Friday, March 25, 2011

Christa Polkinhorn -Love of a Stonemason reviewed by Jacqueline Howett.

I give it 5 Stars. Love of a Stonemason by Christa Polkinhorn is a wonderful book, I highly recommend. Being a bit of a traveler and artist myself, I could really relate to the world of culture, which I really found enjoyably described, and a refreshing change. I especially liked how the heroine's thoughts were conveyed through her brushstrokes on canvass as an artist, giving the story depth. The Stonemason, the artist meets, known for his tombstone's, is also semi famous, creating shiny sculptures that are placed in the nearby towns. You then enter the world of two very different artists in their habitat, going to events and places together and the story of their love unfolds, but in such a realistic way. It's the honesty and the growth of the relationship that really makes this book, and leaves you wanting more. You are so hooked watching them develop. Also, the author managed to bring my expectations of the places visited, so alive. I felt I was really there. This is a well written captivating story that keeps you curiously entertained until the very end.

I hope some of you will think about putting this book on your To-read list, or at least download a sample to check out later, if you're not buying today. Thanks.

Product Description
The talented young painter, Karla Bocelli, is all too familiar with loss. When she was five years old, her mother died in a car crash in the south of Switzerland. Her Peruvian father lives at the other end of the world, and a year ago, her aunt and guardian passed away. Now, at age twenty-four, Karla almost gets hit by a speeding car. As if this wasn’t fateful enough, Andreas, the driver, turns out to be a sculptor and carver of tombstones. In spite of his profession, Andreas is anything but morbid. Quick-tempered and intense, he exudes a rough-and-tumble energy. After a tumultuous start of their relationship, Karla comes to see in Andreas the "rock in her life," the perfect antidote to her fears of abandonment and bouts of depression. Andreas, however, wrestles with his own ghosts: an alcoholic father who abused him as a child and his own fits of anger. Together, the two artists must confront the demons that haunt them.

Love of a Stonemason is a story about the struggle of two artists with their past, their family, their creativity, and their love for each other. Told from the point of view of Karla, it depicts the world through her painter’s sensibility. It takes the reader on a journey full of sights, smells, tastes, and sounds from the south of Switzerland to Italy and the Peruvian Andes.

About the Author 

Christa Polkinhorn, originally from Switzerland, lives and works as writer and translator in Santa Monica, California. She divides her time between the United States and Switzerland and has strong ties to both countries. Her poems have appeared in various poetry magazines. She is the author of Path of Fire, a collection of poems published by Finishing Line Press. Love of a Stonemason is her first novel.

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  1. Thank you, Jacqueline! I'm so glad you liked the book.

  2. Thanks, Jacqueline, for your kind review. It made my day.

  3. Sounds like a fascinating book. Thanks for the great review!

  4. A great review. I'm not a writer, but decided to challenge myself with reviews of books on my blog on Wednesdays. I get the fewest comments for the hardest work I do on my blog on Wednesdays, but I still enjoy writing them. I'm so excited you signed up to follow my blog. Thanks for visiting.--Inger

  5. Thanks for stopping by Anne,

    Hi Canyon girl, I Look forward to checking out your reviews as they come in, on Wednesdays.

    Christa, so glad I made your day. I shall keep your little treasure of a book for re-reading sometime.

  6. Hey Jacqueline!
    Thanks for the lovely review! :D
    And it's so nice to meet you! It's just great that you love to travel like I do! I saw all the places you've gone to and it's really wonderful! Hugs!

  7. It sounds like a lovely book. Thanks for the review!

  8. An interesting review. Thanks.