Stone Gardens by Lois Cloarec Hart

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Author: Lois Cloarec Hart


Going from a pampered life to rock bottom has forced Grae to build high walls. In this slow-burn, opposites-attract lesbian romance, can love find a way to shatter them?

For eight years, Grae Jordan has been trapped in a hell of her own making. Born into a privileged life, she finds herself on the bottom rung of society, with a rash of petty convictions to prove it.

Grae guards her vulnerable heart with a protective wall as hard as granite, adorns her body with tattoos and metal, and avoids dating the women she once enjoyed. But when she rescues a skinny street kid named Marcus, her armour cracks, and the world she’s held at bay for so long begins to beckon.

The prospect of redemption, and even love, is tantalizingly within reach. Her family, friends, and a special woman all seem determined to show her that fate is not written in stone. Will she run as she’s done for so long, or can she embrace her loved ones, and life, once more?

A powerful, heart-warming story about fear, forgiveness, and love, and breaking down walls to brave what lies beyond.

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Publication Date

December 2, 2015


epub (for Kindle Reader/Kindle Apps, for iBooks, Nook etc.), mobi, and pdf




110,000 words




978-3-95533-542-7 (mobi), 978-3-95533-543-4 (epub), 978-3-95533-544-1 (pdf)


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2 reviews for Stone Gardens by Lois Cloarec Hart

  1. Sarah Nathanson


    At the book’s start, we are introduced to Grae, the main character, and Marcus, her only friend. Grae and Marcus are day laborers at a construction site, but quickly lose their jobs after a homophobic confrontation. We then jump into these character’s already full lives, where we find out Marcus was kicked out by his parents at 14 and Grae is the black sheep of her family. There is a bit of an exposition dump at the start of the novel, but not unforgivably. Grae and Marcus’s friendship feels a little forced at times, especially when they banter back and forth, and Grae’s rocky relationship with her mother also felt a bit cliched. However, these complex relationships evolve to become more natural and compelling throughout the novel.

    As we follow Grae’s journey to heal and overcome events in her past, she becomes a character to root for. I enjoyed the book’s focus on family and mental health and fell in love with it’s characters. However, I did feel like the ending wrapped things up a little too nicely, and would have preferred if the novel ended after one of the emotional climaxes late in the book. That being said, I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and read it in one sitting. Definitely worth a read.

  2. Sabrina


    For me, the protagonist was hard to identify with. When I opened the book and it started out with an action scene I was excited and hopeful that I may have found a book that keeps me engaged. I have to read all sorts of books as an English student. That may have ruined my appetite for the times I read for my own pleasure. I look for characters with depth and personality. Stone Gardens introduced me to characters that lack both.
    10% into the kindle ebook I still had no idea who Grae was. All I experienced were scenes between characters I realized I had encountered so many times in other works. The dialogs were nothing new and at times, for lack of a better word, seemed forced and rather preachy.
    I suppose the novel has its moments but overall it tried too hard.

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