Sourcebooks (first published 2002)
Published: March 1st 2010
Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Reviewed by Sandra
At the beginning of the book I wasn’t thrilled with the character of Joseph/Joey. He is impatient, self-centered, petulant, almost childlike at times. He is a great procrastinator. But, he has a deep love for Anne – “She had given him so much in this life: companionship, children, understanding, and a good tongue lashing when he deserved it”. By the end of the book, however, his character has improved or perhaps the “real” person finally emerges. Mooney has Joseph reveal his thoughts by “conversations with Pine Mountain”. Anne, the stronger of the two mates is practical, brave, committed to the marriage, despite its ups and downs, and is the proverbial caregiver. The extent of her care is developed in a touching way throughout the story.
I like the descriptions the author uses. For example, “He sat up on the large boulder and watched the scene unfold around him: an earthly opera. The waters of the stream played the part of the orchestra, and the sunlight provided the dancers. Every now and then a crescendo of wind highlighted the symphony in the clearing by the creek”.
The theme of the book is the love that characterizes a marriage –a love that grows and endures for a lifetime and beyond. How that theme relates to “pearls” and “the stone man” and the lessons we learn from it is left up to the reader to discern. Mr. Mooney has succeeded in creating a story that is gentle, thought-provoking and complex.
This is a book for people who value commitment and enduring love.
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