Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Book Review with a Giveaway: Roots of Wood and Stone by Amanda Wen

About the Book

This historic home holds the keys to their destiny . . . and their hearts.

Abandoned at birth, her family roots a mystery, historical museum curator Sloane Kelley has dedicated her life to making sure others know theirs. When a donor drops off a dusty old satchel, she doesn’t expect much from the common artifact . . .until she finds real treasure inside: a nineteenth-century diary. Now she’s on the hunt to find out more.

Garrett Anderson just wanted to clean out his grandmother’s historic but tumbledown farmhouse before selling it to fund her medical care. With her advancing Alzheimer’s, he can’t afford to be sentimental about the family home. But his carefully ordered plan runs up against two formidable obstacles: Sloane, who’s fallen in love with both the diaries and the house, and his own heart, which is irresistibly drawn to Sloane.

A century and a half earlier, motherless Annabelle Collins embarks with her aunt and uncle on the adventure of a lifetime: settling the prairies of Sedgwick County, Kansas. The diaries she left behind paint a portrait of life, loss, and love—and a God who faithfully carries her through it all. Paging through the diaries together takes Sloane and Garrett on a journey they never could have planned, which will change them in ways they never imagined.

This warm, beautifully written split-time novel will resonate with readers looking for stories that reveal the beauty of God’s plan for our lives, and how our actions ripple for generations.

This book is available for purchase here.

My Review

Debut author Amanda Wen knocks it out of the park with Roots of Wood and Stone, the beautiful opening of the Sedgwick County Chronicles. I loved this book!  I was immediately drawn into the story, and the author's comforting writing style made me feel like I belonged there.  In this dual-timeline story, the characters were very distinct in their personalities, and it was wonderful to experience the ties between them.  I cared for each of them right away.  As both stories progressed, the theme of hope in times of distress carried through, facilitated by prayer and listening to God's leading.  Wen truly, masterfully, weaved the two stories together to produce a very satisfying read.

Those with an interest in history and genealogy will be delighted to read this book, and I highly recommend this book to readers of historical romance and contemporary romance, as well.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Kregel Publications, through Audra Jennings PR, for review purposes.  The thoughts expressed here are my own.

About the Author


Amanda Wen is an award-winning writer of inspirational romance and split-time women’s fiction. She has placed first in multiple writing contests, including the 2017 Indiana Golden Opportunity, the 2017 Phoenix Rattler, and the 2016 ACFW First Impressions contests. She was also a 2018 ACFW Genesis Contest finalist.

Wen is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and regularly contributes author interviews for their Fiction Finder feature. She also frequently interviews authors for her blog and is a contributor to the God Is Love blog. Her debut novel, Roots of Wood and Stone, releases from Kregel Publications on February 2, 2021.

In addition to her writing, Wen is an accomplished professional cellist and pianist who frequently performs with orchestras, chamber groups, and her church’s worship team. She serves as a choral accompanist as well. A lifelong denizen of the flatlands, Wen lives in Kansas with her patient, loving, and hilarious husband, their three adorable Wenlets, and a snuggly Siamese cat.
To find Amanda Wen’s blog and short stories, visit www.amandawen.com. Readers can also follower her on Facebook (@AuthorAmandaWen), Twitter (@AuthorAmandaWen), and Instagram (@authoramandawen).

Giveaway

Enter to win a copy of Roots of Wood and Stone by clicking here.
























 

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