Monday, August 3, 2015

Book Review: House of Stone (Bishop Street book 2) by Rene Schultz

House of Stone

Bishop Street book 2

Rene Schultz

Reviewed by Jacqui Bester

5 Stars

I received House of Stone for review by the author Rene D Schultz.
After reading Bishop Street, which was by far one of the best books I have ever read. I could not wait to climb into House of Stone.

Meeting the characters from BS again was a welcoming experience. I felt like I had never left them. They became a part of my "family". Following each of their stories from despair to happiness entices you to carry on reading. Rene takes real life situations that these orphaned children had to endure, how they have conquered their fears and weaves them into a beautiful tapestry of love, dedication and family.

In House of Stone, the fear of loosing someone again, becomes a reality as Maggie disappears after a horrific earthquake. Once again this family of unwanted children comes together to fight fate, and once and for all prove that no matter what life decides to throw at them, they will come out undefeated. 

When Rene writes you can be sure that the words, like honey, will drip from the pages, and you keep finding yourself wanting more. 

“The test of life is not meant to break you, but to make you stronger...” 

Four powerful childhood friendships become twisted with lies and deceit after they leave Bishop Street Orphanage. Twenty years later, the four orphans are back together--once again. Maggie is a best-selling author that lives in Los Angeles. Elizabeth, is a farmer’s wife with five children in North Bend, North Dakota. Randolph the billionaire, is a wandering nomad who has never put down roots. Lucy is finally clean and sober, and raising her daughter, after twenty years of living on the streets. 

Challenging themselves to let go of the past, and still fused together by the immeasurable power of friendship, they will never let anything get in their way again. Not the tests of courage or willingness to change, not the devastating flood that hits North Bend, and not the love and happiness they find, unexpectedly. Suddenly, their lives will all change forever when Maggie is visiting an orphanage in Honduras. The big earthquake hits and the towns are reduced to rubble, thousands of lives are lost, and Maggie is missing. Will their worst fears test their strength of survival once again!

I’m divorced and I live in a small community just north of Los Angeles where I raised my two sons. I love to garden, try new recipes, take lots of pictures, and occasionally I enjoy a glass of wine with dear friends. I’ve never jumped out of a plane, climbed Mt. Everest, or seen the Northern Lights of Alaska. But, I have danced in the rain, sent a message in a bottle, and I’ve rode my motorcycle down The Pacific Coast Highway on sunny California days!
My first fiction novel “Bishop Street” is coming out July 2013. This story is about four powerful friendships that begin at Bishop Street Orphanage. It continues with lies and deceit after they leave at eighteen. Then, twenty years later, redemption plays out and ultimately the strength that got them through their childhood becomes the catalyst that binds them back together. 
My passion of writing has lead me on the most amazing journey. Now, my focus is on fiction. I thrive on developing strong storylines that showcase today’s contemporary lifestyles. Rags to riches, Robinhood, and surviving the odds, seems to be my one common denominator that showcases my fascinating and diverse characters.

After my divorce, I waltzed into the world of online dating. I didn’t find my knight-in-shining armor, but instead in 2008, I wrote a very successful book on my entertaining experiences. My first book “” was published by a small press and you can find it on Amazon. 

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