A Heart of Stone

A Heart of Stone

by Renate Dorrestein
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A Heart of Stone by Renate Dorrestein

In the words of bestselling author Susan Vreeland, “Renate Dorrestein knows how to chill her readers with tragedy and then melt their hearts with forgiveness.” A Heart of Stone is a story of love, fate, and survival that plumbs the undercurrents of family life with passion and skin-prickling suspense.

Growing up with her adored siblings in a rambling house in Holland, clever, precocious Ellen has an idyllic childhood suffused with Americana from her parents’ news-clipping service—from Coca-Cola to Kissinger to Neil Armstrong’s first step on the moon. But amid the happiness lies terror and unimaginable heartbreak and a twelfth birthday that haunts her still. Twenty-five years later, as Ellen tries to make sense of her adulthood, she brilliantly captures her loss and longings and her struggles to dispel the ghosts of her past.

“A stunning novel about the scorching legacy of loss.”—Time

“A striking and finely tuned novel.”-The New York Times

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101200209
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/31/2001
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 272
File size: 271 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

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Heart of Stone 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
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justanotherbookworm More than 1 year ago
i was given this book as a gift from a member of my family and what a gift it was. i couldnt put the book down i wanted to figure out what had happend to this family that started out just so sweet and innocent and perfect. what i like about it is that it is a retelling from the story from the leads point of view and how we saw her mother's mental descent though her eyes. although there were some parts that switched the charactors point of view and that confused me at first. a great read perfect for people who like mysteries because you will be guessing till the very end what happened
CathyB More than 1 year ago
A story of post partum depression with a horrific outcome. The story is heart wrenching; however, I did not enjoy it. Was it simply the subject matter? Possibly. The story is told in flashbacks, by the lone survivor, and the writing is decent. Are the characters memorable? Unfortunately, I would have to say no. After some time, they have begun to fade from my mind. ----- I recommend to those interested in the subjects of post partum depression and survivor's guilt.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book made the reader a part of the family. The descriptions made the reader feel as if they were seeing what was going on and know the people of the story. With the love this family had for eachother, to the problems they faced, made it so that a reader could not put the book down. The story told in this book, could be related to just about any family, and any person. The more you read, the more you wanted to know.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book had everything that one could want in a novel. The writing was beautiful as you are drawn into this family and become one of it's members. The author has a great understanding of a family in crisis and describes the events in a way that prevents you from putting this book down. The dynamics of the characters are colorful, loving and tragic all at the same time. I believe there is a little of this family in most families. Great read for bookclubs!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although very disturbing in content, a real page turner. Haunting to say the least. This book will stay with me forever.