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.
This book is a very gentle read. The characters are somewhat old-fashioned living in a small Southern town – not only kind & caring but refreshingly full of respect & concern for one another. The reader will feel as if they’re sitting on a porch & eavesdropping on a series of issues as they unfold.
Unlike a lot of Christian fiction, The Carving Tree touches on some fairly heavy subject matter without being overly weighty or cliched. The gospel is clearly presented and effortlessly woven into this gripping tale of love, loss, and faith. The plot twists and turns make The Carving Tree a novel that you will not want to put down. Terry Bowman has the enviable ability to create lovable, imperfect characters that had me rooting for them the whole way, and I do hope there will be a sequel!