When Stone Wings Fly: A Smoky Mountains Novel

Kregel. Jun. 2022. 352p. ISBN 9780825447174. pap. $16.99. CF
Barnett’s (“Vintage National Parks” series) historical novel, narrated in alternating time periods, unfolds the history of an Appalachian Tennessee family past that is full of mystery and secrets spanning eight decades. Kieran Lucas loves visiting her nonagenarian grandmother and listening to the stories she shares of her life. Slipping in and out of coherency, Granny Mac tells Kieran about growing up in the 1930s in her beloved Great Smoky Mountains, recounting a history that Kieran has never known. Granny quickly becomes agitated however as she speaks of her mother’s mysterious death and a lost family heirloom. Determined to find some peace for her grandmother, Kieran sets out for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and embarks on an adventure she never saw coming. Park historian Zach Jensen may be able to help answer Granny Mac’s questions if he and Kieran can find a way to work together.
VERDICT Barnett spins an effortless tale that will quickly engross readers with vivid imagery reminiscent of a time long ago. Fans of Lori Wick, Francine Rivers, and Charles Martin will likely be drawn to this novel that combines contemporary with historical.
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