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The Secrets of Lost Stones

4.31  ·  Rating details ·  3,755 ratings  ·  458 reviews
A soul-stirring novel about the bonds between mother and child and the redemption that comes with facing the past and letting it go.

Thirty-two-year-old Jess Abbot has lost everything: her job, her apartment, and—most heart-wrenching—her eight-year-old son, Chance, to a tragic accident. Haunted by memories and grief, Jess packs what’s left and heads for the small mountain t
Kindle Edition, First edition, 336 pages
Published September 1st 2019 by Lake Union Publishing
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
The loose ends people, the loose ends!!

I loved the whole damn story and all the peeps, the supernatural element and how it all came together!!

Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾
Actual: 4.25/5

It’s not often that a new author's first novel “wows” me. Really wows me. But this one did and multiple times. The Secrets of Lost Stones is a novel I already know I’m going to have trouble explaining and reviewing. It’s one of those novels that caught me by surprise (in a good way). But also in a way that would make me stall if someone were to ask: “What’s that book about?” That’s because I went into this book thinking it was going to be one thing, only to come out realizing it’s
⭐⭐⭐⭐💫 / 5 rounded up.

The Secrets of Lost Stones by Melissa Payne is such a jarring and emotional book, and I am so glad I had the opportunity to read it.

What it's about: Jess is only 32 but she has lost everything: her job, her home, and most importantly, her son. She packs up the few things she owns and heads from Denver into the mountains where her car dies in the small town of Pine Lake. She takes a job as a caregiver for a woman named Lucy, who may be old but is said to be the 'Witch of Pine
Lynda Kelly
Aug 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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This book kept me up till the early hours, which says plenty about it !! It was my Kindle First selection for August. I enjoyed it so much and it held my interest throughout, so, though it's an old cliche, it was absolutely gripping !! I adore the cover and this is the author's debut novel, which is really impressive.
It's fascinating how this rag-tag selection of very different people all end up sharing a house, each with their own miserable pasts, yet they make it work. There were a lot of surp
Sara Miller
Jul 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Secrets of Lost Stones is a beautifully written, moving novel about finding forgiveness and family in the least likely places. Melissa Payne has crafted a compelling story with engaging prose and well-developed characters who you’ll fall in love with just like I did.

Lucy is a mysterious woman, known as the witch of Pine Lake, who has surrounded herself with lost souls—most living, and some only partially alive—whose stories still have “loose ends” that need tying up. The problem? Lucy can’t
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The Secrets of Lost Stones was emotional and intriguing women’s fiction with mystery, drama and spirits that revolved around Jess and Star, two loose ends tied up in picturesque setting of Pine Lake. It was about getting over loss, grief and haunted memories, giving life a second chance, friendship and bonding with new people and place, hope, justice, and redemption.

“World is not just round, it’s small too.” That fits so right here.

Not too bad for an Amazon Prime First Book.

I do like a magic realism story, and as a teacher, I'm always interested in teen stories. The setting is a part of the US I am unfamiliar with, so that's a nice perk. No question that the author, Melissa Payne, is a storyteller.

I enjoyed the characters, especially Star and Lucy. The entire plot toggles back and forth between Jess's and Star's point of view (but in third person), sometimes overlapping a bit. As in life, everyone understands experiences
Aug 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Wish there was more!

I only wish that we could have met Lucy earlier in other episodes and stories. Meeting her so late in life, Lucy being 85, makes me know we’ve missed so many good stories about her. The storyline is reminiscent of the Hallmarks the good witch… and just like with that show , I would have enjoyed more flamboyant examples of Lucy’s power, Chances development into such a powerful ghost entity, and a hint of where Star and Jess go now. Ending up back in foster care for 8 months wa
Amy Fletcher
Aug 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A fantastic book full of all the good stuff. Love, mystery, magic and crossword puzzles. I was sad to finish it because I couldn’t be in the story anymore. Highly recommend
Jeri Paull
Aug 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars rounded up. This was my August Amazon First Read. I loved that the story was unique, poignant and imaginative. The characters were intriguing and well written, and the story itself was lovely. What drove me crazy was this author's need to tell us every little thought and nuance of the story - we understood very early on that Jess and Star were damaged and skittish - we didn't need to continue to read their thought processes that reinforced this. I also thought that the 180 degree turna ...more
Aug 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Welcome to Pine Lake!
This book was nothing like I expected and different from my usual read... but I was captured from the first page !

Lucy is the witch of Pine Lake and she knows things past and present before they even happen !
Jess and Star are two people with such hurt in their hearts from losing people in their lives !

Somehow Lucy puts them together so they can help each other !

I laughed and cried and fell in love with the writing and the story !
Thank you to lake union publishing for an ARC
Louetta Waters
Sep 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to Lake Union Publishing and NetGalley for providing a ARC for a honest review.

I loved this book! Very heart touching with a touch of mystery thrown in. I cried, I smile, I gasped...covers such a range of emotions!
The story grabbed me from the beginning and kept me engaged throughout the whole story at times had me on the edge of my seat!
The writing flows well and the characters are likeable and so interesting and mysterious!!
I give this 41/2 stars so will round it up to 5.
Aug 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Lost stones

My First Read choice for August, it's listed as Contemporary Fiction - I would list it as paranormal. It's an interesting story, a lot of people with a lot of secrets and a facilitator who brings everything together. I enjoyed the book and the characters and would read more by this author.
Lady Delacour
Goodreads friend Lynda
and her positive review
drew me to this book.
Mysterious storyline
is ever so intriguing.
You just have to know
the who, what, where,
when, why and how,
is all this Happening.
3.6 Fascinating Stars.
Foul Language.
Sep 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a very engaging read and told from the prospectives of Jess and Starr. They were two lost souls trying to survive after heartbreaking losses. This debut author perfectly executed how their past and present lives a very emotional and dramatic fashion.
I look forward to reading other books by this author.
Rebecca Hill
Get ready for an emotional roller coaster that is not going to let you off until the very last page.

Jess is still reeling from the loss of her son several years ago. Star is just trying to survive a life on the streets. Lucy is the one that is going to bring them together, into a mismatched family.
As the secrets and memories begin to surface for both, they have to learn to deal with the pain in different ways, but each path that they are on are leading them towards each other, as much as they a
Jul 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"It takes time for all the loose ends to be in one place, but once they are, things tend to move very quickly."
Lucy is known as the "witch of Pine Lake". Her mission is to tie up "loose ends".
In reality, she is an elderly woman who deeply cares about people and has a sixth sense. Right?
I absolutely loved this wonderful, eccentric person! I thought her clues were spot on and made me think while reading each page.
Lucy knows both the past and present pain of Jess and Star and why they need closure,
Patricia Markus
Aug 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Secrets of the Lost Stones

Wow! What a great book with lots of twists and turns. The suspense keeps you reading until you know it all. I enjoyed this story immensely.
Aug 19, 2019 rated it it was ok
Tedious. Too drawn out. Too many cliche phrases used over and over and over.
Mary Fabrizio
Aug 09, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was annoying. The first three-fourths has no real plot, just four characters continously musing over mysteries too vague to make me care. Im all for witches, but clueless ones who dont help move the story along just suck. Then the last quarter of the book switched to Scooby Doo mode, unmasking the villian. Give me a break. At least i didnt pay for this book, i have that to be thankful for.
Kristi Lamont
Aug 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Good little read for a rainy afternoon on the screened-in porch when you want to suspend disbelief about the (mildly) supernatural, and, for the most part, about how people really live. And to me it can be a lot of fun to solve "the mystery" well ahead of finishing the book. Which for some reason reminds me -- and this is a complete and total aside -- when I was a teenager (back about a thousand years ago), I could always predict what was going to happen next on The Love Boat and Fantasy Island. ...more
Aug 21, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Source: Netgalley.

2.5 stars.

This sounded like a beautiful tale, and I was intrigued to read it. Unfortunately, it fell flat for me.

The writing isn't bad. Payne is very detailed, her language is very tangible, and the grammar is good. However, it just isn't my type of writing. I didn't like it. Blame it completely on personal preference, but I never fell in love with the words (this could also be because of some cheesy and cliche sections).

The characters never
Sep 03, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 3-star
A fun, light read that requires the reader to suspend belief a bit, as one of the primary characters, Lucy, an elderly rather eccentric lady who is clairvoyant and likes to "tidy up loose ends” will push any sane person close to the edge. Lucy takes in Jess, a young mother who has never gotten over the death of her 8-year old son, as well as Star, a homeless teenager who ran away from her last foster home and has since alluded Social Services. There were some holes in the plot, needless repetiti ...more
Aug 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars rounded up

The author hooked me in from the beginning with the likable characters and the mystery behind these “loose ends” and how they’re connected. There was a good mix of predictability and twists and I was eager to keep turning the pages. While I enjoyed the pace (for the most part), I felt some of it was rushed through or glossed over and I wish we learned more about Lucy “the witch of Pine Lake” and her earlier days. I thought the author did a good job balancing the heavy/sad eve
Linsey Wilt
Aug 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Couldn't put it down! I love the characters and the twist and turns of the story. I love the way the story goes back and forth between Jess and Star, I loved seeing it from both perspectives. Such a wonderful mix of mystery, suspense, humor and love. I loved all the characters but Lucy was my favorite, I wanted to sit and have lunch with her and help her with her crossword puzzles. My only complaint is that I wish it were longer, I want more!
Aug 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved the characters and have known women like Lucy with unexplainable gifts of insight. Loved how the complicated narrative unfolded. Beautifully written. The paranormal aspects made sense. This is a story about women bonding into a family. The why is the surprise. There were tears and smiles as I read. This was an Amazon First book for August.
Sep 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Pamela Davis
Aug 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book! It kept me engaged and in suspense. Looking forward to more.
Michelle Bloodworth
In all honesty, this isn't the type of book I normally read but I really enjoyed it!!! I recommend this book and this author to anyone looking for a good book!!
Lynette Tucker
Aug 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Can't wait to read more by this author

A heart touching story with just enough mystery and intrigue to keep me turning the page to find out what happens next. The characters are well written and I cared about how their stories would fit together.
A carefully crafted novel. I can't wait for her next book.
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Debut author Melissa Payne transports her readers to the magical, unbelievable world of two kindred spirits in her novel The Secrets of Lost Stones. She lives in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains with her husband and three children.
As a middle child, Melissa Payne was born to tell stories. What started with blaming her brother for breaking the car window evolved to a graduate thesis that she desperately wishes she could rewrite to blogging on motherhood and marriage. Now she likes to imagine stories set in wild and beautiful places with characters in flawed and imperfect relationships, whether that’s between a mother and a d ...more
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