|Heartstone (2005) [Novel]|
by D. C. Brod
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(From the publisher):
Heartstone weaves elements of the Arthurian legend into a contemporary quest tale in which a young woman seeks the truth behind her father's disappearance and the mysterious stone he left her. Maxine Pike teaches English and folklore at a community college on Chicago's north side where she lives with an over-sized dog and vague aspirations.
Shortly after learning her archaeologist father is missing and presumed dead, she becomes custodian of the strange-colored stone he left her. Immediately she begins searching for answers: what happened to her father and what is the story behind the stone? Events are set in motion that will test her courage and faith and force her to redefine her own reality.
However, there are others who lay claim to the stone. There's the young man who believes he's its rightful guardian, and the wealthy psychologist and aspiring media mogul who has far-reaching plans that hinge on the stone and is willing to use anything and anyone to get his hands on it.
Along the way, Max receives some unexpected help from mysterious friends of her father's and, perhaps most unexpected, from her older sister, Olivia. Max's journey will take her from Chicago to London and finally to Alyssum, a remote island off Land's End, and to the reclusive man who owns the island. It is here that she learns the stone's fate and confronts her own destiny.
Original title: Heartstone
Genre: Fiction→ Fantasy→ Saga, Myth, and Legend→ Arthurian Legend
Fiction→ Crime and Mystery→ Arcane And Academic Thrillers