Great quote: "How to recount the strange events that led to my present life is something of a quandary. My orderly father would have advised me to start at the beginning - but as much as I loved and respected him, starting in the middle is the only way to make sense of it all." (opening sentence)
Book summary: "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." (Back Cover)
My thoughts: A River Too Deep by Sydney Tooman Betts is a wonderfully unique novel of historical fiction. First, it focuses on time in American history that is often overlooked, specifically the early 1800s. Secondly, A River Too Deep is a work of Christian fiction with plenty of Bible verse references, however it is set within the world of the Native-Americans.
The main character is Alcy (aka - Eyes-Like-Water). When she is kidnapped, she is taken from her wealthy world of privilege. Living among the Native-Americans, she learns of a new world, with day-to-day tasks that she never dreamed she would have to do. While learning the tasks, she also begins to mature spiritually, relying on her Christian faith. As she walks in a completely new culture, she learns more about herself and the world she was forced to leave behind.
This book was awarded "USA Best Book Awards Finalist" in the religion category by USABookNews.com in 2013. It is well written and is filled with many suspenseful scenes. Personally, I'm not much of a romance book fan, but I found that the historical adventure and culture carried the book enough for me to ignore a bit of the "hearts aflutter" scenes. One unique aspect of this book was that each chapter ends with a Bible verse. The verses help to illuminate the struggles of the characters and how God is present in all situations.
Rating: 5 of 5 stars
- Pages: 265
- Year originally published: 2013
- Author: You can learn more about author Sydney Tooman Betts at stonebridgepublications.com.
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