THE SECRET LANGUAGE OF STONES



"Mesmerizing, complex... evocative." PW

"Poetic writing and passion ooze off the page, making this Rose's best novel." AP

"Haunting, spellbinding, captivating...masterful.. a novel that enchants. So carefully crafted and beautifully written, readers will believe in the magical possibilities of love transcending time." RT Reviews, TOP PICK 4 1/2 Stars

"M.J. Rose's bewitching novel The Secret Language of Stones explores the devastation of war upon the hearts of those who remain. In this tale set in World War I Paris, a young female jeweler with magical gifts learns to listen to the stones she works with, providing comfort to bereaved women by sharing their loved ones' messages. In doing so, she learns to listen to her own heart, as well, when one of the stones speaks directly to her. Can Opaline possibly be in love with a dead soldier? A fantastic historical tale of war, love, loss, and intrigue, enhanced by vivid period detail." —Melanie Benjamin, New York Times-Bestselling author of The Swans of Fifth Avenue and The Aviator's Wife

"A haunting story of love and espionage in World War I Paris that both surprises and delights." —Lauren Willig, New York Times-bestselling author of The Other Daughter

"A spellbinding ghost story that communicates the power of love and redemption through Rose's extraordinary, magical lens." —Alyson Richman, internationally bestselling author of The Lost Wife

"M.J. Rose is simply one of the master storytellers of historical fiction; in The Secret Language of Stones, she serves up yet another feast of history and enchantment, as a jewelry maker creates a passionate, otherworldly connection to a soldier lost on the battlefields of the First World War." —Beatriz Williams, New York Times-bestselling author of A Certain Age

"A dazzling mix of history, mystery and mystical arts . . . Rose's paranormal historical bewitches from start to finish. Her amazing ability to make her story line believable and her extraordinary protagonist relatable result in an unforgettable psychic thriller." Library Journal (Starred review)

"An exciting mix of adventure, intrigue, and romance in this thrilling historical tale." Booklist

"Rose follows up The Witch of Painted Sorrows (2015) with Sandrine's daughter's story, set against the tragic yet exquisite canvases of Paris, the Great War, and the Russian Revolution, and offers fascinating historical tidbits in the midst of bright, imaginative storytelling and complex, supernatural worldbuilding. A compelling, heart-wrenching, creative, and intricate read." Kirkus

"A unique, hauntingly romantic love story that could only come from the imagination of M.J. Rose. This absorbing, richly rendered novel is one you'll want to savor." NYT bestseller Lara Adrian

"The most powerful book I've read this year! Seductive, compelling, and beautifully written." NYT bestseller Melissa Foster

"Beautifully crafted elegance... dark romance magically distinguished by the light of true talent shining through." Providence Journal


WHAT BOOKSELLERS ARE SAYING
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"Filled to overflowing with mystery, tension and intrigue—the trademark signs of another great novel from MJ Rose. What a ride!"
AUNTIE'S BOOKSTORE - SPOKANE, WA

"How can I not be excited by a ghost story that has love, passion, romance, played out against the backdrop of WW1 Paris? M.J. Rose has delivered another impressive novel."
MITCHELL KAPLAN, BOOKS AND BOOKS, CORAL GABLES, FL

"Once again, M.J. Rose plunges readers into her very own historical Paris - intimate, mystical, sensual, and overflowing with romantic suspense."
PAMELA GRATH, DOG EARS BOOKS NORTHPORT, MI

"Magic and intrigue collide as a young descendant of the powerful witch known as La Lune is called upon to save a Romanov from Bolshevik spies operating in war torn Paris."
PAULA LONGHURST, THE KING'S ENGLISH BOOKSTORE SALT LAKE CITY, UT

"Full of romance, espionage and seduction, The Secret Language of Stones is a dark and sexy novel which will leave you breathless."
BESS BLEYAERT, MCLEAN & EAKIN, PETOSKEY, MI

"M. J. Rose is an amazing author! She expertly crafts a story that I just cannot put down until it is finished. She blends history with a bit of believable supernatural suspense. Her stories are brilliantly researched and I always learn something from her books. They are unforgettable stories and I highly recommend her books. The Secret Language of Stones is magnificent!"
CHERYL KRAVETZ, CLASSIC BOOKSHOP, PALM BEACH, FL

"This journey has all the compelling and intriguing elements of a well-crafted novel, such as messages from the dead, Bolsheviks in the underground of Paris, crossing the English Channel to aid the Dowager Empress of Russia, erotic visits from a spirit, and finding true love...hauntingly perfect."
THERESA DUNCAN, BOOK EXCHANGE, MARIETTA, GA

"A completely engrossing story. I loved the descriptions of the jewelry, and the ending was perfectly satisfying. I can't wait to hear more about the magical Daughters of La Lune!"
KYM HAVENS, AN UNLIKELY STORY BOOKSTORE, PLAINVILLE, MA

"Weaving a little magic with history makes Secret Language of Stones shine. For readers who cannot get enough of the Romanovs, here's your fix. Intrigue, romance, and drama!"
VALERIE KOEHLER, BLUE WILLOW BOOKSHOP, HOUSTON, TX

"Rose is a master of combining history the occult, romance and luscious imagery into a page-turning story."
FRAN KEILTY, HICKORY STICK BOOKSTORE, WASHINGTON DEPOT, CT

"Rose's details and accurate descriptions of what soldiers, and Parisians, experienced during World War I prove she was thorough in her research. I particularly enjoyed the perspective of a young female living in Paris during this time. I did enjoy the twists and turns, especially at the end of the book."
BEBE CHAPMAN, BURRY BOOKSTORE, HARTSVILLE, SC

"[For readers] who enjoy historical fantasies on magic, the dark arts and use of the power of gemstones, especially those set in the romantic environs of Paris."
KAREN BAKSHOIAN, LETTERPRESS BOOKS, PORTLAND, ME

"Rose's books are magical and captivating. It's a gothic romance with deceit, art and mystery. M.J. Rose can write."
JOANNE BERG, MYSTERY TO ME, MADISON, WI

"M.J. Rose once again delivers a seductive and magical piece of historical fiction. A tragic depiction of WWI France is beautifully intertwined with Opaline's story of growth, love, and courage. I can't wait for the next one."
ANN MAYHEW, MAGERS & QUINN BOOKSELLERS, MINNEAPOLIS, MN

"This book has it all- intriguing characters in a gorgeous, historical setting. Star-crossed lovers in the midst of war, mixed with a healthy dose of magic and a rich thread of mystery- what more could you ask for?"
JULIE, BEAVERDALE BOOKS, DES MOINES, IA

"A thrilling blend of history, suspense, and magic, featuring a highly sensuous heroine."
STEVE VIOLA, MYSTERIOUS BOOKSHOP, NEW YORK, NY

"M.J. Rose weaves a most unusual story set in WWI Paris of intrigue and mystical powers."
JUDITH LAFITTE, OCTAVIA BOOKS, NEW ORLEANS, LA

"M.J. Rose's novels are the bookseller's go-to for a customer in search of fascinating history combined with imaginative fantasy and strong female protagonists."
HILLARY, GIBSON'S BOOKSTORE, CONCORD, NH

"Paris. Romance. History. Precious gems. All of these intriguing components become far more than the sum of their parts through the expert storytelling talents of M.J. Rose."
MARYELIZABETH YTURRALDE, MYSTERIOUS GALAXY, SAN DIEGO, CA

"Find a comfy spot, open The Secret Language of Stones, and find yourself transported to another time and place the likes of which only M. J. Rose can imagine."
STAR LOWE, STAR LINE BOOKS, CHATTANOOGA, TN