Review of a Series of Four Books by Jan Sikes

Flowers & Stone

by Jan Sikes

A hot Texas summer, dim-lit honky-tonk bar rooms, a young naïve fledgling go-go dancer and a wild rebel Texas musician sets the stage for this story.

Can Darlina Flowers ever hope to fit in to this strange new world and even more important, can she trust Luke Stone with her heart?

Luke Stone, a good man who has made a career of bad decisions, falls as completely in love with Darlina as she does with him. But is it too late?

Will their eternal unyielding love survive the test of time, distance and iron bars?

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Award winning Biographical/Fiction sequel to Flowers and Stone. Luke and Darlina find their love severely tested as they struggle to overcome enormous odds.

When Texas veteran musician, Luke Stone, finds himself behind bars with a seventy-five year sentence, he is filled with hate, anger and rebelliousness. He’s lost everything that he treasures, including the woman who holds his heart.

How has it come down to this? He’s spent his entire life writing songs and making music, filling dancehalls and bars from Texas to California. But, when he refuses to tell the FBI what he knows about certain bank robberies that he possesses knowledge of, they make sure he pays dearly.

Broken and alone, in a prison of her own, Darlina Flowers struggles to find a way to live without the man she loves so completely.

Over the next sixteen years, Luke and Darlina each search for ways to somehow survive the fate life has hurled them into.

In an effort to dull the pain of living with only half a heart, Darlina gets involved in drugs, then follows a guru and tries different relationships, but nothing fills the void.

Several years pass before Luke makes up his mind that prison will not break him. He crawls up from the bottom one tiny step at a time, determined to be and do something worthwhile and discovers artistic talents he never realized he had.

The Convict and the Rose inspires hope and shows how anyone can turn a negative dark situation into a positive one. But more importantly, the story portrays a love that goes beyond earthly confines and proves how persistence and faith come with their own sweet reward.

Join Luke and Darlina as they continue their epic journey with love as their constant North Star and freedom as the driving force.

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With empty pockets and a heart full of dreams Luke Stone leaves behind the nightmare of fifteen long years in Leavenworth prison, not giving it a backward glance.

Eyes firmly on the future, he boards a Greyhound bus bound for Texas…for freedom…for the one who holds his heart. The unjust conviction no longer matters and revenge haunts him no more. Darlina Flowers, the woman who takes his breath away, waits ahead and with her by his side, nothing can stop him, or can it?

He is headed HOME AT LAST.

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Veteran Texas musician, Luke Stone, has cheated death more times then he cares to remember. He’s been everything from a simple farm boy to a rowdy roughneck, a singing star to a convict and finally a husband and father whose goals consisted of building a home and raising a family…which he did. Now, with a chance for a second music career, he knows the sand in his hourglass is running thin. His anchor in life and true love, Darlina, stands at his side determined to help make the dream a reality. But, his aging body is sabotaging every effort and the only thing that keeps him going is sheer will power and the love he has for Darlina. When faced with being confined to a wheelchair for the rest of his life, Luke draws on every resource to continue to function and contribute to their home and to society. This is a story of inspiration, endurance and most of all undying love. When Luke and Darlina face life-altering situations that would destroy a lesser man and woman, they draw on each other’s strength and determination to face them. Will fate allow Luke to sing his last song?

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I purchased copies of Flowers and Stone, The Convict and the Rose, Almost Home, and Til Death Do Us Part by Jan Sikes and I am very pleased to offer a review of each book!

Flowers and Stone is the beginning of a riveting story of two people who meet and fall in love, and the damage that life choices has on their future! This is Jan Sike’s debut novel.

The Convict and the Rose is the second book in this series about Darlina and Luke. Mrs. Sikes continues their story as a long, forced separation intrudes on the lives. They face many challenges, but they learn and grow along the way!

Almost Home is the third book in this series and every bit as exciting as the first two books! Mrs. Sikes lets us into their lives, finally lived together, and their love that continues to grow!

Til Death Do Us Part is the final offering in the story of Darlina and Luke. It is a time of challenges faced and challenges met, with obvious love for each other growing stronger along the way.

Ms. Sikes has written each novel with such depth of emotion that I felt virtually every feeling along with Darlina as I was reading! I spent plenty of time with tissues in hand! The pace was very steady and my attention never wavered. As a matter of fact, I couldn’t reach the end of each book fast enough to move on to the next! It was a mesmerizing story from beginning to end!

The story of Darlina (Jan Sikes) and Luke (Rick Sikes) is a love story for the ages and fraught with challenges seemingly every step of the way. This series is made more poignant for me by the fact that it is the true account of two people, fictionalized for the benefit of the author!

I give Flowers and Stone by Jan Sikes four cups of steaming hot Room With Books coffee and I highly recommend you read it!

 

©August 1, 2017

I give The Convict and the Rose by Jan Sikes five cups of steaming hot Room With Books coffee and I highly recommend you read it!

 

©August 1, 2017

I give Almost Home by Jan Sikes five cups of steaming hot Room With Books coffee and I highly recommend you read it!

 

©August 1, 2017

I give Til Death Do Us Part by Jan Sikes five cups of steaming hot Room With Books coffee and I highly recommend you read it!

 

©August 1, 2017

 

Multi-Award winning author, Jan Sikes, weaves stories in a creative and entertaining way. She has been called a magician and wordsmith extraordinaire by her readers and peers.

Most recently, Jan self-published a series of four books that have been called biographies with a musical twist. They chronicle the life a Texas musician who was a pioneer in the Outlaw Music movement before it ever had a name. She also released a music CD of original songs which match the time period of each story.

Her newest release is a unique book of poetry and art.

Jan writes songs, poetry, short stories, screenplays and novels. She resides in North Texas and sits on the board of directors for the Texas Authors Institute of History.

When all of life is stripped away, left with no freedom except in his mind, one man journeys deep inside to discover his true self. He finds the only way to survive hopeless negativity is through creating with his hands and imagination. They confined his body in an iron cage, but could not lock away his mind.

What you’ll find between the covers of this book are expressions of raw emotion…Poems of deep sadness and loss, humorous musings, political wisdom, life observations and tender love from both Rick and Jan Sikes.
The pen-and-ink art (Pointillism) drawn by Rick, is simply another extension of creativity and partners with the poems.

Rick Sikes poured pieces of his heart and soul into these writings and art, and it was his hope that through hard-earned wisdom and insight, he could help others on their soul’s journey.