The Carousel

The Carousel

by J.A. Stone, Juliana Stone

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Overview

An emotional journey of four women joined by blood, love, loss and time.

Pruett Fontaine is at a crossroads. Divorced, she's lost herself and is struggling to find her place. When her estranged mother dies unexpectedly, she's drawn back to Louisiana, to a family and town she left behind twenty years ago.

With no choice but to deal with her mother's estate, a father she doesn't know anymore, and the woman her mother left them for, she brings her teenage daughter to Sweetwater and collides with a past she's been running from since she was eighteen.

Her mother's journals open her eyes to a woman she barely knew, and she can't outrun the sins of the past. Secrets are exposed, tragedies are revealed, and temptation rears its head over the course of one long, hot Louisiana summer.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940163199310
Publisher: Juliana Stone Publishing
Publication date: 01/28/2020
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 35,937
File size: 678 KB

About the Author

USA Today Bestselling Author Juliana Stone writing as J.A. Stone, brings you emotional stories of family, women, love and loss.

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The Carousel 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
DarGee 19 days ago
A second chance at life, history repeating itself, and the sacrifices made for ones you love. Prue goes through a lot, has been through a lot in life. Going home shows her she did once have hope, a plan, and unconditional love. As she discovers herself again, the changes in her life that have shaped her, and the love that has always surrounded her, she is breathtaking in her discoveries. Her daughter Daisy, so much like her in every way. Her father, a steadfast, stalwart, loving presence in her life. Carol, the woman she blamed for ruining her life. Prue discovers all is not as it seemed, and the truth opens old wounds, but heals more than it hurts. Getting to know her mother only confuses her, and opens the doors, lifts the blinds, and makes her see what was always right there. Punishing yourself for you sins, trying to make up for bad life choices, and showing your love the only way you know how. The adults in Prue’s life loved her more than she ever realized, and when she accepts that love, she sees where she wants and needs her life to go, and sets her chart. The paths that take her there aren’t without pitfalls, and she made a few, but learns to accept that as well. And even when it all seems so settled, that last chapter, oh that last chapter, solidified that Prue was so loved and protected, even those who thought they knew it all, didn’t know The story telling weighs heavy in the air, like the Louisiana heat it describes. The ominousness is always right there, you know there is something hidden. Bit by bit the fog clears, and the tears I cried while reading it a deluge of rain that cleared it away. It left me broken and whole, overwhelmed by emotions, and it left me with a new best friend, Prue.
JennieF 19 days ago
ARC for honest review with no compensation received from BookSprout The Carousel by J. A. Stone is a standalone about 4 women and how they intersect in an emotional journey spanning 20 years. There are secrets, journals, tragedies, twists, turns and some heart pounding moments. This book will keep you enthralled and reading to find out where the story goes...
Lindy6 19 days ago
I have to admit that this is not my normal type of book. I couldn’t stop reading this one though … I became so involved in these characters lives that I didn’t want the book to end. I want to know what happens to everyone. It was so well written, that I felt like I was in the book with them during the happy times and the sad times. I felt for all of these people. I LOVED Beverly! I wanted to hug him … many times. Definitely give this one a whirl ….
Sandy-thereadingcafe 23 days ago
4.5 stars-- THE CAROUSEL by J. A. Stone (Juliana Stone) is a contemporary, adult, stand alone story of women’s fiction focusing on four women (Pruett, Daisy, Carol and Lila) from Sweetwater, Louisiana. Told from several first person perspectives (Pruett Fontaine, Daisy, Charlotte), third person (Carol Seaton) and journal entries (Lila) THE CAROUSEL follows four women connected by blood and love. Divorced mother Pruett Fontaine is called home to Sweetwater, Louisiana after the death of her mother Lila, a woman she hasn’t seen or to whom she has spoken in close to twenty years. With her fifteen- year old daughter Daisy, in tow, Pruett returns to a place that holds too many memories of a time long ago-of a lost love, a dysfunctional family, and a mother who was emotionally absent all of her life. As Pruett attempts to move on from the past, the past isn’t willing to let go, especially when secrets are about to be revealed. Pruett Fontaine left Sweetwater twenty years earlier, the night her life imploded when a face to face with her mother ended their relationship. Things said in anger pushed Pruett out of town, and away from the boy she would always love. Marriage, family and eventually divorce would force Pruett to analyse her life but more so her return to Sweetwater where the sins of the past come looking for a second chance. But not all is well in Sweetwater, Louisiana as long buried secrets are about to resurface forcing the small town to revisit a dark and dangerous past. We are introduced to Lila’s best friend and partner Carol, who worked and operated the local B&B: Aunt Charlotte, Lila’s sister; Pruett’s daughter Daisy; and an assortment of Sweetwater lifers, who never expected Pruett’s return. A best friend from childhood, along with Pruett’s first love are never far from Pruett’s mind but a series of journals left to her by her mother Lila, will pull Pruett into the past, a past that will begin to reveal the truth about what happened and why. THE CAROUSEL is a story about a dysfunctional family where the truth will reveal a past mired in betrayal and heart break; an emotional journey for one woman as she comes to terms with the woman she once called mother, and the family owned secrets that destroyed too many lives. From her heart-broken father (Beverly) who lost the love of his life the same night twenty years earlier, to a woman who struggles to move forward without her friend by her side, THE CAROUSEL spans but a few weeks, yet close to forty years as we are witness to the events leading up to Pruett’s acceptance of a past that controlled her entire life. The premise is captivating and intriguing; the characters are colorful, broken, struggling and strong; the world building is detailed and introspective.