A tale of love, courage, and God’s redemptive grace that reminds readers there is always hope.
Forty-six years ago Jake pledged his love to Sadie by carving their names into the Carving Tree. Now newly retired, Sadie is eager to take on life’s newest adventures with Jake by her side. But when the symbol of their enduring love begins to wither and Jake is diagnosed with a heart condition, Sadie’s dreams are put on hold.
Bitter towards God, Sadie is determined to nurse Jake and their beloved Carving Tree back to health on her own. Sadie’s luck takes a turn for the worse when she and Jake are threatened with a false lawsuit and Megan Thompson, an aspiring model, goes missing after leaving her young son in Sadie’s care. Overwhelmed with stress, medical bills, and Jake’s deteriorating health, Sadie’s notion of retired life is turning out to be quite different than she anticipated.
Miles away, Megan Thompson’s world is also shaken. When what she thought was an audition for a modeling gig turns out to be a hoax, Megan finds herself a victim of a human-trafficking ring. Terrified and far from home, Megan knows only one thing is certain: she must, against all odds, escape and return to her son.
Will Sadie be able to regain her footing and find peace with God, and will Megan ever escape and return to her young son? Both women’s courage and resilience are put to the test in Terry Bowman’s captivating novel, The Carving Tree.
The first thing that drew me to this book was how much I liked the main characters, Jake and Sadie Hopkins – good people with human flaws. They are deeply in love and approaching what should be their golden years. Megan, a single mother struggling to support herself, asks Sadie and Jake to watch her impetuous toddler while she takes care of some business. Then Megan is abducted into the nightmare of human trafficking. Excitement builds as the story lines come together demonstrating God’s love and the power of prayer. I did not want this book to end and would love to read a sequel.
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A clean, Christian story of the Oregon trail with romance.
The last four months have been tough for Ellie, traveling the Oregon trail with her mother and four siblings. Though scarlet fever left her with a weakened heart, she’s pushed ahead with determination.
Thaddeus dreams of becoming a pastor, though his affluent family expects him to follow in his banker father’s footsteps.
Thaddeus and Ellie meet every morning on the trail to sing hymns and pray. Soon they realize they want to be together forever. But the trail is harsh, and a mysterious drifter may threaten their love. Can their faith see them through to God’s perfect plan?
“This story will hold your attention and keep you reading until the end.”
“I cannot tell you how impressed I was with this faith-based western.”