Roots of Wood and Stone #1
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Roots of Wood and Stone #1  -     By: Amanda Wen

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Title: Roots of Wood and Stone #1
By: Amanda Wen
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 304
Vendor: Kregel Publications
Publication Date: 2021
Dimensions: 8.5 X 5.5 (inches)
Weight: 11 ounces
ISBN: 0825446686
ISBN-13: 9780825446689
Series: Sedgwick County Chronicles
Stock No: WW5446689

Publisher's Description

Christy Award finalist for debut novel!

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.

Author Bio

Amanda Wen is an award-winning writer of inspirational romance and split-time women's fiction. She was a 2021 Christy Award finalist for Best Debut Novel for Roots of Wood and Stone, the first book in the Sedgwick County Chronicles. Her pre-publication writing 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. She was also a 2018 ACFW Genesis Contest finalist. Amanda currently lives in Wichita, Kansas, with her husband and three children.

Editorial Reviews

"A moving, enchanting story of love and loss. Amanda Wen takes readers on an adventure that weaves past and present together in a beautiful tapestry of skillful storytelling. I was blown away by this book and its timeless message." -- Heidi Chiavaroli, Carol Awardwinning author of Freedoms Ring and The Tea Chest

"Amanda Wen seamlessly blends the historical and the contemporary in this lyrical debut. From Annabelle, a courageous young woman building a life on the Kansas frontier, to Sloane, a museum curator searching for answers within the pages of a diary penned over one hundred years ago, Roots of Wood and Stone spans generations in a brilliantly rendered narrative that explores the heart behind the places we call home." -- Amanda Barratt, author of The White Rose Resists and My Dearest Dietrich

"Compelling. Rich. Winding through past and present and linking them in surprising ways, Wen’s debut novel captures the legacy of a historic farmhouse and all the people who’ve made their lives there. I was rooting for Sloane out of the gate, and my heart went up and down with her story until the well-drawn conclusion. Wen writes with warmth and a delightful voice about heritage, family, and the nature of what’s truly important." -- Joanna Davidson Politano, author of The Love Note

"Now and then I am fortunate enough to read a book that so thoroughly captures me that I forget I’m reading. It’s rare, but when it happens it feels a whole lot like magic. Amanda Wen has written such a novel. In Roots of Wood and Stone, Wen invites readers in, introduces them to characters who feel like dear friends, and gives them the gift of a tale well told. And in the telling, Wen reminds us of the beauty of friendship, love, and finding out the fullest meaning of home." -- Susie Finkbeiner, author of Stories That Bind Us and the Pearl Spence novels

"In Amanda Wen’s sensitive Christian novel Roots of Wood and Stone, a nineteenth-century diary draws a Kansas pair closer as they unearth personal pains.... Vulnerable and multifaceted characters deal with the heartbreaking realities of eldercare, but also learn to trust God’s plans over their own well-intentioned decisions. Characters’ thoughts and emotions are pulled between their desires to cling to old habits and fears and their needs to risk opening up to others.... With a resonant, alternating time line that highlights the past’s continuing influence on the present, Roots of Wood and Stone is a satisfying, moving novel that combines ancestral stories with a new romance." -- Foreword Reviews

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