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 haPhaedra 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.
Rise and Shine Benedict Stone 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 for
I like to write books that warm the heart and soothe the soul and which examine the intricacies of relationships between family and friends no serial killers or brooding thrillers from me I ve always been fascinated by gemstones and the idea for Benedict Stone and his journey came to me from my own Peridot engagement ring I too live in a small village and I liked the idea of someone coming along and shaking up Benedict s staid life, to help him to discover what family really means I hope you enj [...]
Benedict Stone owns a jewellery shop He is estranged from his wife Estelle Alone in the house one night Benedict hears someone knocking at the door Hoping that Estelle has returned, he answers it to find a young stranger on his doorstep The girl is his 16 year old niece, Gemma She tells him she s just arrived from America and she is here to spend the summer with him Gemma and Benedict come to an arrangement, she can stay if she helps him with operation WEB Win Estelle Back.What a heart warming s [...]
A knock on the door in the middle of the night could only mean one thing, right Bad news.If it were Estelle, though, it would be good news so Benedict decided to answer the knock.Much to his surprise, it wasn t Estelle, but Gemma who announced that she was his niece from America and she had lost her purse, her passport, and her phone She wanted to stay with Uncle Ben What else could he say but yes Gemma was a bit on the troublesome side, but she also was good for Benedict since the house was pre [...]
ETA 9 18 17 Just saw that this is also published as Wishes Under The Willow Tree Bummed because for a second I thought it was a second book It s a good thing I had no plans today Once I turned the first page I was hooked Just like her first novel, Patrick has such an honest and uncompromising way of creating characters They draw you in and you immediately care for them, feeling invested in their success.The story follows Benedict, a jeweler in England, whose niece arrives suddenly on his doorste [...]
Another good one by Phaedra Patrick Loved Arthur Pepper and now have a big crush for Benedict Stone Think Language of Flowers meets Man Called Ove meets Harold Fry This will be the next big book club read.
Really heartwarming story and it centers on the various meanings of gemstones and how they effect people Sweet and interesting, it s a quick read that is delightful
I adored Arthur Pepper and imagined coming across him in my travels Now I feel the same way about Benedict Stone When Gemma, the teenaged daughter of his estranged brother, arrives unannounced from America and shows up on the doorstep of Benedict s home in a quiet English village, she shakes up his mundane life He and his wife are separated, his jewelry shop business has declined, and Gemma provides the spark to get things moving again.The author deals with the serious, heartbreaking issue of ch [...]
Another hit for the author of The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper In this one, the titular Benedict, a clueless Brit, is trying to win his wife back Estelle has left him because their marriage is in a rut and she wants to continue evolving as a person and as an artist Benedict s life becomes complicated when his niece Gemma, daughter of his estranged brother Charlie, shows up at his doorstep unannounced It is clear that Gemma is hiding something, but Benedict is blind to her faults because she [...]
Excellent bookThis is just a feel good story It s full of loveable characters and set in a quaint English village It s a really good, relatable story and you really feel like you know the characters Between this book and the Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper, I am now a big fan of Ms Patrick s
This book was light, fun, funny, heartwarming and had the added little history behind different gems This is a perfect summer read.
This poor, sad character, Benedict Stone All he really cares about is his wife, Estelle, and having a family which even sadly, is not going to happen So Benedict eats and eats and eats His life is mundane and sad, very sad Then Estelle leaves him Then he becomes really sad Benedict is so sad that I almost did not want to continue reading this book He is such a loser, but there is something about him that makes you want to read on.Then Gemma comes into his life The daughter of his brother, the o [...]
This book was sweet and endearing I miss the characters already I think both it and The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper would make for precious movies, haha.
Such a wonderful and happy book I love that this book dealt with infertility, there simply isn t enough of it out there and it is a very real thing many people deal with Love love love
This book disappointed I d seen a lot of talk about it, know it s a hot take out at our county library system, but not sure why Reads like a debut novel rather than a second book, the story hews closely to romance novel ethos than general fiction, and although the characters and their actions have moments of intensity, much of the story is telegraphed before it s stated and some activities are repetitious and or over flogged Might check another work by this author to see her progress, but ther [...]
Thanks so much to NetGalley, Park Row Books and Phaedra Patrick for the opportunity to read and review this book I loved The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper and her latest book is another winner The author has the ability to write about relationships in a heartwarming way that just pulls you into the story and the lives of these characters.Benedict is a jeweler in a little England town His wife has just left him for some time to think about the state of their marriage, his business has dwindled [...]
It s a pity people haven t been reading and posting about this book in because I think Phaedra Patrick is a strong contemporary author.Benedict Stone misses his wife, who has left him after years of the two of them trying to have children He misses her terribly, but is having difficulty winning her back His niece from the US shows up unexpectedly on his doorstep, turning his life upside down in a rather unsettling way He hasn t spoken with her father in about 20 years, although not for lack of [...]
I received a free copy via Netgalley in exchange for a honest review.This was a wonderful story with a real feel good factor to it.I just could not put it down.
Oh my goodness, first Arthur Pepper and now Benjamin Stone I could not put Benjamin s story down I just kept reading and falling in love with him Phaedra has an amazing ability to create charming, flawed men who make us love them.
Loved this book Have read both books by this author and can t wait for the next one.
Benedict Stone has settled into a complacent and predictable routine His wife has left him due to his obsession with having children which they have been unsuccessful at so far and his jewelry store is barely surviving That is until Gemma, the teenage daughter of his estranged brother shows up on his doorstep for a visit However as Benedict s confidence and passion for his business grows, secrets and lies threaten to cause everything to come crashing down around him.I enjoyed this book very much [...]
I think that when I wrote my review for The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper, that I might have mentioned that I have a new favorite author, Pahedra Patrick Well, with Rise and Shine Benedict Stone, she stays firmly planted at the top of my list The main character, Benedict Stone, owns a jewelry store He has become rather set in his ways and the love of his life, his wife Emily, has left him He is jolted even further out of his doldrums by the arrival of his niece, Gemma Gemma, is the daughter of [...]
When I first saw this book, I had mixed emotions excited because I had been waiting for another book by this wonderful author who has become one of my favorite authors On the other hand, I was a little apprehensive because I was not sure she would meet or exceed the level she had set in her debut novel, The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper So it was with bated breath that I started reading Rise and Shine, Benedict Stone Have no fear, Phaedra Patrick has once again treated us to a delightful story [...]
What a lovely book I moved right on to The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper.
I got hold of a preview copy and really enjoyed this lovely book It s kind of real life but a bit magical too Benedict is a jeweller who lives in a small village where nothing is going right for him He and his wife want children but they can t have them and have been arguing about it, so she has moved out One night there s a knock on his door and it s his teenage niece Gemma who tells him that she s come to stay They find an old journal in the attic that Benedict s father wrote many years about [...]
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I think I ve read too many dark thrillers recently and was in the mood for something lighter I enjoyed Patrick s debut novel The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper, and I liked this one just as much It tackles issues such as childlessness, family issues etc with a gentle hand, but with depth of feeling I liked Benedict and his niece Gemma s relationship and some of the challenges she encourages forces him to carry out The information on the gemstones was fascinating too I had no idea it might be so [...]
A brilliant story about family, fresh starts and love, told with gentleness and grace.
I thoroughly enjoyed her Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper and gave it five stars I was very disappointed in this one Bummer
Loved the characters
I really loved this, even than Arthur Pepper.