The Good Luck Stone

Haywire. Jul. 2020. 296p. ISBN 9781950182046. pap. $17.95. F
Young Audrey Thorpe was intent on serving her country during World War II when she signed up to be a nurse. At first, being sent to the Philippines was almost like a vacation, with trips to the beach and drinks at the nightclub with her new friends Kat and Penny. That did not last long, and the three friends were thrown into the horror that war brings. Years later, the fragile elegance of 90-year-old Southern socialite Audrey belies the secrets she has kept. With Audrey’s health failing, her family hires Laurel as a day companion, and quickly a close bond forms between the nonagenarian and the young mother. The unexpected arrival of a letter sends Audrey on a dangerous solo journey without any forewarning to her family or to Laurel. With Audrey’s own family unconcerned about where she went, Laurel, worried about Audrey’s health, sets out to find her before anything tragic occurs.
VERDICT Adams’s solid sophomore effort (after Maranatha Road) offers vivid settings and authentic characterizations.

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