The Secret Language of Stones by M.J. Rose
Publication Date: July 19, 2016
Hardcover & eBook; 320 Pages
Series: The Daughters of La Lune, Book Two
Genre: Historical Fiction/Fantasy
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).
“A spellbinding ghost story that communicates the power of love and redemption through Rose's extraordinary, magical lens.” (Alyson Richman, internationally bestselling author of The Lost Wife)
About the AuthorM.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 is the author of more than a dozen novels, the co-president and founding board member of International Thriller Writers and the founder of the first marketing company for authors: AuthorBuzz.com. She lives in Greenwich, Connecticut. Visit her online at MJRose.com.
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"Opaline has a rare gift: 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." ...from M.J.Rose website
The above details what Opaline can do with her gift even when it sucks the soul right out of her with feelings of loss, heartbreak, and grief. Her gift is not all bad though as she communicates with a man who died in the trenches of WWI. In her mind, they can communicate and this is what sustains her through the sadness that she 'sees' when creating her mourning jewelry for mothers of fallen soldiers. Opaline is training with Pavel Orloff, to learn about the stones and their qualities which enable her to make the beautiful talismans, who was trained by Faberge. He owns La Fantasie Russe and is a jeweler of renown in Paris.
Opaline's mother is Sandrine Salome who was introduced in The Witch of Painted Sorrows, which told the story of the La Lune legacy. Opaline is gifted with her abilities, different from her mother and grandmother's as they are witches.Opaline does not believe that she is a mystic nor does she really want to be one. She just wants to use her gift and possibly bring some peace to the soldiers who died and their loved ones and when the war is over to just make beautiful jewelry with the training she is receiving from a master jeweler. Her mother has other ideas, wants Opaline to apprentice with the jeweler's wife Anna to understand her special abilities.
Opaline, at the behest of Pavel Orloff, must travel to England to deliver a beautiful necklace to the Romanov Dowager Queen, she is also tasked with making a talisman from belongings from the missing Romanov children. This journey is fraught with danger because if her mission is discovered by the Bolsheviks, it could mean death to Opaline.
I love reading M.J. Rose's books, they always tell fascinating stories about the paranormal. The Secret Language of Stones takes the reader to war-torn Paris, secret meetings, danger, intrigue, betrayal and mystical elements as only M.J.Rose can do.
I started reading the works of M.J. Rose from her earlier work, The Halo Effect, and The Delilah Complex and have been fascinated ever since. The author has the ability with her words to transport the reader to another place and time. Impeccable research and a gift for storytelling that can't be denied. Loved it!
This book is the 2nd on the Daughters of La Lune series and I eagerly await the next book!
I received a copy of this book for review purposes.
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