The Songs That Could Have Been by Amanda Wen: Book Review and Giveaway with Read with Audra
About the book:
Two couples in love. Two sets of impossible circumstances. One powerful God of grace.
After a devastating tailspin in her late teens, Lauren Anderson’s life is finally back on track. Then a chance meeting with
Carter Douglas, her first love and the man who broke her heart, threatens to throw her well-balanced world out of
Now a TV meteorologist, Carter is determined to make amends with Lauren. After all, she still owns his heart. But his old
demons are forcing him toward the same decision he faced in the past. Is he 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.
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What Others Are Saying
“A reading experience both heartfelt and heart-tugging, a timeless exploration of young and enduring love and the grace
found in second chances. Amanda Wen is a rare and remarkable storyteller, and this is a novel I will not soon forget.”
–Amanda Barratt, Christy Award-winning author of The White Rose Resists
“A stunning journey of loss, love, and yearning. . . . Past and present are deftly woven together in this dual-timeline narrative that will leave readers flying through the pages.” – Amanda Cox, author of the 2021 Christy Award Book of the Year, The Edge of Belonging
About the author:
Amanda Wen is an award-winning writer of inspirational romance and split-time women’s fiction. She has placed first in multiple writing contests, including the 2017 Indiana Golden Opportunity, the 2017 Phoenix Rattler, and the 2016 ACFW
First Impressions contests. She was also a 2018 ACFW Genesis Contest finalist. Her debut novel was a 2021 Christy Award First Novel finalist.
Wen is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and regularly contributes author interviews for their Fiction Finder feature. She also frequently interviews authors for her blog and is a contributor to the God Is Love blog. She is the author of Roots of Wood and Stone and The Songs That Could Have Been.
In addition to her writing, Wen is an accomplished professional cellist and pianist who frequently performs with orchestras, chamber groups, and her church’s worship team. She serves as a choral accompanist as well. A lifelong denizen of the flatlands, Wen lives in Kansas with her patient, loving, and hilarious husband, their three adorable
Wenlets, and a snuggly Siamese cat.
To find Amanda Wen’s blog and short stories, visit http://www.amandawen.com. Readers can also follower her on Facebook
(@AuthorAmandaWen), Twitter (@AuthorAmandaWen), and Instagram (@authoramandawen).
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A beautifully poignant tale of God’s love and ability to continue our story long after we believe it’s over. I thought I could not love a book more than Roots of Wood and Stone, but Amanda Wen proved me wrong. Lauren and Carter have such wonderful chemistry on the page and their second chance romance is one that I found to be exceptional. Their pasts haunt them, each with their own problems to overcome and reveal to the other, and I found myself connecting with Lauren through her troubles and the self-doubt that plagued her. The additional storyline of Rosie and Ephraim really took the story to the next level. I thoroughly enjoyed the look back into Rosie’s life and the hard decisions that were faced by each character. Carter considers himself broken beyond repair and a liability to the relationship. But God is the master of broken things and He has the power to restore. Amanda Wen has penned a novel of heart that kept me reading page after beautiful page. I received a copy of this book through Read with Audra. I was not required to leave a positive review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.