Stone Creek

Author: Victoria Lustbader

Publisher: Harper

Release Date: May 2008

Blue Ribbon Rating: 4.5

Format: PRINT

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After almost a decade of marriage, Lily and Paul’s relationship is falling apart.  Lily’s infertility and Paul’s autocratic decision for them to remain childless has eaten away at Lily until she feels she no longer knows herself or the husband she once loved so desperately.  Her restlessness prompts her to spend the coming summer alone at their summer house in upstate New York.  While Paul is deeply immersed in a large case his legal firm has just taken on, Lily feels a need to put both a physical and emotional distance between them.

One year ago Danny’s beloved wife Tara died suddenly. Danny is still reeling from the grief and debilitating loss.  The only thing that has kept him going is his and Tara’s son, Caleb.  But the strain of dealing with his unappeasable mother-in-law and the impending anniversary of Tara’s death are wearing on him.


When Danny and Lily meet, they feel an instant and undeniable connection, as if they’ve known each other forever. Though they both know they can’t act on the underlying attraction, they are still compelled to spend time together, and develop a friendship that soothes the jagged emotions both have been carrying inside.  Adding to the mix is Caleb, who has also developed a mutual attachment to Lily.  The story that unfolds is a poignant tale of the pain of loving, of loss, and of living.


Emotional and gripping, STONE CREEK is a story that will immediately pull you in and immerse you in the character’s world.  The author’s words draw a heartbreaking picture of two people trying to deal with life when it has handed them more burdens than they can bear.  Danny and Lily are each compelling characters on their own, but together they will make you weep and wish for all of the could-have-beens along with them.  The emotions and thoughts prompted by this story will stay with you long after the final pages, and keep you pondering all of the twists and turns to Lily and Danny’s relationships.  This is a fantastic book that would be an excellent choice for a book club.

By Romance Junkies Reviewer: Leigh

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