Pearls of the Stone Man

Pearls of the Stone Man

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by Edward Mooney, Jr.
     
 

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A Promise made.
A Love that will Last Forever.

If you've ever loved someone to the depth of your being, someone who for one reason or other needed to move on, you know the power of a parting wish. The story of Joseph and Anne, his wife of fifty-three years, is the story of just such a wish-one that only true love could try to achieve. And for Joseph the

Overview

A Promise made.
A Love that will Last Forever.

If you've ever loved someone to the depth of your being, someone who for one reason or other needed to move on, you know the power of a parting wish. The story of Joseph and Anne, his wife of fifty-three years, is the story of just such a wish-one that only true love could try to achieve. And for Joseph the strength to build the stone wall-a special reminder from Anne's childhood-will take him places he never expected and that you will never forget.

The Pearls of the Stone Man takes us beyond generations and our own stone walls to the very humanity that unites us all-and shows us the incredible power of one couple's love to last beyond parting and forever change the lives of those they touched.

"Mooney writes such a compelling story that it must be read word for word all the way to the end."
-Antelope Valley Press

"It's a very gentle tale, but it has an extraordinary power."
-S. Rubin, Fast Carrier Pictures

What Readers are Saying:

"This is by far one of the best books that I have ever read."

"Mooney is a masterful storyteller."

"Mooney creates a beautiful portrait of a relationship. 5 stars."

"A simple and profound message."

"After you start reading this book, just try to put it down!"

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"The Pearls of the Stone Man is an inspirational novel with plot elements that touch both older and younger generations. " - Nouveau Writer

"The Pearls of the Stone Man is a contemporary inspirational novel whose story speaks to both younger and older generations." - Linda Banche Romance Reviews

" I greatly enjoyed Joseph and Anne's story, as they continue laughing and loving, knowing that the end of their wonderful lifetime together is soon at hand. " - Thoughts from an evil OverLord

"The Pearls of the Stone Man is an inspirational novel with plot elements that touch both older and younger generations. Main characters Joseph and Anne Marino are rare. They're still in love after 53 years of marriage and with little time left, Joseph's priority becomes finishing the stone wall that Anne requested years ago — a special reminder from her childhood.
" - Cheryl's Book Nook

"The Pearls of the Stone Man takes us beyond generations and our own stone walls to the very humanity that unites us all — and shows us the incredible power of one couple's love to last beyound parting and forever change the lives of those they touched.
" - Books and Needlepoint

"The Pearls of the Stone Man was written in the town in which the book is set: Pine Mountain , California . The settings in the novel are real locations and Edward takes groups of readers there regularly.
" - The Cajun Book Lady

"THE PEARLS OF THE STONE MAN by Edward Mooney, Jr. is an uplifting book and one that tugs at its readers heartstrings.
" - A Journey of Books

" Mr. Mooney has succeeded in creating a story that is gentle, thought-provoking and complex." - Library of Clean Reads

"This novel moved me to tears (and I don't cry often). It is a moving tale of love, redemption, commitment and bonding. You have to read this one!
" - Grumpy Dan

Midwest Book Review
...a riveting and complex novel...poignant and highly recommended 5 stars.
Publishers Weekly
Joseph and Anne Marino's idyllic 50-year marriage is rocked in this pedestrian inspirational tearjerker when Anne is diagnosed with a terminal heart condition. Joseph tries to make her last few months as comfortable as possible, but all Anne wants is for Joseph to finish the stone wall he's been promising to build and to make peace with their estranged son. In the process, they also take on wayward teen Shannon, who desperately needs a parental figure. Once Anne dies, Shannon tries to comfort Joseph, who continues to build the stone wall in Anne's memory. The reading experience is nothing short of excruciating: the characters are caricatures, their motivations are simplistic, and the plot is pat and uninteresting. If there's merit here, it's deeply hidden. (Mar.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781402238314
Publisher:
Sourcebooks
Publication date:
03/01/2010
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
4.60(w) x 6.90(h) x 1.10(d)

Read an Excerpt

Saturdays in spring brought a flood of humanity to Pine Mountain. Some travelers were returning to repair and reopen long-shuttered weekend cabins, and some came to witness the final gasps of snow on the slopes of that noble rock. Still others came to find their past. Perhaps, they thought, in the mysteries of long ago would the answers to today's questions be found.

It was on such a Saturday that a minivan with a small family rounded the many curves of a mountain highway called Mil Potrero. They came looking for a house from their past.

"Tim, I think we should stop for some drinks before we go up the hill," a pretty young woman advised the man driving. She wore her hair up, in braids.

"With the kids asleep, wouldn't it be better to just drive by, turn around and head back? We could get something to drink in Lake of the Woods, at the mini-mart," the driver responded. He was a handsome man, in a rugged way. It was obvious, from looking at his hands, that he earned his wages with some physical labor.

"But I'd like to stop and look..."

"Again? Look for what? Of all the times we've been up here you've never known what you're looking for!" Tim frowned.

"It meant something, Tim. He didn't just say it." Shannon looked out of the side window. She was angry. "I know it meant something."

"Look, I'll make a deal with you," Tim gestured with his right hand.

"Keep both hands on the wheel up here. You know how much I hate this road!" Shannon tensed further, her body molded into her seat.

"Come on hon, I've driven this road a thousand times. Hey...there're guardrails now!" Tim snickered as he teased.

"What's the deal?" Shannon said, momentarily over her fear of the curved road.

"I'll stop this time, but it's the last time. I just don't see the point. If you don't find whatever it is you think is there this time, then we'll do it my way from now on. Deal?"

Shannon looked back out the window at the passing trees. She knew she had been pursuing this strange passion for too long. Tim had been patient. Still, the idea of actually giving up left butterflies in her stomach. "Shannon? Well? Is it a deal?" Tim whispered the words as one of the children stirred in the back seat.

"You know I don't even know what I'm looking for," Shannon matched his whispered tone. "But I know he meant it-it's too important to walk away from."

"How long, Shannon? We've been coming up here for more than a decade. It's bugged me, too. But I think it's time to write this off as just one of those mysteries we can never solve. Let's just treasure the fond memories and let it go..." Tim trailed off. He bit his lower lip.

"I'll tell you what. If no one is there, then we'll turn around and never try this again," Shannon offered. Her stomach sank as she said the words, but she knew Tim was right. Sooner or later they would have to put this behind them. Maybe some answers weren't meant to be found.

"Okay, it's a deal then?" Tim extended his right hand.

"Both hands on the steering wheel!" Shannon urged.

"I'll take that to mean it's a deal."

Shannon nodded.

Meet the Author

Edward Mooney, Jr., was born in Massachusetts and raised in Tustin, California. After receiving degrees from Montana State University and the University of California at Riverside he worked as a computer analyst until becoming a high school teacher in 1988. Edward currently lives in Southern California with his wife, Carrie, and their five children.

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Pearls of the Stone Man 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
JESommers More than 1 year ago
There is an incredible American author on the literary scene, which I have just discovered and I want you fellow readers to be acutely aware of. His name is Edward Mooney Jr. and the book, which is the first in a trilogy, is called "The Pearls of the Stone Man" It is a wonderful, evocative novel that will truly touch your heart. I recommend this book to everyone without reservation. For me the purpose of great literature, is to make you think, dream and more importantly feel. I must candidly admit, that even though I consider myself a mans man, I shed tears many times in the reading and rereading of this special work. Mr. Mooney has a gift with words, and like two of my favorite American literary icons Ernest Hemingway and John Steinbeck, he manages to capture the essence of the human condition and interaction with a simple elegance, that allows the reader to feel the full impact of what is on the page. Read this book. I give this book 5 Stars PLUS. It is transformational.
grumpydan More than 1 year ago
The Pearls of the Stone Man by Edward Mooney Jr. is the story of Joseph and Anne and the love they have for one another and their lives together after fifty-three years of marriage. He is determined to build a stone wall that Anne had asked for, and the task becomes more than the building of the wall. This novel moved me to tears (and I don't cry often). It is ne moving tale of love, redemption, commitment and bonding. You have to read this one!
ShirleyA More than 1 year ago
This book hits all of the emotional levels, Happy , sad, mad, .I have never cryed while reading a book. It is so emotional. I highly highly recommend this book to all.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Note that one reviewer, using hidden identities and motivation, has been posting attacks on this book for years. Question why.
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TheWhiteWitch More than 1 year ago
The author clearly feels he had a compelling story. For him maybe, but not for the general book buying populace. Badly written, hardly a page without grammatical or spelling errors, unconvincing characterization. Please take some time to practice writing before releasing it on the world.
GhotiEhrmann More than 1 year ago
Once I started reading, this book was hard to set down. I felt like I knew the characters, and I had to know what would happen to them. It's equally romantic (not in the bodice-ripping sense) and thought-provoking. I won't be surprised if it becomes a best seller, in the same league as Nicholas Sparks and Mitch Albom; but it's original too, with some unexpected surprises.
ToniHood More than 1 year ago
But at least the picture of the cover is pretty. Actually, the book didn't capture my interest at all. No pacing, poor grammar, even a number of spelling mistakes. It seems that the author has a less than adequate grasp of the complexities of written English. You often see that with these self published vanity projects. You'd be better reading something from a legitimate best seller list.
SteveHammer More than 1 year ago
One should not waste time on this when there are many examples of worthwhile books out there. Life is too short. Go read genuine five star books instead.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book sucked. Click on and find a better book to read--there are thousands from which to choose. Life is short.
janerumpole More than 1 year ago
Pearls of the Stone Man is a compelling story that shows the reader the struggles of Joseph Marino as he faces his worst fear in life: to lose his beloved wife of more than fifty years. Mr. Mooney crafts a way for the reader to see just how Anne, Joseph's wife, speaks to her husband and helps guide him through his struggle with hidden letters. Each letter gives Joseph strength and courage to continue with his life, continue with his dreams and continue with his work to fulfill his promises to Anne and to himself. The ending was unexpected and quite dramatic. A wonderful story for all generations to learn about the "pearls" of life, the Pearls of the Stone Man.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As an avid reader, I love a good book. Too often, though, they characters run together. That's not the case with The Pearls of the Stone Man. The story of a couple aging together, nearing the end of their journey, touched my heart. At times I had to put it down to allow for the tears. And, yet, it's an upbeat story of triumph. Thank you Mr. Mooney.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book touches me deeply because the idea for the setting is a mountain town close to my childhood hometown. Having moved 1,000 miles away, it is wonderful to be able to hold the book and "go home," thanks to the author's accurate descriptions.
skeezer More than 1 year ago
I had the chance of not only reading the final book, but the first draft. This book captured, not only my interest, but held my attention throughout. It is a book of love between an man and his wife, and one of compassion for other human beings. Mr. Mooney expresses his innermost feelings for family and all of those who have the chance to not only meet him, but to work with him. This author is deserving of every accolade awarded to him. His writing style fits not only today's generation, but those of us from generations before. Congratulations of a job well done. I am proud to call you my friend.
BookBoy2010 More than 1 year ago
Please recognize that "honest molly" is anonymous. Consider that there may be hidden personal motivations at work here.