A Deep Divide
Series: Secrets of the Canyon Book #1
Published by Bethany House Publishers
Publication Date October 5, 2021
Genres: Christian Fiction, Historical Fiction, Mystery, Clean Romance
Setting: Arizona Progressive Era – US – 1890s – 1920s
Main Character Ages: 18-24
Written for: Adults
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 of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
Emma Grace had been in hiding for five years, having lived in fear for most of her life…
Author Kimberley Woodhouse tells a tale filled with history, romance, and faith with a touch of mystery and suspense. Emma Grace’s feelings of being all alone in the world made my heart ache. Her mistrust of others was well earned!
Then there was Ray, who had turned his life around after a horrible accident. The faith he embraced now marked his life, though his major disappointment was that he was never able to please his father.
I enjoyed this story for several reasons. The characters were well developed and I hoped for the best for them. The setting was amazing, and the author described it well. The historical details about what being a Harvey Girl entailed were quite interesting.
Emma Grace’s journey to faith came gradually, as she learned to give her fears to God and that He is trustworthy. Ray’s faith was a natural part of who he was which endeared him to me.
Though there was a sense of suspense and mystery, they were secondary elements to the history, faith, and romantic aspects. The story seemed neither written to be suspenseful or as a mystery to solve. That was left up to the characters to do.
If you enjoy historical romance with a strong element of faith, be sure to read A Deep Divide.