Aug 12, 2016

Book Review: The Valley




Left suddenly penniless, the Honorable Sophia Grafton, a viscount’s orphaned daughter, sails to the New World to claim the only property left to her name: a tobacco plantation in the remote wilds of colonial Virginia. Enlisting the reluctant assistance of a handsome young French spy—at gunpoint—she gathers an unlikely group of escaped slaves and indentured servants, each seeking their own safe haven in the untamed New World.

What follows will test her courage and that of her companions as they struggle to survive a journey deep into a hostile wilderness and eventually forge a community of homesteads and deep bonds that will unite them for generations.

The first installment in an epic historical trilogy by Helen Bryan, the bestselling author of War Brides and The Sisterhood, The Valley is a sweeping, unforgettable tale of hardship, tenacity, love, and heartache.


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If you ever wanted to know what it took to survive as a woman in the New World, then THE VALLEY is perfect for you.  It is filled with historical detail, interesting characters and lush scenery.  It just wasn't too my taste.

I found the pacing of this book to be way too slow.  I just wish that there was some way include the amount of detail that Ms. Bryan has yet have a much faster pace.  I actually found that it was a struggle to continue reading because I kept drifting off.  

I can easily recommend this book to my readers who enjoy detailed historical fiction as it is very well written.  Just not my cup of tea. 

*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All opinions expressed within are my own.

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