M. J. Rose

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July 19-28


The Secret Language of Stones

The Secret Language of Stones

(historical fiction)

 Release date: July 19, 2016
by Atria Books/Simon & Schuster

ISBN: 978-1-4767-7809-9
320 pages

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Nestled deep within Paris’s historic Palais Royal, safe inside La Fantasie Russie’s once-bustling workshop, young, ambitious Opaline Duplessi spends her days making trench watches for soldiers at the front and mourning jewelry for the mothers, wives, and lovers of those who have fallen. Opaline has a rare gift, a form of lithomancy that allows her to translate the energy emanating from stones. Certain gemstones enable her to receive messages from beyond. In her mind, she is no mystic, but merely a messenger giving voice to soldiers who died before they were able to properly express themselves to loved ones. Until one day, one of these fallen soldiers communicates a message—directly to her. So begins a dangerous journey that will take Opaline into the darkest corners of wartime Paris and across the English Channel, where the exiled Romanov dowager empress is waiting to discover the fate of her family.

Full of romance, seduction, and a love so powerful it reaches beyond the grave, The Secret Language of Stones is yet another “entrancing read that will long be savored” (Library Journal, starred review).
“Spellbinding.” —Alyson Richman, author of The Lost Wife
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mj-roseM.J. Rose
grew up in New York City
exploring the labyrinthine galleries
of the Metropolitan Museum
and the dark tunnels and lush gardens of Central Park
—and reading her mother’s favorite books
before she was allowed.
She is the author of more than a dozen novels,
the co-president and founding board member of International Thriller Writers,
and the founder of the first marketing company for authors, AuthorBuzz.com.
She lives in Greenwich, Connecticut.

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Diary of an Eccentric

Rose is truly a painter of words.
It was a beautifully written page-turner from start to finish, and one of my favorite books I’ve read this year.
The Secret Language of Stones is M.J. Rose at her best. There are so many layers to this story, and the characters and descriptions are so well done that I wasn’t ready for it to end.
Rose is a fantastic storyteller, and The Secret Language of Stones is a definite on my Best of 2016 list.

Just One More Chapter

MJ Rose has fast become one of my favorite authors, she has a wonderful way with words.  With a distinct writing style, that sounds poetic at times.
The Secret Language of Stones is a compelling story of  love and lost during wartime.
My interest is peaked to see what happens next.
Definitely a series and author I highly recommend.

Savvy Verse & Wit

Rose’s characters are dynamic and strong-willed women who navigate the unknown and often dark mysteries of the worlds beyond reality. Rose packs her narrative with history and artistry in a way that will fully absorb readers from page one.

Queen of All She Reads

Using the darkness of World War I, and the political, social and emotional upheaval it caused, Ms. Rose makes you feel as if you are in Paris through one if it’s most difficult periods.
Still, this is Paris and Ms. Rose reminds us of its beauty and charm, a beauty and charm that no war can fully destroy.
Ms. Rose’s voice as an author is well established and highly enjoyable.

From L.A. to LA

This book had all I’ve come to expect with Rose’s books. A bit of eerie magical-ness mixed with historical fiction. There’s a few passionate love scenes, and of course it ends with a somewhat surprising ending.
I know I’ll be coming back to Rose’s work again.

I’m Lost in Books

Much like the previous book, The Witch of Painted Sorrows, I immediately fell in love with both M.J. Rose’s writing and the main character.
M.J. Rose has really been honing her craft and the writing is beautiful.

A Holland Reads

The author always has a way of drawing you into her books and the next thing you know you are lost in another time and place. She has a way with her words that includes such detail that you feel like you are really a part of the story.
I felt as if I was really in Paris.

History from a Woman’s Perspective

This book has a romance, mystery, and a beautiful ghost-story. I really like how it was set in WWI.
The writing is very beautiful and the story was entertaining.
I recommend this story to anyone who is interested in the Romanovs, WWI love stories, and suspenseful, paranormal stories.

The author did a great job with the setting of the book.
The author created so many emotions with this book it was easy to be transported to that world while reading.
I loved the ending of this book.

Poof Books

THE SECRET LANGUAGE OF STONES is my favorite M.J. Rose novel to date.
Pick up this or another novel from M.J. Rose if you like a historical fiction backdrop with characters that are well-developed and a glimmer of something magical.

Book Nerd

I really enjoyed “The Secret Language of Stones” by M.J. Rose.  I enjoy books set during WW I and Rose’s characters always feel real and developed.
Rose is a very unique author who blends characterizations well with plot and this book was no exception.

Svetlana’s Reads and Views

What I really liked was getting to know France during the Great War and learning even more about it. I also found it interesting to see how White Russians learned and survived after the Romanov Dynasty had died out.


All in all, I loved this book and would have wanted to know what happens next. I look forward to the next book!

From L.A. to LA

This book had all I’ve come to expect with Rose’s books. A bit of eerie magical-ness mixed with historical fiction. There’s a few passionate love scenes, and of course it ends with a somewhat surprising ending.
I know I’ll be coming back to Rose’s work again.

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