Review & givaway for A River Too Deep by Sydney Tooman Betts

cover-stl.inddIn 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?

My Review ~I certainly enjoyed this novel of loss, love and true faithfulness. I liked the scripture throughout and the faith of Alcy in such trying circumstances. Even when she wavered she always stayed solid in her faith in the Father! While she was maybe spoiled and lived with everything wealth could buy, she was also taught the truths of the Bible and that the words within were to be cherished and trusted. When she ended up in the Indian camp and not knowing her destiny, I appreciated how she could rely on her faith and adapt from civilization to living among those who she had been taught to call savages. But after being rescued from certain savagery, she soon would find that – “savage” depended mostly upon whose side a person stood. I thought the missionary message these people received through Alcy turned this capture into such a blessing! I found the descriptions, conversations and daily life in the camp was fascinating! If you like a book with strong faith and Scripture in a historical fictional setting, especially with Indian and Colony life, you would love this one!

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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A River Too Deep is a 274 page novel in the Christian historical fiction genre and was released on October 23, 2013. To purchase a copy, click here.

I was gifted a copy to read and review by the author and Celebrate Lit.

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9 thoughts on “Review & givaway for A River Too Deep by Sydney Tooman Betts

  1. Sydney says:

    Thank you for your review! Faithfulness in the protagonist is a trait that you captured in it well and one of my favorite characteristics of God. I am glad that it emerged clearly to you as one of the book’s themes. Again, I appreciate the effort you put into reading and writing the review and hope bits of the book, like seeds planted in your heart, will bear whatever fruit our Lord desires in the appropriate season. 🙂

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  2. Emilee says:

    Lovely review! I have read both books and really loved both. I am looking forward to reading book 3. You must read Light Bird’s Song it’s a wonderful story. I couldn’t put it down!

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  3. Brenda Murphree says:

    I loved the review and wished I could write wonderful reviews like this one. I bought & read both ebooks and loved them both! I loved them so much that I bought them in paperback too. I can’t wait till book 3 is here!

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  4. Very nice review. Book looks good.

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