Sunday, December 5, 2021

A Deep Divide by Kimberley Woodhouse

My thoughts:  I have read several books by Kimberly Woodhouse and enjoyed them. A Deep Divide was an enjoyable read but not a favorite. Still, I believe it ranks a 4-star.

Emma Grace was born into a life of luxury but rife with trouble. Kidnapped at an early age, her mother died, her father planned to "auction" her to the highest bidder to deepen the coffers of his treasure. Certainly not a gilded life.

So she escapes. She runs off with some family jewelry and travels incognito across the country working as a waitress. Quite the plunge from a life of wealth and riches.

But as happens when young men and young women meet, a relationship develops. But betrayal by men most of her life, doesn't tend to allow Emma Grace to trust. 

The beauty and awe of the Grand Canyon is aptly described and appreciated by the author and characters in the story. 

There is a strong spiritual thread running through the story as individuals develop a relationship and trust in God. This is Christian fiction so this spiritual thread is appreciated and expected. The sweet romance is slow growing and unfettered with passion and unwanted sex scenes. A good read for teens and upward to grandmothers.

About the book:  After being kidnapped as a child, heiress Emma Grace McMurray has seen firsthand the devastation that greed causes in the world, and she wants nothing to do with it--including her father's offering her hand in a business deal. She sneaks away to be a Harvey Girl at the El Tovar Grand Canyon Hotel, planning to stay hidden even if it means always looking over her shoulder.

Ray Watkins arrives at the hotel wanting to impress his father by finding success on his own. Then maybe he can take on more of the family business and do something good with the profits.

Ray immediately admires Emma Grace, and though a friendship forms, she's afraid he's just like every other wealthy man she's known. Then art and jewels go missing from El Tovar and the nearby Hopi House, a mystery that pulls them in and stirs up their worst fears. When shocking revelations come to light, they'll have to question all they thought to be true.

I received a complimentary copy from Bethany House Publishing to facilitate a review. Opinions are mine, alone and are freely given.

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