Skipping Stones

Skipping Stones

by J.B. McGee

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Overview

Skipping Stones by J.B. McGee

They say there are five stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance.

Not everyone will grieve in this order, nor will everyone go through every stage. It's during the stage of denial when Alex Hart meets Andrew Foster. He takes her one-step closer to acceptance: the stage when new, meaningful relationships are formed. The stage when the realization occurs that this is now the new state of normal.

Just when Alex thinks she is on her way to healing, she enters the bargaining phase. That's the phase where you wonder what you could have done differently. You wonder "what if?" Specifically, what if the ones you loved hadn't left you?

Leaving...this is what makes heading off to war so difficult and frightening for Alex. She knows all too well what it's like to be the one on the losing end of life, which is why she's made it her personal mission in life to save as many lives as possible. The extreme high she gets from treating trauma victims turns into Alex's own form of therapy, or so she thinks.

When faced with her world being turned upside down, Alex may just find that her true therapy is in the one who has always saved her.

Skipping Stones is a stand alone novel.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781492743712
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 09/16/2013
Pages: 306
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.69(d)

About the Author

J.B. McGee was born and raised in Aiken, South Carolina. After graduating from South Aiken High School, she toured Europe as a member of the 1999 International Bands of America Tour, playing the clarinet. While attending Converse College, an all-girls school in Spartanburg, South Carolina, she visited Charleston often. It quickly became one of her favorite vacation spots. She met her husband, Chad, during Christmas break her freshman year, and they married in 2001. They moved back to her hometown. In 2005, the couple welcomed their first son, Noah. J.B. finished her Bachelor of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education at the University of South Carolina-Aiken in 2006. During her time studying children's literature, a professor had encouraged her to become a writer.

In 2007, she welcomed their second child, Jonah, and she became a stay at home mom/entrepreneur. In 2009, they found out their two children and J.B. have Mitochondrial Disease. In 2011, a diagnosis also was given to Chad. Please take a moment and learn more about Mitochondrial Disease. Awareness is key to this disease that has no cure or treatments.

J.B. McGee and her family now reside in Buford, Georgia, to be closer to their children's medical team. After a passion for reading had been re-ignited, J.B. decided to finally give writing a shot.

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Skipping Stones 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
MitoMom More than 1 year ago
I took this book on vacation just in case I had any "downtime'. I actually found myself creating downtime so that I could get back to my reading! It was one of the few books that I've read where I was honestly sad to be finished. J.B. McGee has a way of touching her readers on such an emotionally raw and simply beautiful level. Wish I could give this 10 stars!
bookcrazyLH More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this story!!! It was heart breaking. I cried ugly tears at the events that happened to Alex. How much heart break could one girl have. Well you need to read this story and you will be very happy with the ending, it was PERFECT!!! I could not put this down, except to wipe away my tears. This is a must read!!! More than 5 stars
westkayla1221 More than 1 year ago
Wow. Just wow. You know, when I first read the blurb to J.B. McGee’s book, Skipping Stones, I honestly had no idea what I was in for. I knew there would be a bit of romance, but there is also a dash of heartbreak and uncertainty mixed in with a heaping spoonful of hope. Hope that life gets better. That the hurt we experience throughout our journey will ultimately be worth it when all the good finally decides to come rushing in… Alex Hart is just your normal, average fifteen-year-old girl with a family who loves her unconditionally. But when a trip to her grandparents’ house turns into a life-changing tragedy, she no longer sees the comfort and familiarity of the things around her. Everything is turned upside-down, and she does not know which way to turn. Drew Foster seems to appear out of thin air in Alex’s eyes when she goes for a walk to try and escape her pain and sadness. At first, she just wants him to go away, but his genuine concern for her and his promise to teach her to skip stones overrides this initial feeling of hers, and she gradually allows herself to open up to him. They become almost inseparable, and their love seems so strong. However, this is not to last, because Drew seems to disappear just as quickly as he manifested. Why did he go? Where did he go? Were all his feelings for her true, or was he just playing her? These are all questions that Alex must face in the years to come. But as she tries to answer them herself, and tries in her mind to forget Drew, her heart still longs for him, aching for his very presence once again. This book was phenomenal. It went from the present, where we first meet Alex at about age thirty reminiscing as she heads back home, to the past, where we see a bit of her first encounter with the love she had and lost at fifteen, back to the present, where we see how she copes with trying to forget him and get on with her life, which gets very hard when at one point she believes he has come back to her and no one else seems to believe her. I am reminded of true love with this book. The idea that two souls can be apart for so long, but yet still long for each other is beautifully brought to life throughout the pages of this work. Honestly, I don’t have a tendency to cry with books, but this one almost did it. That is a pretty big deal. This book was from the heart. It was endearing, heartbreaking, and lovely all rolled into one. I will definitely be looking up J.B. McGee’s other works. Recommended for anyone who loves the idea of being given a second chance with the one you thought lost forever.
Caroline_Hat More than 1 year ago
  Absolutely LOVED this book!!! It is simply a beautiful heart wrenching love story. I had tears in my eyes the whole time I was reading. You will definitely want plenty of tissues handy. I got hooked right away and simply could not put the book down. I was crying and a few times yelling at Alex and Andrew. They just did not listen to me. lol  In skipping stones it shows just how much a person can endure and how God is always with you. Love your books and I will definitely be reading more. This is a must have for your library. Congrats JB on wonderful story. :) 
Reading-Rainblog More than 1 year ago
***ARC received for honest review*** - originally posted at Reading Rainblog This book was non-stop from the first page! Alex Hart is getting ready for deployment and has come back to her grandparents small South Carolina town to visit just in case. Then, the book reverts back to 1996 and the events that lead to where she’s at now. Throughout the course of the book, we span a 15 year timeframe (1996-2011) starting when Alex is 15 and meets Drew for the first time. It’s very hard to talk about things that happened in the book, because there are so many twists and turns and heartbreaking events that could easily be given away! The book begins with Alex getting ready to spend the summer with her grandparents while her parents go on a European vacation (I’d have been all over that! Trip to Europe? Yes please!). Alex has a very close relationship with her grandparents, which makes things a little easier on her when tragedy strikes early on in the book. Alex faces a lot of struggles – struggles that no 15 year old should have to face. My heart hurt for her so many times while reading the book. Alex and Drew meet right after Alex’s life changes drastically. She meets him when she goes down to the creek to be alone and Drew is immediately drawn to her. He can tell she’s sad, and just a little broken and wants to make things better for her. Trying to cheer her up, he starts teaching her how to skip stones. And some of the incentives he comes up with would definitely prompt me to put forward my best effort! They spend a large amount of time together and end up falling in love. Everything changes when Alex visits her old house and Drew stays at home. Alex is left devastated, and confused, not to mention completely pissed off. The book then fast-forwards back to 2011 with Alex preparing for her deployment to Afghanistan. Once again, Alex has to deal with heartbreaking situations, and finds herself searching for Drew once again. To be honest, there were a few times I was sure Drew was a ghost, or a figment of Alex’s imagination! After the events in Afghanistan, Alex travels home to deal with more difficult circumstances and hopefully a few revelations. J.B. McGee does an amazing job building up the characters in this book. She has a gift for drawing you into the characters and making you feel invested in their stories. She did the same in the ‘This’ series with Gabby and Bradley. The events throughout the book were very realistic and well written, making me feel as if I was there with Alex and Drew. My heart broke for Alex so many times while I was reading, and I spent a large majority of the book in tears. This is an outstanding coming-of-age novel! I give the book 5 HUGE stars!
Liberty_Ann_Ireland More than 1 year ago
This book will put you back in touch with your own feelings and humanity... I will always have fond memories of my Dad teaching me to skip stones. It is a calming and therapeutic thing to me so that was what I was expecting from this book, Skipping Stones. Boy was I wrong. Try rollercoaster with every feeling and emotion I could have, including the tears. (The book should come with a box of Kleenex I think ;) JB McGee did an exquisite job of addressing one of the most difficult things I have ever experienced - true grief and the trials of trying to move through it. She reminds us that there are five stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. Having discovered just how real those stages are and that they occur differently and on a different time frame for each person myself, I really felt a kinship to Alex, the heroine in the story even though we are so far apart in age (She is about 15 and I am...*grin*). Her character was so well developed and so expressive. Her pain became my pain. Then she met Drew. He taught her to skip stones, lay in fields full of wildflowers (one of my favorite things) and helped her to move through her grief. As they fell in love, it was like I was 13 and falling in love with Jim Jahncke all over again for the first time. Then abruptly, Alex's heart is ripped open all over again. This book is exceptional. The characters ~ Alex, Drew, Memaw and Papa were all so tangible and real and Ms. McGee's interpretation of Southern Hospitality was spot on. First love, coming of age, loss, being reunited with loved ones, and overcoming unbelievable obstacles are all touched on and this book is one of those that stays with you, long after you have read it. Strangely enough, I did not feel this was a YA book. The age of the characters was transcendent. This may not seem like my typical book and you would be right. It was not. But it was the kind that you need to read from time to time to put you back in touch with your own feelings and humanity. I encourage you to read it...with all of your heart. **5 STARS** I received this book in exchange for my unbiased and honest review. All opinions are my own and no further compensation was received.
MeganRC More than 1 year ago
This story is full of loss, tragedy, heartbreak, love, family, and perseverance.  It follows Alex and shows how she deals with the bad in her life but also the good. There is also a really great romance between her and Drew. Great characters, a sweet romance, and a good plot made this a great book. There were great, well developed characters in this book. Alex is slammed with a lot of tragedy in a short amount of time when she is just 15 years old. I really admired her and her perseverance to push forward and be strong. She meets (and immediately ‘clicks’ with) Drew (17) right when she needs someone the most. He helps her to start healing and is so sweet. However, circumstances arise and he vanishes. When they see each other again, 15 years have passed and Alex is dealing with another tragedy. Again he sweeps her off her feet and is so freaking romantic I was swooning like crazy. The plot was well written. About the first half or so is a flashback and I really like how it was set up. Everything was described really well and it transitioned smoothly from present to past and back again. Even though a good part of this book is devoted to Alex and how she handles everything, the romance remains front and center. I truly enjoyed this book and give it a 4 out of 5 stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
To say I don't know where to start this review just doesn't describe my feelings for this book. This was just... What I mean to say is... Oh my gosh... Just WOW! Such an emotional journey of life, loss and a deep love that can and will survive. The story begins with Alex who is only 15 (but is described as an "old soul") who is on her way to stay with her grandparents while her parents take a vacation. When tragedy strikes leaving Alex crushed and heartbroken she meets Drew. From the moment they see each other Drew realizes Alex's immense grief and begins to comfort and console her trying to help her deal with her devastating loss. As this terrible time in her life envelopes her soul, she feels a gratefulness for Drew and wonders if he is an angel. But when Drew unexpectedly disappears, Alex begins to question whether he was even real. Drew has always been a loner and kept to himself. When he sees Alex for the first time he feels a chemistry and almost an immediate need to help her. Knowing that he is the only one seemingly to have a special connection with Alex, he feels the best thing he can do to help her is to stay close. Unfortunately there are circumstances in Drew's past that are out of his control and although he wishes to always be there for Alex, he quickly has to leave and never gets a chance to say goodbye. Although I would love to and feel a deep need to say so much more, I don't feel that I can without risking spoiling the story for those who make the decision to read this book. Skipping Stones is nothing like anything J.B. has written before. I would compare this novel with others that have had such a great impact they have ultimately been made into motion pictures. Standing ovation and applause to you J.B. for this story. Unbelievably beautiful and well-written. This book should come with a box of tissues. Even now that I've finished reading it, I can still feel the emotion, lump in my throat and tears threatening. This book touched me very deeply. Thank you J.B. Definitely 5 stars!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago