Saturday, October 9, 2021

A Deep Divide By Kimberley Woodhouse

A Deep Divide
by Kimberley Woodhouse
Publisher: Bethany House
ISBN: 9780764238000


With her past behind her, she has nothing--and everything--to lose.

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. When she discovers her father has offered her up as a bargaining chip to expand his empire, she disappears into the night. Determined to stay hidden, even if it means always looking over her shoulder, she finds herself working as a Harvey Girl at the El Tovar Hotel.

When Ray Watkins arrives at the hotel on business, he is immediately captivated by the beauty of the Grand Canyon. Though his fame-seeking father aims to lure new investors to the Arizona Territory, Ray dreams of one day taking over the family business and doing good with the profits. 

Ray immediately admires Emma Grace, and though an attraction begins to form, she can't let go of the deep-rooted fear that he's just like every other wealthy man she's known. When suspicious activity follows Emma Grace and Ray to the El Tovar, they are pulled into a mystery that stirs up their worst fears. And as shocking revelations come to light, they are left to question all they thought to be true.

My Review:

In A Deep Divide, I can tell you that I wish I had been able to visit a Harvey House back in the day! It also made me long for the days when there was such high standards at places like Harvey House.

The way the story started certainly sets us up for a whirlwind of a journey with Emma Grace. Her life goes from good, to bad, to worse and my heart just hurt for the girl. You ever meet or hear about people having just the worst things happen in their lives over and over? That would be Emma Grace.

Then there's Ray. Goodness, if there's ever been a sweeter fella in a story, I don't know who. I love it when characters come from terrible stock and make something better of themselves! That would be Ray.

The author's writing really brought the Grand Canyon to life. Like the photos Ray took, while I'm sure they would've been beautiful, I can only imagine in person they'd be better. The cover certainly attests to the beauty. I'd never heard of Hopi House so it was heart to learn more about them through this story.

The deep thread of faith was so strong in this story and I was so appreciative of the way it was seen through Emma Grace's eyes as well as those trying to share the Gospel with her and their own faith. The scripture and examples that were woven into the story made it believable and an authentic piece of the characters relationships.

I thoroughly enjoyed this setting and am looking forward to the rest of the stories set here.

About the Author:

Kimberley Woodhouse ( is an award-winning, bestselling author of more than twenty-five fiction and nonfiction books including The Heart of Alaska series and The Treasures of Nome series. Kim and her incredible husband of twenty-nine-plus years have two adult children. She loves the gift of story and is passionate about music and Bible study. You can connect with Kimberley on her website


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