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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. ...more
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Published January 26th 2021 by Kregel Publications (first published January 2021)
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Susan Snodgrass
Jan 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
'I stopped talking with God altogether. Either he didn't exist, or his purpose was to gut me like a fish. Whichever it was, I was through.'

Reading is one of the absolute joys of my life and when I read a book that just ticks all the boxes and moves me greatly, that brings even greater joy. This is such a book.

Amanda Wen has written a stunning debut novel, a time slip that will have you falling in love with all the characters. From the 1800s Annabelle and Jack to current day Sloane and Garrett, n
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Susie Finkbeiner
Full review to come.

Fans of Christian fiction, you'll want to order a copy of Amanda Wen's debut. She did such a beautiful job!
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Deborah Raney
Nov 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A duel-timeline novel that strikes the perfect balance of time spent with the historical story and the contemporary. Amanda Wen is a writer to watch. I loved this book!
Lori
Feb 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This book was awesome! What a story!
Ms. Wen has done a wonderful job with a time slip novel that doesn't miss a beat and really I loved Annabelle's story the best.
How wonderful to have a family history like that! This book got me to thinking. Do I want to try again to find my real family or do I just go with God's plan? I've tried once before and failed so that was why I felt like I was Sloane.
I really loved these characters and I didn't want this story to end.
I clapped when good things happ
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Heidi Chiavaroli
Jan 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
From Endorsement:
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. So well done!
Diana
Jan 29, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Roots of Wood and Stone is a poignant, warm, debut novel that left me pleasantly surprised...with a mysterious time-slip storyline that leaves ripples in a stream for years to come. I wasn't certain I could read this because I'm suffering from Covid, but the author wrote with such clarity I had no problems at all with comprehension. Amanda Wen is an impressive debut writer, whose future books I am indeed looking forward to!

*I received a complimentary copy of this this novel from Kregel Publicati
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Amanda Geaney
Feb 02, 2021 rated it really liked it
Anyone who appreciates a good time-slip novel or who dabbles in genealogy will relish Amanda Wen's debut novel, Roots of Wood and Stone. In the story, museum curator Sloane Kelley feels inextricably drawn to Annabelle Collins (1800s) through the words penned in her diary and the home she once shared with her husband Jack. As Sloane helps the grandchildren of the home's current owner sort through family archives, she discovers a clue to her past. In looking back, she's able to find the courage an ...more
Abby Breuklander
Feb 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Love love and love this story!! We all have times in life where we wrestle with the questions of who am I? Why am I here? No matter what the details of our stories may be we can be certain that God has woven each and every single piece for a reason. We are not here by accident, there is a specific purpose for every one of us. We may not fit into other people's plans, but we are certainly a part of His. ...more
Jeanne Alfveby Crea
Feb 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely love "Roots of Wood and Stone" by Amanda Wen. What an excellent debut novel! History, genealogy, and an excellent story in the past and present are woven together in this exceptional novel. The characters are well-developed, lovable, and I chuckled at their funny banter. I enjoyed every minute of it. I would love to read more about them!

I highly recommend Roots of Wood and Stone. Amanda Wen is an author to watch!
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Katie Powner
Feb 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
If you love inspirational romance, this is a great book for you. I loved both stories in the split time, and especially loved how both heroines were driven by their desire to find belonging. A fun read and a sweet story.
Raechel Lenore
Feb 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2021-reads
This was a lovely debut novel! I really enjoyed getting to know both Sloane and Garrett of the present day story, and Annabelle and Jack’s story from the late 1800’s. I especially loved how the two timeline stories wove together to create a truly beautiful story.

The characters were realistic, and the setting came alive in both parts. “Roots of Wood and Stone” is a rich story full of history and meaning. It was easy to cheer on Sloane as she searches for her own unknown family history.

I really a
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Lisa Carter
Jan 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I love split-time/time-slip fiction. Amanda Wen's debut novel proved to be a wonderful read. Thoroughly enjoyable characters with relatable dilemmas—both contemporary and historical. Wen paints a vivid picture of 19th century Kansas pioneers and their 21st century descendants. Well done. Masterfully crafted. I look forward to future books from this fine author. Lisa Carter, Daphne award-winning author of The Stronghold ...more
Ann
Jan 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
What a beautifully written story! The author did an excellent job of weaving the past with the present. I loved every thing about this book especially the main theme which was to trust God with the plans for your life and how important forgiveness is. I highly recommend this book, it was an excellent read.
Thank you Independent Publishers Group and Kregel Publications via NetGalley for the ARC copy of this book. All opinions expressed are my own.
Rachel Scott
Jan 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I totally enjoyed this brilliant debut novel by Amanda Wen. I was immediately intrigued by the nineteenth century journal and all the secrets it held! While the heroines were separated by more than a hundred years, both their journeys were incredible and moving.

This story also held several surprises I did not see coming. I loved how seamlessly the dual timelines blended to create one amazing book!

*I received a copy from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
Kaitlyn S.
This book sounded like a charming, small-town story of history, research, genealogy, caregiving, and searching for where a body belongs in this world of ours . . . and it delivered all that and so much more.

This is a split-time book, and in order for me to really get into it and enjoy it, all the elements of a good story must be present in both time periods . . . in essence, there must be two completed stories in the book, and this book delivered that wonderfully! I enjoyed both parts, although
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Mimi
Feb 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
You know how you feel when you start a book by a new author, right? A bit of trepidation? I'm not alone with that am I? When I agreed to read Roots of Wood and Stone I had the thought of, "what do I do if I don't care for her writing and she's just starting?" Insert a * cringe * face here. Well, well, well, my friends, let me tell you right now, that I had no need to worry. I'm going to start off my review by letting you know that this was a 5 star read for me!

I already reached out to Amanda tel
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Erin
Feb 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
"If he stopped, the pain would catch up with him."

"She was just a diversion they were forced to deal with. The unexpected wrinkle in their carefully ironed plans."


When Garrett Anderson dropped by Sloane Kelley's office to donate an old satchel he'd found while cleaning out his grandmother's house, neither of them knew their lives were about to change. Sloane, annoyed that he assumed the museum would accept any old items with ties to local settlers, tries to give it back. But then the diary tucke
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Connie Saunders
Feb 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is an amazing book on so many levels. It is Amanda Wen's debut novel but it appears to have been written by a seasoned author. Roots of Wood and Stone is a split-time story that tells of two young women divided by 150 years and Wen has beautifully laced their stories together until it's easy to forget which one you're reading. Sloane Kelley's love of historic preservation puts her in possession of the diaries of Annabelle Collins and, from the first 1861 entry, Annabelle proves to be an ama ...more
Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
The first line in the author's notes sums up this book beautifully:

"Family is at the heart of this book." 

I honestly loved this book. It was the perfect book at the right time and I enjoyed every written word. I think one of the aspects that I enjoyed the most was the genealogical hunt for Annabelle Collin's descendants and also Sloane's history since she had no idea who her blood relatives were since she was adopted. I really enjoyed the diary aspect that shared Anna's life in the 1800s and how
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June Jacobs
Feb 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A powerful split-time family story filled with faith, love, and emotion . . .

This complex and well-crafted story features two strong women, present-day Sloane Kelley and twentieth-century Annabelle Collins. It turns out the women have a lot in common, and yet the two are unique in their life experiences and personalities.

The amount of historical detail introduced by the author is astonishing, and yet each piece of information works together with the others to build a strong foundation for the
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Create With Joy
Feb 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Do you enjoy discovering new novelists and new series? Are you ready to get lost in a really beautiful story that’s rooted in both the present day and the past? If so, then Amanda Wen’s debut novel, Roots Of Wood And Stone, the first book in the Sedgwick County Chronicles, will be right up your alley!

This split-time story introduces us to Sloane Kelley – a museum curator who was abandoned at birth and wants more than anything to discover her family roots – and Garrett Anderson, a guy who is doin
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Maureen Timerman
Jan 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2021
There are so many God Things in the book, they give heart tugs, and thus it became a page turner. I'll say I "loved this book", yes, all of it.

We flash to the eighteen hundreds and back again, and all the while you become very involved in what is Annabelle's story, and then present day dealing with the challenges life presents. We are given a brother and sister, having recently losing their mother, are not cleaning out and taking care of their grandmother. She lives in the family homestead, but
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Cover Lover Book Review
Feb 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I love time-slip novels! There is something so special about watching two parts of a story from two different time periods become stitched together into a single beautiful tapestry. Roots of Wood and Stone is a Christian time-slip stitched with threads of love, loss, hope, faith, and restoration.

It is difficult to stop reading at the end of each chapter. There is no lull in these pages, the story pulled me in quickly. It is easy to connect with Sloane and Garrett (the contemporary side) and An
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Hallie Szott
4.5

What a delightfully captivating story.

Not knowing her own history, curator Sloane Kelly spends her days wrapped up in uncovering and understanding the histories of others. A donated nineteenth-century diary piques her interest, and she determines to find out more about Annabelle Collins. This, of course, leads her to a historic farmhouse—and Garrett Anderson.

Neither Sloane nor Garrett expect the story that unfolds in Amanda Wen’s Roots of Wood and Stone, but rich in family, love, and belongin
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Lifeofliterature
Feb 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Amanda Wen is definitely an author to watch! I greatly enjoyed her debut novel as she brings history to life amid the pages and ties in the past to the present during the split-time story. The author handles the topic of adoption well and also incorporates the theme of God working everything out for good seamlessly in the story. The plot drew me in with its rich telling of love and loss. There are a few twists that I did not predict which further made the novel engaging. I highly recommend this ...more
Virginia Winfield
Feb 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This was the first book I read by this author and I could not put the book down. I loved this story. I am really getting to like these stories that have a story within a story. This was very emotional and inspirational. I loved that the past and the present intertwined. Sloan and Annabelle learned a lot of things about their life. This made me feel great in the end. I received a copy of this book from Read with Audra for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
Anne
Jan 30, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Roots of Wood and Stone
by Amanda Wen
Back of the Book: “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 w
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Phyllis
Feb 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Marvelous Story!

You know "that kid" in school who everyone hated because they messed up the grading curve with their 99% on the test? If books were students, Amanda Wen's debut novel, Roots of Wood and Stone, is "that kid". And with books, you want to read the book that is "that kid".

So let's talk about what made this such a great story.

First, I'll mention the characters. Brother and sister, Lauren and Garrett, made me laugh as they interacted with one another. And they touched my heart for the
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Deana Dick
Feb 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
There are several time slip books being published lately. I have come to like them. It amazes me how an author can write about two time periods and bring them together to fit like a puzzle. Sloane has a wonderful and interesting job as historic museum curator. The items she has discovered are well preserved and helps history tell its story through relics, diaries and pictures.

I know it was not by accident that Garrett brought an old satchel to the museum for Sloane to gather information on. God
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Ian
This is a simply stunning time slip story with a wonderful sense of God's grace and love threading through it.

Sloane Kelley was abandoned by her mom three days after she was born. She's now 30 and has no clue who her birth mom is. Sloane has been lovingly raised by her adopted parents, however, continues to struggle with a sense of abandonment which continues to raise its ugly head in many of her relationships.

Annabelle Collins, half a century earlier in the 1860s, lost her parents when she was
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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. She was also a 2018 ACFW Genesis Contest finalist. Amanda currently lives in Wichita, Kansas, with her husband and three childre ...more

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