Book Review: Flowers And Stone by Jan Sikescategories: Book, Texas Music, Texas Honky-Tonks, Crime, Passion, Country Band, Music History, Past Life, Love
Jan Sikesabout this book: Flowers and Stone was the first book of the series of true stores about veteran Texas musician, Luke Stone, and young Darlina Flowers.
This book is set in the middle of the Texas honky-tonk scene in 1970. Darlina is fresh away from a restricted religious home and wants to try everything that has been forbidden. Luke Stone, sixteen years her senior, has been playing the honky-tonk circuit all over Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and on to California for more years than he cares to remember. He's a good man who has made a career out of making bad decisions and has two failed marriages under his belt.
The two meet and fall deeply into passion, with that passion igniting into an ever-burning flame of true love.
The bad decisions catch up to them and fate splits them apart, landing Luke behind bars.
I wrote this very personal story about my late husband, Rick Sikes, and myself. It was difficult to write and the only way I could back far away enough from it to tell it was to give us fictitious names. So, Luke Stone and Darlina Flowers came alive, thus the title of the first book.
I think anyone who enjoys reading a love story with many twists and turns will enjoy this book. The message conveyed in the book is to believe with all of your heart in love when it comes your way!
I also released a music CD along with this book that coincides with the time period of the story. That CD is titled Rick Sikes and the Rhythm Rebels - Early Recordings and are songs taken off 45 rpm records recorded in the 60s.
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Escapism at its best?
by author Sarah StuartI thought so when I first read this book earlier this year. It was only when I came to write a review and saw the one written by George Martin I realised it is a true story, albeit the names have been changed.
I accepted it as the fiction I believed it to be and was utterly captivated... worried for Darlina, the naïve young heroine, and yet enchanted by the older, troubled, man with whom she falls in love.
Either way you take it, as reality or fiction, it's a book you shouldn't miss, and one I intend to read again before I download the next in the series.
Video 1: Flowers And Stone by Jan Sikes
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