Book Review and Blog Tour: The Rhythm of Fractured Grace by Amanda Wen

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About the Book

The Rhythm of Fractured Grace

Title: The Rhythm of Fractured Grace
Series: Sedgwick County Chronicles #3
Author: Amanda Wen
Publisher: Kregel Publications
Release Date: February 20, 2024
Genre: Christian Split Time Romantic Women’s Fiction

Is Siobhan too far gone to respond to the song of a God who’s calling her back to him?

When a new customer brings a badly damaged violin into Siobhan Walsh’s shop, it is exactly the sort of challenge she craves. The man who brought it in is not. He’s too close to the painful past that left her heart and her faith in shambles.

Matt Buchanan has had a rough start as the new worship pastor. A car accident on his way into town left him with a nearly totaled truck, and an heirloom violin in pieces. When he takes it to a repair shop, he’s fascinated with the restoration process–and with the edgy, closed-off woman doing the work.

As their friendship deepens and turns into more, they both discover secrets that force them to face past wounds. And the history of the violin reveals more about their current problems than they could have ever expected.

On the nineteenth-century frontier, a gruesome tomahawk attack wiped out most of Deborah Caldwell’s family. Her greatest solace after the tragedy is the music from her father’s prized violin. Given her horrendous scars, she’d resigned herself to a spinster’s life. But Levi Martinson’s gentle love starts to chip away at her hardened heart, until devastating details about the attack are revealed, putting their love–and Deborah’s shaky faith–to the ultimate test.

Full of forgiveness and the message that no one is too damaged for God’s healing touch, the final book in the split-time Sedgwick County Chronicles will thrill fans of Rachel Hauck, Lisa Wingate, and Kristy Cambron.

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More Books in Series

Roots of Wood and Stone The Songs That Could Have Been

In the modern day, Siobhan Walsh is a woman who has been deeply hurt by the church, to the point that she wants no part of it. In 1876, Deborah Caldwell is a woman who has been ravaged by a vicious attack, yet she somehow survived. Their stories cross when Matt Buchanan, himself pretty seriously injured in a car accident, brings a broken violin, only valuable for what it means to him, to the repair shop where Siobhan works.

I do love a good dual-timeline story, and Amanda Wen gives us a fantastic one! (It was so good, I sat down, got sucked in, and read it in about two hours!) Deborah struggles with the idea that she will never find love, never be a wife and mother. When Levi Martinson needs a mother for his daughter and asks for Deborah’s hand, at first she balks, longing for a marriage of more than convenience. She questions why God let her survive the attack if this was all He had in mind for the rest of her life. Siobhan used to sing, play the violin, pour her heart out in worship as part of a large church’s worship team. But the actions of one person drove her away, and she’s farther from God than she’s ever been, wondering where He went.

Both Siobhan and Deborah are damaged, Deborah physically, Siobhan emotionally. Both must find courage they don’t think they have. When Deborah learns that her attacker was not a Sioux Indian, as she’d always believed, but someone much closer, she must decide whether she will allow God to help her forgive. Siobhan’s past experience has left her shying away not only from God, but from the idea of a relationship with anyone. When she starts feeling things for Matt that she swore never to let herself feel again, she is faced with a choice: cut Matt off and walk away, or face her past in order to move into a future with him?

The story deals sensitively with a timely topic in its treatment of abuse of power and position within the church. Siobhan left her church and her faith because no one believed her when she tried to tell the truth. She wasn’t the one responsible for putting butts in the pews and winning souls to Christ, so her version of the story clearly carried less weight. My heart just hurt for her, and for anyone who’s been in that position in real life.

The violin reaches across the years to connect Deborah’s and Siobhan’s stories. As Siobhan works to restore the damage to the violin, so we see God work in both women’s lives to restore faith, dignity, and hope. It made me think of kintsugi, the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery using lacquer mixed with gold, silver, or platinum powder.

Matt even noticed at one point in the book that Siobhan looked different. He was able to see a physical change in her after God mended her emotional and spiritual wounds. The broken, made beautiful.

Faith is a central component of the book, but it never feels heavy-handed. This is no fire and brimstone “repent or die” story. Rather, God draws both Deborah and Siobhan back to Himself with tender love and concern for them, and He works through their weakness to give them strength to do the hard things they are faced with. What a gorgeous picture of redemption and God’s unfailing love!

Thanks to JustRead Publicity Tours and NetGalley for an advance copy. I am reviewing this book voluntarily. All opinions are mine, and I don’t say nice things about books I don’t actually like.


About the Author

Amanda Wen

Amanda Wen is a Selah Award–winning, Parable best-selling author of inspirational romance and split-time women’s fiction, including Roots of Wood and Stone and The Songs That Could Have Been, and a professional musician. Wen currently lives in Wichita, Kansas, with her husband and three children.

Connect with Amanda by visiting amandawen.com to follow her on social media or subscribe to email newsletter updates.


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2 Responses to Book Review and Blog Tour: The Rhythm of Fractured Grace by Amanda Wen

  1. Cindy Davis says:

    Great review, Lisa! I can’t wait to read this one, I love her books!

  2. what a wonderful review! Thank you for sharing your thoughts, Lisa! 🙂

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