Stone Heart

Fiction - Womens
380 Pages
Reviewed on 10/17/2022
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Reviewed by Alex Ndirangu for Readers' Favorite

Why do we still find ourselves in love with those who hurt us? Is it because we still perceive their worth - directly related to how little we value ourselves - or is it a result of unresolved relationship issues? Susan K. Hamilton's Stone Heart is a masterfully crafted narrative that paints an excellent picture of how we sometimes find ourselves not fully in control of who we do or do not want to love. Here, we meet Lauren, a woman who has struggled to get over Danny, her high school ex-boyfriend. These two ex-lovers had opposing views on what they wanted to do with their lives and parted ways after graduation. Lauren, who is now a famous songwriter, has spent years trying to get over him by getting into several romantic relationships and even giving in to a cocaine addiction that nearly destroyed her. Danny, on the other hand, is married to Heather, with whom he has children. However, his marriage is in trouble. Lauren is returning to New York to record a new album, and while she is concerned about the success of her work, Danny is still on her mind despite their long separation. Will Danny pursue his high school sweetheart to reignite their beautiful love, or will he prioritize his family now that he is a father?

I found the plot to be engaging and well-developed. It uses a complex web of character interactions that captures the reader's attention throughout the book. I also appreciated Susan K. Hamilton's systematic approach to revealing specific details, which heightened the tension and kept me on the edge of my seat. The way Stone Heart emphasized the risks and mistrust that come with poor communication in marriage was what I found to be its greatest strength. The author did a great job of describing the events in detail, enabling me to create mental images of the scenes. This gave the book a realistic edge and made it possible for any reader to empathize with the characters' feelings. I even thought Danny was telling the truth when he told Heather that he didn't have any affairs outside their marriage. This excellent character execution led me to shift sides from one character to another as I sympathized with their vulnerability.

Courtnee Turner Hoyle

Stone Heart is a second chance, forbidden romance by Susan K. Hamilton. Lauren Stone has skyrocketed in her music career, far surpassing the expectations of her friends and family, but it has been at a cost to her mental and emotional health, finally causing her lyrics to suffer. Most importantly, she’d left behind her first love, Danny Padovano, and the unresolved feelings from the experience caused her to spiral into addiction before her band members helped her stop using drugs. Years later, Lauren is still in recovery, but she has vivid dreams about Danny, so when she moves back to New York and Danny’s niece, Cole, contacts her, a surprise reunion is orchestrated by a representative, with hopes that Danny will attend with his niece. To her dismay, Lauren finds out Danny has been married for the past thirteen years, but she soon learns that his marriage is rocky.

The story moves along at a medium pace, but Susan K. Hamilton keeps her readers engaged with bits of humor from supporting characters and the steam from Lauren and Danny’s affair. Early on, it was clear that Danny was Lauren’s muse, as her most successful songs were about him. Hamilton feeds the fire of any reader’s mind when they imagine their regrets with past lovers, but the book dives deeper than the affair, showing Lauren’s exceptional growth as she begins to accept the circumstances for her past and present decisions. The notes of steam between Lauren and Danny are strong, but they come to a boil when the two of them finally consummate their long-awaited reunion. I recommend Stone Heart to mature readers, as there are sexual scenes within its pages.

Samantha Gregory

Stone Heart By Susan K Hamilton follows Lauren Stone, a successful singer in the band the Kingmakers, who has plenty of heartbreak in her past to draw on. Years ago, she was in love with a man called Danny, but things ended badly. But a chance encounter with her now married ex, rekindles old flames. They have both grown and changed, but does that mean they can be together now, or are they still a disaster in the making? Lauren spent a long time trying to move on and if she gives in to her feelings now, she could end up destroying her life completely.

Susan K Hamilton has written an entertaining book with Stone Heart. Lauren and Danny really struggle with how things turned out and the people who were hurt along the way. But they are still in love and it is hard to let that go. The story moves at a good pace as Lauren tries to work on her new album while reflecting on her past with Danny. Nothing about their situation is easy and while some stories might gloss over certain issues, the author does deal with the real emotions and hurt that happens when two people get involved and one of them is married to someone else. It is well written and thought-provoking. I think that contemporary romance readers would enjoy this book. I would recommend it.