Following a year of grief, Evelyn Sweeney is finally ready to move on. Pondering her new path in life, her mind drifts to her first love, George MacAllister…
When the lives of these two women cross, they discover that one heart-shaped ring binds their stories together. But will the results be a rekindled faith and new hope, or will it lead them both back into the darkness they’ve fought for so long?
What Others Are Saying
“The Heart Stone is an intriguing mosaic, taking readers on a journey through the dramatic and unexpected turns in the lives of its captivating characters. Their paths toward healing, renewal, and hope are poignant and authentic—a good read!” —Leslie Paladino, CBA Retailers/Resources
“The Heart Stone, appropriately titled and powerfully written, is indeed a “heart-grabber” from first page to last. Author Sherry Kyle pens her story with emotion and insight, bringing her characters to life and enabling readers to care about what happens to them. More than just a good story, The Heart Stone challenges us to consider the hard places in our own heart—and to turn them over to the One who stands waiting to heal and restore.”—Kathi Macias, author of The Moses Quilt and Last Chance for Justice
“Love—and Sherry Kyle’s new book The Heart Stone—is for hearts of all ages. It’s a heartwarming story that testifies to the enduring power of faith, hope, and love.”—Kathy Harris, author of The Road to Mercy
“The Heart Stone is a gem of a book, with a lot of heart and a hint of mystery. Parents and grandparents will love how Sherry Kyle weaves two unlikely love stories together in a realistic yet redemptive way. Oh, and little Jacob often threatens to steal the show. Great pacing, with warm unforgettable characters.”—Linda S. Clare, and of The Fence My Father Built
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Discussion questions for The Heart Stone.
1. The story begins with a surprise phone call from the absentee father of Jessica’s son, Jacob. Have you ever received a phone call that took you by surprise? How did you handle it? Do you relate to Jessica’s desire to run away from the situation?
2. It has taken a year for Evelyn to remove her husband’s clothes from the closet after a year of grieving. When her mind takes a new direction and she thinks about her first love, how does that make her feel?
3. What was Nick’s reaction to seeing his childhood friend on television? Why would he consider helping A. J.?
4. Jessica’s uncle George has had a life-altering illness. He’s devastated and withdrawn. Have you, or anyone you know, experienced this? How does having a relationship with God help someone cope?
5. Evelyn chooses to take a vacation even though her daughter is having a difficult time with postpartum depression. As a parent, when do you think it’s okay to put your needs above your children’s?
6. Jessica wears the diamond ring her uncle gave her to ward off men and keep unwanted questions at bay. Has there ever been a time in your life when you didn’t want people asking you personal questions? What did you do to avoid them?
7. Nick, a fireman, blames himself for the toddler’s death in the Santa Cruz Apartment fire, thinking he could’ve prevented it from happening. How does pride factor in? How does that shape his view of himself?
8. Jessica has a big decision to make in whether to allow Andrew, someone who had rejected her and her son, back into her life. Do you think she made the right one? Why or why not? What would you have done in her situation?
9. What was the biggest reason Evelyn wanted to find George again? Is there someone in your life you need to search for to ask forgiveness?
10. Besides a romantic interest, Nick shows Jessica he can be trusted. How does his consistency and example help Jessica grow spiritually? Is there someone in your life who’s done the same for you?