Wednesday, April 3, 2013

The Heart Stone by Sherry Kyle


When the biological father of Jessica MacAllister’s son decides to break their custody agreement, Jessica and her son visit her Uncle George for advice and refuge… 

Following a year of grief, Evelyn Sweeney is finally ready to move on. Pondering her new path in life, her mind drifts to her first love, George MacAllister… 

When the lives of these two women cross, they discover that one heart-shaped ring binds their stories together. But will the results be a rekindled faith and new hope, or will it lead them both back into the darkness they’ve fought for so long?
 
Excerpt:

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Fresno, California
           

“Jessie, it’s Andrew . . . Andrew Lawson.”

 
            At the sound of his voice, Jessica MacAllister’s knees went limp and her palms grew moist. She sat down on the wooden stool near the kitchen counter and leaned her head on her hand, her elbow resting against the cold tile. Why was he calling? She hadn’t heard from him since he signed the papers relinquishing his rights to Jacob six years before.

            “Jessie, you there?”

            She fought the urge to hang up the phone. “I’m here.”

            “I want to see him.”

            Her heart beat a strange rhythm. She had prayed this day would never come. “Andrew, I—I—I don’t know,” she stuttered. As a speech pathologist, she prided herself on her communication skills but this man was able to trip her up regardless of her training.

            “We can meet at a park. I’ll sit at a distance and watch.” The desperation in his voice was palpable.

            Jessica’s jaw clenched and her stomach churned. How could she trust that he wouldn’t rush up to Jacob and tell him that he was his biological father? Or worse, what if he wasn’t sober? No. She wouldn’t let a man who had no part in his upbringing suddenly waltz into his life—especially someone who had shown her the ways of the world. But he wasn’t entirely to blame. She’d given in.

            “No. No, that won’t work.” Jessica ran her hand through her shoulder-length hair.

            “How about a restaurant? I’ll eat at a separate table. I only want to see our son.”

            Our son. Jacob was not their son. He was hers, and hers only. Andrew wasn’t there for her when she was pregnant or gave birth, why the sudden interest now?

When she woke this morning she planned to spend the whole afternoon with Jacob—alone. What right did Andrew have to show up in her life after she’d assumed he was long gone? He’d abandoned her when she needed him most. The wound hurt deep and it would take a lot more than a casual demand.

            A fire burned in her belly. “The answer is no—”

            “Mommy, who you talking to?” Jacob padded into the kitchen wearing his dinosaur pajamas. He rubbed the sleep from his eyes.

            “Is that my boy?” Andrew’s voice rose.

            Jessica stared at her innocent son. Her hand shook and a lump lodged in her throat. She couldn’t tell Jacob who was calling, and she couldn’t tell Andrew the small voice he heard was indeed his son’s.

            “Come on Jessie, work with me here—”

            A firm resolve flowed through her veins. She wouldn’t allow Andrew to worm his way into her son’s life. Not now, not ever. “I’ve got to go.” She pressed the off button and hung up the receiver.

            “Hungry, buddy?” On shaky legs, she swung around the counter. She hoped Jacob didn’t notice how rattled she felt. “How about some pancakes?”

            “With chocolate chips?” He hopped on a stool and grinned, showing the gap that once held a baby tooth.

            Several months ago, she’d made his favorite pancakes for his birthday. And now, after receiving the unexpected phone call from his birthfather, she’d give Jacob anything he wanted. “Sure.” She smiled back.

            “Can we go see Uncle George today?” Jacob pleaded.

            “Thought you wanted to spend the day with me.” A twinge of jealousy twisted her insides.

            She chided herself, and then grabbed a mixing bowl from the cabinet. Uncle George had been through a difficult patch lately. If they could spend an hour or two visiting, it would make a world of difference to the older man.

            “I’ve never seen someone without a leg.” Jacob’s eyes grew big and round.

            Jessica cringed—neither had she. Why hadn’t she taken the time to visit her uncle before now? The answer made her pulse race. Fear. The smell of hospitals and rehabilitation centers turned her stomach. Glancing down at her hand, the heart-shaped stone glistened and caught the light filtering through the window. Uncle George had given the diamond ring to her when he found out she was pregnant with Jacob to fend off any unwanted advances. He had said, “It’s hard enough being a single parent.”

            “Can we, Mom?” Jacob’s voice interrupted her thoughts.

            The phone rang. She recognized the number from moments ago. Andrew.
 
Bio:
 
Sherry Kyle is a graduate of Biola University with a degree in Communications and a minor in Bible. Her debut novel, Delivered with Love, released from Abingdon Press in 2011. She received a Gold Mom’s Choice Award for her book for tween girls titled The Christian Girl's Guide to Style. Sherry and her husband have four children, three biological and one by adoption. She lives on the coast in central California. You can find Sherry on the web at:


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Sherry is giving away a copy of The Heart Stone.
 
The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses. 
 
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14 comments:

cjajsmommy said...

So often I read an excerpt and know that I am reading fiction. But this time, it reads more like someone's real-life story. Please enter my name to win a copy of this book. djragno (at) hotmail (dot) com

Patty said...

O my, what a difficult situation! Would love to read this book.

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Marianne Barkman said...

Wow, drawn into the story already! Thanks for the chance to win!

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Cindi A said...

This book has me intrigued. I'd love to win a copy.

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Thanks!!!

Janet said...

Wow, What an awesome intro! This is going to be a fantastic book!

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Anonymous said...

This sounds like a great book. Thanks for having the giveaway.

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karenk said...

thanks for the chance to read this novel

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Nancee said...

This sounds like a wonderful story of the blending of two women's lives. I'd love to win a copy to see how the story ends! Thank you for a lovely interview with Sherry, and for offering this giveaway!
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KayM said...

I can really feel the anxiety this mom is feeling. Sounds like a good book! Thanks for offering a copy.
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Jo said...

This book has me very interested. I'd love to read it. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway!

Blessings,
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Library Lady said...

I would love to win this book to give to my church library.
Thanks!
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Linda Kish said...

I would love to read this book.

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Boos Mum said...

Wow. Thanks for the excerpt. I would like to read and see how everything is resolved. Thanks for the giveaway.

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Anonymous said...

Seems my comments are disappearing. Please enter me to win Sherry's book, please. Thanks!
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