First Line Friday — Roots of Wood And Stone

29 Jan

Whew! What a week. TGIF! My girl is home for her wedding dress fitting — squee — and some other wedding chores. I’ve just gotten a few minutes to write this First Line Friday post. A few hours before it’s officially Saturday, but, hey, I made it. Today I am featuring a split time debut novel that released this week — Roots of Wood And Stone by Amanda Wen. This is a very personal story for the author, and I cannot wait to read it.

Here’s the first line:

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



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.

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, among others. She was also a 2018 ACFW Genesis Contest finalist.\

In addition to her writing, Amanda is an accomplished professional cellist and pianist, frequently performing with symphony orchestras, string quartets, and her church’s worship team, and accompanying high school and middle school choirs. A lifelong denizen of the flatlands, Amanda currently lives in Kansas with her patient, loving, and hilarious husband, their three adorable Wenlets, and a snuggly Siamese cat.


What’s the first line of your book this weekend?


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5 Responses to “First Line Friday — Roots of Wood And Stone”

  1. sassybookishmama January 29, 2021 at 7:20 pm #

    Happy Friday!!

    Over on my blog I am sharing the first line from The Hesitant Heiress by Dawn Crandall.
    “Miss Brigham, may I have a word with you?” Professor Silvious strolled down the aisle toward the stage of the Boston Conservatory of Music’s auditorium.

    Have a lovely weekend! 📖

  2. Becky January 29, 2021 at 9:57 pm #

    Happy Friday! My first line is from “Collision Course” by Elizabeth Goddard:

    “He’d never looked certain death in the face until today.”

    • rbclibrary January 30, 2021 at 7:00 am #

      Great line!

  3. Paula Shreckhise January 31, 2021 at 12:00 am #

    I really want to read Amanda’s book!
    My first line is from The Vanishing at Loxby Manor by Abigail Wilson:
    I knew something was terribly wrong the moment I stepped foot back inside Loxby Manor- the pervasive restlessness of the servants, the strained silence of the front room.

    • rbclibrary January 31, 2021 at 8:19 am #

      I’m behind on Wilson’s books too! Thanks for sharing.

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