About 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 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.
About the author:
Amanda Wen is an award-winning writer of inspirational romance and split-time women’s fiction. She has placed first in multiple writing contests, including the 2017 Indiana Golden Opportunity, the 2017 Phoenix Rattler, and the 2016 ACFW First Impressions contests. She was also a 2018 ACFW Genesis Contest finalist.
Wen is a member of 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 contributor to the God Is Love blog. Her debut novel, Roots of Wood and Stone, releases from Kregel Publications on February 2, 2021.
In addition to her writing, Wen is an accomplished professional cellist and pianist who frequently performs with orchestras, chamber groups, and her church’s worship team. She serves as a choral accompanist as well. A lifelong denizen of the flatlands, Wen lives in Kansas with her patient, loving, and hilarious husband, their three adorable Wenlets, and a snuggly Siamese cat.
The beautifully told story of Sloane and Garrett contains my favorite things: romance, history, and faith. The characters are amazing people and you will grow to love them. Sloane is a young woman who is searching for stability in her life. She’s so wounded in her personal life but absolutely loves her work. It is God’s working and timing that brings Garrett into her life. He’s cleaning out his grandmother’s attic and brings them to the local museum where she works.
Sloane thinks that the stuff is just junk until she finds a very old diary in the box. As she starts to read the words of Annabelle she is immediately intrigued. As she shares this information with Garrett and his sister, it brings them closer because she helps them go through the old belongings in the house.
This old house in Kansas holds the history of Annabelle and her story plays out as more diaries are found. Sloan becomes totally immersed in Annabelle’s story which is a story of God’s grace and care for her. Sloan and Garrett are getting closer to each other, but he lives in Kansas City and she in Wichita.
I absolutely love this book and recommend it to everyone! You will not be able to stop reading it and will stay up much too late, like I did. You’ll want to find out what happens to Sloane, Garrett, and the house. The history of the house will truly surprise you.a Rafflecopter giveaway