Saturday, June 25, 2022

ROOTS OF WOOD AND STONE by Amanda Wen, Reviewed by Rebecca Maney

"We are daughters of the most high God. He alone can satisfy."

Could He? Two women, over a century apart, grappling with their identity and the means for satisfaction. In the middle of both struggles . . . a beautiful farmhouse, made of wood and stone, fashioned by hands that dared to dream of the future, a happy future, a fruitful future . . . a dream that was on the cusp of being snuffed out with the flick of a pen in the wrong direction.

Would the words inscribed between the pages of a diary not only provide a glimpse into the lives of the home's original owners, but serve as a much needed beacon of wisdom and advice for its current owners, who were so desperately conflicted about its future. And theirs.

"Let's make this house what it was always meant to be. Let's make it a home."
This debut novel began simply and ended splendidly.
*I received this book from a friend and was under no obligation to provide a positive review.
3.5 stars

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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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