So it is from La Fantasie Russie's workshop that young, ambitious Opaline Duplessi now spends her time making trench watches for soldiers at the front, as well as mourning jewelry for the mothers, wives, and lovers of those who have fallen. People say that Opaline's creations are magical. But magic is a word Opaline would rather not use. The concept is too closely associated with her mother Sandrine, who practices the dark arts passed down from their ancestor La Lune, one of sixteenth century Paris's most famous courtesans.
But Opaline does have a rare gift even she can't deny, a form of lithomancy that allows her to translate the energy emanating from stones. Certain gemstones, combined with a personal item, such as a lock of hair, enable her to receive messages from beyond the grave. 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.
- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: Atria Books (19 July 2016)
The chapters I struggled with included the character of Anna whom I just couldn't connect with although I wanted to. The chapters covering Russia again I just found distracted me. All I wanted was to stay in Paris with the young lovers surrounded by art museums and cemeteries but that's probably just me!
You will find beautiful love stories, some unrequited, some supernatural, some heartbreaking but overall The Secret Language of Stones will captivate and enchant you.