I am very happy that my novel received another lovely and insightful review:
Reading Christa Polkinhorn's Love of a Stonemason is an inner visual experience. Not only will you "see" locales in Switzerland, Peru, and Italy, but also, because her main characters are artists, you'll feel you've toured a gallery of paintings and sculpture.
Karla, the painter, and Andreas, the stonemason, meet in what at first appears to be a typical romance plot device, but it's not. These characters have depth, which the author portrays with sensitivity and realism. The darkness in their pasts threatens the relationship they form. Their torments and troubles drew me in. At times, I wanted to comfort them; at others, I wanted to smack Karla or shake Andreas.
Just when Karla finally faces the last of her demons and deals with it, Andreas' personal hell erupts with full force. Each time, as these characters stumbled, I thought I knew what would come next, but I rarely did.
The author weaves the threads of her story into a beautiful tapestry. This debut novel is a worthwhile read and almost doubles as a vacation escape. Well done.
Linda Cassidy Lewis
Author of The Brevity of Roses
Sunday, May 15, 2011
5 stars for Love of a Stonemason - A true "vacation" book
Born and raised in Switzerland, I have always had the desire to explore the world outside of my beautiful but tiny country. As a young woman, I traveled through Europe, came to the United States on an exchange program, and ended up staying. My travels led me to China and Japan as well as South America. I studied literature and linguistics in Zurich and California. Now, I live and work as writer and translator in southern California and divide my time between the United States and my native Switzerland. The tension and excitement this "double life" creates informs my literary work. Most of my novels take place in several countries. Aside from writing and traveling, I am an avid reader, a lover of the arts, red wine, and dark chocolate. I published three novels, AN UNCOMMON FAMILY, LOVE OF A STONEMASON and EMILIA as well as a collection of poems, PATH OF FIRE. I am working on a fourth novel.