First Line Friday – Roots of Wood and Stone

Posted February 5, 2021 by thebeccafiles in First Line Friday / 3 Comments


Happy Friday!

The book I’m featuring this week is Roots of Wood and Stone by Amanda Wen:

Roots of Wood and Stone (Sedgwick County Chronicles)

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Sloane Kelley stood in the lobby of the Sedgwick County Museum of History, the thick buffalo robe hanging warm and heavy on her arms.

I am currently reading this one and almost finished. I’m really enjoying it so far. It’s Amanda Wen’s debut novel and I’m quite confident I’ll be reading more from her in the future too! 🙂

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.

Now it’s your turn!

Grab the book nearest to you and leave a comment with the first line. To see what First Lines others are sharing this week head over to Hoarding Books.

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3 responses to “First Line Friday – Roots of Wood and Stone

  1. Kay Garrett

    Charm, Ohio
    December 1, 1913
    Maryann gazed across the cozy corner table into Andrew Wittmer’s light brown eyes.
    MARYANN’S HOPE by Molly Jebber
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

  2. Paula Shreckhise

    My first line is from Obsession by Patricia Bradley:
    The January warm spell had definitely ended in South Mississippi.

    I really want to read Amanda’s book!

  3. Happy Friday!
    Over on my blog I’m sharing from All of You, Always by Lindsay Harrel: Currently, I’m just starting A Dance in Donegal by Jennifer Deibel, so I’ll share from there.
    “The grandfather clock downstairs chimed the hour, its clangs all too reminiscent of the funeral bells presiding over Mother’s service just yesterday morning.”
    Happy reading! 😀❤📚

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