Naomi had a job as hotel manager, but only needed to check in once a d
Sue Skerl
Jan 17, 2012 rated it liked it
This is a story about lost love reunited. This story reunites Jon Stone, a world renowned rock star, and Naomi Carlsson, heir to an extensive hotel conglomerate. It has been 17 years since she left him without a word to where she had hidden herself to. In one letter, Jon not only discovers where she is but is also slammed with the knowledge he has a 16 year old son. Jon drops everything to find her and to see if the passion that has never left him is still in her. This is part one of a three boo ...more
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Born in Frankfurt, Germany, Mariam lived in Brazil and Saudi Arabia with her parents as a child before they decided to settle in Germany. She attended school there and studied American Literature and Psychology at Justus-Liebig-University in Giessen. Today she lives and writes in Hamburg, Germany, with her husband, two sons and two cats.

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Stone Trilogy (3 books)
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