Roots of Wood and Stone by Amanda Wen

Historical museum curator Sloane Kelley finds a diary from the nineteenth century inside a satchel at work one day and sets out to discover more about the contents and author.  She wishes to explore the old farmhouse owned by Garrett Anderson in order to look for answers, but Garrett simply wants to sell the crumbling home.  Over a hundred and fifty years earlier, Annabelle Collins writes in her diaries as she settles with her aunt and uncle in the prairies of Sedgwick County, Kansas.  Her diaries may forever change Sloane and Garrett in ways they never imagined.

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 book and look forward to more by this author!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author.  Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

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