Rise and Shine, Benedict Stone (Hardcover)
Benedict doesn’t quite understand where his life went wrong. His wife has left him, his jewelry store is just there, and all of the sudden his niece from America has shown up on his doorstep one rainy night. A person the Benedict has never met.
Gemma is a headstrong girl of 16, and from everything that Benedict can get out of her, she seems to have run away from home. This is a wonderful feel good story of how friendship can grow and how you can learn more about yourself when you have someone looking you right in the face. Included are all sorts of gemstones that through time have come to be associated with different properties.
This is for people who like Elin Hilderbrant or Mary Kay Andrews. This is available as an audiobook.
-Recommended by Chris— From September Staff Picks for All Readers
June 2017 Indie Next List
“The novels of Phaedra Patrick are good for what ails you! Rise and Shine, Benedict Stone is a charming novel about a dull British jeweler who finds new light in his life when his American niece springs a surprise visit on him. Gemma may only be 16 years old, but she is a catalyst for some much-needed change in Benedict's life and for the entire village. Readers would need a heart of stone to miss the joys of this delightful, feel-good novel. Book clubs are going to be taking a 'shine' to Benedict Stone.”
— Pamela Klinger-Horn (e), Excelsior Bay Books, Excelsior, MN
Phaedra Patrick's debut novel, The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper, was hailed as "poignant" and "utterly endearing." Now she returns with Rise and Shine, Benedict Stone, a gem of a novel about family, forgiveness and one man's second chance at happiness.
Moonstone for empathy. Azurite for memories. Lapis lazuli for truth... In the quiet village of Noon Sun, Benedict Stone has settled into a complacent and predictable routine. Business at his jewelry shop has dried up; his marriage is on the rocks. His life is in desperate need of a jump start...
And then a surprise arrives at his door.
Gemma is Benedict's audacious teenage niece--the daughter of his estranged brother, Charlie. The two Stone brothers had a falling out and haven't spoken in almost two decades, since Charlie left for America. Reckless and stubborn, Gemma invites herself into Benedict's world and turns his orderly life upside down. But she might just be exactly what he needs to get his life back on track...
Filled with colorful characters and irresistible charm, Rise and Shine, Benedict Stone is a luminous reminder of the unbreakable bonds of family, and shows that having someone to embrace life with is always better than standing on your own.