The Mystery Stone
Publication date: February 8th 2022
Genres: Adult, Romance, Suspense
Supernatural stones. Ancient rituals. Mysterious ruins. Nothing unusual for the Hillestad siblings. Until…
Jeanette Hillestad receives news of her brother’s disappearance during his recent archaeological expedition and must travel to Kinsale, Ireland. She enlists the help of a local Irishman, Conlin Murphy, who’s adamant about staying out of her rescue mission for the safety of his teenage daughter.
But when relic hunters attack Jeanette, and Conlin discovers a map, they team up to search for her brother. The clues lead them on an international, life-threatening chase from Ireland to Old Quebec, and Montreal to New Hampshire.
While on the run, Jeanette and Conlin’s bond deepens with their undeniable attraction, which complicates matters.
Now, they need a greater force to survive the dangerous people willing to kill for the Mystery Stone. The consequences of her brother’s actions challenge their beliefs and may cost Jeanette to sacrifice everything.
Victoria Marswell is a romance suspense author. She started writing poetry and short stories in her early teens. Victoria majored in biblical studies at Hope International University and incorporates inspirational Christian themes into her writings. She’s a world traveler and sets her stories in the locations she visits. At 17, she traveled to Germany and Austria where she was inspired to write her debut novel, The Counterfeiter’s Daughter. Victoria continues to travel the world, creating and writing romantic and thrilling adventures. She lived in Orange County, CA. for 38 years and currently resides in Portsmouth, NH.
My Blurb (3/5 stars)
I love this combination of romantic suspense with supernatural archaeology. The Irish romantic interest & the imagined accent were also very lovely. I did struggle with a lot of the slang & Gaelic but it really adds to the flavour.
Both characters are adults so while they are quite mature, they are also people with a lot to learn. It was delightful to see them learn and develop as characters. At first, I thought, this must be a slow burn because nothing really was happening. However, then they started to pray and invoke God & faith so I guess this was also Christian fiction. So, if you’re looking for clean romance, this is one for you.
The Mystery Stone might be a bit slow in the romancing part but the suspense was unrelenting all the way to the end. While I don’t enjoy miscommunication much, I did appreciate the way it was handled in this novel and I can’t stress enough just how much joy it was to see characters learn & develop; a sweet & wholesome read.
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