The Last Shepard & Tales of the Last Ornament


Celebrating the Fifth Anniversary

In the spirit of the holiday season, we reflect back on a magical Christmas season five years ago when more than 150 people from around the US, gathered at the Park Plaza Hotel to celebrate, bound together by one common thread ~ a store, an ornament program, a book, and a cause.  For those of you who participated in the program, we hope you still enjoy deciphering the codes encrypted in the ornaments and sharing memories with your family as you decorate your Christmas tree.

Blackstone's of Beacon Hill is proud to mark the 5th Anniversary of the publication of Mark Duffield's endearing holiday story, The Last Shepard and Tales of the Tenth Ornament.  As a special Christmas gift, Blackstone's is pleased to send along an audio version of the book as narrated by radio personality, Ray Brown. Click here to download the two part audio version.  

About the book
On Christmas Eve a young and cynical Boston reporter is sent to cover the demolition of Blackstone’s, a small store in Boston’s Beacon Hill, and to investigate the unexpected death of its owner, Jack Shepard. Though at first the reporter is disgruntled, feeling that the story is too small for him, in the end his experience proves to be much greater than he expects. As he delves into the life of Jack Shepard, the reporter explores the boundaries of doubt and faith and the value of a single life. A night of mysterious events, full of unforgettable characters, unfolds that will ultimately reveal a secret message to travelers who have assembled from across the country to meet Shepard. The reporter is challenged and mystified by the unwavering faith of the travelers; and before the night is over he is forced to address his own boundaries of belief when confronted by events unimaginable within his world of reason.

The author, Mark Duffield, is the prior co-owner of Blackstone’s of Beacon Hill, a prominent gift store, in Boston.  He has had 16 years of fundraising experience serving as a director of business development at Boston’s WGBH Public television and radio station and later as corporate director at New England Conservatory in Boston. Duffield has written three screenplays, “SUDAN,” “Chord of the Bay” and “Wizard of the Upper Amazon.”