My Review: Having never heard of Brandy Vallance, I was a bit leery of reading this novel. I wasn’t sure what I would get. I really liked the cover, so I decided I wanted to read it. I’m so glad that I did. It was a book that took my breath away. The descriptions the author used were poetic and beautiful. She used many memorable similes. She has a very distinct fashion of writing that few other authors have. If ever she publishes another book, I will definitely want to read it.
Bianca was an extremely likeable female protagonist for me. She was a headstrong woman of faith who was determined to find a husband before she became a spinster forever. The journey she set out on as the result of winning a rather unusual contest leads her down a path she never dreamed she would take.
I could tell that this novel was intricately researched. I learned many things about Israel and Jerusalem since the heroine visited there. The emotions the author weaves into the book kept me enthralled throughout.
I really liked Bianca’s love interest, Paul Emmerson. He was truly honorable and noble. He respected Bianca so much that he refrained from kissing her. It’s extremely hard to find in Christian romance a man that will not kiss the woman he loves until he is sure that he will spend the rest of his life with her. I really appreciate the honor that the author gave Paul.
The Covered Deep teaches morality and how important it is for Christians to keep themselves pure. This book shows the price that adultery demands and the extreme pain that it causes to all involved. Though it does deal with deeper issues, there were many times as well where I laughed out loud. The banter between the main characters is humorous.
I hope that the next book Brany Vallance publishes will have something to do with Sir Adrian, who set the whole journey into motion in the first place. His character was complex and fascinating. I hope to see more of him in the future.
I give The Covered Deep 5 out of 5 stars.
**I received a Kindle copy of this book from the publishers through Netgalley. The opinions expressed in this review are mine and mine alone.**