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Stone Castles

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She turned her back on the girl she was. He'll show her the woman she was meant to be.

After ten years pursuing a prestigious career in New York, Pip Martin has returned to the Yorke Peninsula to farewell her dying grandmother. She doesn't intend to linger - there are too many memories in the small country town and not all of them will stay in the past.

Like Luke Trenorden, her childhood sweetheart. A man Pip had promised her heart to, until tragedy stole Pip's family away, and a terrible lie tore both their lives apart.

Pip cannot deny there is still a spark between them, even amidst the heartache of losing her Gran and the demands of her new life. But it may not be enough to rekindle a love that has been neglected for so long.

When a long-kept secret is revealed, Pip is free to go back to the life she thought she wanted... unless Luke can break down the stone castle Pip has built around her heart.

"I fell in love, laughed, cried... [an] emotional and page-turning read" - Rachael Johns, bestselling author of Outback Dreams

"A story with a heart as vast as South Australia's Yorke Peninsula " - Karly Lane, bestselling author of North Star

"Pacey, vibrant, sexy ... and touching. Stone Castles is the perfect package." - Barbara Hannay, bestselling author of Zoe's Muster

336 pages, Paperback

First published November 25, 2014

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Trish Morey

517 books209 followers
Trish Morey always fancied herself a writer, but was sternly advised that she better better think about getting a real job instead. Which Trish figures must be why she spent her university years washing dishes in a Chinese restaurant by night and picking gherkins for an Adelaide Hills primary producer by day. (Enough to put you off "real jobs" for life).

It was another twelve years, an accounting career and two babies on that Trish once again turned her mind to writing. it was a further eleven years (and two more babies:)) before Trish sold her first book to Harlequin Presents, and her dream of being a published author came true.

Some forty books later, Trish is now an award winning and USA Today Bestselling Author of some 40+ books. Trish still loves writing romance but these days combines it with all the fun, drama and sisterhood of women, family and girlfriends.

When she’s not out traveling the world in search of inspiration for her stories, Trish lives with her husband, Daisy their over enthusiastic Cavoodle pup, Daisy, and Leo, their very old and totally unenthusiastic cat, down on the glorious South Coast of South Australia where the waves crash over the granite rocks and splash upon the golden sands.

Trish reckons she has the best job in the world.

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Profile Image for Sharon.
988 reviews192 followers
August 9, 2017
Returning to the Yorke Peninsula, South Australia isn't going to be easy for Pip Martin. Visiting her grandmother will be an upsetting time for Pip as her grandmother is dying and if that wasn't bad enough, she would also have to deal with someone from her past, Luke Trenorden.

Pip walked away from Luke ten years ago, but could they still have feelings for one another or have they both moved on since then?

This is the first book I've read by Trish Morey which I quite enjoyed. If you enjoy reading romance novels, then I'm certain you'll enjoy reading this book. Recommended.

Profile Image for Dale Harcombe.
Author 14 books298 followers
February 4, 2017
Pip Martin returns from New York and her high paid career, to the Yorke Peninsular, South Australia, which she left years before. She comes back because her grandmother, her only known family is dying. The reasons she left and has not been back are explored and include Luke Tredenorden, a teenage boyfriend. Of course you can already see where this is heading as they reconnect. But is there too much water under the bridge and have they managed to quell the flame that was between them?
I liked Luke, but Pip I never warmed to. I was never sure why her friends were so thrilled to have her back. While the author sets up reasons for Pip’s long absence, some of her reasons for leaving and not being back didn’t ring true for me, especially regarding Luke and her biological father who she doesn’t know.
I enjoyed the setting of this novel. For the first 160 pages or so I was quite enjoying this story, but I found the longer it went on the less it gripped me. I found myself skimming and wishing authors could write without use of the f word. Apparently this author can, as she did for the first 160 odd pages. I wasn’t convinced by the ending, and thought the whole biological father issue got dealt with too easily in the end. However, if you like rural romances with teenage lovers that meet up years after and a few steamy sex scenes, you may like it much more than I did. In the end what I thought would be a really great 4 star read turned into just 3 stars. It never really touched my emotions, except where the grandmother was concerned.
Profile Image for Desere.
758 reviews76 followers
January 4, 2015
For ten years Pip Martin has been pushing the limits pursuing a prestigious career in New York. Then she returns to Yorke Peninsula to say farewell to her dying grandmother. She doesn't want to linger, she wants to get into town unseen, say goodbye to her grandmother, say hi to her best friends and then get out and back to her perfect happy life in New York, which not only includes the perfect job but the perfect sexy hot friend Chad , that comes with all the right benefits a climb to the top of the corporate ladder girl like her needs.

But life is never that simple and not only is the whole town aware of her arrival, but so is her childhood sweetheart, Luke Trenorden. He was her everything, until the night he betrayed her and tore their lives apart.

Seeing Luke again awakens the feelings from the past, but it also brings back the memories of a long kept secret, a secret she has been trying to solve for far too long. Then the answer is revealed and Pip has to decide is she 's going to go back to being the corporate goal getting career woman she's become or if she's ready to be the woman she was meant to be, the one only Luke can see.

This read was all about stunning emotion, that drew me in from the first page and held my attention right through to the end. I laughed and I cried my eyes out , and I got my heart broken over and over again, and then the author pieced me back together again with remarkable wonder.

I adored the character of Luke, he's the kind of hero that deserves happiness but every time it is or has been in reach something happens to tear it away, and this completely broke my heart. I wanted to grab hold of this man and hug him tight, tell him it will all be okay he just needs to hang in there. But as we all know, saying the words never really means anything because they are just words. Through this character the author showed that when we believe that everything we do is wrong and happiness is not in the cards for us, it's one of the biggest mistakes we can make, because it 's not us but life's way of steering us to where we need to be or in the case of Luke keeping us where we are meant to be so that we are there for the one that needs us the most when the time comes.

The character of Pip was at first the really, " Oh man a stuck up NY diva heroine". And I did not immediately like her at all. But as the read progressed and the author let me in on her past I could clearly start to see why she's so focused on her career instead of happiness. It broke my heart when the author revealed the hurt she had faced in the past. Through this character the author showed how the hurt from the past is essential in life to teach us what we should be reaching for. We lose our way but when life offers up the right goals we should be chasing , the trick is to stop, listen and then act instead of ignoring the signs and simply sticking to the game of pushing for what we want instead of what we need.

This book was filled with so many wonderful emotions, brought to life with vivid color by the author. It tells the journey of self discovery, romance rekindled, lessons learned, secrets and mystery keeping people apart and bringing forth a new life for all.

I recommend this read for all fans of reading. Deep emotion that will bring you many tears of joy and sorrow, give you a new zest for life, have you believing in love, friendship, family and teach you that the past is simply that, what's in the past is not what will bring you the future you deserve, it's about letting go and chasing the dreams of your heart and not those bouncing around in your mind. This author knows how to climb deep into the very soul of life!

4.5 star review
" He breaks down the stone castles around her heart, but does she have what it takes to venture outside?"
Profile Image for Helen.
2,224 reviews12 followers
November 15, 2014
This is a beautiful story emotional moving and sensual it is beautifully written and will draw you in from the first page I savoured every word and although I wanted to get to the end it is a book that I did not want to finish and it touched my heart in many ways. This is the story of friendships family and a romance that although sacrificed through grief and missunderstanding has always remained and when Pip returns home to the beautiful Yorke Peninsula from New York to see her grandmother her first love Luke makes her re think a lot of things, make sure you have your tissues handy because you will need tham but it is also a book that will have you smiling. Don't miss this one I highly recommend it.
Profile Image for Nicki Edwards.
Author 19 books103 followers
March 23, 2015
You know those books you're still thinking about days after you finish? This was one of those books. Trish Morey is a fabulous storyteller and this is a fabulous story.
Profile Image for Lily Malone.
Author 22 books169 followers
November 29, 2015
I haven't read Trish Morey before, and I really enjoyed this book.
The reunion romance trope is a favourite of mine. A reunion romance already comes laced with extra tension between the main characters because of the past they share and usually, the secret that broke them up and kept them apart.
Something I really enjoyed in this book was the familiarity I felt with the Yorke Peninsula and South Australia. South Oz was a 'home away from home' for me for most of the 2000s and my husbands parents have a holiday home on the Yorke Peninsula, making towns such as Port Wakefield and Wallaroo feel like long lost friends.
The set up to Stone Castles is really good. I enjoyed Trish Morey's writing style very much. It has lots of humour - the mix-up with the flashy red car in the beginning and Pip getting stopped for speeding - all this I enjoyed; and the first meeting of Luke and Pip at the cafe is good too.
I also found the character of Pip's gran, and the knowledge Pip is returning from New York to be with her gran in the last stages of her life, very moving. There were tears in the Aged Care scenes, and I don't often cry when I'm reading.
It takes a while for Luke and Pip to come to their senses and act on all this fizzing sexual tension, but when they do, it gets hot real fast. For a rural romance, I think it's up there on the 'heat' level (not a bad thing).
So it's probably fair to say I enjoyed the set-up and first two-thirds just a little more than the latter parts of the book. For me, Pip coming to her two major realisations: about Luke and the incident that drove them apart, and about what she needs to be happy in life was just a tad drawn out.
But, all in all, I really enjoyed this book and I will hunt out Cherry Season, the author's new release.
Profile Image for Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews.
1,914 reviews271 followers
February 9, 2015
Trish Morey writes beautifully about the Yorke Peninsula, South Australia, the area in which her main character, Pip Martin returns to after a ten year absence. Busy carving out a successful career in New York, Pip is drawn back to her home town after she hears the news that her beloved Grandmother’s health is fast deteriorating. Making the trip back home to say goodbye was never going to be easy for Pip. A decade ago she left her childhood sweetheart Luke for the glamour of New York, after both tragedy and lies tore them apart. Luke is not thrilled at Pip’s reappearance, as it opens up old wounds. However, it soon becomes obvious that Pip and Luke cannot ignore the deep connection they both feel for one another. Pip must decide whether she should return to her happy life in New York or recapture her love for Luke back home. This is a story of self discovery, love, relationships, friendships and overwhelmingly second chance love. Pip and Luke are equally good leading characters. Morey’s writing allows the reader to feel deeply along with her characters. This is a book that will make you cry, laugh and experience the emotions of falling in love for a second time. As a reader what I enjoyed most about this book was the author’s inviting descriptions of the Yorke Peninsula. This is an area I was unfamiliar with until reading Stone Castles, but would now dearly like to visit. Stone Castles is a comforting rural romance, full of tender heartwarming moments and not to be missed.
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1,397 reviews9 followers
December 29, 2014
This was a welcome Christmas gift from a friend. I couldn't resist dipping into it immediately - and the story kept me reading. Longer than Trish Morey's other books, there is a lot more soul searching here. Her heroine, Pip Martin, has pretty big character flaws, and they are exposed fairly relentlessly in the book. Pip basically ran away from tragedy in the beautiful Yorke Peninsular (South Australia), to New York's big bad banking world. Her dying grandmother brings her back to the friends she loves, and to Luke, the man she walked out on. Tender and honest, this is not only a second-chance romance between Pip and Luke, but also a romance with the Yorke Peninsular.

I love this: And the walls and her truth had become so fragile, like the lace doilies her gran had crafted on tiny crochet needles... And this: 'You've buried your heart in a...in a stone castle. And if anyone dares to get close, you send down the arrows and spears or retreat inside and hide.'

Thanks Trish, for the book of your heart.
Profile Image for Nas Dean.
813 reviews37 followers
December 3, 2014
STONE CASTLES by author Trish Morey is a December 2014 release by Pan McMillan.

Pip Martin had everything she wanted back in New York. A high flying job she loved and great life. So when she came back to the deathbed of her Grandma, why did she feel something was lacking? Was it to do with Luke Trenorden, the man she had walked away from ten years ago?

Luke certainly felt the spark rekindle for Pip, but would it bring them close or shatter any chances of them ever finding happiness? Then the big secret is out. Will it destroy Pip now?

STONE CASTLES moves along very fast. This is a second chance story with first loves. Pip and Luke had emotional baggage they were keeping hidden. This tale takes a reader deep into both the characters’ psyche to discover how they are hurt by omissions of truth and lies and how they build stone castles around their hearts. It is a story that will stay with a reader long after she closes the book. It has that momentous impact by all the emotion depicted in this tale.

Recommended to all readers.
124 reviews11 followers
June 22, 2015
I was very lucky to be sitting in a masterclass in the Clare Valley of South Australia, when Trish talked about an old cupboard and memories that it might have, as part of an exercise we were doing.

A year later we were launching her book at the Clare Writers' festival.

I loved this book from page 1, Trish writes with a freshness that is rare considering she has written so much. She brings a new voice to rural fiction, with strong characters who are not afraid to make mistakes, sexy men. Her dedication to making sure the area where she is setting the novel is right, is wonderful. Trish's voice is strong through this book which I love, her honesty is wonderful and refreshing.

Rural fiction readers will love this book, those who want to delve into rural fiction then start here.

Well done Trish, I look forward to reading more from you.
Profile Image for Fiona Lowe.
Author 180 books485 followers
January 29, 2015
Some beautiful descriptive writing. Makes you want to visit the Yorke Peninsula :-)
Profile Image for Stacey Houllis.
632 reviews1 follower
October 19, 2017
Pip Martin Returns to Yorke Peninsula from New York to farewell her dying grandmother. She doesn't want stay long to go there do what she came back home for. Her parents and brother died in car accident 10 years earlier after their deaths she learns of secret that change her plans for her future with Luke Trenorden the childhood sweetheart she loved and planned to marry.
Pip stays with her best friend Tracey her husband and three children at B& B they own. Pip reconnects with another best friend Fi who is also married with twins.
Luke and Pip are asked to be godparents to Chloe Tracey daughter in which they have to enjoy each others company for the day.
When Luke takes her home that afternoon he shows her the furniture from her home they tslk of the reason she left finding out that he know her father was not her farther and kept it from her and
guilt of the night of the accident she lied to her parents of been sick to be with him. The rekindle the love they once shared together by having sex.
Pip decides it is just sex with them and to search for her father she never new but can she give up her life in New York for Luke and what will happen when as she learns she her befriend is her half sister.
Luke tries to break the wall down that she has built around her heart but she still heads home to New York only to figure out that she loves Luke.
This is great book about family, friendship, and the love of two people that never left them.
I highly recommend this book.
Profile Image for Bec Whyte.
64 reviews
January 14, 2018
I loved this book. its one of the best ive read in a while and while the blurb makes it sound cliche, I found it well wrtten and went hunting for more by the same author
331 reviews
February 23, 2019
A nice easy read which I really enjoyed. Only criticism I would have is that the sex scenes were a little over-descriptive!
Profile Image for Kay Unwin.
62 reviews
October 14, 2019
I just loved this book! I always remembered it but forgot to list on this Goodread ap! It was wonderful as was the other book from this author Cherry Season! Just delightful!
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1,665 reviews170 followers
December 1, 2015
Pip Martin hasn't been back to the rural town in which she grew up for a long time and meeting Luke Trenorden wasn't supposed to be part of the plan after rushing back to make her granny's final moments. But her return brings back to the surface all of the issues between them that have never been resolved and Pip is finding, to her horror, that it is increasingly difficult to leave Luke...once again.

Evocatively written, Stone Castles is a second-chance story of 2 teenagers torn apart reuniting once more...fifteen years later. As with stories that deal with an long time gap between meetings, I've always been interested to read how an author bridges that gap between 2 characters who have clearly grown in different directions in the intervening time. It's a delicate balance as always: a romanticised but ultimately unbelievable version would typically have both characters who still pine badly for each other while two people finding each other again as near-complete strangers would make me question the feasibility of this pairing. Trish Morey straddles the middle line fairly well as Pip and Luke struggle with forgiveness, heaps of memories and a chemistry that time can't really erase.

Character-wise, there's so much of an 'outsider' perspective and that disconnect written into Pip that I could definitely relate to, but Pip's self-righteous posturing and extended sense of entitlement clearly made me feel a lot more for Luke than her. I liked how her friends grounded her and set her straight in the blame game that she'd been determined to foist on Luke's shoulders and for me, the real growth of character was on Pip's side, whose HEA was at least well- and hard-earned. But Morey thankfully never makes this too much of an 'countrysider vs. citydweller' issue, and the decent folks she writes about in the rural town play a big part in contributing to my enjoyment of the story.

Profile Image for Margaret.
24 reviews
November 30, 2015
Stone Castles is a chick lit book with a difference. This is my first Trish Morey book, and I will be on the look out for her again.
It grabs you from the first page. You are there, whether it be in New York or in South Australia. She transports you within the story, her characters are very believable, from an Australian point of view, her verbalisation is spot on.
She has you laughing with the sisterhood, cheering on the larrikins, and endearing you to a small country township, where people know everyone's business whether you want them to or not.
Great story teller. Loved every turn of the page, makes me want to visit S.A.
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Author 7 books48 followers
February 5, 2017
Wow, what an amazing read. The story of Pip coming home after many years abroad to say her farewells to her dying grandmother is an emotional one as you'd expect. The emotional roller coaster ride continues with Pip being confronted by her past, including her ex, Luke.

A lovely story about connection, forgiveness, and belonging. I cried, I laughed, I sighed.
Loved seeing South Australia charm the pages in effect being its own character.

This is Trish Morey's first single title and I'm looking forward to reading more of them in the future.

Disclaimer: While I know the author personally, this does not affect my star rating.
Profile Image for Deb Bodinnar.
436 reviews2 followers
April 21, 2015
Life is very different on the Yorke Peninsula to New York, when Pip arrives back home to see her Grandmother before she dies, some things are still there, like her ex-boyfriend Luke. A story of love, loss, understanding and misunderstandings, I enjoyed this novel and recommend it to Rural Romance readers.
472 reviews1 follower
September 8, 2016
'Stone Castles' by Trish Morey was a cut above the usual Australian rural fiction in that the characters were normal, nice people who the reader could identify with. The story was ok (even though it was one of those 'teenage-lovers-break up-and-meet- 15- years-later' plots). It was set in the Yorke Peninsula in South Australia and the area was brought to life with vivid descriptions.
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3 reviews
February 1, 2015
New author to put on my favs list. Couldn't put this book down I laughed and I cried. One of those books where you re read paragraphs because you have actually stepped into this fictional world and want to relive the words. Can't wait for Trish's new book in may.
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136 reviews
December 17, 2015
I really enjoyed this novel, completed in one afternoon of solid reading!
Pip is returning home to see her dying gran, and her lifelong friends after a long time away. The visit forces Pip to confront her past, what it means to be happy and the one man she hasn't ever been able to forget.
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Author 14 books165 followers
July 8, 2016
Worth reading. I enjoyed the fact that it is set in Australia and Trish Morey's descriptions of the sights and smells of the bush. Very predictable ending but good likeable characters and a feel-good story.
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378 reviews4 followers
April 19, 2015
Good. I think I'll read this and 'intensive care' by nicki edwards and then I'm done with romance for a bit.
40 reviews1 follower
May 15, 2015
Loved the setting.Made me want to explore the Yorke Peninsula. I thought the characters were well developed and appealed to the Aussie in me.
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