The Secrets of Lost Stones by Melissa Payne

The Secrets of Lost Stones

A soul-stirring novel about the bonds between mother and child and the redemption that comes with facing the past and letting it go.Thirty-two-year-old Jess Abbot has lost everything: her job, her apartment, and—most heart-wrenching—her eight-year-old son, Chance, to a tragic accident. Haunted by memories and grief, Jess packs what’s left and heads for the small mountain town of Pine Lake, where she takes a position as caregiver to an eccen...

Details The Secrets of Lost Stones

TitleThe Secrets of Lost Stones
Release DateSep 1st, 2019
PublisherLake Union Publishing
GenreFiction, Mystery, Contemporary

Reviews The Secrets of Lost Stones

  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
    The loose ends people, the loose ends!! I loved the whole damn story and all the peeps, the supernatural element and how it all came together!! Mel The loose ends people, the loose ends!! I loved the whole damn story and all the peeps, the supernatural element and how it all came together!! Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾
  • Katherine Elizabeth
    Actual: 4.25/5It’s not often that a new author's first novel “wows” me. Really wows me. But this one did and multiple times. The Secrets of Lost Stones is a novel I already know I’m going to have trouble explaining and reviewing. It’s one of those novels that caught me by surprise (in a good way). But also in a way that would make me stall if someone were to ask: “What’s that book about?” That’s because I went into this book thi...
  • ABookwormWithWine
    / 5 rounded up.The Secrets of Lost Stones by Melissa Payne is such a jarring and emotional book, and I am so glad I had the opportunity to read it.What it's about: Jess is only 32 but she has lost everything: her job, her home, and most importantly, her son. She packs up the few things she owns and heads from Denver into the mountains where her car dies in the small town of Pine Lake. She takes a job as a caregiver for a woman named Lucy, who may...
  • Lynda Kelly
    This book kept me up till the early hours, which says plenty about it !! It was my Kindle First selection for August. I enjoyed it so much and it held my interest throughout, so, though it's an old cliche, it was absolutely gripping !! I adore the cover and this is the author's debut novel, which is really impressive.It's fascinating how this rag-tag selection of very different people all end up sharing a house, each with their own miserable past...
  • Nigel
    Well written, powerful and quite emotional at times. I really liked the main characters - Jess and Star who come to stay with Lucy, AKA the Witch of Pine Lake! Good story telling that treats a difficult line between good and over the top. Worked for me - some might need some tissues close by :)
  • Yesha- Books Teacup and Reviews
    You can read all my review on Blog - Books Teacup and ReviewsThe Secrets of Lost Stones was emotional and intriguing women’s fiction with mystery, drama and spirits that revolved around Jess and Star, two loose ends tied up in picturesque setting of Pine Lake. It was about getting over loss, grief and haunted memories, giving life a second chance, friendship and bonding with new people and place, hope, justice, and redemption.“World is not j...
  • Hillary
    Not too bad for an Amazon Prime First Book. I do like a magic realism story, and as a teacher, I'm always interested in teen stories. The setting is a part of the US I am unfamiliar with, so that's a nice perk. No question that the author, Melissa Payne, is a storyteller.I enjoyed the characters, especially Star and Lucy. The entire plot toggles back and forth between Jess's and Star's point of view (but in third person), sometimes overlapping a ...
  • Sara Miller
    The Secrets of Lost Stones is a beautifully written, moving novel about finding forgiveness and family in the least likely places. Melissa Payne has crafted a compelling story with engaging prose and well-developed characters who you’ll fall in love with just like I did. Lucy is a mysterious woman, known as the witch of Pine Lake, who has surrounded herself with lost souls—most living, and some only partially alive—whose stories still have ...
  • Nita
    Wish there was more!I only wish that we could have met Lucy earlier in other episodes and stories. Meeting her so late in life, Lucy being 85, makes me know we’ve missed so many good stories about her. The storyline is reminiscent of the Hallmarks the good witch… and just like with that show , I would have enjoyed more flamboyant examples of Lucy’s power, Chances development into such a powerful ghost entity, and a hint of where Star and Je...
  • Melissa
    Tedious. Too drawn out. Too many cliche phrases used over and over and over.
  • Mary Fabrizio
    This book was annoying. The first three-fourths has no real plot, just four characters continously musing over mysteries too vague to make me care. Im all for witches, but clueless ones who dont help move the story along just suck. Then the last quarter of the book switched to Scooby Doo mode, unmasking the villian. Give me a break. At least i didnt pay for this book, i have that to be thankful for.
  • Amy Fletcher
    A fantastic book full of all the good stuff. Love, mystery, magic and crossword puzzles. I was sad to finish it because I couldn’t be in the story anymore. Highly recommend
  • Books on Stereo
    A slightly generic narrative of a two women connected by shared grief. Somewhat magical at times, Payne creates an engaging tale of grief and its subsequent healing.
  • Jeri Paull
    3.5 stars rounded up. This was my August Amazon First Read. I loved that the story was unique, poignant and imaginative. The characters were intriguing and well written, and the story itself was lovely. What drove me crazy was this author's need to tell us every little thought and nuance of the story - we understood very early on that Jess and Star were damaged and skittish - we didn't need to continue to read their thought processes that reinfor...
  • Amy
    My blog: A Magical World of Words Source: Netgalley.2.5 stars. This sounded like a beautiful tale, and I was intrigued to read it. Unfortunately, it fell flat for me. The writing isn't bad. Payne is very detailed, her language is very tangible, and the grammar is good. However, it just isn't my type of writing. I didn't like it. Blame it completely on personal preference, but I never fell in love with the words (this could also be because of some...
  • Elizabeth
    I would not be at all surprised to find out the person who wrote this is 12.
  • Jessica
    With similar elements to the novel “Where the Forest Meets the Stars” I really thought this was going to make it into my favourites list. But I found the story to be quite slow-paced. I did enjoy it throughout but normally I find a good 320 page book I speed through without checking how far I am along but this seemed to go slowly. It was well written and I enjoyed the character development. There were a few twists but I’m not really sure I ...
  • Louetta Waters
    Thank you to Lake Union Publishing and NetGalley for providing a ARC for a honest review.I loved this book! Very heart touching with a touch of mystery thrown in. I cried, I smile, I gasped...covers such a range of emotions!The story grabbed me from the beginning and kept me engaged throughout the whole story at times had me on the edge of my seat!The writing flows well and the characters are likeable and so interesting and mysterious!!I give thi...
  • Doris
    Sophomoric at bestI almost quit reading this about 25% of the way in. I should have. I found it to be too predictable, too repetitive. One daft old lady that thinks she's able to "tie up loose ends" (if you ask the right question) + one grieving, down on her luck, broke mother + one runaway from foster homes teen girl, + one "ghost boy" = Yaaaawwwwwnnnn. I would have thought this was a YA book were it not for all of the swearing. I cannot believe...
  • Patricia Markus
    The Secrets of the Lost StonesWow! What a great book with lots of twists and turns. The suspense keeps you reading until you know it all. I enjoyed this story immensely.
    Welcome to Pine Lake! This book was nothing like I expected and different from my usual read... but I was captured from the first page !Lucy is the witch of Pine Lake and she knows things past and present before they even happen !Jess and Star are two people with such hurt in their hearts from losing people in their lives !Somehow Lucy puts them together so they can help each other !I laughed and cried and fell in love with the writing and the st...
  • Suze
    Lost stonesMy First Read choice for August, it's listed as Contemporary Fiction - I would list it as paranormal. It's an interesting story, a lot of people with a lot of secrets and a facilitator who brings everything together. I enjoyed the book and the characters and would read more by this author.
  • Lady Delacour
    Goodreads friend Lyndaand her positive reviewdrew me to this book.Mysterious storylineis ever so intriguing.You just have to knowthe who, what, where,when, why and how,is all this Happening.3.6 Fascinating Stars.Clean.Foul Language.
  • R
    This was a very engaging read and told from the prospectives of Jess and Starr. They were two lost souls trying to survive after heartbreaking losses. This debut author perfectly executed how their past and present lives a very emotional and dramatic fashion. I look forward to reading other books by this author.
  • Rebecca Hill
    Get ready for an emotional roller coaster that is not going to let you off until the very last page.Jess is still reeling from the loss of her son several years ago. Star is just trying to survive a life on the streets. Lucy is the one that is going to bring them together, into a mismatched family. As the secrets and memories begin to surface for both, they have to learn to deal with the pain in different ways, but each path that they are on are ...
  • Laurie
    "It takes time for all the loose ends to be in one place, but once they are, things tend to move very quickly."Lucy is known as the "witch of Pine Lake". Her mission is to tie up "loose ends".In reality, she is an elderly woman who deeply cares about people and has a sixth sense. Right?I absolutely loved this wonderful, eccentric person! I thought her clues were spot on and made me think while reading each page.Lucy knows both the past and presen...
  • Elizabeth
    Amazing! Need I say more?Take one sad, defeated woman, one lonely, lost teenager and one old woman with possible magical powers, unknown to the woman and teenager, bring them together and you have the makings of a book different from most if not all of the books I've read!Jess is a woman who has lost everything. She finally decides to move on and ends up in a little town called Pine Lake. She meets Lucy, an "eccentric" older woman and becomes her...
  • Christine Gardner
    4.5 Stars - what a great book from a debut author. Loved it!!!
  • Bambi Rathman
    This is a book that took me into a story that was intriguing, emotional and mysterious. The characters have a common thread but that thread has all kinds of loose ends that need to be tied together. I felt compelled to read the pages and to discover the reason and how those ends would be tied. How, what seemed like coincidental meetings, were really meant to happen and why. What kind of secrets can a stone hold? Or is it the secrets that are held...
  • Phyllis Krall
    Lost souls are brought together in this mystical story that will pull at your heartstrings . Unique characters meet in a small mountain town where heart-shaped stones lead to the answers to a mystery. Jess flees to the small town of Pine Lake to escape her grief over the loss of her son, Chance. She meets Lucy , an old woman who is a clairvoyant, and becomes her caretaker. Lucy seems to know everything about Jess. A young runaway teenager named S...