Thursday, April 3, 2014

Book Review: A Stone's Throw by Alida Winternheimer

A Stone's Throw
by Alida Winternheimer
Genre: General Fiction--Women's


Simona Casale is a Minneapolis painter with a successful career. Having never known her mother, the last thing she wants is a baby, and being at a pivotal moment on her artistic path, it's a bad time to find out she's pregnant. Gemma Ledbetter, a London homemaker, is desperate for the baby she can't have.

Simona and Gemma live an ocean apart and never meet, yet they have much in common: art, longing, and a magic that changes both of their lives. And then there is Peter, the man they love. Magic—like any great act of creation—comes at a price...and one of them will have to pay.

Art. Love. Magic


A Stone’s Throw revolves around the lives of two women, Gemma and Simona. While they live far away from each other and don’t know one another on a personal level, they share a mutual passion for art and a man named Peter.

Alida Winternheimer has crafted an emotional tale of loss, madness, crossing spiritual worlds, and love. Readers are also introduced to different women who have profoundly affected the protagonists, and the plot expands as we learn their intimate stories.

The multiple layers within the book intensified the reading experience. Winternheimer  
created strong female characters that transformed tremendously throughout the story. While getting wrapped up into their individual journeys, it’s also uncovered how they are magically linked.

The ending was shocking and I was left processing the complex book. It was a pleasurable read and I recommend it to those who enjoy women’s fiction with a supernatural twist.


Alida Winternheimer is an award-winning author of A Stone's Throw and the forthcoming The Skoghall Mystery Series. In 2013, two of Alida’s stories were nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Water~Stone Review nominated “The Herd,” and Storm Cellar Quarterly nominated “Wild Animal,” which you can read here. Alida’s stories have also appeared in Midwestern Gothic, Melusine (read that story here), Confluence, and other journals. She lives in Minneapolis, MN with her family. When she's not writing, editing, or teaching, she trains a service dog. Find her at

Follow Alida on Facebook & Twitter!

1 comment:

Alida Winternheimer said...

Hi Sage, Thanks so much for the review! I'm glad you enjoyed the book. If you or your followers have any questions or comments for me, I'd love to respond.

Best, Alida