It was five years ago that I met Brandy Vallance at a writer's conference. I was immediately struck by her passion for writing and her love for all things Victorian. We struck up a friendship during the conference as we each shared our faith and our dreams to be published authors. It has been a delight to follow her literary journey on social media.
This past Saturday, I literally squealed with delight when I saw that Brandy's first book, The Covered Deep, had arrived at my house. I started reading it Sunday morning before church, and I couldn't stop reading until I finished it late Sunday night. (I'm a fast reader-- and seriously can't put down a good book.)
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: 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.
Winner of 2013 Operation First Novel Contest
Winner of the 2012 ACFW Genesis Contest for historical romance