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The Secret Language of Stones

(Daughters of La Lune #2)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  1,285 ratings  ·  297 reviews
As World War I rages and the Romanov dynasty reaches its sudden, brutal end, a young jewelry maker discovers love, passion, and her own healing powers in this rich and romantic ghost story, the perfect follow-up to M.J. Rose’s “brilliantly crafted” (Providence Journal) novel The Witch of Painted Sorrows.

Nestled within Paris’s historic Palais Royal is a jewelry store unlike
ebook, 320 pages
Published July 19th 2016 by Atria Books
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Carolee Noury It's not necessary, but I recommend it. The books follow a family, so the history is illuminating and adds depth to (this) the second story. This book…moreIt's not necessary, but I recommend it. The books follow a family, so the history is illuminating and adds depth to (this) the second story. This book does an excellent job of quickly summarizing the essential in the narrative.(less)

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“I love you as certain dark things are to be loved, in secret, between the shadow and the soul.”

----Pablo Neruda

M.J. Rose, a New York Times bestselling novelist, weaves an enchanting and romantic tale called, The Secret Language of Stones: A Novel that is the second book in The Daughters of La Lune series, that traces the life of young woman with powers to encrypt the messages of those beyond the grave to their loves ones with the help of rare gems that is filled with magic, love, betrayal, w
With an enchanting and almost dreamlike style, M.J. Rose delves deep into the hearts and lives of a gifted group of women, this time, focusing on Opaline with her gifts of working magic into precious stones and metals, as a connection for the living to the dead. The Secret Language of Stonesis a journey that will enrapture readers, as it did for me.

The time is during the horrors of World War I, the place Europe, Paris mostly, when dabbling in the occult was in high, if not illegal fashion. Opali
The Secret Language of Stones is the second installment in M.J. Rose's magical/historical fiction series titled The Daughters of La Lune. The lead character in the first book: The Witch of Painted Sorrows was Sandrine. Sandrine gave birth to a daughter named Opaline, and The Secret Language of Stones is her story. Like with the first book, this one offers many engaging elements such as history, culture, art, mystery, the supernatural, and ghostly passionate romance. Elements that seem to be
The Lit Bitch
Feb 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
When I read the first book, The Witch of Painted Sorrows, I had no idea that it was going to end up being an actual ‘series’. It read so well as a stand alone book that I was surprised to see it would be becoming a series.

So when this one came across my desk, I was thrilled to review it and see how the ‘series’ was going to develop as there were some loose ends that weren’t exactly completely tied up in the first book.

This book was right up my alley, WWI France. I love books set in this time per
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
Dec 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2016
The Secret Language of Stones is the sequel to The Witch of Painted Sorrows. In this book, we get to meet Opaline, the daughter of Sandrine who was the main character in the previous book. And just like Sandrine is Opaline a Daughter of La Lune, a descendant from La Lune, the famous courtesans from the sixteenth-century Paris.

I read the first book last year and I found it intriguing and looked forward to getting the chance to read this one. However, it has taken me forever to get to this book, d
Jul 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Political intrigue thrown in with magic and a paranormal romance.

M. J. Rose does a great job with character development and describing the settings. I felt like I was there in war-torn Paris. The emotions that Opaline and Jean-Luc are going through are filled with pain and longing.

The pacing is pretty good, although there were times I felt it was a bit repetitive. My first time reading this author, but I would certainly read more.

**Thank you to the publisher and Net Galley in exchange of an hone
Suze Lavender
Jul 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It’s the time of the First World War and Opaline wants to be useful. She can do that through her creations. She works for a famous Russian jewelry maker, a protégé of Faberge. He makes the most stunning pieces and she has the chance to learn a lot from him. In a time of mourning people sometimes need something more than sparkling beauty and Opaline is the one who can give it to them. With her magic she can give the family of a deceased a last message from their loved one. She needs a lock of hai ...more
Terri Wino
Sep 13, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: year-2016
3.5 stars
I didn't enjoy this quite as much as The Witch of Painted Sorrows, but it was still a solid entry into the series.
I found Opaline's work with jewelry and stones fascinating because I have always loved gemstones and the mysticism associated with them.
For me, this book definitely leaned more on the historical fiction side than a romantic story, and I'm okay with that.
It's not really necessary to read the first book in this series, but I highly recommend that you do, simply because it was
Feb 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
This book is the second in the Daughters of La Lune series. What I really like about this author is that while the books are part of a series, you can still read them as stand alone books (the same worked for her other series about reincarnation). The book has an ending and the story is resolved (so no cliffhanger here), but it also talks about events from the first book. It's easy to follow the story, even if you didn't read the first book. I have to say that I enjoyed this book more than the f ...more
Sheila Goicea
*Review for book 1 in series: The Witch of Painted Sorrows

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We see what we want to see when we look at someone. Like a diamond before it has been cut. We can guess at its brilliance, but can't see the faults until the stone has been cut and polished. Only then can we glimpse inside and see the occlusions and clarity.
At the turn of the century, the world finds itself in the midst of crisis. Nations are at war,
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Opaline Duplessi is the daughter of Sandrine from The Witch of Painted Sorrows. She was born with special gifts that allow her to receive messages from people who have passed on through any personal object that belongs to them. Opaline then passes these messages on to the loved ones left behind through creating talismans that give them some measure of peace. Usually, she has to touch an object from the deceased to receive messages from them
Jul 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing

I read THE SECRET LANGUAGE OF STONES with a breathless involvement, absolutely saddened when I saw I had come to the last pages. It is the story of a young gifted jeweler Opaline from a maternal line of mystics, who, in war-torn Paris circa 1917, dedicates herself to the painful work of making mourning jewelry for the mothers and wives of fallen soldiers. Because she is a gifted mystic, she can hear the young men’s thoughts from within necklaces she creates. One day a woman comes in with some of
Michelle Stockard Miller
I love reading books by M.J. Rose. She writes with such atmosphere, and not only is there connection with the characters, there is also connection with the material world. It's like being immersed in a lovely cocoon as you read her books. Even more so with this series, The Daughters of La Lune.

The psychic phenomena experienced by Opaline, the book's main character, is portrayed as a gift and a curse at the same time. Opaline is having difficulty coming to terms with her powers, and until she enc
I received "The Secret Language of Stones: A Novel - The Daughters of La Lune #2," via NetGalley. This ARC e-book copy is in exchange for an honest review.

I was smitten right away by the characters and historic subplots at work in the story. M.J. Rose writes well. It is obvious that this author has done her homework and is an artist with words.

This novel took me away from here and today, and launched me into France during the time of the First World War.

"The Secret Language of Stones" is #2 i
Apr 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
M.J. Rose is an author who can transport you into any time and place, weaving in the occult and the mysterious along with history. It is is utterly believable. Opaline Duplessi is one of the descendants of La Lune, a famous witch, and whose mother is featured in The Witch of Painted Sorrows, which I loved. In The Secret Language of Stones by M.J. Rose, Opaline has fled her parents and returned to the former home of La Lune — Paris. Rather than live with her great-grandmother, who also prefers to ...more
Pam Jenoff
Jan 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
No one writes historic Paris with all of its dark secrets like Rose, and she has outdone herself here with the story of Opaline who works in a famous jewelry shop during World War I making watches for soldiers and mourners alike. Opaline's special gift and family history allow her to connect with those beyond the grave and when a fallen soldier connects directly with her she is taken on a journey to England, an encounter with the Romanov dynasty and beyond. Enchanting! ...more
Jan 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I adored this sequel to The Witch of Painted Sorrows. The authors words swirled around me like a silk shawl while I read. The characters, the setting, the vivid descriptions. I loved them all. The artistry of fine jewelry making was a major character all on its own. I eagerly anticipate many more stories about the Daughters of La Lune.
Jul 10, 2016 rated it liked it
3.75/5 M.J. Rose definitely has a way with creating a magical world but it's the mystical part that isn't my thing. Having said that Opaline is an interesting character with powers she doesn't know how to control. It's these powers that lead her to help the Dowager of Russia. ...more
Jul 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Lisa Dobra
Aug 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018
Opaline Duplessi is an incredibly talented jeweler. Her beautiful mourning jewelry has given her a reputation in Paris during World War I... especially because she is able to contact the dead. Usually it is only for a moment, when she gives her work to the grieving mother, or sister, or wife of a fallen soldier. But when one soul refuses to leave her alone, she has to come to terms with her powers, as well as her developing feelings for the gentle man she has come to know.

M.J. Rose's writing sty
Jillian Stein
Mar 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Secret Language of Stones is the second book in author M.J. Rose's phenomenal The Daughter's of La Lune series and after falling in love with the first book, I was eager to read this next installment. It's at this point I tell you how difficult it's going to be for me to adequately put into words just how much I loved this book and how deeply the story affected me. It was beyond anything I could imagine and holds a spot as one of my top five favorite reads ever.

Opaline's journey was so incre
Cindy Burnett
Jul 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: net-galley
The Secret Language of Stones starts in the most fabulous way: “Every morning the pavement in front of our shop in the Palais Royal is washed clean by the tears of the mothers of dead soldiers, widowed wives, and heartsick lovers.” And the novel only gets better from there. M.J. Rose’s lyrical, descriptive prose draws the reader in and her use of colors and hues to portray the jewelry shop and other locations in Paris vividly brings the story to life. I felt like I had been transported to Paris ...more
Mary Eve
A beautiful story that revolves around another daughter of the sixteenth century witch, La Lune. This young woman, Opaline Duplessi, is the actual child of Sandrine. For those of you familiar with The Witch of Painted Sorrows, you'll remember the lovely Sandrine, the young woman who became the vessel for the sixteenth century witch. Opaline's story and introduction to the dark arts is just as interesting as her mother's mystical journey. However, where Sandrine welcomed the powers she inherits, ...more
WTF Are You Reading?
It is very rare that a second novel in a series can equal or surpass the excellence of its predecessor. But authoress, M. J. Rose, has managed to do just that, with the second offering in her acclaimed Daughters Of La Lune series.

Told from the viewpoint of Opaline Duplessi. The daughter of The Witch Of Painted Sorrows' Sandrine and Julien. The Secret Language Of Stones is the story of a young woman struggling to come to terms with a family legacy that she can neither escape, nor deny.

Feb 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Another lush, exciting, total-immersion novel from the pen of M.J. Rose, second in a series (but completely self-contained). In this novel, Opaline (daugher of Sandrine, the witch from The Witch of Painted Sorrows) is a Parisian jeweller during WWI. Her mentor is a grieving Russian royalist who hopes that the Romanovs will return to power, and whose friends and family do what they can in exile to thwart the Bolshevik spies. Opaline makes artistic pieces and creates wristwatches for soldiers, but ...more
Arliegh Kovacs
Opaline Duplessi is an apprentice jewelry in Paris during WWI. While her other designs are magnificent, her specialty is making talismans for women left behind when their soldiers are killed in battle. Because of the legacy of being a Daughter of La Lune, she has an additional talent. When the woman for whom the talisman is made holds the necklace and Opaline places her hands over theirs, she hears the message the soldier wants to leave for his loved one.
Then there comes the day when she can't m
The Secret Language of Stones: A Novel by M.J. Rose is the second book in the series "The Daughters of La Lune". I must say that although I liked this book, I just felt disappointed. I was excited to see it in my local library and immediately grabbed it. When I finally settled down to read it, other things pulled me away from the book. Why? Because I just couldn't really get into the story. Then, I wasn't always in a hurry to pick it up again to read.

Opaline is the daughter of Sandrine, the mai
Nov 16, 2016 rated it liked it
I guess I enjoyed this volume just as much as the first, though the plot didn't seem to progress nearly as much, or as thoroughly. Also, I've decided Julien was duped in the last book, and hasn't ever had a real, honest chance to love Sandrine for real, the right way, without being lied to and manipulated. That annoys me.

But, this tale isn't about them. Instead, it centers around one of their daughters. She has an interesting ability, hers is a fun story to read, though I saw where it was going
Apr 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An enjoyable mix of historical fiction, mysticism, art, jewelry making and relationships. The main character, Opaline, was believable and tied together these elements as she interacted with family, friends, clients and the men in her life. I was able to imagine her and the rest of the characters quite well. I also was able to feel myself in the locations through the author's descriptions.

The glimpse into life in Paris during the war in the early 1900 hundreds was well done. The author showed tha
Apr 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. I had not read the first in this Daughters of La Lune series, but this one pretty much stands alone with no problem. Opaline Duplessi has run away to WWI Paris to work with a Russian expat who is also a family friend. A talented and creative jeweler, Opaline is also the daughter of a witch, and her own powers are growing. Her particular talent is with stones - and through the talismans she makes with those stones, her magic allows her to hear and pass on the final mes ...more
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New York Times Bestseller, M.J. Rose grew up in New York City mostly in the labyrinthine galleries of the Metropolitan Museum, the dark tunnels and lush gardens of Central Park and reading her mother's favorite books before she was allowed. She believes mystery and magic are all around us but we are too often too busy to notice... books that exaggerate mystery and magic draw attention to it and re

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