Library Journal Review
Benedict Stone runs a small jewelry shop in the village on Noon Sun. He's totally adrift; business is slow, his marriage is unraveling, and his days are lonely and predictable. Suddenly Gemma, the teenage daughter of his estranged brother, appears at his door intending to stay for a while. Obstinate, intrepid, and occasionally helpful, she upends his life and sets about engineering a reconciliation between Benedict and his wife and jump-starting his failing business. Using her grandfather's journals on the history of gems, Gemma refreshes Benedict's work and embellishes the lives of the residents of the tiny town. Verdict Novels about love and second chances abound right now, but Patrick's follow-up to her debut, The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper, rises to the top with its clever plot, utterly charming characters, and warmly believable conclusion. A perfect read for lovers of Antoine Laurain's The Red Notebook, Gabrielle Zevin's The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry, and Fredrik Backman's A Man Called Ove. [See Prepub Alert, 12/5/16.]-Susan Clifford Braun, Bainbridge Island, WA © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Publishers Weekly Review
In her delightful second novel, Patrick once again imbues objects with magic. In her first book, The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper, bracelet charms transform a widower's life. Here, gemstones-their singular qualities head every chapter-take on special meaning for jeweler Benedict Stone (yes, "Stone"). His bleak life-Estelle, his wife of nearly 10 years, is taking a "time out" from their marriage-is upturned when Gemma (yes, "Gemma") the teenage daughter of his estranged brother, Charles, shows up from America on the doorstep of his home in Noon Sun, a small English village. Although instinct tells him Gemma may be running from something, Benedict allows her to stay and shows her something dear to him: his late father's notebook about gems and their meanings, to which Gemma adds additional comments. It's particularly poignant for Benedict to connect with his niece because his temporary separation from Estelle was provoked by their being unable to have children of their own. Gemma comes up with some ideas for him to win Estelle back ("WEB") and, in the process, gets him on an exercise and better eating routine, helps renovate his tired store, rejuvenates his passion for work, and alters the lives of countless Noon Sun villagers. More importantly, a long-held secret is divulged, a feud ended, and the varied meanings of family explored. (May) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Booklist Review
Patrick follows her hit debut, The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper (2016), with a second novel that evokes a similarly delightful sentimental and cozy feeling. Jeweler Benedict Stone had been living a quiet, even staid life in a village in the Yorkshire moors, but everything abruptly changes when his wife, Estelle, moves out in search of an emotional break after years of struggling with infertility. Then his American teenage niece, Gemma, his estranged brother's daughter, shows up. She has brought along a collection of gemstones that the Stone brothers' parents collected on their travels and a journal explaining the meaning of each. With an uncanny ability to help people, Gemma encourages Benedict to win Estelle back and create more artistic pieces for his jewelry shop. She also distributes the gems among the villagers, helping them realize their dreams. Yet Gemma is hiding things, too, and Benedict must finally reconcile with his brother to help her. Readers will be charmed by Patrick's quirky characters and sweet premise.--Walker, Aleksandra Copyright 2017 Booklist