I am a private person. I don't typically speak of my past because...well...it's in the past where it belongs. I prefer to keep things there. I received A River too Deep in the mail for a review. I placed it on the counter, not knowing how deeply the words on the pages would affect me. After a day or so I was ready to begin skimming the book, my standard first order of business with a new review book. I will feel the book to get a sense of the overall quality of the actual product. Then I check out the copyright page, then the table of contents, and get a sense of the length of the chapters, skimming a few pages in each as I go, before I start to read. I blame my college days for this method as this was the best way to study. Anyway...I digress....So, I turn the first pages and I see a lovely inscription from the author, to me, thanking me for my kindness. I'm instantly struck. Yes, there's usually a printed sheet saying thank you in the book by the publisher, and occasionally there will be a quick gesture of thanks from the author, but this was different for me. It is a rare treat indeed when the author takes the time to hand write a thank you note, including my name. And to thank me for kindness. I never really thought about my review as being kind, but instead I feel blessed to be given the opportunity to read and review. As a mom to a special needs child, finding me time is a rare occurrence and finding extra money for unnecessary things like leisure books for myself is rare as well. So I am the one who should be (and is) expressing my gratitude for the exchange of book for unbiased review. I realize this has nothing to do with the review, for the most part, but for me when the author takes the time to send a note, sign a book, include a small token of appreciation....and you know it came from them and not a mass produced thank you from the publisher, then you KNOW the work you are about to read truly means something to them. They have poured their heart into the words on the pages that I am about to read, and this makes it so much more to me. So for that, I thank you. After I saw the lovely "Thank You," I skipped my normal skim, and went straight to the reading part. And the first page had me. It begins not at the beginning, but in the middle, and we have Alcy fleeing her home for safety. She has been the victim of an abusive marriage for a number of years and she's using a rare moment away from her husband to make her escape. I know that feeling. I know the feeling of using a rare chance to escape to a safe place away from the abuser. I was Alcy once. I can't put into words my emotions while reading these words. It was like I reading my own diary. I was there. I was that person once. I KNOW what she was feeling, what she was thinking. My heart rate quickened. My hands shook. I knew.
And that was just the first few pages. Needless to say, I highly recommend A River Too Deep. The characters are dynamic and real. The plot is believable and real. Very real. The writing is fantastic. I can't recommend this book enough. I loved it.
A River Too Deep is a 274 page novel in the Christian historical fiction genre and was released on October 23, 2013. To purchase your copy, click here.
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?
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.
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