Before her tears are fully spent, Prudence Stone is on a plane heading to Maine. The timely inheritance, a seaside cottage located in what appears to be a backwater town void of romantic temptations, promises to be the panacea for her broken heart. But Hannah Ellison had a different idea when she bequeathed the salt-encrusted albatross to her great-granddaughter, causing Prudence to seek a balance between her former island life and a lonely existence in Maine. Torn from the beginning, she is then challenged by the very different personalities of Hannah’s two best friends; one dotty, the other ornery. These widows of Thatcher Lane both comfort and confuse and pull her in different directions. But it is the stranger’s face nestled within Hannah’s silver locket that tugs the hardest; that is, until Prudence finds the letters.
“The Heart of Stone bridges three generations and is an affectionately accurate depiction of coastal Maine and its people. Cheryl Blaydon’s artist eye coupled with strong, lyrical prose allows the reader guided entrance into Oyster Cove in a way that will resonate with both visitors and natives of Maine. Blaydon’s characters are real, the book enjoyable and believable and skillfully strikes all the right chords in this human drama of romance, redemption and intrigue. The Heart of Stone is a great and satisfying read.” —LINDA GREENLAW, author of The Lobster Chronicles