Karen BarnettKregel Publications / 2022 / Trade PaperbackOur Price$12.995 out of 5 stars for When Stone Wings Fly: A Smoky Mountains Novel. View reviews of this product. 7 Reviews
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Debbie from ChristFocusHarrison, ARAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Where do you find security?July 30, 2022Debbie from ChristFocusHarrison, ARAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5"When Stone Wings Fly" is a Christian historical romance, a split-time story set in 1932-42 and in present day. When the Tennessee Great Smokies Park Commission starts to forcefully buy up the land to create a national park, Rosie refuses to leave. Her family's roots are in this land, and her simple-minded sister wouldn't handle moving very well. Even when a kind, handsome bird watcher captures her heart, she refuses to leave--he'll have to leave his prime job as a university professor and join her on her dirt-poor farm if he wants her. Her refusal to loosen her grip and trust that God could provide a good life outside of her land brings about a series of tragic events leading ultimately to her death.
In the present day, Kieran's broken family meant that she spent years in foster care, but she's finally found family: Granny Mac. Mac talks about her mother, Rosie, and a stone bird she had, but her memories are muddled due to dementia and being so young when she left Rosie's land. Kieran hopes to find the old homestead and dig up the bird to help Mac (and herself) reconnect with the past. Park historian Zach kindly spends extra effort helping her uncover the past, but digging up the bird is illegal and he's very by-the-rules. Granny warns Kieran that she also holds on to things too tightly (by following her own way to keep happiness). Will Kieran be able to choose a way that will finally break the string of tragedies in her family?
In both timelines, the characters were likable, complex, and reacted in realistic ways. Historical details were woven into the story without slowing the pacing. Suspense came from the lurking danger from a growing feud with a neighbor. Both couples became friends before moving into deeper caring and romance. The Christian element was trusting God enough to let go of the things that provide (sometimes false) security. There were no sex scenes or bad language. Overall, I'd recommend this enjoyable historical.
I received an ebook review copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.
PrayerwalkerLoyalton, CAAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Such a beautiful time-split, dual stories of trust and loveJuly 28, 2022PrayerwalkerLoyalton, CAAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I absolutely loved this story about finding identity, discovering family roots, and healing generational wounds. Set in 1930s and contemporary times in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, it also follows two sweet romances, with each individual faced with the challenges of sacrifice and trust.
This is the fourth novel Barnett has written in a national parks setting--her earlier three, another series. By far this is her best and commands attention for those who like a subtle, lyrical read. I appreciated how she shifted scenes in such a way that allowed me to fill in the blanks. And each of the viewpoint characters is endearing.
This is an award winner, and I can't wait for the next one. I recommend this without reservation.
SC5 Stars Out Of 5Karen Barnett at her best!July 7, 2022SCQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5With an adept pen, Ms. Barnett has crafted a beautiful tapestry of words, with prose that brings to life the beauty of the Smoky Mountains. The two timelines are skillfully connected, bringing a story of family that will tug at ones' heart.
Ms. Barnett's expert research skills provided a voice of authenticity to the history of the founding of the park and the struggle between the Appalachian mountain people and the park officials over the land. I absolutely loved Rosie, a courageous mountain woman who fought hard for family and the home she loved. Decades later, discovery of her family's story will bring peace to Kieran's Granny Mac. This is an incredible story of strong family roots but is also one of letting go, so that one can fly.
BeccaRae5 Stars Out Of 5Incredible StorytellingJuly 1, 2022BeccaRaeQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Wow, this story was full of so many twists and turns and emotional rollercoasters that I wasn't quite sure what to do with myself in the end! It was unique, unpredictable, and gripped my heart in ways that kept the pages turning while I ignored all of my other adult responsibilities. There's so much that I'd like to say, but this one is a story that needs to be experienced, and I truly don't want to say anything that could be a spoiler of any kind. I will say that the author's appreciation and respect for not only the national parks but their history, is apparent in the creation and development of this family's tale. Sometimes the beautiful places we have to admire today costed others something we know nothing about in the past. This story, although fictional, aims to share a glimpse of that.
Incredibly well written, emotionally captivating, this is one you won't be able to put down easily. Highly, highly recommend it!
TraciePacific NorthwestAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Beyond my expectationsJune 30, 2022TraciePacific NorthwestAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5When Stone Wings Fly, a new release by Karen Barnett, will appeal to readers who enjoy historical fiction, dual timeline, family stories, and our national parks. The author weaves current and past story lines together seamlessly with a compelling cast of characters. Readers will cheer Rosie on as she cares for those she loves. At the same time, they will want the best for contemporary character Kieran, rejoicing she has found Granny Mac and hoping all will turn out for the best in their lives. Readers learn more about Great Smoky Mountains National Park than they ever dreamed possible, in a natural and intriguing way. Perhaps the best book by Karen Barnett yet, I stayed up late to finish this one!
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