Sunday, October 24, 2021

ROOTS OF WOOD AND STONE by Amanda Wen, Reviewed by Kim

Roots of Wood and Stone by Amanda Wen is a stunning debut! I loved every word of this time slip novel! The main characters of each time period were amazing and well drawn, the secondary characters added depth to each story, and the time lines wove together perfectly.

While I loved both stories, I’d have to give a slight edge to the historical story because of Annabelle and Jack and their beautiful life together. I absolutely loved them both. My favorite part of the contemporary story was the banter between Sloane and Garrett. I loved how their relationship developed as they figured out who Annabelle was and how she fit into their story.
I also loved how faith was perfectly woven into this story with the reminders that no matter what our plans are, it is God’s plans that will prevail in our lives and if we are children of God, only He can can fill our empty places.

Can an author be on my auto buy list after only one book?! I cannot wait to see what Amanda Wen brings us next! Highly recommended!
*I bought and received a complimentary copy of this book. The faith thread is prominent.

See Paula's and Winnie's Reviews!
Sedgewick County Chronicles, Book One
BackCover Blurb:
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.
Kregel Publishing, April 2021
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