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?
A River Too Deep is Sydney Tooman Betts first book and it is fantastic. Sydney Tooman Betts is a writer who has written many things but this is her first published book. I personally haven't read anything from her but her writing is great. As readers of my blog know I am a huge fan of debut authors and Christian Historical Fiction and this book is both! Sydney Tooman Betts writes with authority about the late 1800's in the U.S. and the world, Native Americans history and traditions, life in small towns and big cities,and the social/class system at the time. At the beginning I had a little bit of trouble getting into the book but once I got to about chapter 3 I could NOT put it down. The start might have been a little slow but the rest of the book made up for it!! This book kept me guessing until the end. The characters are well written and very interesting. Some of them are NOT who they seem and I really enjoyed watching some of the characters grow and mature. This book is very well written and I enjoyed Sydney Tooman Betts style of writing, especially at the end of each chapter, there is a verse of scripture that really goes with the chapter. She also did a great job mixing fact and fiction, I know that I learned a lot about this time in history from this book. I really felt like I was there watching all of these events unfold. I found myself holding my breath in parts, scared of what might happen, smiling at the silly stuff, and crying at the sad stuff. This book has a little bit of everything in it to make it such a great book. I HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Christian Historical Fiction and Native American history. I give this book 5 STARS.
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