The Covered Deep

Title:  The Covered Deep
Author:  Brandy Vallance
Pages:  403
Year:  2014
Publisher:  Worthy Publishing
She must win the contest.  Bianca Marshal has entered a writing contest with the winner receiving an all-expense paid trip to the Holy Land.  Bianca now lives in rural Ohio and the year is 1877.  She is 25 years old and her mother is hounding her to marry anyone, but make it soon!  Bianca is holding out for a love match, but in her small town her choices are limited.  She just knows that if she can win this contest, God is going to lead her to meet her future husband somewhere along the way.  She does win the contest along with three others.  She travels to England to meet her host.  She also meets the three winners.  She meets one man in particular who immediately garners her attention and affection.  As the trip progresses, she falls more and more in love with Paul.  He appears to be the perfect man for her and Paul feels the same for Bianca.  However, Paul has a devastating secret that he is keeping from Bianca.  It is something that happened over two years ago before he became a Christian.  He hopes Bianca will never find out, but their host for the trip is constantly saying or doing something that aggravates Paul so he contemplates leaving the tour.  What would Bianca think of him if she were to ever learn his secret?
This story plumbs the depths of forgiveness and presses the limits of faith.  Can Bianca’s proclaimed faith stand up against deception and cruelty?  Can she truly forgive as she has said she would?  It has a very interesting premise that partially remains hidden for most of the story.  The host of the trip is a very desperate, lonely and manipulative man.  He has done many criminal acts, but this time he has put himself in the position of observing how the four contest winners interact with each other.  They each share a connection, but how?  You’ll have to pick up a copy of the book to find out, but I’ll tell you it is very intriguing how the author has assembled the cast of characters and how the plot plays out.
My rating is 4 stars.
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