Tuesday, March 21, 2023

JustRead Tours Blog Tour: The Rock at the Bottom by Cynthia Hilston

The Rock at the Bottom JustRead Blog Tour

Welcome to the Blog Tour for The Rock at the Bottom by Cynthia Hilston, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

The Rock at the Bottom Title: The Rock at the Bottom 
Series: Lorna & Tristan Series #3 
Author: Cynthia Hilston 
Publisher: Independently Published 
Release Date: March 18, 2023 
Genre: 20th-century Historical fiction/Christian fiction/Romance

A big dreamer and successful novelist carries the sins of his father and a secret that leaves him wondering if he is the author or killer of love.

Stephen feels he is marked from day one to lose the ones he loves. His mother dies giving birth to him, and his alcoholic father makes sure Stephen never forgets it. To block out his father’s hate, fists, and belt, young Stephen loses himself in his imagination. Stories become his closest companions and barricades against a family that never wanted him. Once he can look his father in the eye, Stephen swears he will never be the monster his old man is. He vows he will become a published author, if for no other reason than to prove his father wrong. 

While his dreams of being a bestselling novelist and falling in love come true, Stephen has much to prove to himself before he can write his own happy ending. Set against the backdrop of Prohibition-era Cleveland, Stephen fights the same alcoholic demons that plagued his father as he tries to begin a life free from his family. He meets equally headstrong Julie and is smitten, but their marriage is as fractured as his career is solid. He can find ten ways to write about being in love, but he has a hard time translating love on the page to love in real life. Julie slips between his fingers like sand, and Stephen sees his father staring back when he looks in the mirror. 

Try as he might to rewrite his life, even going so far as to change his name, he has to wonder if he is the author or the killer of love.

I truly enjoy Christian Historical Romance books. The Rock at the Bottom by Cynthia Hilston is the latest in this genre that I have read. Cynthia Hilston is a new to me author and this is Book 3 in the Lorna and Tristian series. I have not read the first 2 books in the series yet, but the book reads smoothly and I didn't seem lost. 

The story takes us back to the 1940's. Stephen was raised by his alcoholic father, his mother died during Child Birth. Stephen's father has always "reminded" Stephen that his mom died while giving birth to him and for that Stephen feels guilty and unloved by his father. Stephen grew up with a fantastic imaginative mind and play to block out the abuse from his father that he endured. Stephen has dreams of becoming an author and getting married one day. Stephen sees his dreams coming true, only to discover himself fighting the same "Demons" that his father did. Will Stephen break the "Generational Curse" of Alcoholism and see his dreams come true? Will he lose everything he ever dreamed of? 

WOW, I was captivated by this book from the first chapter. Stephen is a STRONG character in the book and I was happy to see him achieving his dreams, including being an author and finding someone to LOVE. Julie is a beautiful character for the storyline and I really LOVE how she was the first person that Stephen really felt LOVED by. The author does a GREAT job of discussing some tough topics including Alcoholism, Child Abuse, Death, and more. It is a book about Faith, LOVE, Relationships, and healing. I HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Christian Historical Romance. FANTASTIC BOOK! 


PURCHASE LINKS: Goodreads | Amazon

Amazon ebook sale March 21-22 $0.99

More Books in this Series

Lorna versus Laura Rocks and Flowers in a Box

Cynthia Hilston

Cynthia Hilston is a stay-at-home mom of three young kids, happily married, and lives in the Cleveland, Ohio, area. Writing has always been like another child to her. After twenty years of waltzing in the world of fan fiction, she stepped away to do her debut dance with original works of fiction, although she still dabbles in fan fiction.

In her spare time – what spare time? – she devours books, shamelessly watches Hallmark movies and When Calls the Heart, pets her orange and black kitties, looks at the stars, drinks wine or coffee with good friends, and dreams of what other stories she wishes to tell. 

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(1) winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card and a book bundle including Lorna versus Laura, Rocks and Flowers, and The Rock at the Bottom!

The Rock at the Bottom JustRead Giveaway

Full tour schedule linked below. The giveaway begins at midnight March 21, 2023 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on March 28, 2023. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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