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A Tumbled Stone by Marcia Laycock is the sequel to her first novel One Smooth Stone. I loved the first book and was anxious to read the second installment. I wasn’t disappointed. A Tumbled Stone introduces Andrea, a fostered teenager who has struggled all her life to fit in while living on a farm in rural Saskatchewan. When she finds that she is pregnant, she decides to run away to the city. The book also follows the life of Alex Perrin (Donnelly), whose adventures and oftentimes traumatic discoveries are laid out in book one. It is at the end of One Smooth Stone that we discover Alex has a sister, and you guessed correctly – it’s Andrea. A Tumbled Stone is primarily Andrea’s story, however, but woven throughout is Alex’s search for her. If you enjoyed the first book you won’t want to miss this one. I would recommend reading book one, though, before delving into book two, since there are lots of references that might lose meaning if you haven’t. 


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No pets at  my house, but, I've always enjoyed dogs.. Especially golden labs.

I would enjoy reading this book.

Congrats to Kate Burlakoff your name was drawn for the gift card.

Below are people who requested a Review copy of A Tumbled Stone 

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Connie Saunders

Deana Dick

Terrill Rosado

Julie Barrett

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A Tumbled Stone by Marcia Lee Laycock
Book starts out with Andrea in the Saschehwan wilds where she lives with her foster parents.
She's in charge of the farm animals and they are cruel and it's hard work.
Desolate praries and barren lands and she's pregnant from her boyfriend and she will be leaving for a year to stay with the sister of the foster mother.
Story also follows Alex and he's on his way to find his sister-he assumes she was also put in foster care when they were younger.
Alernating chapters and Andrea learns from her new location that God is not mad at her and she has friends who help her understand God.
Alex and his wife are on the trail and know where she was prior to leaving the area...
Andrea brings them all together over time and she has choices and many options from all directions. Like that the characters are not all thrown together in one big lump but gradually so you can get their story down before others are introduced.
Like the fact that family matters and how it helps here. Love how they list the pro and cons of the situation and it helps clear her mind, also praying to God.
Love what the stone does for her...Story has a bit of everything for your reading pleasure: romance, travel, family situations, mysteries, and forgiveness.
Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.
Received this review copy from the author via The Book Club Network and this is my honest opinion.

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Thank you so much, Marcia, for this amazing novel!

A Tumbled Stone is the intense, heartrending sequel to the author’s equally compelling novel, One Smooth Stone. While it could be read as a standalone, I think readers will appreciate A Tumbled Stone much better if read after One Smooth Stone. The characters are engaging and likable, with realistic dialog and faith challenges. The changes in the lives of Kenni, Alex, and Stan are astounding. I was happy to see them again! This novel focuses on Andrea and her foster parents.


Alex Perrin learns he has a younger sister, and from that moment, he and Kenni, who had tracked him down, search for her. The now-retired detective, Stan Sorensen, who had once sought Alex in a criminal matter that he was found innocent of, is a PI. They pool their various sources to find Andrea, who could be anywhere. As they begin the search, Alex feels a sudden urgency to locate her as soon as possible.


Andrea has had an okay life with her foster parents. Earl and Edna have not demonstrated love or affection between themselves or for Andrea who is currently is being sent to her aunt’s for a few months. Unbeknownst to Earl, she is pregnant, and the plan is for her to carry the baby, give it up for adoption, and return home. The baby’s father is out of the picture.


Andrea left on her own, going as far by bus as she had money for. She miraculously meets Evie, owner of Evie’s Rocky Road Diner when Evie needed a waitress. She gets the job, and employees are allowed a room to live in upstairs in from the diner. Edna is crushed to find Andrea has left, however, she and Andrea may be able to bond in a most unique way while they are apart.


Watching the characters throughout this book is like seeing the kind of people who came to Jesus in the New Testament. Whether or not they know they are broken, their needs are plain to the Master, and He shapes each tumbled stone through their circumstances. Some circumstances were especially emotional for this reader as there were feelings and moments mirroring past snippets of my life and I would guess, probably those of other readers. The characters are drawn with care with regards to soul, spirit, mind, and body!


The most outstanding feature of this novel is how the Lord is glorified throughout. The author designs characters who are just like many readers, certainly many Christians, broken in ways that lead them to think that they are beyond the help or love of God. She shows how God can take what is left when we come to Him and use it for His kingdom purposes, for His glory. The plot twists and miracles bear His signature. Each chapter was unpredictable, there were very pleasant surprises of God’s work and surprises that could break one’s heart in the very next chapter. I was very satisfied with and astonished by the ending, and highly recommend this to any Christian who appreciates well-written Christian fiction.


From a grateful heart: I was given this eBook by Book Fun (The Book Club Network) and here is my honest review.

Thanks so much for this wonderful review, Jeanie. You have no idea how encouraging it is! Blessings, Marcia

This is a story that touches on so many issues of our society today--abusive parents, foster care that doesn't always work, teen pregnancy, abortion, and the feelings of helplessness and hopelessness that young people often endure. Author Marcia Laycock has been able to convey all of this in A Tumbled Stone but I would never label it as a book that depresses because, along with these relevant issues, we are offered a glimpse of the power of God's love and His unfailing Grace. I loved the analogy of rough stones held in our hands that are made smooth by the constant rubbing of our fingers. No matter how flawed we are and no matter how deep the ruts in our lives may be, we can be made smooth and perfect through the constant presence of God. He knows each one of us and He holds each of our lives in His Hands! I appreciate that even as the author offers readers this assurance she is able to do it in a "non-preachy" manner. I recommend this A Tumbled Stone to anyone who enjoys stories with a message.

I received a complimentary e-book from the author and Book Club Network but I was not obligated to submit a review.

Thank you for allowing me to read and review this book. My review was posted on Amazon, CBD, Barnes & Noble and Goodreads. The CBD link isn't live yet and Amazon hasn't published it.
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Thanks so much, Connie. I greatly appreciate the time you took to post this review. Blessings, Marcia


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