Rocks Don’t Cry (The Home Series #2) by Stephanie Andrassy

November 12, 2013 Adrienne's Reviews, Reviews 0 ★★★★★

This book may be unsuitable for readers under 17 years of age due to sexual content, drug and alcohol use, suicide, and/or violence.
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Rocks Don't Cry by Stephanie Andrassy
Series: Home Series #2
on October 25, 2013
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Paranormal Fantasy, Romance
Pages: 487
Format: eBook
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Since the dawn of time, life has been echoed in stone, proposed truths have been weighed and measured, and breaking up has been hard to do. Melissa knew a time would come when she would have to deal with the secrets she kept, but it was never today - until now. Forced to face some hard truths in order to follow her heart, an old proverb endures: You truly do reap what you sow.

This is the second book in the Home series; a journey which began with the short story, "The White Peacock", and the first book, Just Live, Juliette!

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Rock’s Don’t Cry is book 2 in the Home Series by Stephanie Andrassy.  I am humbled that Stephanie allowed me to beta read again for her.  I had my first beta reading experience with Just Live, Juliette! and I loved it.  I’ve spent over 20 years working for the government as well as private sector editing and proofreading many different kinds of documents as well as publications.  Nothing compares to beta reading a novel.  Knowing how much time, energy, and hard work put into the finished product, makes it all just that much more amazing.  Especially, when you see it all come together, the result being another fantastic story.  Stephanie does this with every book she writes.  I am constantly astounded by her creativity and imagination.

Rock Don’t Cry is not a standalone novel.  You must read the paranormal romance, Just Live, Juliette! to have the background and foundation to understand Rocks Don’t Cry.  Please see my review of Just Live, Juliette! here.

We continue our adventure in the Home series this time by following Willy and Melissa’s journey.  Melissa as you may remember is the twin sister of Miles from Just Live, Juliette! and Willy is Juliette’s new friend whom she helped transition through a dark period of his life.  Melissa must confront her past in order to move forward and her journey is both painful and emotional.  There are circumstances surrounding her past that she’s not only afraid to let go of, but she also harbors an enormous about of guilt.  She carries this guilt and suffers alone until forced to face it.

Willy on the other hand, has confronted his past, accepted everything it entailed, and moved on.  He’s now spends his days rediscovering himself, allowing himself to be free of the burdens that once plagued him.  This is his time for growth, his time for happiness.  Through all of this he’s able to be there for Melissa in a way that no one can.  He helps her to see the world through his eyes.  He gives her the security and comfort she needs to let go of her past and move forward with him.  In return Melissa helps Willy feel young again and she unknowingly guides him towards his true self, a wise, confident, and sexy man.  I absolutely fell in love with Willy.  I found him to be so sweet and shy.  His gestures towards Melissa so innocent and yet full of love.  Watching his growth in Rocks Don’t Cry was heart warming.

I wanted to hug and squeeze Willy!

One of the things that I admire about Stephanie’s writing, is her ability to weave such an intricate story.  The Home Series will be a journey of epic proportions and Stephanie has already laid out the basic foundation however, I believe we’ve only seen the tip of the iceberg.  We’ve been introduced to quite a few characters, each and every one of them has a story to be told.  We only have a few pieces to this puzzle so far and whether or not they all get a book, remains to be seen however, I know that Stephanie will bring everything full circle.

I hope my review encourages you to take a chance with Stephanie Andrassy’s writing.  Her style is unique and ambitious.  It’s highly descriptive and even quirky.  How can you go wrong with chapter titles such as; Myrtle the Turtle, Toilets and Squishy Seagulls, and my personal favorite Bell Bottoms and Shag Carpet (which I may or may not have had a hand in naming!).

I guarantee you will laugh, you will cry, you will wish you could climb into this book and become a part of this amazing group of characters.

*A copy of this book was kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*

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BUY LINKS

Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/Rocks-Dont-Home-Stephanie-Andrassy-ebook/dp/B00G4U6SQ0/?tag=08151998-20

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Just Live, Juliette

Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/Just-Live-Juliette-Stephanie-Andrassy-ebook/dp/B00D2YEXJU/?tag=08151998-20

Smashwords:  https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/320773?ref=eahbalice1

Barnes and Noble:  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/just-live-juliette-stephanie-andrassy/1115550864?ean=2940044561656

About Stephanie Andrassy

I always knew at a very young age that I would have a life-long love affair with the written word. My first favorite book was “Horton Hears a Who”. Imagine another world existing on a tiny spec of dust! I quickly learned that I was fascinated with the fact that printed words on a page had the magical ability to fill your head with such wonderful ideas. And then I met the classic fairy tales, along with the “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” and “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” – what incredibly imaginative stuff. “The Swiss Family Robinson”, “Encyclopedia Brown”, “The Hardy Boys”, and Judy Blume – I was hooked on reading.

When I was ten, I wrote to author, Allan W. Eckert, to rave about his book, “Incident at Hawk’s Hill”, and to ask him some questions about his life as an author. To my surprise and complete thrill, he wrote back! Authors were human! At twelve, I not only volunteered after school in the school’s library (surrounded by all those books), but I proved the “authors are human” theory by participating in a future authors program; writing and illustrating my first book. Our books were not published, but they were professionally bound in hard cover and we held readings in the school library, sharing our books with the younger grades. I still have this first masterpiece, proudly displaying it on my bookshelf.

Over the years, the words of many great authors (too many to mention) have been invited to take up residency in my mind. John Wyndham’s, “The Chrysalids”, thrilled me. “Lord of the Flies” made me think in terms of ‘what if’. I devoured Tolkien and Silverberg. “A Farewell to Arms” made me cry. “Peony”, by Pearl S. Buck, fascinated me. I also quickly fell in love with Austen and Bronte, read Danielle Steele for years, and have enjoyed all of Dan Brown’s work. I continue to read – romance, fantasy, and chick lit, as well as mystery and suspense, parenting books, psychology, theology, and sociology reads. In fact, there is not much I won’t indulge in (except horror).

Encouraged to pursue an education and career, I obtained a B.A. in Settlement Studies from the University of Guelph, and then embarked on a fifteen year career in social housing. I continued to write, secretly daring to dream that someday I would write a novel that would see the light of day while I trudged along in the day-to-day that we all experience. My debut novel, Noble Lies, a fantasy/suspense romance, is the first of my written works to be released out into the world as a self-published ebook (September 2012), now joined by paranormal romance short story, The White Peacock (March 2013), and paranormal romance novel Just Live, Juliette! (May 2013).

Authors tend to write the types of stories that they enjoy and I gravitate towards books with substance that allow me to grow as a person, to experience aspects of life I would never see on my own, and/or that allow me to escape into the magical recesses of my imaginative mind. It is no surprise, then, that my writing leans towards real life, sometimes contorted into a dreamscape of fantasy and fairy tale, sprinkled with suspense and grit, and iced with romance.

I presently live in southern Ontario, Canada, with my family, where further works are well underway.

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