The Convict and the Rose

The Convict and the Rose


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In the sequel to Flowers and Stone, Luke and Darlina find their love severely tested as they struggle to overcome enormous odds.

When Texas veteran musician, Luke Stone, finds himself behind bars with a seventy-five year sentence, he is filled with hate, anger and rebelliousness. He's lost everything that he treasures, including the woman who holds his heart.

How has it come down to this? He's spent his entire life writing songs and making music, filling dancehalls and bars from Texas to California. But, when he refuses to tell the FBI what he knows about certain bank robberies that he possesses knowledge of, they make sure he pays dearly.

Broken and alone, in a prison of her own, Darlina Flowers struggles to find a way to live without the man she loves so completely.

Over the next fifteen years, Luke and Darlina each search for ways to somehow survive the fate life has hurled them into.

In an effort to dull the pain of living with only half a heart, Darlina gets involved in drugs, then follows a guru and tries different relationships, but nothing fills the void.

Several years pass before Luke makes up his mind that prison will not break him. He crawls up from the bottom one tiny step at a time, determined to be and do something worthwhile and discovers artistic talents he never realized he had.

The Convict and the Rose inspires hope and shows how anyone can turn a negative dark situation into a positive one. But more importantly, the story portrays a love that goes beyond earthly confines and proves how persistence and faith come with their own sweet reward.

Join Luke and Darlina as they continue their epic journey with love as their constant North Star and freedom as the driving force.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780692203422
Publisher: RiJan Publishing
Publication date: 05/31/2014
Pages: 380
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.78(d)

About the Author

Jan Sikes started writing when she was a young girl, around the age of eight. Her first writing was a gospel song. She had an uncle whom she loved dearly, but he was an alcoholic and his drinking caused such family discord that at times, resulted in him being banished from their home. So, she wrote a song about Uncle Luke finding Jesus. That is her first memory of feeling the passion deep down to her toes for writing.

The stories she writes (so far) are true stories about the journey of two people moving through adversity in order to grow and learn to become better humans. She believes with all her heart there is something that is worthy of sharing in these stories. Bits and pieces of wisdom, hard-learned lessons and above and beyond all, love...True love that you read about in fiction stories and yet this is truth. The old saying that truth is stranger than fiction fits the stories that she shares through her writing.

She is passionate about her writing projects and is driven to tell a story with the hope that it might touch someone's heart or life in a positive way.

She also releases a music cd of original songs along with each book that fits the time period of the story. Why? Because the stories revolve and evolve around a passion for music.

She is widowed, lives in North Texas, attends music festivals and has four incredible grandchildren.

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D.L. Finn More than 1 year ago
I have been looking forward to reading the second book of this series. The fictionalized true-story continues for Luke and Darlina after he goes to prison–for a crime he didn’t commit. The couple decides Darlina should go on with her life, while Luke deals with prison in his usual rebellious fashion. They go through changes and grow–which keeps you turning the page long into the night to see what happens next. The process of how Luke and Darlina handle this situation is captivating to read. I not only found the physical changes in their lives compelling, but the spiritual process amazing. It’s a book that shows us to never give up and how to make the best of a bad situation while at the same time it’s about a love that can overcome anything. It is beautifully written and I’ll be continuing this journey in the next book. I highly recommend this if you are a fan of love –or like reading about change and the strength of what the human spirit can overcome.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Sarah Stuart for Readers' Favorite The Convict and The Rose by Jan Sikes tells the story of two very different people with a common bond; a deep, passionate, everlasting love. The early chapters introduce Luke Stone, a country singer and musician from Texas, convicted of bank robberies in which he’d been only a minor accessory but he refused to grass on the perpetrators. As a result of his non-cooperation, at thirty-five he’s jailed for fifteen years. Darlina Flowers is the woman who met Luke when she was a club dancer. As a teenager she travelled from gig to gig with him and The Rebel Rousers. Luke has made her promise to forget him, but can she find another man to replace him in her mind and heart? The opening of The Convict and The Rose is shocking, revealing conditions in a state penitentiary and the brutally humiliating treatment of prisoners. Defiant, wrongly convicted Luke Stone spends much of his time in solitary confinement: it seems unlikely that his wild, rebellious spirit will allow him to survive incarceration. Darlina, attracted to Will Brocker by the thrill of riding with him on his Harley Davidson, opts for a new relationship. She’s done the passionate love-you-forever scenario and can’t face the agony of losing out again. Will is not what he seems; into drugs, gang warfare, and careless of her safety. Comparisons with Luke multiply. Both Luke and Darlina dream, waking and sleeping, of each other, and Luke writes love songs alone in his cell. “You cuddle me into slumber tight to return tomorrow, my angel of the night.” The Convict and The Rose rides high on dreams and plunges to the depths of misery; challenging, gripping, and superbly written.
TinaFrisco More than 1 year ago
Jan Sikes has penned a riveting novel of self-discovery sparked by willingness to battle one's inner demons regardless of outcome. Luke and Darlina, torn apart by penitentiary walls, spend 15 agonizing years searching for a way to re-unite. Luke's rebellious nature spurs unremitting persecution from prison guards, while Darlina's need of companionship invites a procession of unfulfilling and potentially dangerous liaisons. Both are strong, decisive characters who determine to make the best of the hand that fate has dealt them without accepting it as the last draw. Luke delves into the roots of his Native American heritage and discovers an untapped passion that cultivates an inner peace of which he thought himself incapable. Darlina casts off the weak persona that held her prisoner all of her life when she heeds an undefined but persistent drive to stand in her own power. As the chapters alternate between the two lives and juxtapose their starkly different experiences, the reader is drawn into and mesmerized by Luke's and Darlina's evolution from one-dimensional into multi-dimensional characters who learn to love and trust themselves as they do each other. Their undaunted tenacity and unwavering love is emulous. The author has taken the stereotypical romance theme of star-crossed lovers and transfigured it into an absorbing expression of firm resolve, focused intention, and perseverance that effect the manifestation of destiny. I read all 45 chapters of this book in one day. I couldn't put it down. The characters are not only colorful and well-developed, but also realistic and believable. I feel this to be the mark of a good story. This book is also very well-written. And the fact that it's based in actual events makes it both stirring and compelling. I couldn't recommend this book more highly. Trite as it sounds, love really does conquer all. But this story adds an ingredient that moves it to the top of the list: Inspiration.
Rebecca_C More than 1 year ago
This was a touching story about how love never dies despite the obstacles of 40-foot walls. You watch as Luke and Darlina struggle with their separation from each other. Luke, although physically imprisoned, learns how to be free and overcome his aggressiveness, accepting his life and learning to be a teacher of others. Like adding beads to the leather one at a time, Luke's attitude changes one moment at a time. His thoughts express it well. "Even locked in a cage, a man can choose how he thinks and acts." While Darlina, who is not incarcerated, becomes "imprisoned behind invisible bars of loss and loneliness." She fills her life with drugs, communal living devoted to a guru, and various relationships to fill the emptiness life without Luke offers her. It's not a fast-paced book, but then change in one's character is a gradual step-by-step process that often leaves the person wondering how he got from one point to the next. But it is a compelling story of love and endurance. What I liked best about the book were the songs and poems that so beautifully expressed the love Luke had for Darlina.
David-K-Bryant More than 1 year ago
“The massive doors groaned open, ready to swallow his life as he passed through.” That’s an early sentence from The Convict and the Rose by Jan Sikes. I think it encapsulates both the essence of the book and the author’s ability to make her readers lend her their consciousness as she takes them through a compelling, shocking, yet absorbing story. As an Englishman with no experience (gratefully) of the American penal system, this gritty novel brought to mind the atmosphere evoked by Johnny Cash when I saw the recording of his Folsom appearance: We are able to empathize with men who have been removed to another existence where the environment is high walls, watch towers, stone-faced guards, unwelcome company, threats, guns, dark secrets and utter despair. Somehow it’s all moderated by a grim kind of cheerfulness, perhaps arising out of the fact that everybody around is in the same boat, whether they’re inmate or warden. We see it (no, we go there), through the eyes of Luke, who faces fifty years behind bars. The “rose” of the title is Darlina, left behind in Texas at an address Luke does not even know. What’s more, events are taking place in her life that are not to do with Luke. Can they ever come together? Well, you get that answer if you read the book and I recommend that you do.
LBroday More than 1 year ago
I never thought a story written about prison life and descent into the bowels of hell would grip me so strongly. But when I read the first lines I was hooked. What ran like a rippling undercurrent beneath all the pain and suffering and despair ws the depth of the human spirit to not only survive, but thrive in the harshest of conditions. I love to root for people who refuse to let circumstances "break" them. As the book opens, Luke Stone enters the forbidding walls of Leavenworth Penitentiary. I felt his despair and agony as he became an inmate, cut off from his family and one true love, Darlina Flowers. And Darlina was in a hell of her own also. Yet through the entire book, they couldn't...wouldn't...let go of the love that bound them together. That love saved them both. Lessons were learned and their souls grew as they found a way to survive while holding fast to the belief that somehow, someway they would be together again. Neither flinched from doing the hard stuff. They faced each challenge head on and became stronger for it. The details got my attention, but the characters, who are based on the real Rick and Jan Sikes kept  me riveted to the page. Jan Sikes has firmly established herself as an amazing author in the writing of this book. I can hardly wait for the next in this continuing series to come out. If you want a story with heart and soul this is the one for you.
Dr-Bob-Rich More than 1 year ago
This book, the sequel to Flowers and Stone, is the intertwined story of two people, harshly separated from each other. Both of them grow through suffering, and learn from unwise choices. In the previous book, Luke was convicted of a bank robbery he didn’t commit, but his code of honor prevented him from pointing the finger at the real robbers. He now faces up to 50 years in jail. During the first part of the book, he is defiant, aggressive, violent -- and as a result, has a hard time of it. Jan Sikes describes a gradual transformation that leads to wisdom, self-restraint, generosity, and personal salvation through a variety of creative arts. Darlina had already grown considerably in the first volume, but she is only 19. She goes through her own trials, particularly an involvement in the drug culture, and again, we trace her development into a wise, strong, loving woman. The Convict and the Rose is about these two people, but through them, it looks at a number of universal problems we all face, and is an inspiring guide to making a better life, regardless of our circumstances. By the way, no, I did not illustrate this book. My skills don't run in that direction. I did edit it for the author.