Feature book: Stone Castles
Pip Martin grew up on the Yorke Peninsula in the Adelaide Hills with a wonderful mother, father, grandmother, brother and great friends. Her life was very good until tragedy and a secret changed everything. She was very much in love with her neighbour Luke Trenorden, and even though she had won a scholarship to Sydney University she was planning on staying with Luke and her family in this beautiful farming community. That is until her family is taken away from her and she discovers a secret that will change her life. Left with her ailing grandmother, Pip goes to university in Sydney and then on to New York, where she works in a high-powered banking position.
Luke Trenorden has also grown up in this area working hard on the family farm and enjoying life as it is. His love for the girl next door, Pip, his childhood sweetheart, is strong and caring. They are more than lovers, they are best friends and inseparable. When Pip is stricken with grief losing her family and discovers the secret that shatters her, he confesses to have heard it before and for the first time can find no way to help her.
After everything that has happened to Pip she walks out on Luke, leaving him devastated, and starts a new life. Luke decides to get on with his life after he is hurt so badly by Pip and marries, although that does not work out either. He continues working hard on the farm after his parents retire to the coast and there is just Luke and his best pal, his dog, Turbo. But when Pip’s grandmother Violet is about to leave this world, Pip returns home to see her grandmother. She decides that Luke is one person she does not want to see and, of course, Luke is the first person she runs into and the spark is still there. Talking for them both is difficult and there are lots of memories re-surfacing for them both.
With everything happening so fast and Pip needing to get back to New York and her safe normal life, rekindling their love is the last thing on both of their minds. Luke does not want someone walking out on him again and Pip still holds too much grief and hurt and there are secrets not yet uncovered. She really needs to know who she is, but when Pip visits Luke’s farm and the shed where some of her grandmother’s old furniture is stored, there are so many memories it is too hard to stop that attraction and they decide to make hay while the sun shines.
This is a beautiful, emotional and moving story that you will not want to end even though you want to get to the end. It is beautifully written and will pull you in from the first page. Make sure you have your tissues ready because you will need them as Pip and Luke journey to a wonderful HEA, with the secrets being uncovered and Luke helping Pip to break up the stone castles that she has built and learns to be happy. The characters in this story add so much to the joy that is Pip and Luke’s love. Don’t miss this one, I highly recommend it. This one is touching and will stay with me for a long time.
Reviewed by Helen S
A review copy of this book was provided by the publisher. ARRA members who leave a comment by 8 April 2105 will go into the draw to win this book. (The giveaway is now closed. The winner was Cassandra S.)