The Good Luck Stone by Heather Bell Adams
"A plot-perfect page turner ... Adams has hit the sweet spot, mastering a literary tone with commercial pacing ... a screen-worthy winner and a book club bullseye."
—Julie Cantrell, New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of Perennials and The Feathered Bone
''Telling a story from the heart is Heather Bell Adams' specialty. The Good Luck Stone captures the complicated layers of friendship between women in two time periods, their losses and loves and the choices that bind them together, for good or bad. Her deft use of detail paints the beauty of modern-day Savannah with breathtaking clarity, and brings to light the horrors faced in the Pacific during WWII. But it is her tender portrayal of the desperate journey of Audrey and Laurel that will grab the reader from the first page, defining the complexities of keeping a promise and what it means to be, and to have, a friend.''
—Kimberly Brock, award-winning author of The River Witch
Her desperate decision during World War II changed everything. Now, 70 years later, her secret is unraveling.
At ninety years old, Audrey Thorpe still lives in a historic mansion on palm-tree-lined Victory Drive, determined to retain her independence. But when her health begins to fade, her family hires a part-time caretaker, Laurel. The two women seem to bond-until Audrey disappears. Unbeknownst to Laurel, Audrey has harbored a secret since her time as a nurse in the South Pacific during World War II. As the story moves between the verdant jungles of the war-torn Philippines and the glitter of modern-day Savannah, friendships new and old are tested. Along the way, Audrey grapples with one of life's heart-wrenching truths: You can only outrun your secrets for so long.
Heather Bell Adams is the award-winning author of Maranatha Road. Her short stories and scholarship have appeared in numerous literary magazines and reviews. A native of Hendersonville, North Carolina, she currently is an attorney living in Raleigh.