Book Review:The Pope’s Stone by Marc Kuhn + GIVEAWAY

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000037_00025]Title: The Pope’s Stone

Author: Marc Kuhn

Published: October 9, 2012

Paperback: 242 pages

Kindle Edition: 229 pages

ISBN: 1479185299

Purchase links: Amazon Kindle * Amazon Paperback * Barnes and Noble

Synopsis:

THE POPE’S STONE is a fascinating historical novel that follows the lives of Nathaniel and Nicholas, descendants of the Barrington family of Virginia. Each young man keeps life-long journals which eventually reveal their parallel lives; lives that are mirrored by similar events and experiences, similar relationships and consequences. The two, however, lived a century apart. The only connections between them are their family heritage, their journals…and the Pope’s Stone.

The Pope’s Stone was a slab of engraved marble given to America in 1854 by Pope Pius IX. It was to be embedded within the walls of the Washington Monument, then under construction in the nation’s capital. John Henry Barrington, a stonemason working at the Monument site, was persuaded to assist a small party of anti-Catholic activists in stealing the Pope’s Stone, smashing it to pieces and tossing them into the Potomac River. The Pope’s Stone was never to be seen again, except for a fragment that John Henry secretly kept for himself. This small piece of the stone passes down through generations of Barringtons, leaving a path of hardship and unexpected tragedy for those who possess it. Coincidence? Bad karma, as Cousin Sarah calls it? Or is it more than that? And, what role does the stone play in the lives of Nathaniel and Nicholas? These are some of the questions you’ll be asking…discover the answers in THE POPE’S STONE.

The Pope’s Stone Website

My review

I was excited to be part of this blog tour right from the beginning. A friend of mine, Monica e-mailed me to see if I would be interested in joining the blog tour for this book, without hesitation I agreed. This is my first blog tour and this book, even though it’s not in the genre that I typically read,it  was still interesting enough to keep me flipping the pages. I have to start of by saying that I really enjoyed how the author described the characters, the way it was written made it really easy to follow and understand what they were going through during that time period. I really felt deeply for each of the characters and the issues they faced, it was definitely a emotional read. Even though they lived a century apart it was really interesting to read how similar their experiences were and how they correlated. I also really liked how each character wrote their own journal, it was a great way to truly see how they each felt about their journey.

This book took me on a  emotional ride, what each of the character went through was truly heartbreaking. I found myself holding back my emotions and reminding myself that this was just a book. I felt really bad for them and couldn’t possibly imagine the grief they endured.

Even though I don’t read books about history, I found those aspects of the book to be quite interesting. The stories that were tied in with the war were really sad to read; I liked how it answered some of the questions that I had about Nathaniel and Nicholas’ family. It’s tragic but uplifting at the same time. It truly makes you appreciate  life  and how short it can be. I enjoyed reading how everyone suffered from Henry’s mistake, I found it to be realistic; I’m sure many of you can relate to that, experiencing something similar myself , I know I can. It’s crazy how one persons greed can affect so many people.

The ending for me tied everything together. I wasn’t too happy while I was reading it, but when I look back now it all makes sense. It all came full circle. I really liked the whole concept of this book and how everything tied together. The author does a great job transitioning from chapter to chapter without confusing the reader. All the chapters had something in common and that is really apparent from the beginning.

Last thoughts- My rating: 4/5

I don’t like to give away a lot when I review books, that’s one of the things my readers appreciate the most. When writing this review, there were a lot of things I wanted to mention but didn’t because it wouldn’t be fair to you guys. I can’t describe how much I enjoyed this book. I found it a little bit slow in the first chapter but after that it really picks up. As you are reading you start noticing the direction this books is going in and you start understanding the plot. Even if you don’t read books in this genre, I highly recommend you read this one. I was hooked right from the beginning, some parts made me want to cry and some parts really frustrated because like all things, life is not fair, its up to you how you deal with what life throws at you. There was a great message behind this book, and I know it will stick with me for a very long time.

I received a copy of this book for an honest review. A a big thank you to Monica!!

A big thank you to Marc Kuhn for writing this book, you did a great job and I truly enjoyed it. To read more about this author please read his bio below. Thanks everyone for stopping by and make sure to check out the giveaway hosted by Monica at the end of this post!

 

About the Author

Marc Kuhn

Author Marc Kuhn has worked in radio broadcasting most of his life as a journalist, a program director and a marketing executive. He has held positions at major radio stations in Philadelphia, Washington, D.C. and Miami.

Now retired, he has turned his attention to writing. His first book, NEVER GOOSE A MOOSE! is a collection of whimsical verse for young children.
ABOUT A FARM is his second children’s book. It features lessons in life beyond the barnyard.

A third book, THE POPE’S STONE, is Kuhn’s first adult novel. It is a fascinating historical novel about two descendants of the same family who live parallel lives, but a century apart!

Kuhn lives in South Florida with his wife, Rosemarie, and seven grandchildren.

Contact the Author

Website * Blog * Goodreads * Twitter

The Pope’s Stone Tour Schedule (March 8-19)

Make sure to check out all the tour dates below. Let’s show some support!

March 8 – Impressions of a Princess

March 10 – YA Big BOOKworm

March 11- Book Adoration

March 12 – For the Love of Books

March 13 – Nazninazeez

March 14 – Amidst Books

March 15 – Lollipops and Rainbows

March 16 – Emma Snow

March 17 – Prisailurophile Blog

March 18 – Pretty Little Dreamer

March 19 – Edge of Jade

The Giveaway

PrizeSM

Marc Kuhn, the author of the historical novel The Pope’s Stone, is very generous to offer a combo prize package of a signed paperback of his book plus a simple black journal. To sweeten the deal, four winners can totally get this awesome gift. Awesome? Two US residents and two international participants will be chosen by an electronic raffle after the giveaway ends. So what are you guys waiting for? Kindly check the rafflecopter links below. The first one is for International giveaway and the next is for US only.

International Giveaway – link

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/182a4e6/

US Giveaway – link

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/182a4e5/

Note: Both giveaways are open until Friday, March 22. All entries will be checked for validity. On or before March 25, two international and two US residents will be randomly chosen by Rafflecopter. These four winners will be announced in this blog and they will have 48 hours to respond/comment on the announcement post.

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11 comments

  1. Suad…I am overwhelmed by the reaction the review tour is having to THE POPE’S STONE. It is difficult to describe how an author feels when he is reading comments on his work—especially comments that are so positive. I originally told Monica that this whole process would be good for me because I needed to learn what readers did NOT like about my book. Now, as it turns out, most of the criticism is about things that I, too, had sensed could have been better. But the positive comments far outweigh any criticism. I am humbled by all of this. As you and others have commented, historical fiction is not a genre you would normally pick up and read. I am happy my book may have “broken the ice” and you will venture further with others. History, I think, becomes more “real” when you are involved in the people who are experiencing it, whether they are real or fiction. Again, thank you so much for taking the time to participate in the tour and being such a great support to my book!

    1. You are very welcome Mr.Kuhn. I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would which is a huge plus considering I don’t read historical fiction novels. Thank you for writing such a great story, it definitely opened my eyes.
      I wish you all the luck!
      Best regards,
      Suad

  2. Very nicely reviewed, Suad!. The book is indeed an emotional rollercoaster. I am part of the book tour too (So glad I am!). I will be posting my review tomorrow. Do check it out :).

    P.S. Your blog header is very beautiful. How did you do that??. I like your name by the way. It sounds like it’s of Arabic origins.

    1. Hey! Thanks I really enjoyed this book too. I made my header on photoshop. I can make you one if you would like 🙂

      And my name, my mom is Arabic and my dad is Somalian. My mother swears it’s a Somalian name lol but everyone else tells me it’s Arabic haha but yeah thanks for commenting, ill make sure to check out your review!

      1. Oh so I guessed it right!. Your name is Arabic. Hehe :)… So sweet of you to offer me something like that. I am thinking of building my own site one day. I will ask you to help me out then :). Thank you!

  3. Wow. I am amazed to see so many gems in your review, Suad. Yes, life is unfair but it is up to us how we should deal on those things thrown at us. Wonderful!

    I am happy that you have also enjoyed the book. Cheers for the new historical fiction lovers 🙂

    Hmm, it started with Naz, but since she’s my friend I also noticed your header. I am thinking of creating one for my own site – my current header is stolen from google haha. Photoshop is very much unfriendly to me, but will try to do something again.

    1. Thanks! I did enjoy this book and I’m glad that I got the chance to be part of this blog tour. As the header, if you need help with it ( whenever you decide to create your website) shoot me an e-mail and I will help you out.
      Take care!

  4. Rarely read historical fiction, but like what Marc Kuhn said in the previous comment, The Pope’s Stone definitely change our views on the genre 🙂

  5. Great review! I loved the story in this book. I am glad that I stepped outside of my comfort spot (: I am really glad to see everyone liked it as much as I did.

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