#BookReview – Ivy Secrets by Jean Stone – The Examiner gives the full scoop!
ON sale now – Ivy Secrets by Jean Stone is a dramatic, suspenseful novel that weaves together the lives of three young women with a closely guarded secret that puts a teenage girl in jeopardy. Here’s what The Examiner had to say – enjoy!!
Sometimes book reviews zero-in on one aspect of a book which is most prominent to the reader. Ivy Secrets by Jean Stone is one book in which the reader can do just that.
Ivy Secrets by Jean Stone is about three women who met at a New England college and are from different backgrounds; Charlie – the poor girl from the other side of the tracks, Tess – the artist with an inferiority complex, and Marina – the beautiful princess from the small country of Novokia who wishes for an ordinary life. The book follows these three friends who during college and into their adult lives kept a closely guarded secret. However, fifteen years later they reunite as the truth behind their secret began to unravel.
The most prominent aspect of Ivy Secrets is the existence of three main characters. The use of three characters’ lives to weave together one story line is not unheard of but is not frequently done. Three women, all of different backgrounds and personality complexes must exist side by side without overshadowing each other in Stone’s book. The story is angled and viewed from all the perspectives. The women’s maturity from young adult into womanhood, the secret they bore, and why each kept the secret in the first place are all portrayed from each viewpoint. Stone went in depth in character development, showing explicitly how each character was affected by the secret and because of it, the kind of woman each turned out to be. Stone successfully weaves a suspenseful story of their lives with a scandal at the heart of their existence.
Stone further developed the characters through the use of personality complexes, causing each to stand out in her own right. Even though there are three main characters, they all take center stage in the reader’s mind because their complexes allow the reader to empathize with each individually. Therefore, none of the complexes exist in the shadow of the other. Each character seemed to have gained the right to stand in her place, and as the story retraces their past lives and unfolds their present, the reader is able to see each viewpoint clearly.
Once in a while you find an author who is willing to break the conventional and take a plunge into a writing adventure. Stone took the plunge into the deep of multiple main characters, and has surfaced successfully with a story line that is outstanding and intriguing.
Author of the Article – D.B. Rhoomes Binghamton Children’s Books Examiner
“I loved Ivy Secrets. Jean Stone is a truly gifted writer. I wish I could claim her as a long-lost sister—but I can’t. I can merely enjoy her wonderful talent. This is a terrific, don’t-miss book!”—Nationally bestselling author Katherine Stone
The Author -Jean Stone:
Ran her own award-winning advertising agency for fifteen years before becoming a full-time writer.
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