Recently I had the joy of reading The Covered Deep by Brandy Vallance in exchange for an honest review. I took my time reading this book, although I wanted to devour it in one day. There are some books that need to be savored and this was definitely one of them.
First, the basics:
Bianca Marshal is holding out for the perfect husband. Finding a man that meets the requirements of her “must-have” list in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains 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. Unwilling to accept spinsterhood, Bianca enters an essay contest that propels her into a whirlwind search for her soulmate. Via the opulence of London and the mysteries of the Holy Land, Bianca’s true love will be revealed, but not without a heavy price.
Release Date: October 14th, 2014
Available: Wherever books are sold.
My rating: 5 Stars
I spent my teen years reading every Lori Wick book that I could get my hands on. I loved historical fiction with a touch of romance. Over the years, my love for books grew to desire more substance and I have often found it difficult to find good strong stories that are balanced with the sweetness of romance and the truth of God’s grace.
Brandy Vallance created that perfect storm for me with her story, The Covered Deep. I loved the mind of Bianca: strong and adventurous, but still very feminine and graceful. She longs for love, but is willing to wait for the right kind of love. The rest of the characters were equally likeable; I instantly cared about them and their individual stories. There were no perfect characters—being Christian didn’t magically take away their humanness—although they did their best to be above reproach. I found the story believable.
The romance between Bianca and her interest was heart-stopping and made me melt on many occasions: exactly what a romance should do. Their relationship has miscommunications and troubles: exactly what a good novel needs to make it just that. They also had real dialogue—it made sense to me that they fell in love because their conversations were rich.
I had a few hold ups with the story, because no book can please every person. Mostly I just wanted more: I wanted to know more about the relationship between Bianca’s parents and wanted to know more about Sir Adrian. I didn’t appreciate how Bianca’s father treated his relationship with Bianca’s mother. I instantly disliked the father—and I knew I wasn’t supposed to dislike him.
There is also a scene where Bianca slaps Paul and I personally do not enjoy books where the female—especially a Christian female—is allowed to be abusive, even in such a small way, to anyone. I’ve noticed this in other books, too, and it’s simply a pet peeve of mine. Maybe it’s the cop’s wife in me that takes offense to that 🙂 But, these are such a small part of the book and don’t change the 5 Star rating for me. I was given this book in exchange for an honest review and as such I had to include the little portions that didn’t sit well with me.
If you’re looking for adventure, romance, inspiration, grace, forgiveness, and fun, I highly recommend this book. Brandy Vallance did not simply write a book with Christian characters, she wrote a faith based book that ministers to the heart of the reader. My very favorite kind of novel. In a word? Exquisite. The Covered Deep is exquisite.
Tomorrow I will have an interview with Brandy Vallance right here on my blog and a special give-away. You won’t want to miss it! Seen you then.
B.D. Riehl is the award winning author of The Earth is Full and The Heavens Are Telling, both available here.