I’m digging into The Songs That Could Have Been by Amanda Wen. Are you a fan of dual-time stories?
About the Book
Two couples in love. Two sets of impossible circumstances. One powerful God of grace.
After a tailspin in her late teens, Lauren Anderson’s life is finally back on track. Her battle with bulimia is under control, her career is taking off, and she’s surrounded by a loving family. Then a chance meeting with Carter Douglas, her first love and the man who broke her heart, leads to old feelings returning with new strength. And suddenly her well-balanced world is thrown off kilter.
Now a TV meteorologist, Carter is determined to make amends with Lauren. After all, she still owns his heart. But the reasons they broke up aren’t lost–and those old demons are forcing him toward the same decision he faced in the past. He isn’t sure he’s courageous enough to make a different choice this time around.
When Lauren’s elderly grandmother, Rosie, begins having nightmares about a man named Ephraim–a name her family has never heard before–a fascinating and forbidden past love comes to light. As Lauren and Carter work to uncover the untold stories of Rosie’s past in 1950s Wichita, they embark on a journey of forgiveness and second chances that will change their lives–and Rosie’s–forever. Along the way they’ll learn that God wastes nothing, his timing is perfect, and nothing is beyond his grace and redemption.
The Songs That Could Have Been is full of the same deftly handled, resonant writing that readers and critics alike enjoyed in Amanda Wen’s first book in the series. Fans of Lisa Wingate and Rachel Hauck will add Amanda Wen to their must-read shelves.
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Nicole Santana says
I’m currently reading To Kiss a Wallflower. It’s an anthology of short stories. So far, I am loving it! I’ll share a line from the story I’m currently reading.
“Lottie left the woods with a new sense of power.”
I hope you have a great weekend!
I loved Roots of Wood and Stone, and can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of this one!
Jen @ Grace to Grow says
This definitely sounds intriguing! This week I posted the first line from Elysium Tide by James R. Hannibal.
Danielle Grandinetti says
This cover captures my attention every time! I hope you’ve enjoyed the story, too!
I posted the first line from A Healer’s Promise by Misty M Beller: https://daniellegrandinetti.com/2022/06/24/a-healers-promise/
Paula Shreckhise says
Loved Amanda’s book!
My first line comes from Long Way Home by Lynn Austin. Just released.
Hudson Valley, New York. June, 1946
“I know it looks hopeless,” I told Jimmy Barnett’s father. “But we can’t give up until Jimmy is better. Until he’s home again.”