The Carving Tree is a tale of love, courage, and God’s redemptive grace that reminds readers there is always hope.
Forty-six years ago Jake pledged his love to Sadie by carving their names into the Carving Tree. Newly retired, Sadie is eager to take on life’s 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. Sadie’s luck takes a turn for the worse when Megan Thompson, an aspiring model, goes missing after leaving her young son in Sadie’s care.
Miles away, when what Megan thought was an audition for a modeling gig turns out to be a hoax, she finds herself a victim of a human-trafficking ring. Terrified, Megan knows only one thing is certain: she must escape and return to her son.
Both women’s courage and resilience are put to the test in Terry Bowman’s captivating novel, The Carving Tree.
Terry Thomas Bowman is happily married to Karen, his wife of more than thirty-five years. Terry and Karen make their home near Wilmington, North Carolina. Terry serves as deacon, decision counselor, and adult Sunday school teacher in his church. He has been writing for eighteen years and has had numerous devotions appear in Open Windows, The Upper Room, and other publications. More than fifty of his Christian inspirational, home-school, and biblical world-view articles have been published, and he has written several award-winning historical fiction short stories.
In The Carving Tree a majestic old beech containing a heart-shaped carving stands as a symbol of love for the main characters. Terry drew upon personal experience when he selected this symbol of undying love. Prior to proposing to his wife in 1981, he etched a similar carving on a beech tree at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Thirty years later they returned to the university and showed their children the living symbol of their love.