Tuesday, February 20, 2024

THE RHYTHM OF FRACTURED GRACE by Amanda Wen, Reviewed by Winnie and Paula #ReleaseDay


“Forgiveness is an act of grace and a gift from God . . .”

The Rhythm of Fractured Grace by talented author Amanda Wen is the third book in her Sedgwick County Chronicles series. It is a poignant and heart-tugging story of forgiveness, healing, and God’s grace. The author handles the rather difficult subject matter with sensitivity and care. Filled with fractured characters in both timelines—current day Wichita and 1870s Kansas—this tale grabbed my attention from the first and wouldn’t let go until the end. Siobhan Walsh, a violin repairer, and Matt Buchanan, newly hired as a worship pastor were both engaging and interesting. As Siobhan works to repair Matt’s antique violin, their lives intersect in ways they’d never imagine.

“Maybe God hadn’t moved. Maybe Siobhan had.”

The author tied the two timelines together seamlessly with the back story of how the violin came to be in Matt’s possession.

The beautiful cover and perfect title combined to entice me to read this story, and I’m so glad I did. I know I’m in for a moving and inspirational tale when I read one of Amanda Wen’s books. I recommend this book to those who enjoy deeply moving and beautifully written dual timeline stories
*I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from Kregel Publications through JustRead Tours. All opinions are my own.


*Soli Deo Gloria-To God be the glory.*
I am very fond of dual time stories and this one was great. I was more interested in the historical time period which was about Deborah, her family, Levi and his daughter, Nora. Fascinating was the fact that the 1876 part was based on the real ancestors of the author. I loved the relationship between Deborah and Levi which at the outset was a marriage of convenience. Levi was a caring and considerate man who let Deborah grow into grace. 
Both timelines dealt with harsh realities, the need to rely on God and learn to forgive the seemingly unforgivable. *Forgiveness is an act of grace and a gift from God.*
I loved the way that a violin tied the two time periods together. 
In the present day, Siobhan was a prodigal daughter. I really felt for her as she questioned God when she had sinned, fell away and was making her way back to trusting Him. And I liked the way Matt wanted to be instrumental in her seeing God’s goodness again. 
This book pointed out the dangers that can lurk in any church when those in authority misuse the trust of vulnerable people. The author called attention to a hard truth that there are wolves masquerading as sheep even in churches. Every one of us are not above sinning. We all need Christ. *It’s about Jesus-Nothing more-nothing less.* 
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Kregel via NetGalley. I was not required to post a favorable review. All opinions are mine alone.*4 stars and a strong faith thread

BackCover Blurb:
Is Siobhan too far gone to respond to the song of a God who's calling her back to him?

When a new customer brings a badly damaged violin into Siobhan Walsh's shop, it is exactly the sort of challenge she craves. The man who brought it in is not. He's too close to the painful past that left her heart and her faith in shambles.

Matt Buchanan has had a rough start as the new worship pastor. A car accident on his way into town left him with a nearly totaled truck, and an heirloom violin in pieces. When he takes it to a repair shop, he's fascinated with the restoration process--and with the edgy, closed-off woman doing the work.
As their friendship deepens and turns into more, they both discover secrets that force them to face past wounds. And the history of the violin reveals more about their current problems than they could have ever expected.

On the nineteenth-century frontier, a gruesome tomahawk attack wiped out most of Deborah Caldwell's family. Her greatest solace after the tragedy is the music from her father's prized violin. Given her horrendous scars, she'd resigned herself to a spinster's life. But Levi Martinson's gentle love starts to chip away at her hardened heart, until devastating details about the attack are revealed, putting their love--and Deborah's shaky faith--to the ultimate test.

Full of forgiveness and the message that no one is too damaged for God's healing touch, the final book in the split-time Sedgwick County Chronicles will thrill fans of Rachel Hauck, Lisa Wingate, and Kristy Cambron.

Kregel Publications, February 2024
Available in digital ebook, paperback, and library binding


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