Book Review (and a Giveaway!): Set in Stone by Kimberley Woodhouse

Posted March 13, 2024 by meezcarrie in Book Review, Christian, giveaway, historical, Kimberley Woodhouse, mystery/suspense, romance / 29 Comments


Set in Stone book review

Set in Stone book reviewSET IN STONE by Kimberley Woodhouse
SERIES:
Treasures of the Earth #2

GENRE: Historical Romance/Suspense (Christian)
PUBLISHER: Bethany House
RELEASE DATE: March 12, 2024
PAGES: 328

 

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Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.

That is an actual record of my reaction to a particular twist in Set in Stone. One that took me by surprise (clearly) and one that I thought was brilliantly done by the author. I had my suspicions about how the suspense thread would turn out, and while I was partially correct about some of it I didn’t see the rest of it coming. Kimberley Woodhouse writes great historical romance – this is fact. But she also writes brilliant suspense, and I love that we get to see both talents showcased in this new series.

Martha and Jacob are both layered characters who come from two very different worlds. And while at first glance, Martha seems to have the kind of upbringing where she wanted for nothing, in truth it’s working class Jacob who is rich in what really matters. I appreciated the contrast between them and how the author integrated it into several of the story threads so we were shown the differences & not just told. I also loved Jacob’s character, from his personality to his integrity, his deep relationship with God, his growing feelings for Martha and even his connection to Dwight L. Moody. My heart broke for Martha in her acute lack of close relationships or anyone to share her burdens, and I found her subsequent journey toward a relationship with Jesus to be heartfelt and authentic. Even the places in her story where we can see Him pursuing her long before she realizes that He loves her deeply.

Bottom Line: In Set in Stone, Kimberley Woodhouse takes us to the height of the Bone Wars and puts us right in the middle of a high-stakes competition between rival digs. Readers will quickly become invested in Martha’s backstory and her present quest for a significant dinosaur skeleton, and they will of course fall in love with Jacob as she does. Drama abounds between the two digs, but it’s the truly complex villain that will keep you on the edge of your seat and biting your nails! A sweet romance (though I wish there had been a little more kissing haha #shallow), a touching faith journey, and some shocking twists round out the mix, and I already cannot wait for the next book!

(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)

My Rating: 4 stars / loved it!

KissingBook Level: 2 / warm rosy glow of sweetness

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Kimberley Woodhouse

Kimberley Woodhouse is an award-winning, bestselling author of more than 30 fiction and nonfiction books. Kim and her incredible husband of 30-plus years live in Colorado, where they play golf together, spend time with their kids and grandbaby, and research all the history around them. Connect with Kimberley at her website.

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29 responses to “Book Review (and a Giveaway!): Set in Stone by Kimberley Woodhouse

  1. Judi Imperato

    I enjoy reading Kimberley Woodhouse, her stories are really good. Thank you for the giveaway.

  2. Perrianne Askew

    I love the fact that she combines historical fiction with suspense. I definitely would love to read it!

  3. Sue Parrish

    It sounds like an interesting story. There are not too many books set in that era with women paleontologists.

  4. Roxanne C.

    This book combines my two favorite genres, historical romance and suspense/mystery. Carrie’s review has me excited about Set in Stone, and I always enjoy Kimberley Woodhouse’s writing.

  5. Sandy Avery

    I’ve read and enjoyed a few of Kimberley’s books and this one sounds like another one I should add to my list. Thanks for the review.

  6. Nancy

    I would like to read Set in Stone by Kimberley Woodhouse because it has an interesting premise with dinosaur excavations.

  7. Kay Garrett

    Gorgeous cover on top of a wonderful sounding book have this book on my TBR list. Your review just makes me want to read it all the more.

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