A River Too Deep
Author: Sydney Tooman Betts
Genre: Christian Historical Fiction
Publication Date: October 23, 2013
Overview: 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?
My Ideation: This is a wonderful story about faith and trust in God. Alcy has had a good life with her father. She is well-to-do financially, young, and pretty. The move she and her father make brings about great heartache and fear. Alcy tries to run from her uncle after the death of her father. She runs into tragedy right away and is cast into a world she does not know. Rather than being a victim, she becomes a loved addition to an Indian tribe.
Throughout the story, she not only finds her faith growing, but her new people crave God’s word too. Alcy finds a new family, husband, and love that only God can bring about. This is a story that I craved to read! I couldn’t wait to find out what would happen next.
I received a free copy of this book for my honest opinion.
Author Information: 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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