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Reviewed by Emily White for Readers' Favorite
Flowers and Stone by Jan Sikes is a historical fiction and romance rolled into one enticing true story. It shares an intense love story that takes place in the loud and fun Texas honky-tonks in 1970. Darlina Flowers isn't prepared for any man to come storming into her life, especially musician Luke Stone. But their love for each other is intense, immediate, and deep. Good thing, because the two lovers are soon ripped apart in the ultimate test of strength, will power, and love. Life is sometimes hard and luck is sometimes down. But Darlina and Luke love each other and hope, beg, and pray, that their love is enough to carry them through the injustices of their lives.
Flowers and Stone is based on the true lives of Rick and Jan Sikes. Jan Sikes does a nice job presenting the story and the text is well-written and informational. The writing was smart and accurate. I liked how Luke's character was deep. All of his actions seemed true to his character and I thought he was fleshed out well and seemed very realistic. Likewise, the love story was well portrayed. I related to the two characters and felt as if their love for one another was real. I was especially moved by Darlina's emotions toward Luke and the circumstances that kept them apart. I liked the historical aspects of this story as well. The musical scene in Texas was very well written. I could almost hear the music as it moved off the pages.