Knowledge Base Glossary    Contact Us
Browse by Category
Knowledge Base .: Archives Fiction and Non-Fiction Reviews .: General Fiction .: Reviewers- Bookpleasures Team .: Hearts of Stone

Hearts of Stone

Author: Kathleen Ernst

ISBN: 0-525-47686-5


Occasionally, you find a book so captivating that you read it in one sitting. Hearts of Stone is one of those books—I literally didn’t put it down until I finished it.

At just fifteen, Hannah Cameron finds herself the head of her family. It’s 1861 and Hannah’s life on Cumberland Mountain (Tennessee) has changed forever. Her father, a Union soldier, is already dead—sacrificed to the civil war. Her mother is dead—a victim of a weak heart and too much work. When the neighbors plan to split the Cameron children between several farm families, Hannah says no thank you and takes fate into her own hands. She leads her younger brother and sisters through the mountains to Nashville. Her aunt lives there and surely, she’ll take them in and keep them together, as a family. Of course, that’s not what happens.

Over the next several months, the turmoil of the Civil War throws everything it can at Hannah—starvation, homelessness, abuse, crime, terrorism, and more. However, the story is Hannah’s struggle to keep her family and alive and together—it is not a story about the Civil War. The war is just a backdrop. Author Kathleen Ernst expertly spins Hannah’s coming of age during difficult times, but Hannah’s story would work in any time period. The war simply serves as the catalyst that stirs up the troubles that torment Hannah.

Hannah’s story is often tragic—just like life. Through it all, Hannah remains true to herself and to the principles passed down to her by her parents. Although tempted, she never forgets where she comes from and what really matters. Ernst’s Hannah is real enough to be inspiration without being preachy or pretentious. She’s just a young girl struggling to survive.

This book is a girl’s story, don’t give it to a boy, and expect him to enjoy it. However, girls from pre-teens to grandmothers will love it.

The above review was contributed by: Susan Sales Harkins:  Software consultant and the author of several articles and books on database technologies. She and her husband, William, collaborate on children's non-fiction. Click Here to read more of Susan’s Reviews

Related Articles

article Hearts
Click Here To Purchase Hearts      Author: Perry E. ZenonISBN: 1-58982-351-6 With its riveting audacious start depicting the most gruesome of crimes, Perry E. Zenon’s debut novel Hearts

(No rating)  9-6-2008    Views: 4078   
article Meet Perry E. Zenon author of Hearts
  Today, Norm Goldman Publisher & Editor of is pleased to have as our guest, Perry E. Zenon author of Hearts.

(No rating)  9-6-2008    Views: 6997   
article The Art of Winning Commitment: The 10 Ways Leaders Can Engage Minds, Hearts, and Spirits
Author: Dick RichardsISBN: 0-8144-0785-4 The following review was contributed by: Roger E. Herman & click to view Roger E. Herman's Reviews

(No rating)  11-30-2004    Views: 5400   
article The Mountain of Stone
Author: Christy Davis  ISBN: 1 4184 1796 3The following review was contributed by: Molly Martin & CLICK TO VIEW  Molly Martin's Reviews

(No rating)  8-11-2005    Views: 4872   
article Stone Pizza
Author: Susan K. MitchellIllustrated by McNevin HayesPublisher: The RGU GroupISBN-10: 1-891795-26-0  Stone Pizza is a children’s picture book for children ages 4 to 12.  A hardback book with a cover that is beautifully illustrated with a coyote on the cover wearing a purple bandanna with yellow polka-dots, a pair of green sunglasses and holding a stone pizza. A delightful tale involving the critters of the desert where food is hard to find.  Coyote finds no hospitality when he wanders into...

(No rating)  4-29-2007    Views: 5424   
article Stone Pizza
Author: Susan K. MitchellISBN: 978-1-891795-26-8Publisher: The RGU GroupYou Can Purchase This Book From Amazon  Stone Pizza is a humorous and realistic retelling of the Stone Soup fable. The characters live in the desert, where it’s hot and food is scarce. Every one’s starving, but only coyote is clever enough to put a meal together that satisfies everyone. He begins with nothing more than a flat stone and the curiosity of several skeptical and wary bystanders.  It doesn’t take long for the...

(No rating)  7-21-2007    Views: 4419   
article A Dark Oval Stone
Author: Marsena KonkleISBN: 1-55725-427-3The following review was contributed by: Mary Simmons:  Click Here To Read Mary's ReviewsTo read Mary's Interview With Author Marsena Konkle CLICK HERE Exploring loss and grief and their effects on a person's hope and faith, Marsena Konkle's debut novel, 'A Dark Oval Stone' is a haunting read that will captivate you from the first sentence to the last.Its protagonist, Miriam Kovatch, has experienced more loss than one person can be expected to endure....

(No rating)  4-1-2006    Views: 5379   
article THE VISION:Book One in the Green Stone of Healing Series
Author:  C. L. Talmadge Publisher:  Quiet Storm PublishingISBN:  0-9744084-9-2 The following review was contributed by  Emily ShafferA long time ago, right here on Earth, a civilization not much different from our own existed on the small island of Azgard.  Unfortunately, their problems are all too familiar as well:  war, racism, sexism, power plays, unrequited love, and plenty of dangerous secrets.  In this society, the dark-skinned Toltecs are the ruling class, the light-skinned Turanians...

(No rating)  5-29-2005    Views: 7931   
article Interview With Marsena Konkle Author of A Dark Oval Stone
Author: Marsena KonkleISBN: 1-55725-427-3The following interview was contributed by: Mary Simmons:  Click Here To Read Mary's ReviewsTo read Mary's Review of A Dark Oval Stone CLICK HEREMary: In 'A Dark Oval Stone' your main character, Miriam, experiences a lot of loss in her life. What inspired you to tackle this subject matter in yournovel?Marsena: When I first began this novel, I really had no idea what it was going to be about.  In fact, I wrote and rewrote the first chapter for about a...

(No rating)  4-1-2006    Views: 6280   

User Comments

No comments have been posted.

.: Powered by Lore 1.5.2