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The Wooden Tokens by Dawn Knox is the story of Annie and Ben, both left as babies at the Foundling Hospital after their mothers decided to give them up for adoption. A kind and loving couple adopts them after losing their twins, and they become a family with the couple’s biological children. Thinking these people are their biological parents, Annie and Ben find immense joy on the farm with their family. But soon, their happy lives become sorrowful. When they are five, they are taken away from the people they called Ma and Pa and returned to the Foundling Hospital, where they will be schooled and become apprentices. During their time, they stay in touch even though the males and females reside in separate buildings. They also learn they are not blood-related, and their love evolves romantically. As they go from one heartache or challenge to the next, they seek to find their way back to each other and discover whether romantic love is possible between them.
The Wooden Tokens by Dawn Knox is an absorbing, heartfelt, and suspenseful love story. Knox tells an unconventional and possibly controversial story because Annie and Ben knew each other as siblings for the first five years. Years later, they pursue a romantic relationship, making it a bold and daring tale. However, despite risking how readers will perceive the story, Knox tastefully delivers an alluring romance novella. There is never any question of whether the romantic love they share is right or wrong because Knox tells the story compellingly. Throughout the plot, many challenges come their way, and it’s unclear whether these two will find their way together, either because of external obstacles or ones they have created in their minds. The story is emotionally complex, beautifully written, and is undoubtedly an intriguing read.