☆☆➹⁀☆ 4.5 stars☆➹⁀☆☆
What it’s about:
“My name is Scarlet Stone, and my biggest fear is that someday I will find what I want most in life, and it will be impossible to steal.”
What happens when life just stops? When one moment makes you question your entire existence?
Scarlet Stone is a third-generation thief who has everything: a doting fiancé, a spacious London flat, and a legitimate job offer. In a single breath, everything becomes nothing, and she finds herself on a plane to Savannah, Georgia in search of the meaning of life.
After securing a six-month lease for a beachfront house on Tybee Island, Scarlet changes the way she looks, thinks, eats—basically her entire outlook on life. She needs peace, but what she gets is a housemate who looks like Thor, acts like a warden, and smells her proximity like a Bloodhound.
Theodore Reed is a carpenter and perfectionist with a body built of steel, a black, hollow heart, and a hunger for revenge. He doesn’t like company, girly-smelling crap, and British accents.
He resents every breath she takes.
She’s fascinated by his every move.
In time, they discover their coexistence is toxic, their physical attraction is electric, the secrets they keep mean the difference between life and death, and the only truth they share is that everything is a lie.
“Over eighty-five percent of the world’s population believes in a higher power, yet, very few people believe in miracles.”
Do you believe?
Scarlet leaves behind all that she knows to find herself and the meaning of life. She finds so much more. Her mother’s birth place. A crazy southern family. A bitter man filled with anger. A mystery to solve.
The author has created a bevy of unusual characters. Scarlet Stone the character defies description. She is strong, vulnerable, hopeful, broken. She is filled with pain, regret, and wants. Her devotion is almost unbelievable. Theo Reed is a dark horse. His anger is beyond consuming. It’s like a cancer that spreads to every cell of his being. Forced to share a house with someone like Scarlet might drive him over the edge of reason. The secondary characters are a mixed lot. Yimin the Chinese herbalist says a lot without actually having much dialogue. Oscar Stone, Scarlet’s father, is disreputable, chivalrous, wise and loving. He should be a questionable character considering the life he led, but I couldn’t help seeing him as a wonderful, caring father.
Warned off by many people, Scarlet is a moth to Theo’s flame. These two couldn’t be more alike and more different. Their chemistry is caustic like a thick acrid smoke rising from a failed chemistry experiment…until it isn’t. Things happen. Circumstances change. Unfortunately for Scarlet, they keep changing. Scarlet Stone has more twists and turns than San Francisco’s Lombard Street, and unlike Lombard Street, the twist turn back onto themselves. With each turn, Scarlet reflects on something from her past and how it potentially impacted her present.
The story is mostly told from Scarlet’s point-of-view, but there are a handful of short chapters narrated by Theo. Scarlet slowly reveals her past and her present predicaments that led her to Tybee Island. Scarlet Stone is a metaphysical journey. Karma, Ayurveda healing, philosophy, the circle of life, and a little mystery had me laughing and feeling melancholy throughout the book. There is so much for the characters to be sad about, but the new Scarlet finds a way to appreciate every breath she takes. After all the angst and emotional turmoil, Author Jewel E. Ann brought tears to my eyes with her sweet epilogue. It’s an unexpected ending that will melt your heart.