Friday, 15 June 2012

A Dramatic Historical: A Review of Casting Stones

My Book Review of Casting Stones by G. M. Barlean:

I enjoyed reading Casting Stones by G. M. Barlean, very much.  It is a taut historical drama, with the emotion played just right and never overwrought.

The book tells the story of James Raven and his family, the tragedy involving his first marriage and the nightmare existence that becomes his second marriage.  It takes the reader on a tense ride through his turmoil to the stunning conclusion.

I love good historical fiction and Casting Stones fits the bill.  It’s not one of the sweeping epics or historic mysteries I usually read, but it takes a solid story, and marries it with strong, believable characters.  Mix in the author’s excellent writing style and you have a winner.

I really liked the fact that author manages not to pull punches when it comes to misfortune while still maintaining a credibility of plot.   Nothing goes too far over the top, and the motives and rationales of the characters are realistic.  And that is where the heart of the book lies, with the characters.  You feel for James Raven and his son, and grow to loathe those responsible for their pain.

It was a treat to read Casting Stones and I recommend it.

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Charmaine Clancy said...

Sounds like an interesting read.

A. F. Stewart said...

I found it quite interesting.

Gina Barlean said...

Thank you for the lovely review. I just cam across it. Great to read this. Made my day. I just published my next book, Recipes For Revenge. Not historical. Just a devilishly dark read.

A. F. Stewart said...

You're welcome, it was a pleasure to read.

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