Blog Tour, Review, and Giveaway- The Secret Language Of Stones by MJ Rose

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Blog Tour, Review, and Giveaway- The Secret Language Of Stones by MJ Rose

Blog Tour, Review, and Giveaway- The Secret Language Of Stones by MJ Rose Title: The Secret Language Of Stones
Author: M.J. Rose
Series: The Daughters of La Lune Series #2
Publisher by: Atria Books
Published on: July 19, 2016
Genres: Historical Romance, Fantasy
Page Count: 320
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As World War I rages and the Romanov dynasty reaches its sudden, brutal end, a young jewelry maker discovers love, passion, and her own healing powers in this rich and romantic ghost story, the perfect follow-up to M.J. Rose’s “brilliantly crafted” (Providence Journal) novel The Witch of Painted Sorrows.

Nestled within Paris’s historic Palais Royal is a jewelry store unlike any other. La Fantasie Russie is owned by Pavel Orloff, protégé to the famous Faberge, and is known by the city’s fashion elite as the place to find the rarest of gemstones and the most unique designs. But war has transformed Paris from a city of style and romance to a place of fear and mourning. In the summer of 1918, places where lovers used to walk, widows now wander alone.

So it is from La Fantasie Russie’s workshop that young, ambitious Opaline Duplessi now spends her time making trench watches for soldiers at the front, as well as mourning jewelry for the mothers, wives, and lovers of those who have fallen. People say that Opaline’s creations are magical. But magic is a word Opaline would rather not use. The concept is too closely associated with her mother Sandrine, who practices the dark arts passed down from their ancestor La Lune, one of sixteenth century Paris’s most famous courtesans.

But Opaline does have a rare gift even she can’t deny, a form of lithomancy that allows her to translate the energy emanating from stones. Certain gemstones, combined with a personal item, such as a lock of hair, enable her to receive messages from beyond the grave. In her mind, she is no mystic, but merely a messenger, giving voice to soldiers who died before they were able to properly express themselves to loved ones. Until one day, one of these fallen soldiers communicates a message—directly to her.

So begins a dangerous journey that will take Opaline into the darkest corners of wartime Paris and across the English Channel, where the exiled Romanov dowager empress is waiting to discover the fate of her family. Full of romance, seduction, and a love so powerful it reaches beyond the grave, The Secret Language of Stones is yet another “spellbindingly haunting” (Suspense magazine), “entrancing read that will long be savored” (Library Journal, starred review)

Review

The Secret language of Stones was a beautifully crafted story that blended history, fantasy, adventure, and romance.

Though I don’t read them often, I adore historical novels. Last year I came across this series but I hhaven’t had the chance to read it. There was something so intriguing about this synopsis for book 2, that I couldn’t pass up this series again. With the world building and the history infused into each page, this story quickly captured my attention.

The book is set during WW1. While Paris has always been a beautiful city of lights and wonder, the war has dulled it in many ways. Opaline, is twenty-two, and comes from a very unique past. Her family are decadents of La Lune, a courtesan that practiced the magical arts.  Opaline is a jeweler but she was also a necromancer. She has the ability to use the energy from stones to speak, hear, and, see the last messages of those that have passed on. After she lost someone very dear to her, she headed to Paris to work at the La Fantasie Russie, the shop owned by friend’s of her family.

I found Opaline to be fascinating. She was just a normal girl but she was her own person. She had an adventurous spirit. She always questioned her abilities and if she was doing the right thing with the powers that she had. It effected how she loved and cared for others. While she made many trinkets, her true talent was the talismans that she made for the loved ones of those that had passed on. Normally she only receives snippets of messages from the dead. Whether by fate or by chance, soon after making a particular charm for a solider’s mother, Opaline beings to experience strange new things.

The imaginary in this novel was so vividly detailed. I felt I could see each stone sparkle, each piece of art came to life, and the sights and sounds felt so real. I loved pacing of the book. At times the flow of events seemed rushed, but some how Ms. Rose was able to balance it out well. There were many pieces to this story and I enjoyed the mystery and adventure of it all. As for the romance….. it was not your typical romance. Yet it the connection , care, and concern for each other was there. It wasn’t the exactly the center of the story but it was always present. Throughout the book I was rooting for my ideal outcome,  even if it seemed impossible. The ending was so fitting for this story. I may have shed a tear. I can definitely see myself continuing on with this series.


Excerpt

My mother was disappointed I wasn’t following in her footsteps and studying painting but agreed jewelry design offered a fine alternative. I knew my choice appealed to the rebel in her. The field hadn’t yet welcomed women, and my mother, who had broken down quite a few barriers as a female artist and eschewed convention as much as plain white handkerchiefs, was pleased that, like her, I would be challenging the status quo.

When I’d graduated lycée, I convinced my parents to let me apprentice with a local jeweler, and Timur often stopped by Roucher’s shop at the end of the day to collect me and walk me home.

Given our ages, his twenty to my seventeen, it wasn’t surprising our closeness turned physical, and we spent many hours hiding in the shadows of the rocks on the beach as twilight deepened, kissing and exploring each other’s bodies. The heady intimacy was exciting. The passion, transforming. My sense of taste became exaggerated. My sense of smell became more attenuated. The stones I worked with in the shop began to shimmer with a deeper intensity, and my ability to hear their music became fine-tuned.

The changes were as frightening as they were exhilarating. As the passions increased my powers, I worried I was becoming like my mother. And yet my fear didn’t make me turn from Timur. The pleasure was too great. My attraction was fueled by curiosity rather than love. Not so for him. And even though I knew Timur was a romantic, I never guessed at the depths of what he felt.


M.J. Rose’s THE SECRET LANGUAGE OF STONES – Review & Excerpt Tour Schedule:

 July 11th

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Deluged with Books Cafe – Review & Excerpt

Fiction Adventures – Excerpt

July 12th

Mes Livres – Review

Adventures in Writing – Excerpt

The Book Hammock – Review & Excerpt

July 13th

Hart’s Romance Pulse – Excerpt

Penny For My Thoughts – Review

Socially Awkward Book Nerd – Excerpt

Novel Addiction – Excerpt

July 14th

Brooke Blogs – Excerpt

Vagabonda Reads – Review & Excerpt

I Read Indie – Excerpt

July 15th

Zach’s YA Reviews – Review

A Brit and a Yank – Excerpt

The Book Sirens – Excerpt

Sassy Moms Say Read Romance – Review

July 16th

Roxy’s Reviews – Excerpt

Gaga Over Books – Review & Excerpt

Kick Back & Review – Excerpt

July 17th

Only One More Page – Excerpt

Fly Away on the Wings of a Book – Review & Excerpt

July 18th

Okie Dreams Book Reviews – Review & Excerpt

KT Book Reviews – Excerpt

Vampire Book Club – Excerpt

July 19th

Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews – Review

Romance Book Nerd – Excerpt

Rachel’s Rambles – Review & Excerpt

July 20th

My Fictional Escape – Excerpt

Literaria – Review

Mama Reads Hazel Sleeps – Excerpt

July 21st

WTF Are You Reading? – Review & Excerpt

Julalicious Book Paradise – Excerpt

Love Affair With Fiction – Review & Excerpt

July 22nd

G & T’s Indie Café – Excerpt

Rebel Heart Bookshelf – Review & Excerpt

With Love for Books – Review

BCS reviews – Review & Excerpt


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About M.J. Rose

New York Times Bestseller, M.J. Rose grew up in New York City mostly in the labyrinthine galleries of the Metropolitan Museum, the dark tunnels and lush gardens of Central Park and reading her mother’s favorite books before she was allowed. She believes mystery and magic are all around us but we are too often too busy to notice… books that exaggerate mystery and magic draw attention to it and remind us to look for it and revel in it.

Rose’s work has appeared in many magazines including Oprah Magazine and she has been featured in the New York Times, Newsweek, WSJ, Time, USA Today and on the Today Show, and NPR radio. Rose graduated from Syracuse University, spent the ’80s in advertising, has a commercial in the Museum of Modern Art in NYC and since 2005 has run the first marketing company for authors – Authorbuzz.com

The television series PAST LIFE, was based on Rose’s novels in the Reincarnationist series. She is one of the founding board members of International Thriller Writers and currently serves, with Lee Child, as the organization’s co-president.

Rose lives in CT with her husband the musician and composer, Doug Scofield, and their very spoiled and often photographed dog, Winka.