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Love of a Stonemason (Family Portrait, #2) [Read] ➵ Love of a Stonemason (Family Portrait, #2) By Christa Polkinhorn – Thomashillier.co.uk The young painter Karla Bocelli is all too familiar with loss When she was five years old her mother died in a car crash in the south of Switzerland Her Peruvian father lives at the other end of the w The young painter Karla Bocelli is all too familiar with loss When she was five years old her mother died in a car crash in Love of PDF \ the south of Switzerland Her Peruvian father lives at the other end of the world and a year ago her aunt and guardian passed away Now at age twenty four Karla almost gets hit by a speeding car As if this wasn't fateful enough Andreas the driver turns out to be a sculptor and carver of tombstones In spite of his profession Andreas is anything but morbid uick tempered and intense he exudes a rough and tumble energy After a tumultuous start of their relationship Karla comes to see in Andreas the rock in her life the perfect antidote to her fears of abandonment and bouts of depression Andreas however wrestles with his own ghosts an alcoholic father who abused him as a child and his own fits of anger Together the two artists must confront the demons that haunt them Love of a Stonemason is a story about the struggle of two artists with their past their family their creativity and their love for each other Told from the point of view of Karla it depicts the world through her painter's sensibility It takes the reader on a journey full of sights smells tastes and sounds from the south of Switzerland to Italy and the Peruvian Andes.


10 thoughts on “Love of a Stonemason (Family Portrait, #2)

  1. Lee Holz Lee Holz says:

    A lyric love story and poignant tale of personal growth Highly recommended


  2. Crystal Crystal says:

    The first thing that went through my mind when I finished this book on Friday night was simply Wow I felt like I had been told a full story and while I wanted of Karla and Andreas at the end the story really was complete I don't know when was the last time I truly felt that when I finished a book Ms Polkinhorn did a magnificient job crafting this story and getting it on the page The characters scenery and happenings in the book really came alive for me and I felt like I was watching and feeling Karla and Andreas through the full bookHow to classify this book I first thought it sounded like a romance but after finishing it I would say it is general fiction Romance is key Karla and Andreas' relationship is very key to the book But most romance novels stop after dating and marriage usually sometimes with glimpses of family life if there are several books in a series The beauty of Ms Polkinhorn's novel is that it continues through the years after they marry and delves much deeper into the characters of Karla and Andreas as they tackle the new ups and downs of marriage of their art and of familyLove of a Stonemason never lags in plot Whether you are looking into depression the ups of a great art career the separation distance wise of Andreas and Karla starting a family all of this flowed together so well and made a great story I was never bored and wondering when something good would happen It was all interesting and attention getting It's as edge of your seat as a non thriller work can get I was always wondering what would happen next what aspect of life would be shownThe realism is beautiful too Love of a Stonemason truly shows the ups and downs of life love and family No family or person is perfect there are always problems and always two sides to a story and that is what this book really looks into I love that every aspect is shown and I really enjoyed the growth of the characters Andreas and Karla are not superficial you really get to know them through the whole book I felt as though I knew them personally The foreign setting and descriptions of landscapes and cities is also well done I also enjoyed learning about the art world something that never really interested me before but the author does a great job of making it interestingI laughed I cried I was frustrated with the characters in a good way I think I ran through most every emotion with this book And what I love most is the feeling of the complete story and it's a story that will stick with me for some time I found myself thinking of Karla and Andreas and the other people in their lives through the weekend Really letting the story settle over me and how I feel now is that this is a definite reread in my book and that is saying something since I don't really reread books My true hope is Ms Polkinhorn will have another book on the way so I have another one of her books to enjoy She brings realism to the story without it depressing you and leaving you down for days and I really like that I do not have any complaints about this book and I think those of you who enjoy general fiction with a foreign flair and romance will really enjoy this book


  3. Linda Lewis Linda Lewis says:

    Reading Christa Polkinhorn’s Love of a Stonemason is an inner visual experience Not only will you “see” locales in Switzerland Peru and Italy but also because her main characters are artists you’ll feel you’ve toured a gallery of paintings and sculpture Karla the painter and Andreas the stonemason meet in what at first appears to be a typical romance plot device but it’s not These characters have depth which the author portrays with sensitivity and realism The darkness in their pasts threatens the relationship they form Their torments and troubles drew me in At times I wanted to comfort them; at others I wanted to smack Karla or shake Andreas Just when Karla finally faces the last of her demons and deals with it Andreas’ personal hell erupts with full force Each time as these characters stumbled I thought I knew what would come next but I rarely didThe author weaves the threads of her story into a beautiful tapestry This debut novel is a worthwhile read and almost doubles as a vacation escape Well done


  4. Lindsay Lindsay says:

    This book is lovely and full of grace Set mostly in Switzerland with detours to Italy and Peru LOVE OF A STONEMASON is about the relationship between Karla a painter and Andreas a stonemason After a chance encounter that seems at first like a meet cute device though it isn't; it introduces a theme that weaves throughout the novel they live together fight commit mutual infidelity get back together marry have two children and grow as artists and people Christa Polkinhorn is insightful about the nuances of this relationship and gives you a sense of how it deepens Unlike some fictional couples Karla and Andreas conduct their relationship in an ongoing crowd of family and friends This is one reason the book is long; there is so much LIFE in it Karla and Andreas are people you root for I found myself thinking I would like to spend an evening with them drinking wine and talking They are good Not perfect or saintly or always right but good at heartDo you want to see love triumph? Read this book snd be grateful you found it


  5. Jess Scott Jess Scott says:

    I've always liked traveladventure and the richly detailed settings of this novel really satisfied that aspect of myself The build up of the relationship and rendering of the topic of love is done in a way that's old schoolish Old schoolish does not necessarily boring Recently especially in the YA genre I haven't really gotten into the whole sync where the characters suddenly are attracted to each other and start professing their undying love for each other What ever happened to the art of conversation and getting to know a person inside out before embarking onsettling into a serious relationship?I thought those concepts went very well with the characters as artists too The at times stormy passion was balanced off with tender moments both being characteristic of those with artistic temperaments Lots of art lots of culture lots of perspectives; nicely done


  6. Kristina Kristina says:

    This was a tale of loss love and life told beautifully by Christa The characters are a touching blend of imperfect and realThe author's attention to detail is impecable and makes you feel as if you are traveling along with Karla and Andreas It's one of those books to take you awayI loved Christa's smooth writing style and ability to make me feel emotional throughout the storyIf you are looking for a tale that has a realistic representation of life and love then you may want to check his one out


  7. Scott Nicholson Scott Nicholson says:

    Christa Polkinhorn's debut takes the reader on a journey of the heart across several lands Vivid portraits of Europe and South America will sweep you to those exotic locales and have you experiencing the vibrancy of different cultures But the heart of the story is the love between a man and woman with all the challenges and triumphs successes and failures as well as the creative journeys of the two main characters Highly recommended Scott Nicholson


  8. Martha Cheves Martha Cheves says:

    Love of a Stonemason – Review by Martha A Cheves Author of Stir Laugh Repeat and Think With Your Taste Buds Dessert‘She saw the car just as she stepped into the crosswalk An old beat up Fiat screeched to a stop within a few inches away from her Karla jumped back and dropped her portfolio spilling its content onto the pavement Her heart thudded and she took deep breaths trying to calm the ueasy feeling in her stomach That smell Burnt rubber A young man got out of the car and stared at her stunned “Are you all right?” Karla still dazed nodded She bent down and began to pick up her drawings A few pedestrians stopped but when they realized that nothing major had happened they walked on The driver’s dark voice rose to an angry pitch “Jesus Christ What’s the matter with you? You practically threw yourself in front of my car I could’ve killed you Are you suicidal or something?” “I’m sorry I wasn’t watching” Karla slid the papers back into her portfolio “Yeah well that’s obvious Wake up for heaven’s sake” Meet the charactersKarla Bocelli is an artist whose first exhibition opens the following Friday The gallery belongs to a friend of hers who devotes time and money to help fledging artists showcase their work Karla’s mother and grandmother were both killed in a car accident when she was still a child leaving her to be raised by an aunt Her father Arturo and her mother had never married and there was never a real fatherdaughter relationship between he and Karla He now lived in Peru with his wife and family The few times they had seen each other the feelings were strained Then Karla finds not just one but two men of extreme importance stepping into her life Andreas O’Reilly and her art instructor Jean PhilippeAndreas O’Reilly is a stonemason He not only makes head stones for the cemeteries but he also does sculptures His childhood in ways was like Karla’s His mother Emilia had married his father Robert but at an early age in his life they had divorced he and his mother moved in with her brother and his father moved back to the United States His relationship with his mother is also strained He blames her for the nightmares he lived through as a child His chance meeting with Karla has brought life back into his existence But not without problems that must be dealt with for both of themThrough Love of a Stonemason I have traveled to Peru Florence Switzerland and many other countries in between I’ve experienced not just the beauty of these places but also took a history lesson in the arts Through the author’s description I feel as if I’ve just returned from a journey that I’ll never be able to take in personAs for the story it’s been a long time since I’ve read a love story as beautiful as Love of a Stonemason When you combine the mistakes the forgiveness and the love filling the pages of this book you can’t help but have a truly inspiring book It makes you realize that there are always two sides to each story and unless you listen to both you’ll never be able to expel the resentment you might be feeling Great bookReview Stir Laugh Repeat at com Stir Laugh Repeat


  9. Misty Baker Misty Baker says:

    I was in therapy the other day aka web surfing for mindless crap and ran across a uote that sent off a flare in my mind For the past couple of days I have been reading Christa Polkinhorn’s debut novel “Love of a Stonemason” and try as I might I couldn’t peg a witty or otherwise enchanting way of wording its message and then I ran into this“I don’t pretend to know what love is for everyone but I can tell you what it is for me; love is knowing all about someone and still wanting to be with them than any other person love is trusting them enough to tell them everything about yourself including the things you might be ashamed of love is feeling comfortable and safe with someone but still getting weak knees when they walk into a room and smile at you”This is exactly what Polkinhorn’s novel is all about the struggle to overcome your demons and let love flood inKarla is an artist but like most magicians with a canvas her talents come at a cost At the age of 5 Karla lost her mother and with it went her peace Andreas is also an artist but instead of painting he carves tombstones Both have issues both are looking for closure and in a ironic turn of fate or an inability to look where they are going they are about to meet but will their instant connection be enough to keep them together? With depression and anger waiting in the wings Karla and Andreas are forced to make a decision face their pasts together or live their hells aloneA few days ago I was dreading having to write this review I was 20% in and bored which is never a good sign but luckily my inability to toss a book regardless of how crappy kicked in and I pushed through I’m very glad I didn’t give up While I undoubtedly enjoyed the first few chapters of this novel my patience began to wear thin when the focus of the novel shifted What I thought was supposed to be a in the most basic term “love story” suddenly turned into a long drawn out battle with daddy issues Thankfully Polkinhorn’s ability to creatively capture the culture and beauty of her settings added brief moments of reprieve from an otherwise excessively wordy section and enticed the reader to keep moving After her stint in Peru however things very uickly got back on track well as on track as you can be for throwing depression abandonment resentment and infidelity at a couple and before I knew it I was sucked back in The writing uality as a whole was wonderful and Polkinhorn’s ability to “write art” was a nice little treat when it was all said in done Her characters though written to have a slew of flaws were nicely detailed and allowed the reader to indulge in their complexitiesAll in all not bad for a book I initially dislikedOne word of warning however if this sounds like the book for you please set aside the appropriate amount of time to read it It is not an easy read and it is long so take your time and be prepared to learn some hard lessonsHappy reading my fellow Kindle ites and remember If you plan on writing secret love letters to people don’t leave them on the table for everyone to see that just screams FAIR GAME


  10. Jo Notary Jo Notary says:

    431p The talented young painter Karla Bocelli is all too familiar with loss When she was five years old her mother died in a car crash in the south of Switzerland Her Peruvian father lives at the other end of the world and a year ago her aunt and guardian passed away Now at age twenty four Karla almost gets hit by a speeding car As if this wasn't fateful enough Andreas the driver turns out to be a sculptor and carver of tombstones In spite of his profession Andreas is anything but morbid uick tempered and intense he exudes a rough and tumble energy After a tumultuous start of their relationship Karla comes to see in Andreas the rock in her life the perfect antidote to her fears of abandonment and bouts of depression Andreas however wrestles with his own ghosts an alcoholic father who abused him as a child and his own fits of anger Together the two artists must confront the demons that haunt them Love of a Stonemason is a story about the struggle of two artists with their past their family their creativity and their love for each other Told from the point of view of Karla it depicts the world through her painter's sensibility It takes the reader on a journey full of sights smells tastes and sounds from the south of Switzerland to Italy and the Peruvian Andes


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