Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Roots of Wood and Stone by Amanda Wen With Giveaway


This a a wonderful book. I am partial to split time books. You know, the ones where there is a present day story and a story from a bygone era being told simultaneously. Well, maybe that's not the word. There's a chapter or two with one main character in the present, then a chapter or two with another main character in the past. Anyway, this is one of those stories. It was the beautifully interwoven tale of two women who faced incredible odds in Sedgewick County Kansas. The setting is just outside Wichita. For Sloane, it is unraveling a mystery of history. For Annabelle it is the making of that history. Garrett is the one who brings them together by way of a dusty old diary that he donates to the museum where Sloane works. 

There is not a boring page in the book. Every page and every sentence draws the reader through time to a suprising conclusion. It is a heartwarming book that very clearly shows the love of Jesus and the importance of listening and waiting on the LORD for direction. I do highly recommend this book. I cannot remember anything in it that is inappropriate, though there is a fair bit of kissing. It is a historical romance after all. 

Amanda Wen painted a vivid picture of both the past and the present. I highly recommend it. 


From the Publisher:

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.

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

Amanda is a member of the 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 regular contributor to the God Is Love blog. Her debut novel, Roots of Wood and Stone, releases from Kregel Publications on January 26, 2021.

In addition to her writing, Amanda is an accomplished professional cellist and pianist who frequently performs with orchestras, chamber groups, and her church’s worship team, as well as serving as a choral accompanist. She’s also been spotted onstage with the worship band at ACFW conferences. A lifelong denizen of the flatlands, Amanda currently lives in Kansas with her patient, loving, and hilarious husband, their three adorable Wenlets, and a snuggly Siamese cat.

Learn more at www.amandawen.com, and follow her on Facebook (@AuthorAmandaWen)Twitter (@AuthorAmandaWen), and Instagram (@authoramandawen)

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.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s  “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

I use the Goodreads star system.
★               Did not like it
★★            It was okay
★★★         Liked it
★★★★      Really liked it
★★★★★   It was amazing


  1. I have not heard of this author or her new book, so I visited her page. Thanks for the introduction and for the giveaway!

    1. You're very welcome Deb. I hope you have a wonderful week ending. I'll be over to visit your blog in just a bit.
      Thanks for writing back! I hope we become blog friends.

  2. It sounds like a good book. I am not familiar with the author's work.

    1. Hi Annie, It's so good to hear from you! She is new to me as well. It appears she's writtenseveral books. I'd love an update on life, but not for publishing on the blog. Blessings,Laura

  3. This is my kind of read.

    1. Hello Marion,It said it was book one of the Sedgewick County Chronicles, so I suppose there are more to follow. I look forward to reading the next one.Blessings,Laura


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