Thursday, September 17, 2020

The Rue Stone, by Janet Stock

Janet Stock, September 2019

Janna is working in a little inn with an odd history, enjoying her work, but also wondering how, in their small town, she'll meet someone she wants to marry and have a family with. Among the stories her grandmother and others tell is the story of the rue.

They're strange men who wander the world, with hair and eyes that change color, and carrying a stone that sometimes glows. They are rumored to be legendary lovers.

And sometimes, with a particular woman, their hair and eyes come to match. They will leave their stone with her, go traveling again--and then, eventually, come back.

One busy night at the inn, a rue walks in.

This isn't any folklore I'm familiar with, but that's what it feels like.

It's a sweet and gentle story, and I really thoroughly enjoyed it. Very satisfying.


I received a free electronic galley from the publisher, and am reviewing it voluntarily.

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