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The Stonegarden

She's starting over. He's at the end. How one bitter secret sends two people to a stone-laden shore in Door County, Wisconsin, but for very different reasons.

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Great Lakes. Great Love.

From Bestselling Author Kathy-jo Wargin comes a story about love and second chances.

She’s starting over. He’s at the end.

Daisy Tate left Chicago under less than perfect circumstances, moving quickly to Door County, Wisconsin in the brave effort to rebuild her life. Settling into the picturesque village of Orchard Bay, she finds her only hope for a new start is through the door of a shabby cottage. On the other side of the peninsula, he’s been building a fence out of stones, each one pulled from the land and wedged into the chambers of a long-held sorrow. While searching for second chances, a bitter secret sends them both to a stone-laden shore along Lake Michigan, but for very different reasons.

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About Orchard Bay

The Stonegarden is set in the fictional Door County village of Orchard Bay. Amidst the backdrop of the peninsula, the characters take you through vintage streetscapes and charming harbor towns, sweeping orchards and dark, quiet places nestled between pockets of twisting cedar and craggy, shoreline cliffs.


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Kathy-jo Wargin

Kathy-jo Wargin is the bestselling author of more than fifty books for adults and children. With more than 1.2 million copies sold, she writes across genres and age-groups, and has earned national recognition for award–winning titles such as The Legend of Sleeping Bear, the International Reading Association’s Children's Choice Award Winner The Legend of the Loon, the Bank Street College of Education Best Book Listee The Voyageur’s Paddle, the IRA Teacher's Choice Award Winner Win One for the Gipper, and many more. 

Her newest release is The Stonegarden, a novel for adults which takes place in a fictional town nestled in the lovely Door Peninsula of Wisconsin.


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Great Lakes. Great Love. New from Bliva Publishing.

In the quaint Door County village of Orchard Bay, Wisconsin, the Lake Michigan shoreline is dotted with artisan galleries and breezy resorts. Amidst the backdrop of the peninsula's charm, characters weave in and out of airy orchards, bustling towns, historic marinas and sandy shores, holding tight to the secrets of those who call it home, as well as the desires of those wishing to do so.


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The Stonegarden


He lifts the last stone of the evening, his aging hands easing it into place with the others. He is working near the shore in darkness, a sliver of moonglade upon the water. A lantern, a cup of whiskey. He is thinking of her. He is always thinking of her. 

One over two, two over one. 

He shifts the stone sideways, wedging it deeper. The lantern flickers, its kerosene light lambent and diffusive upon the fretwork of cedar trees. Black shapes against blue, their fragrant silhouettes stir alongside him as he works. 

One over two, two over one. 

He sips his whiskey, nods to his dog. Tonight, the cold, rough limestone centers him, centers his thoughts. The weight of his work pulls at the sinew of his upper arms, his neck, his back. It draws his shoulders down into his chest. When he sets each stone into place, pushes it against others, he is free; he is whole. This, his work, is his connection to the earth—to the sand, the water, reality. 

It has been this way for five decades. He scours the peninsula, collecting stones. Rubble limestone, discarded fieldstone, beach stone—it doesn’t matter which. In fifty years’ time he's grown au fait in the properties of each, able to coax beauty from even the most common dull gray stone solely from its placement within his beautiful, complicated morass.

He is building a stone fence. He’s always been building a fence. Someday, he thinks, it will be done. One day, he hopes, she'll return. 

One over two, two over one.

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