I love reading historical fiction. I will admit that I like romances, but I always hate the fact that so many romantic fictional books result in: girlI love reading historical fiction. I will admit that I like romances, but I always hate the fact that so many romantic fictional books result in: girl and boy fall in love, now her world is complete. That "you complete me" theme often leaves a bad taste in my mouth.
The Covered Deep, however, despite the fact that the premise is about a romantic girl longing to find the man of her dreams, goes deeper, and Brandy Vallance writes about the ultimate truth:
“True love wasn’t a feeling. And it wasn’t some unending fairy tale where a man fulfilled your every desire. No man was the perfect romantic hero. No man could fulfill the aching, deep need within a woman’s heart. That intimacy was for God. And God alone. True love was about letting go. A daily choice. Knowing the worst above a person and sacrificing for them anyway. Choosing to love.” -- Brandy Vallance
The history of this book had me entranced. I longed to wander the halls of the British Museum and explore Jerusalem with the characters of this book. If you are an Anglophile like me, or simply a lover of history, or in search of a wonderful read, I wholeheartedly recommend The Covered Deep by Brandy Vallance.
This book was the Winner of 2013 Operation First Novel Contest and Winner of the 2012 ACFW Genesis Contest for historical romance.
About the book: Bianca Marshal is an incurably romantic bookworm from Appalachia who’s holding out for the perfect husband. She doesn’t want much, just that he be (1) a true believer in Jesus Christ (2) devastatingly handsome with a slightly wild look in his eyes (3) brilliant and humorous like Mark Twain (4) a foreigner, possibly a disgruntled duke (5) able to quote Bible verses AND Shakespeare (6) a more than capable kisser, and (7) adore her completely. Finding a man that meets the requirements of “the list” in the foothills of the Appalachians has proven impossible. Bianca’s mama insists that there’s no such thing as a perfect true love, and that Bianca’s ideal man is pure fiction. On the eve of her twenty-fifth birthday, Bianca discovers a devastating statistic. Her chance of marrying is now only eighteen percent. But the “S” word—spinsterhood—is not something she’s willing to accept. She’s going to prove the statistics and her mama wrong. Bianca wins an essay contest that propels her into a whirlwind search for the perfect romantic hero. Via the opulence of London and the mysteries of the Holy Land, Bianca’s true love will be revealed, but not without a price that might be too heavy to pay.
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