I began reading The Covered Deep by Brandy Vallance on a Friday evening. After I was a few chapters in, I realized that I would have to squeeze this book into every free moment that I had over the weekend (including every lull in the action during our children’s soccer games). When I finished the book Sunday night I walked into the living room and exclaimed to my husband, “This book was so good! It was awesome.” To which he responded, “Didn’t you say it was romance?”
Why might he have said this? Because after 10 years of marriage this man knows me! I’m more logical than emotional – I shy away from gushy feel-good, sweet, or romantic things. Case in point, on our first and second wedding month-iversary Jay bought me flowers with the intention of doing so every month of our marriage (he really is swoon-worthy). The rub came when the logical part of my brain began to calculate all of the money this amazing gesture of love would total up to before death do us part. Thankfully, my early actions didn’t stifle all future attempts at romance but you get the picture. Now, when I say that a romance novel is awesome you have a point of reference. The Covered Deep appealed to both my logical and emotional sides.
The Publisher’s Description:
An incurably romantic bookworm from Appalachia wins a contest and travels to England and the Holy Land in search of the perfect romantic hero. Set in 1877.
Bianca Marshal is holding out for the perfect husband. Finding a man that meets the requirements of her “must-have” list in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains has proven impossible. Bianca’s mama insists that there’s no such thing as a perfect true love, and that Bianca’s ideal man is pure fiction. On the eve of her twenty-fifth birthday, Bianca discovers a devastating statistic: her chance of marrying is now only eighteen percent. Unwilling to accept spinsterhood, Bianca enters an essay contest that propels her into a whirlwind search for her soulmate. Via the opulence of London and the mysteries of the Holy Land, Bianca’s true love will be revealed, but not without a heavy price.
A stellar debut, The Covered Deep possesses such incredible passion and prose that I couldn’t peel myself away from the pages. Brandy Vallance easily clenches a “Best of 2014” in the category of Christian Romance. Through a thrilling and often harrowing expedition to the Holy Land, love is tested, secrets revealed, and deceptions lurk. The Covered Deep boasts unexpected plot twists, diverse and compelling characters, as well as playfully witty humor.
From her quiet hometown of Portsmouth, Ohio, Bianca sets off on an adventure to find true love in a foreign land. Armed with a list of attributes, she is convinced that she will recognize her future husband the moment she lays eyes on him. Oh he’s out there, but will she be willing to accept all of him and not just the parts that fit her mold. While treading upon sacred ground her faith will be tested, passions inflamed, and limits of forgiveness tested.
The Covered Deep’s many endearing qualities will win the hearts of readers. I thoroughly enjoyed how Bianca’s naïveté and her humorous euphemisms contrasted with London’s aristocracy. The importance of public perceptions and modesty are oft mentioned throughout the book and perhaps it’s because these ideals have fallen so drastically, I find myself craving books that include them. Beyond an embrace or an impassioned kiss you will not find any lustful drivel within these pages. What you will find is the searching, testing, and the resilience of the characters’ faith in Christ. Woven throughout the story are prayers and scriptures from which the main characters draw strength.
A perfect selection for Christian romance and history buffs alike, The Covered Deep by Brandy Vallance captures 5 out of 5 stars. Get your copy October 14th, 2014 when it releases from Worthy Publishing.
DO NOT MISS the author’s Pinterest storyboard for The Covered Deep!
I received this book free as a member of Worthy Publishing’s FIRST LOOK review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
About the Author:
Brandy Vallance fell in love with the Victorian time period at a young age, adoring the customs, manners, and especially the intricate rules of love. Since time travel is theoretically impossible, she lives in the nineteenth century vicariously through her novels. Brandy’s fondness for tea can only be paralleled by her love of BBC period dramas, deep conversations, and a good book. Brandy lives in Colorado with her adventurous missionary husband, a debonair son who has adopted her love of all things British, and a beautiful daughter who reminds her to pay attention to moments and never lose the wonder.