Would you pay someone to bear your sorrow?
In the middle ages peasants believed a mother mourning her child’s death could “sell her sorrow” by selling a nail from her child’s coffin to a traveling peddler.
Lady Celeste is overwhelmed with grief when her son dies. Desperate to find relief, she begs a passing peddler to buy her sorrow. Jean, the cynical peddler she meets, insists she include her ruby ring along with the nail in return for his coin. They both find themselves changed greatly by their transaction, but all their attempts to reverse the effects of their fateful choice fail.
When Celeste learns that without her wedding ring her husband may set her aside, she determines to retrieve it—without reclaiming her sorrow. But how will she find the peddler & convince him to give up the precious ruby ring?
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Winner of the Royal Palm Literary Award for Historical Fiction, uppublished category.
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J. A. McLachlan is the award-winning author of science fiction, young adult fiction and historical fiction. She is never seen without pens and paper to capture those annoying snippets of conversation that come out of nowhere at her when she’s working on a novel–and she’s always working on a novels. When not writing she enjoys reading and watching movies, calling these leisure hobbies “research”. She does real research, too. For The Sorrow Stone, after a lotbof library and on-line research into the time period, she went to France and traveled between Cluny and Lyon to Avignon, and all the way down to the coast and across to Marsailles, talking to guides and local historians so she’d know the route and get the setting historically, visually, and geographically accurate.