Box of Rocks

Karla Telega
Adoro Books (2011)
ISBN 9780615497976
Reviewed by Leslie Granier for Reader Views (12/11)

Maggie Gorski and Cher Anderson have been friends for about six years. However, they behave as if they have known each other for their entire lives. The duo of fifty-something-year-olds has set out to find a hobby. After their humorous adventures of ghost hunting in Charleston, South Carolina, and shooting target practice don’t pan out very well, they move on to collecting rocks. Unaware that the area in which they choose to begin their quest has had a recent flurry of activity for different reasons--a possible archaeological find and the presence of an abandoned gold mine--they are cast right into the middle of a much more exciting, yet dangerous, escapade.
Author Karla Telega does an amazing job with the characters--not just with the personalities she creates but also in how she adeptly intertwines their lives. I was pleasantly surprised by Cher and Maggie. Although they are older women, they come across as very hip and modern. Most readers will think it would be fun to hang out with them. But their best quality is the ability to laugh at themselves as they realize they are no longer the youngsters they once were. The lives of Maggie and Cher form a somewhat awkward bond with that of Paul Lakeland, an archaeology student who has faced three brushes with death in a matter of a few days. Learning whether these incidents were coincidences and how their lives had crossed in the past, lend a bit of intrigue to the story.

“Box of Rocks” is comprised of a myriad of elements that are bound to appeal to everyone. There is the humor of Maggie and Cher. The suspense as to whether or not someone feels threatened by Paul’s discovery of an ancient jar adds drama to the plot. The author also incorporates murder, mystery, deception and old secrets to enhance the story and keep the reader fascinated.
“Box of Rocks” will greatly appeal to women aged forty and over because they are likely to relate to Maggie and Cher on a personal level. However, this book is appropriate for, and will definitely be enjoyed by, both men and women eighteen and older. I would greatly enjoy more books featuring these two unlikely heroines.


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