Rise and Shine, Benedict Stone by Phaedra Patrick
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It does bear some resemblance to the author’s first book, but it lacks the charm and genuine eccentricity of the earlier effort.
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Phaedra Patrick's debut novel, The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper, was hailed as "poignant" and "utterly endearing." Now she returns with Rise and Shine, Benedict Stone, a gem of a novel about family, forgiveness and one man's second chance at happiness. 

Moonstone for empathy. Azurite for memories. Lapis lazuli for truth… In the quiet village of Noon Sun, Benedict Stone has settled into a complacent and predictable routine. Business at his jewelry shop has dried up; his marriage is on the rocks. His life is in desperate need of a jump start… 

And then a surprise arrives at his door. 

Gemma is Benedict's audacious teenage niece—the daughter of his estranged brother, Charlie. The two Stone brothers had a falling out and haven't spoken in almost two decades, since Charlie left for America. Reckless and stubborn, Gemma invites herself into Benedict's world and turns his orderly life upside down. But she might just be exactly what he needs to get his life back on track… 

Filled with colorful characters and irresistible charm, Rise and Shine, Benedict Stone is a luminous reminder of the unbreakable bonds of family, and shows that having someone to embrace life with is always better than standing on your own.

 

About Phaedra Patrick

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Phaedra Patrick studied art and marketing and has worked as a stained glass artist, film festival organizer and communications manager. She is a prize-winning short story writer and now writes full time. She lives in the UK with her husband and son. THE CURIOUS CHARMS OF ARTHUR PEPPER is her debut novel.
 
Published June 1, 2017 by MIRA. 368 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Romance. Fiction
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Kirkus

Below average
on Mar 21 2017

It does bear some resemblance to the author’s first book, but it lacks the charm and genuine eccentricity of the earlier effort.

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Reviewed by Ruta Arellano on Apr 02 2017

Ms. Patrick enlivens her characters with foibles and quirks. Her scenes are full of color and details that will delight the reader.

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Above average
Reviewed by Jayne on Jun 09 2017

I could see most everything on its way towards me. There were no surprises and nice though the read is, it wasn’t really riveting or nail biting. It’s sweet but like most sugar, the effect will soon fade from memory.

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