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. 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.
In My Opinion
In A Deep Divide, Kimberley Woodhouse paints a vivid picture of the enormity, majesty, and beauty of the Grand Canyon while giving some history of the El Tovar Hotel and the women employed at Harvey House.
Because of their backgrounds steeped in wealthy and luxury, it was a little difficult to relate to Emma Grace and Ray. I wondered more than once why Emma Grace jumped to the worst possible conclusion (probably because as a glass half full kind of person, I rarely do this), and some of her decisions had me scratching my head.
But the slight mystery woven throughout the book, the camaraderie of the Harvey girls, and Ray’s shy and sweet interest in Emma Grace and the slow build romance all helped me eventually connect with the characters as they fought the pressures of living up to the expectations others had for them. And the faith thread in the book worked well because there’s something about being in the midst of God’s creation that allows us to worship more honestly and boldly.
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