Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The Covered Deep - A Review

Published - October 2014, Worthy Publishers
Author - Brandy Vallance 
Title - The Covered Deep
Format - ebook, paper
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Bianca Marshal has dreams of a dashing hero coming in and sweeping her off her feet. She's even got a list of the qualities in the man she's been dreaming of. When her father learns of an essay contest with the prize being a trip to the Holy Land, he encourages Bianca to enter. She does, never expecting to be chosen as one of four finalists. Bianca soon finds herself on a ship to London where she will meet the other contestants and from there they will journey to the Holy Land. Fascinated by all that is new and interesting, Bianca soon forms an attachment to Paul Emerson, a historian. But there are secrets that Paul is keeping, secrets that could devastate Bianca should she find out. Will she have her heart broken or find her dreams coming true?

I'm not sure if I've ever read a Christian Romance set in the Holy Land. This one wan't the typical formula for romance either. By adding an aristocrat with nothing to do with his time but to create social experiments, the entire romance had a touch of mystery in it.

I'll admit. I did find that parts dragged a bit, most in the detail of the history of whatever site the travelers were at. But that aside, the fact that it didn't follow a formula, kept my attention. I was quickly engrossed into Bianca's journey. And Paul's. And even Sir Adrian's experiment.

Yet, I didn't necessarily like Sir Adrian's experiment. At times, it seemed cruel and unnecessary. Sure, I guess it showed human nature, but still, I didn't like it. And yes, it was necessary to the story.

Still, this was a pretty good read. It was interesting and different. Not at all what I expected when I looked at the cover.

I received a free pdf copy of this book from Worthy Publishers for the purpose of reviewing. My thoughts and opinions are my own.

Recommended to fans of historical fiction, Jody Hedlund,

Rating - 4 stars

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