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 My friend Amanda Wen, (whom I’ve never actually met in person but she lives pretty close to me and I hope to meet her someday) recently released her debut novel, Root of Wood and Stone. It is set in Wichita, Kansas and many of you know how I love Kansas books. I have to tell you that I loved this book and I hope you will read it. I know you’ll love it too. This is my review:

Anybody who likes romance or women’s fiction will LOVE this book. Amanda Wen’s debut novel grabbed me from the start and wouldn’t let go. Finding out what happened to Sloane and Garrett was far more important than anything else I needed to do, including sleep. I love that it is set in a real place, Wichita Kansas, and that some of the scenes in the book take place at real settings in Wichita. The historical story was my favorite. I loved the descriptions of Jack and Annabelle’s lives as homesteaders in Sedgwick County. Their lives were full, both of tragedy and happiness but they remained always faithful to the God they served. Ms. Wen’s transitions from the past to the present were well done and the ending was fantastic, the two stories seeming to merge into one. I especially liked the themes of forgiveness and family bonds. In depth characters, challenging situations and real-life difficulties all came together to make me fall in love with Roots of Wood and Stone. I’m eagerly awaiting Ms. Wen’s next book.

If you comment on this post with your email address or email me at, I’ll put your name in the drawing for a copy of Roots of Wood and Stone, your choice of paperback or Kindle. Happy Reading!

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