Thursday, February 4, 2016

Book review and giveaway: A River Too Deep by Sydney Tooman Betts

About the book:

In the spring of 1817, Alcy Callen and her father visit a step-uncle they have long presumed dead; but instead of enjoying a loving reunion, they are plunged into treachery and deceit. Nothing is as they expected and little is what it seems. Even the man who helps her escape is not the reliable suitor he appears.  Alcy is caught between gratitude and fear, unable to avoid her rescuer's attentions or understand the responses they stir. Neither can she tell what sort of man he is or what he intends to do with her in the strange place they are going. Will he keep her for himself or will he sell her to the highest bidder?  Of one person only is she certain, but will he come for her before it is too late?

My thoughts:

I really enjoyed this book for several reasons.  The writing is great.  I was always surprised by the plot twists.  I also love the main character, Alcy.  Alcy is a sweet, educated, well-bred young woman, who faces the challenges set before her with grace and fortitude.  Her surroundings change drastically several times, but she stays grounded and positive because of the solid foundation she has in her relationship with Christ and His Word that she has hid in her heart.  The book is written in first person, which I don’t prefer to read, but in this book, it really works.  Knowing Alcy’s thoughts gives the book so much depth.

Those who enjoy historical fiction will definitely enjoy this book, and I recommend it.

I received a free copy of this book from Celebrate Lit in exchange for my honest review, which I have given.

You can purchase the book here:

About the author:

Sydney Tooman Betts and her protagonist-husband currently reside in the Shenandoah Valley near the extensive cavern system that inspired the setting for several early chapters of this book.  While single, Ms. Betts (B.S. Bible/Missiology, M.Ed) was involved in a variety of cross-cultural adventures in North and Central America. After marrying, she and her husband lived in Europe and the Middle East where he served in various mission-support capacities.  Her teaching experiences span preschool to guest lecturing at the graduate level and serving as the Sunday School Superintendent, Children’s Church Director, or Women’s Ministries facilitator in several evangelical denominations.

Before penning her first novel, A River too Deep, she ghost-wrote several stories for an adult literacy program.

The giveaway:

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  2. Thank you, Kathy, for your sensitive and lovely review!

  3. Nice review! I thought it was wonderful how Alcy hid God's Word in her heart! Great book!

  4. Hi Kathy, do you plan to read Light Bird's Song also by Sydney Betts? I would love to hear your thoughts on it.

    1. Emilee, I marked it as to read on Goodreads, thanks to your suggestion.

  5. I loved this book and these characters so much that they are still with me.