Today’s book review features
A Deep Divide by Kimberley Woodhouse.
After being kidnapped as a child, heiress Emma Grace McMurray has seen firsthand the devastation that greed causes in the world, and she wants nothing to do with it–including her father’s offering her hand in a business deal. She sneaks away to be a Harvey Girl at the El Tovar Grand Canyon Hotel, planning to stay hidden even if it means always looking over her shoulder.
Ray Watkins arrives at the hotel wanting to impress his father by finding success on his own. Then maybe he can take on more of the family business and do something good with the profits.
Ray immediately admires Emma Grace, and though a friendship forms, she’s afraid he’s just like every other wealthy man she’s known. Then art and jewels go missing from El Tovar and the nearby Hopi House, a mystery that pulls them in and stirs up their worst fears. When shocking revelations come to light, they’ll have to question all they thought to be true.
Do you pick a book based on its setting alone? I often do and a great example is A Deep Divide the first book in Kimberley Woodhouse’s new series Secrets of the Canyon. The setting also brought the story to life.
Emma Grace McMurray is a Harvey Girl stationed at El Tovar on the Grand Canyon’s rim. She’s on the run for her life, hiding as a waitress, when she she meets the son of a wealthy businessman who makes her consider her stance on men, wealth, and God. I especially loved the danger and conflict, and wished for that part to be drawn out a bit more. And I’m really hoping that Emma’s friend gets her own story because I loved her character and want a happily ever after for her, too.
Unfortunately, while the setting and the characters were great, my reading tastes didn’t match this book as well as I hoped. It had all the elements that make for a perfect story in my mind—suspense, setting, history—but I’m not an overly large fan of too many long prayers, Bible passages, or preaching in my fiction and this story had more than I generally prefer. However, for readers who love this in their fiction, then definitely give A Deep Divide a read.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with FTC guidelines.
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