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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. Ra 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.


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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. Ra 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.

30 review for A Deep Divide (Secrets of the Canyon, #1)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kristina Hall

    Characters: Ray and Emma Grace were both well-developed characters whose decisions seemed natural given their backstories. Thanks to these backstories, they seemed like they'd "existed" before the book began. Language: Clean. Moral: I appreciated all the faith content in this novel! The main morals included salvation, trust, and overcoming fear. Plot: Action, suspense, developing relationships, Christian content, and interesting historical details kept me enjoying the plot. The ending felt a littl Characters: Ray and Emma Grace were both well-developed characters whose decisions seemed natural given their backstories. Thanks to these backstories, they seemed like they'd "existed" before the book began. Language: Clean. Moral: I appreciated all the faith content in this novel! The main morals included salvation, trust, and overcoming fear. Plot: Action, suspense, developing relationships, Christian content, and interesting historical details kept me enjoying the plot. The ending felt a little rushed to me, and I would've appreciated a few more scenes from both Ray's and Emma Grace's perspectives. Romance: Clean. Just a kiss at the end. I liked how natural the romance felt. Ray and Emma Grace's conversations while she worked as a waitress felt like something that could've happened in real life back then. Writing: I really appreciated the simplicity of Kimberley Woodhouse's writing. I'd just come off a book where the prose was thick and almost hard to read at some points. Overall: A Deep Divide was an entertaining read, and I'd recommend it to those who enjoy Christian fiction, historical fiction, and gentle suspense novels.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Grace Johnson

    *Warnings* #1 This is a long review, so pull up a chair and grab a bowl of popcorn. You’ll be here awhile. #2 When I read a review, I want substantial information. So I will not skimp on the details. Which may mean some spoilers, so watch out. Stars: 3.5 Synopsis: Emma Grace McMurray is on the run from the ghosts of her past...and those who search for her even now. When her past catches up to her, can she trust a man from the high class she abandoned to help her? Favorite Quote: “Because God is lov *Warnings* #1 This is a long review, so pull up a chair and grab a bowl of popcorn. You’ll be here awhile. #2 When I read a review, I want substantial information. So I will not skimp on the details. Which may mean some spoilers, so watch out. Stars: 3.5 Synopsis: Emma Grace McMurray is on the run from the ghosts of her past...and those who search for her even now. When her past catches up to her, can she trust a man from the high class she abandoned to help her? Favorite Quote: “Because God is love. He’s peace. He’s comfort and strength. Fear is the opposite of all that God is so it’s obviously from the devil. I think you’ve shut God out, and He’s just waiting for you to open the door back up.” I am ashamed of myself. I read A Deep Divide this time last month and meant to have it reviewed before November began. I can only blame myself—er, school. I’m so behind on reviews right now that it’s embarrassing. But enough chit-chat. Let’s get into all the thoughts yet unvoiced I have about this book. I took a chance on A Deep Divide. I’ve never read anything by Kimberly Woodhouse (that I remember), but I do know that her work is quite similar to that of Tracie Peterson. And let’s just say I intentionally stopped reading Tracie Peterson several years ago because her novels are just. so. boring. No offense. I think now I might enjoy her work more, but my thirteen-year-old self needed a little less conversation and a little more action. And, yes, that’s a song. And, yes, I’m still the exact same way. The point? I was a bit concerned that A Deep Divide would be bland, uninteresting, and too...informative, I suppose. That said, Amy Lokkesmoe convinced me to give it a chance. But isn’t that what publicists are for? In the end, she did her job, and I’m glad I read ADD and I may even be open to more by Kimberly Woodhouse in the future! I’ll be honest with y’all. My main qualm about this novel has absolutely nothing to do with Woodhouse’s writing (getting to that in a minute) or with the storyline or even with the way-too-subtle romance. It all has to do with Ray. You see, my dad’s name is Ray, and I could not read the hero’s name without immediately thinking of my dad. Which was kinda awkward. Not to mention Woodhouse just kept throwing things into Ray’s character that resembled my dad quite closely. Like the whole “obsessive perfectionist because his mom was crazy obsessive too” bit. Yep, that’s my dad. Anyway, I just have to put that out there, since Ray Watkins ended up with two personalities due to reminding me so much of my father. (Note to self: never read books with characters who have the same names as my parents.) On the other hand is Emma Grace. (Ironic, I know, that she would have Grace in her name.) She was...an experience. You see, I’m not a fan of the escaping-an-arranged-marriage trope (regardless of if it turns out to be more, such as in this case), nor am I a fan of the heroines who are constantly trying to prove themselves. Maybe I’m a chauvinist (who am I kidding? I totally am), or maybe I’d just like to see a girl who is completely comfortable in her own skin and has nothing to prove. (I’ll admit it. It’s a bit of both.) So, yeah, as much as I appreciated that Emma Grace wasn’t as whiny as most heroines, had a lovely arc, and was very well-developed, her character itself just wasn’t up my alley, if you catch my drift. Frank and Ruth, however, were so precious, and I want more of them so badly! Their kindness and words of wisdom were absolutely heartwarming, plus I was shipping them from the start! All of the supporting cast were developed and strong, and the relationships between all the characters (minus the romance between Ray and Emma Grace) were realistic and overall well-written. Speaking of...yes, the romance fell flat to me. And I’m not just saying that because I’m very picky romance lover. The feelings between Ray and Emma Grace didn’t shift from dislike (well, one-sided dislike, on EG’s part) to mutual interest until way later in the book. And once it did, I felt like their interactions were sorely limited. I’d probably call this more of a historical fiction, rather than a historical romance or even a romantic suspense. There was too much development for it to be a romantic suspense. *winks* That said, Woodhouse nailed the suspense, the intrigue, the twists and turns. The plot was paced so well and anyone but the self-proclaimed Queen of Assumptions (I’m considering changing my title to Lady of Assumptions as a nod to the Virgin Mary...all in favor?) would be blindsided by the curve balls Woodhouse threw. (Dude, two sports references in a sentence! I’m on a roll!) Seriously, I called a lot of that early on in the game, but I still think Woodhouse pulled everything off in a believable but not too obvious manner. Oh, yes, as for her writing. I was right. Tracie Peterson. Now, I think she has a little more flavor and depth than Peterson does (or did, at least), but there was nothing really vivid or unique about her writing style. It was technically on-point, but y’all know how I like every author to be different, every sentence to be a treat to read. I’m so particular. Like a crotchety old man or something. Yeesh. Like Peterson, Woodhouse stayed true to her setting and delved deeply into the history and culture surrounding her story. I loved learning more about the Grand Canyon and the Harvey House empire, and Woodhouse included interesting facts and tidbits about these two topics and several others in a way that didn’t feel forced or like an info-dump. Definitely commendable! Best of all, though, was the message and the faith elements. The strong, clear Christian message was such a refresher to me after reading so many “clean but not Christian” novels (or Christian but not expressly so, I suppose). It wasn’t preachy, as so many readers worry about these days, but rather the messages wove into the themes of the novel and the characters’ arcs as sturdily and beautifully as the baskets the Hopis weaved in the story. Long story short, was A Deep Divide worth it? Yes, I do believe it was. It wasn’t the kind of story that I’m keen on or one I’d want to reread, but it kept my attention and I did enjoy many aspects of it. I think, as far as technicalities and execution goes, Kimberly Woodhouse did a fabulous job! This is definitely the perfect read for those who love subtle romance, suspense, and lots of history! Disclaimer: A complimentary copy of this book was provided by the publisher, publicist, or author, including NetGalley. All opinions expressed are my own.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Deanne Patterson

    I absolutely loved this book. It is the best book Kimberley has written in my opinion. It is very intriguing, I absolutely could not put it down once I started it. I love historical books that I can learn from and the author's research is immaculate. I also loved the research books she listed if you want further information on this story and I will be looking into these as well. I lived in Yuma,Arizona and visited the Grand Canyon and it is as breath taking as described in the book. It's absolutely I absolutely loved this book. It is the best book Kimberley has written in my opinion. It is very intriguing, I absolutely could not put it down once I started it. I love historical books that I can learn from and the author's research is immaculate. I also loved the research books she listed if you want further information on this story and I will be looking into these as well. I lived in Yuma,Arizona and visited the Grand Canyon and it is as breath taking as described in the book. It's absolutely majestic! I greatly look forward to the next book! Pub Date 05 Oct 2021 I was given a complimentary copy of this book. Thank you. All opinions expressed are my own.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Staci

    1905 Arizona Territory Having visited the Grand Canyon (2011) and toured a Harvey House (Texas), details jumped off the page for me. The cover is a great representation of the novel. Emma Grace had an easy childhood in some ways because she came from wealth. In other more important areas she had a deprived one. Her mother died when she was young and Emma Grace received little love from her father. To avoid an arranged marriage, Emma Grace smartly plans ahead and then flees from her home in Boston t 1905 Arizona Territory Having visited the Grand Canyon (2011) and toured a Harvey House (Texas), details jumped off the page for me. The cover is a great representation of the novel. Emma Grace had an easy childhood in some ways because she came from wealth. In other more important areas she had a deprived one. Her mother died when she was young and Emma Grace received little love from her father. To avoid an arranged marriage, Emma Grace smartly plans ahead and then flees from her home in Boston to the west. She finds employment and satisfaction as a Harvey Girl. She moves from location to location to evade being found. Although her escape is successful, she doesn't have fulfillment and lives in continual fear of being found. Fortunately, she opens her heart to a customer and a few co-workers to find out what brings them peace and assurance. Lovely start to the Secrets of the Canyon Series! A Deep Divide includes well written characters, atmospheric scenery, turmoil and romance. My gratitude to publisher Bethany House for a complimentary copy of the novel. I was not required to post a review and all opinions expressed are my own.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Paula Shreckhise

    I have not been to the Grand Canyon but now I have had a glimpse of it through the eyes of Emma Grace. Ms. Woodhouse has described breathtaking scenes and makes me want to add a trip to my bucket list. This intriguing story captured my interest. An heiress shunning her wealth and the machinations of her grasping father, comes to a remote place to make her own way in the world as a Harvey Girl. The author writes a determined heroine, Emma Grace McMurray, as she uses her wits to fit in with the wo I have not been to the Grand Canyon but now I have had a glimpse of it through the eyes of Emma Grace. Ms. Woodhouse has described breathtaking scenes and makes me want to add a trip to my bucket list. This intriguing story captured my interest. An heiress shunning her wealth and the machinations of her grasping father, comes to a remote place to make her own way in the world as a Harvey Girl. The author writes a determined heroine, Emma Grace McMurray, as she uses her wits to fit in with the working class. Ray Watkins has a new-found faith and although he is in training to take over the business from his wealthy father, he longs to put his money to a higher use, helping the less fortunate. Ray visits El Tovar Hotel where Emma Grace is a Harvey Girl. There is interest there but Emma Grace wants nothing to do with the rich men who seem to be about nothing but amassing more money and power. Mystery arrives in the form of threatening notes and troubling inquiries. Someone is looking for Emma Grace, Lots of interesting details about El Tovar and Hopi House, an attraction that houses an expensive art collection. The blossoming romance is sweet and Emma learns to trust and make friends among her fellow workers. Emma learns to put her trust in God as she relies on the verse: “ I sought the Lord, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.” The secondary characters are notable as some support and some thwart the hero and heroine. I am anxious to see what is next in Secrets Of The Canyon. *I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House on behalf of the author. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*

  6. 5 out of 5

    Lori

    5 stars right off the bat for my most favorite subject in history ever! I just finished this truly delightful book and it's 4:11am! I simply couldn't put it down Thank you Ms. Woodhouse for taking me down memory lane for I was transported back to the Grand Canyon once again and I definitely agree with you. There's not a more glorious sight than the Canyon. God's definitely at work here, I cried when the book ended. I hated saying goodbye. I think this will be my favorite of yours because it hit 5 stars right off the bat for my most favorite subject in history ever! I just finished this truly delightful book and it's 4:11am! I simply couldn't put it down Thank you Ms. Woodhouse for taking me down memory lane for I was transported back to the Grand Canyon once again and I definitely agree with you. There's not a more glorious sight than the Canyon. God's definitely at work here, I cried when the book ended. I hated saying goodbye. I think this will be my favorite of yours because it hit close to home. I love your work and the effort you put into it especially this one since it's about the Harvey Girl's. I had no idea that when I went there in 2006 it was a Harvey hotel stop. Just wow! I was just fascinated with how big the Canyon was! I even fell in love with Emma Grace, Ruth and Mr. Owens. It's amazing how a family formed and they don't have to be related! And I especially loved how you showed the love of God throughout this book. It's a gentle reminder to give it all to God and He will take care of it for us. But oh so hard to do! I really and truly loved this book. I hope to see more! My thanks for a copy of this book. All opinions are my own and I was NOT required to write a positive review.

  7. 5 out of 5

    BlueJeansAndTeacups

    *** An Unexpected Pleasure *** "The deep blue sky was beautifully decorated with clouds, as if the Master Painter had used a brush to spread the wispy white layers for the light to play with." It felt like a movie and I definitely liked getting caught up in the show. I love Harvey House/Harvey Girl stories! Ray Watkins faith and desire to please were very sweet. After her troublesome youth, Emma Grace has escaped to become a strong, self-dependent woman who ends up on a journey toward faith an *** An Unexpected Pleasure *** "The deep blue sky was beautifully decorated with clouds, as if the Master Painter had used a brush to spread the wispy white layers for the light to play with." It felt like a movie and I definitely liked getting caught up in the show. I love Harvey House/Harvey Girl stories! Ray Watkins faith and desire to please were very sweet. After her troublesome youth, Emma Grace has escaped to become a strong, self-dependent woman who ends up on a journey toward faith and connection. The descriptions of the El Tovar and the Grand Canyon made me want to hop a train and go visit, 🚂🚃🚃🚃 and I enjoyed the interaction with the Hopi Indians. I liked the mystery elements as well 💎. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ I received an ebook from NetGalley and the Publisher. All opinions are mine alone.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kailey

    I loved this one! It is so well written. I love how Kimberley Woodhouse includes so much detail in her stories. It really brings the book to life! I can’t wait to read the next book in this series! I received a complimentary copy from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Geaney

    A Deep Divide by Kimberley Woodhouse Series: Secrets of the Canyon (Book #1) Release Date: 5 October 2021 Veteran Christian fiction author Kimberley Woodhouse beckons readers to join her at the rim of the Grand Canyon in order to gaze into its depths and ponder the magnificence of its Creator. This feat is accomplished through the deft use of descriptive prose and characters who engage your imagination. A few years ago, my husband and I took our children to the south rim of the Grand Canyon. From t A Deep Divide by Kimberley Woodhouse Series: Secrets of the Canyon (Book #1) Release Date: 5 October 2021 Veteran Christian fiction author Kimberley Woodhouse beckons readers to join her at the rim of the Grand Canyon in order to gaze into its depths and ponder the magnificence of its Creator. This feat is accomplished through the deft use of descriptive prose and characters who engage your imagination. A few years ago, my husband and I took our children to the south rim of the Grand Canyon. From the way the canyon changes in different lights to the heart-pumping thrill of peeking over the edge, Woodhouse captures in words the wonder we felt as we gazed out over the vast landscape. I learned a brief history of the park while we were there but to read about it in a novel, as the events were unfolding, was quite a treat. Especially as it pertained to the El Tovar Hotel and the Harvey Girls who served the affluent patrons who could afford to vacation in the park in its early days. Ray Williams and Emma Grace are young adults who were both raised in luxury. Disheartened by the way greed and affluence warped their fathers' morals, they seek a different path for themselves. Few will commensurate with Ray and Emma over the stresses of high society living but what readers may connect with is the pressure they felt to measure up or how they felt like they were at the mercy of those who had the power to direct their futures. Having been betrayed by her father, Emma has a difficult time trusting men. In time, Ray's Christ-like character leads Emma to trust him and seek his companionship. Overall, A Deep Divide is an enjoyable historical romance with a hint of mystery. While Woodhouse's stories always have an element of faith, I felt this one had a pronounced evangelistic flare. This seemed fitting since I often feel nearer to God while I'm enjoying His creation. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers. All opinions are my own.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Christine

    Emma Grace had come to the edge of the Grand Canyon to be a part of the new Harvey House that has opened there. She has been a Harvey Girl since she ran away from home at 17. She is trying to escape the people who are looking for her since her father died and left her an heiress who was tied up in legal contracts for marriage to her father's investors which was a major scam. Meanwhile, Ray, a wealthy young gentleman who is trying to please his father so he can take over his father's business. Hi Emma Grace had come to the edge of the Grand Canyon to be a part of the new Harvey House that has opened there. She has been a Harvey Girl since she ran away from home at 17. She is trying to escape the people who are looking for her since her father died and left her an heiress who was tied up in legal contracts for marriage to her father's investors which was a major scam. Meanwhile, Ray, a wealthy young gentleman who is trying to please his father so he can take over his father's business. His father wants him to take pictures of the local sites and do some research for him. I love reading about the Harvey House hotels / restaurants in the early 1900s. This book was especially interesting and there was intrigue and surprises enough to satisfy fans of that genre. It was well researched and well written. I have voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book that I received from NetGalley. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    What an absolutely fantastic story. I enjoy a good historical story and when you add in a mystery component, I am in reader heaven. This one has both plus an exciting ending which makes this a perfect read for me. One of my most favorite elements of the story though was the Faith element that Kimberley wove so well in to the storyline. How she deals with the very real fear Emma Grace is facing in the story is written superbly and that really spoke to my heart as I read the book. Honestly, I can’ What an absolutely fantastic story. I enjoy a good historical story and when you add in a mystery component, I am in reader heaven. This one has both plus an exciting ending which makes this a perfect read for me. One of my most favorite elements of the story though was the Faith element that Kimberley wove so well in to the storyline. How she deals with the very real fear Emma Grace is facing in the story is written superbly and that really spoke to my heart as I read the book. Honestly, I can’t say enough good things about this story. I loved it! I received this book from the publisher and was not required to post a positive review. In addition, I purchased the Audible edition, the audio is done very well with a great narrator. Very pleased with my purchase as this will be one I visit again. All thoughts are my own.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Christine Indorf

    Emma Grace had a hard childhood. Her father helped kidnap her for money when she was 5 and when she turned 17 he was trying to sell her out for marriage. So she ran. Soon she found out her father was murdered and in fear she kept running. Five years later she is a Harvey girl and working at a resort at the Grand Canyon. Happy and content she soon meets Ray and with this friendship she embarks on a new relationship with Christ. Now someone is after her. In fear she finally rely on friends and her Emma Grace had a hard childhood. Her father helped kidnap her for money when she was 5 and when she turned 17 he was trying to sell her out for marriage. So she ran. Soon she found out her father was murdered and in fear she kept running. Five years later she is a Harvey girl and working at a resort at the Grand Canyon. Happy and content she soon meets Ray and with this friendship she embarks on a new relationship with Christ. Now someone is after her. In fear she finally rely on friends and her new relationship with Ray. So who is after her and will her friendship become something more with Ray, and finally will she finally have a relationship with Christ. This was a really good book. I learned about the Harvey girls and also how terrible the rich can be. You feel for Emma Grace because she is in the mist of greed with her family. I really liked the character Ray. He had a pass that he isn't happy with but with Christ all can change and become someone better. This will be a series and will be happy to see what happens next. I hope they continue to follow the Harvey girls but I will soon see. I hope you can read it and enjoy!!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Lucy

    Another winner from Ms. Woodhouse, but then I wouldn’t expect anything else from one of my go to authors that never disappoint. Her research on historical sites is impeccable and I always feel like I have visited and seen it through her eyes. Reading about the Harvey girls and the establishments they worked in always makes me feel like I am getting a glimpse into a forgotten era. What I loved most was the growth Emma Grace experienced in her search for peace and how God never fails us is woven i Another winner from Ms. Woodhouse, but then I wouldn’t expect anything else from one of my go to authors that never disappoint. Her research on historical sites is impeccable and I always feel like I have visited and seen it through her eyes. Reading about the Harvey girls and the establishments they worked in always makes me feel like I am getting a glimpse into a forgotten era. What I loved most was the growth Emma Grace experienced in her search for peace and how God never fails us is woven in. This book contains great characters as well as unsavory ones that adds an air of mystery, a little romance, and how forgiveness puts the demons in our past to rest. Faith is paramount in our quest for peace and joy. I enjoyed the Note from the Author at the end that even contains books to read to further your study. I can’t wait for book two in this new Secrets of the Canyon series. I recommend getting this at the top of your TBR pile. I received a complimentary copy from the author/publisher. The honest review and opinions are my own and were not required.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Grace Hitchcock

    A Deep Divide follows a gutsy heroine with a troubling past who treasures her freedom over wealth, so much so that she has kept herself from opening her heart to anyone, even friends. If you love a sweet romance with strong character growth from both the hero and heroine, you will love A Deep Divide! FIVE stars!!! Easy-to-read! Entertaining! Happily Ever After! Informative! Page-turner! Romantic! Tragic! Unpredictable! Wonderful characters!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Ebos Aifuobhokhan

    The pace of the book was unlike any other romantic suspense. The author delivered mystery, romance, suspense with a large dose of intrigue in such a package that was both captivating and inspiring. The book was about a heiress Emma Grace and her quest for a life other than the one she had been born into. That led her to paths she never thought she would traverse. Her grit, determination, was very admirable.  Her's and Ray's love was sweet. Circumstances brought them together in the most unlikely o The pace of the book was unlike any other romantic suspense. The author delivered mystery, romance, suspense with a large dose of intrigue in such a package that was both captivating and inspiring. The book was about a heiress Emma Grace and her quest for a life other than the one she had been born into. That led her to paths she never thought she would traverse. Her grit, determination, was very admirable.  Her's and Ray's love was sweet. Circumstances brought them together in the most unlikely of ways. They complimented each other greatly. Ray's heart and kindness was heartwarming.  The most endearing part of this book was the Biblical principles lived out. The way the community of believers around Emma Grace cared was enough to being tears to one's eyes. They truly lived out the love and hospitality the Bible talks about.  If you’re in the mood for a sweet romantic suspense  that will not keep you at the edge of your sit but had an unforgettable story, then you don't want to miss A Deep Divide by Kimberly Woodhouse.  The publisher offered a complimentary copy of this book. The review was given freely, without payment. All views expressed are only the honest opinion of a member of the Historical Bookworm Review Team.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    I always find books about the Harvey Girls to be very interesting. This one is no exception. It’s unique that the main character Emma Grace has ran away from her very wealthy father because he’s forcing her to marry and is taking the highest bidder. Then as she’s in the run, she finds out her father was murdered the night she left. She’s in housing for many reasons and ends up at the beautiful Grand Canyon. The author did a fantastic job of describing the Canyon and the hotel. I’m ready for a tr I always find books about the Harvey Girls to be very interesting. This one is no exception. It’s unique that the main character Emma Grace has ran away from her very wealthy father because he’s forcing her to marry and is taking the highest bidder. Then as she’s in the run, she finds out her father was murdered the night she left. She’s in housing for many reasons and ends up at the beautiful Grand Canyon. The author did a fantastic job of describing the Canyon and the hotel. I’m ready for a trip back to explore it! Ray arrives at the hotel and Emma Grace is his waitress. They begin a friendship and many things occur along the way. Twists and turns that we’re unpredictable. Such a good book! I’m looking forward to more in this series. I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All views stated are my own.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Debbie

    "A Deep Divide" is a Christian romance set in 1905 at the Grand Canyon. Emma ran away when her father auctioned her off as a way to merge businesses. She later discovers he was murdered that very night. She's afraid that the murderer will force her to marry him and then kill her. Ray was a self-centered, rich young man until he nearly killed a boy due to reckless driving. God changed him, and now he wants to use his wealth to help others...but his father has no intention of giving money away. His "A Deep Divide" is a Christian romance set in 1905 at the Grand Canyon. Emma ran away when her father auctioned her off as a way to merge businesses. She later discovers he was murdered that very night. She's afraid that the murderer will force her to marry him and then kill her. Ray was a self-centered, rich young man until he nearly killed a boy due to reckless driving. God changed him, and now he wants to use his wealth to help others...but his father has no intention of giving money away. Historical details about what the Grand Canyon and the Harvey Girls were like at that time were woven into the story and brought the story to life. The main characters were engaging and reacted realistically to events. Ray's kindness and humility slowly won Emma over to agree to spend time getting to know him. This included a hike into the canyon and time at the Hopi house. Emma and Ray shared interests and values and were a good personality match. Emma's also dealing with indications that someone has nearly found her, adding suspense. Emma's attracted to the grace-giving God that Ray and her new friends at El Tovar believe in. She learned Bible verses to help her deal with her fear. There was no sex or bad language. Overall, I recommend this enjoyable historical romance. I received an ebook review copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Joan Arning

    This book set at El Tovar Hotel in Grand Canyon is an excellent story with a surprise ending! I admired but felt sorry for Emma Grace who ran away and became a Harvey Girl rather than be forced into a marriage contract to benefit her father. How sad to always be looking over your shoulder for someone trying to find you and afraid to make true friends because you could not tell the truth about your life! Ray Watkins was a fine young man who has become a Christian and would like to use some of the This book set at El Tovar Hotel in Grand Canyon is an excellent story with a surprise ending! I admired but felt sorry for Emma Grace who ran away and became a Harvey Girl rather than be forced into a marriage contract to benefit her father. How sad to always be looking over your shoulder for someone trying to find you and afraid to make true friends because you could not tell the truth about your life! Ray Watkins was a fine young man who has become a Christian and would like to use some of the family's wealth to help those less fortunate rather than following his father's footsteps and striving to be the wealthiest man in Chicago! I felt Ray should have been more suspicious of his father's dealings but we want to believe the best of our loved ones. I enjoy learning more about Harvey Girls and about the Grand Canyon so I really enjoyed A Deep Divide. I recommend A Deep Divide to anyone who enjoys historical fiction. I received an advance copy of A Deep Divide from Bethany House. This is my honest opinion.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Mark

    I don't read a lot of historical fiction, but Kimberly Woodhouse is a favorite author and she does it well. It is obvious she does a lot of research, and I have Googled things in her books before and found them to be accurate. i.e. the El Tovar Hotel the book takes place in and around. Built around the time of this book takes place, the early 1900's, the hotel is still there and operating. A Deep Divide is the first in a series, and was a very enjoyable read. Also a big part of the book is the I don't read a lot of historical fiction, but Kimberly Woodhouse is a favorite author and she does it well. It is obvious she does a lot of research, and I have Googled things in her books before and found them to be accurate. i.e. the El Tovar Hotel the book takes place in and around. Built around the time of this book takes place, the early 1900's, the hotel is still there and operating. A Deep Divide is the first in a series, and was a very enjoyable read. Also a big part of the book is the hotel staffed by Harvey Girls, and it was interesting to learn more about them. In addition to a great setting, the book also had great characters and a terrific plot. Emma Grace was a great heroine and a somewhat damsel in distress, struggling with doubts of God and if He cared about her. Ray was also a very likable character with his own struggles about his past mistakes before becoming a Christian. Woodhouse does not shy away about putting Christian content in her books, whether she is writing solo or co-writing with Tracy Peterson. The reader will walk away with some sort of encouraging and sometimes convicting message woven through the story, and this book definitely had that. The author also usually has some sort of suspense in the plot, not on the edge of your seat, biting fingernails scary, but still suspenseful enough to appeal to the suspense lover in some of us....and A Deep Divide had an awesome plot with suspense and a kidnapping thrown in that made the book all the more interesting. Romance....I didn't used to like the romance part of these stories much, but that has slowly changed, and this author is one author who changed that as I became a fan of her books. This book of course has a romantic aspect, but slight spoiler: it is a very slow boil. In fact, I was wondering if they ever were going to kiss. (Oh, how I have fallen). The book had a great ending - well great all through the book with no boring parts - and also ended with forgiveness and a definite change for the hero and heroine. It left me eager to read more in the series, but book #2 is a whole year away.... I definitely recommend. I was provided a copy of this book for review purposes. All opinions in this review are my own.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Connie Saunders

    I've always wanted to see the Grand Canyon and this book made my desire even stronger! A Great Divide is filled with adventure, mystery, intrigue, and the beauty of the Grand Canyon, as it was in 1905. Emma Grace McMurtry is an heiress who runs away to escape her ruthless father and ends up working as a Harvey Girl in Arizona. As I read this new book by Kimberley Woodhouse, I was right there with her, working at the famous El Tovar Hotel, serving the customers, and constantly looking over my sho I've always wanted to see the Grand Canyon and this book made my desire even stronger! A Great Divide is filled with adventure, mystery, intrigue, and the beauty of the Grand Canyon, as it was in 1905. Emma Grace McMurtry is an heiress who runs away to escape her ruthless father and ends up working as a Harvey Girl in Arizona. As I read this new book by Kimberley Woodhouse, I was right there with her, working at the famous El Tovar Hotel, serving the customers, and constantly looking over my shoulder to make sure that no one was following me. Emma Grace soon finds friendship with Ray, Ruth, and Frank, but Ray Watkins is the one who carves a place in her heart. He understands the pain associated with a misguided father, and he knows first hand the grace and acceptance that comes from believing in God. Can Ray help Emma Grace find that same peace and comfort? A Deep Divide is absorbing historical fiction with realistic characters, a sweet but thrilling romance, and a strong thread of faith woven throughout its plot. Greed is the cause of much suffering and pain, but Woodhouse shows how forgiveness and redemption can buffer the hurt. A Great Divide is a five-star read for me, and I look forward to the next book in the Secrets of the Canyon series! I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author and publisher. There was no obligation for a positive review. These are my own thoughts.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Rachael

    I hadn’t heard anything about Harvey Girls until reading this book. The history of the restaurant chain was fascinating. I also enjoyed the historical characters added into the story. The author really did a great job of making the reader want to visit the restaurant and the Grand Canyon. I enjoyed the characters in this book. The characters, plot, and storyline were very well done. The suspense keeps the reader turning the pages. The faith theme is a good one, and this read gets a higher rating I hadn’t heard anything about Harvey Girls until reading this book. The history of the restaurant chain was fascinating. I also enjoyed the historical characters added into the story. The author really did a great job of making the reader want to visit the restaurant and the Grand Canyon. I enjoyed the characters in this book. The characters, plot, and storyline were very well done. The suspense keeps the reader turning the pages. The faith theme is a good one, and this read gets a higher rating because of it. The theme of over coming ones fears, and the scripture verses that are in the book do such a marvelous job of showing why we need not fear. The faith theme is an intricate part of the story, and it is so well done. So take a trip to the Grand Canyon, learn some great history, and read about God’s Grace and love in this beautifully written story. I received this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Stacy

    Kimberley Woodhouse has started her Secrets of the Canyon series with a dynamic novel! The setting of the Grand Canyon holds a special mystique and allure to all, couple that with a relatable set of characters, engrossing plot, and you have me turning the pages so rapidly to see what happens next. I'm excited to see where the series goes next! It's a fantastic story! I received the book from the publisher but was under no obligation to post nor write a review. Kimberley Woodhouse has started her Secrets of the Canyon series with a dynamic novel! The setting of the Grand Canyon holds a special mystique and allure to all, couple that with a relatable set of characters, engrossing plot, and you have me turning the pages so rapidly to see what happens next. I'm excited to see where the series goes next! It's a fantastic story! I received the book from the publisher but was under no obligation to post nor write a review.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    A Deep Divide was an excellent read. It offered a little mystery, a little romance, and a little history. The descriptions of the Grand Canyon brought it to life. I loved reading about the Harvey Girls, a subject not often covered in books these days. This book drew me in from the start. The suspense behind Emma Grace's past kept me turning the page well past a reasonable bedtime. But, my favorite part of the entire story is Emma's struggle and growth in Christ. I like how Kimberley wove forgive A Deep Divide was an excellent read. It offered a little mystery, a little romance, and a little history. The descriptions of the Grand Canyon brought it to life. I loved reading about the Harvey Girls, a subject not often covered in books these days. This book drew me in from the start. The suspense behind Emma Grace's past kept me turning the page well past a reasonable bedtime. But, my favorite part of the entire story is Emma's struggle and growth in Christ. I like how Kimberley wove forgiveness and grace into the story. A Deep Divide is probably my favorite book by her this far. #KimberleyWoodhouse #ADeepDivide *I was given an ARC. All comments and opinions are my own.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Carolyn Bryant

    A Deep Divide is another outstanding offering from amazing storyteller Kimberley Woodhouse and a wonderful beginning to her new Secrets of the Canyon series! I was fully invested in this book from prologue through epilogue (actually through the author’s notes which are also excellent). Expressive prose and detailed descriptions bring the Grand Canyon setting to life. The well-researched historical aspect featuring the Harvey Girls, the Kolb brothers, and Hopi House is informative and entertainin A Deep Divide is another outstanding offering from amazing storyteller Kimberley Woodhouse and a wonderful beginning to her new Secrets of the Canyon series! I was fully invested in this book from prologue through epilogue (actually through the author’s notes which are also excellent). Expressive prose and detailed descriptions bring the Grand Canyon setting to life. The well-researched historical aspect featuring the Harvey Girls, the Kolb brothers, and Hopi House is informative and entertaining. The romance is sweet and slow-building. I especially appreciate the inspiring spiritual truths infused into the story. Emma Grace’s spiritual journey is one of the major highlights for me as she comes to experience the truth of God’s Word written in Psalm 34:4 —“I sought the Lord, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.’’ Add a suspenseful, smoothly flowing plot and endearing, relatable characters and you have an exciting, satisfying read. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and highly recommend it. I look forward to the next book in the series. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Deena B

    I could tell right off that I was going to like A Deep Divide by Kimberley Woodhouse. And I very much did enjoy it! It is a wholesome Historical Fiction/Mystery/Romance. This story takes place mostly in Arizona Territory in the Early 1900's at the El Tovar Hotel in the West. El Tovar Hotel (lodge), (a Harvey House) directly on the rim of the Grand Canyon. I especially liked the historical aspect of this novel, and learning about the Harvey Girls. Thanks to Goodreads Giveaways for a copy, also than I could tell right off that I was going to like A Deep Divide by Kimberley Woodhouse. And I very much did enjoy it! It is a wholesome Historical Fiction/Mystery/Romance. This story takes place mostly in Arizona Territory in the Early 1900's at the El Tovar Hotel in the West. El Tovar Hotel (lodge), (a Harvey House) directly on the rim of the Grand Canyon. I especially liked the historical aspect of this novel, and learning about the Harvey Girls. Thanks to Goodreads Giveaways for a copy, also thanks to the author and Bethany House Publishing.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Joni

    A Deep Divide by Kimberley Woodhouse is an exciting, original story. Part mystery, part romance, part history and part suspense this Christian fiction story adds up to a great reading  adventure. Outstanding characters and scenery descriptions whisk you back in time. This story is a tribute to God's masterpiece, the Grand Canyon. The inspirational messages add to the depth of this book. Definitely worth the read. This book was provided to me by the author and publisher for my honest review. #Dee A Deep Divide by Kimberley Woodhouse is an exciting, original story. Part mystery, part romance, part history and part suspense this Christian fiction story adds up to a great reading  adventure. Outstanding characters and scenery descriptions whisk you back in time. This story is a tribute to God's masterpiece, the Grand Canyon. The inspirational messages add to the depth of this book. Definitely worth the read. This book was provided to me by the author and publisher for my honest review. #DeepDivide. #KimberleyWoodhouse  #BethanyHouse

  27. 5 out of 5

    Vicki Farris

    I always love when words in literature take on double meaning..such as the title "A Deep Divide". From the cover one of those meanings is evident, but as you delve into the story the second meaning is revealed. The story includes the history of the Harvey Girls during the development of the railroads as background. Emma Grace McMurray, kidnapped as a child and heiress, experienced the greed money causes through her father's business dealings. Ray Watkins, son of a business tycoon, also witnesses I always love when words in literature take on double meaning..such as the title "A Deep Divide". From the cover one of those meanings is evident, but as you delve into the story the second meaning is revealed. The story includes the history of the Harvey Girls during the development of the railroads as background. Emma Grace McMurray, kidnapped as a child and heiress, experienced the greed money causes through her father's business dealings. Ray Watkins, son of a business tycoon, also witnesses this greed. "A Deep Divide' brings them together in the setting of the El Tovar at the Grand Canyon. Can they overcome what also divides them? Kimberly Woodhouse uses many twists and turns to bring the story to a conclusion. A wonderful story of redemption, faith, and forgiveness. I received an ARC copy of "A Deep Divide" with the only requirement that I post a review.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Johnson

    Title: A Deep Divide (Secrets of the Canyon #1) Author: Kimberley Woodhouse Pages: 320 Year: 2021 Publisher: Bethany My rating: 5 out of 5 stars. What an amazing tale! If you have never read any of this author’s books, like they say, no time like the present! In the novel, readers are introduced to Emma Grace McMurray. The year is 1891, and Emma Grace is shopping with an employee of her father’s. The next minute Emma Grace awakens in an unknown room in new surroundings! Fast forward nine years and Emm Title: A Deep Divide (Secrets of the Canyon #1) Author: Kimberley Woodhouse Pages: 320 Year: 2021 Publisher: Bethany My rating: 5 out of 5 stars. What an amazing tale! If you have never read any of this author’s books, like they say, no time like the present! In the novel, readers are introduced to Emma Grace McMurray. The year is 1891, and Emma Grace is shopping with an employee of her father’s. The next minute Emma Grace awakens in an unknown room in new surroundings! Fast forward nine years and Emma Grace is once again supposed to meet a potential suitor. When Emma confronts her father, refusing to marry any of the men he has chosen for her, she is told in no uncertain terms she’ll do as he has directed! Emma Grace decides to put a plan into play and disappears. Coming from a family of means, Emma must now work for a living and somewhere that allows her to blend in with her surroundings. Emma Grace meets a young woman named Ruth who is more than her supervisor, she’s a true friend even when she learns what Emma hasn’t told a soul. Emma Grace wants friends and family but how can that happen when fear is her constant companion. Emma Grace meets a young man by the name of Ray Watkins when he constantly sits at a table Emma serves. Ray was sent with a couple of his father’s business associates to take care of something Ray’s father won’t disclose to him. Ray has recently started living with a totally different moral compass and seeks only to do what God would have him do. However, his father, who is wealthy, seems to do all he can to redirect Ray’s focus elsewhere. Tension mounts in the novel with each page turned. There are characters sent to find Emma Grace at all costs, and her life seems to be in peril constantly. As I read the story, there were parts I thought would bring a swift resolution, but the author brilliantly introduces a twist that carried me away in a different direction. I enjoyed the setting at a hotel that is still active in the Grand Canyon, El Tovar! There is something in the novel for fans of romance, suspense, thrills, faith, and friendship. I think the author does a superb job of showing that faith can at times be a moment-by-moment walk, like breathing. The main character gained strength to conquer her fears through the love of others and watching them live out their faith while not having all the pat answers. Grab a copy and share a story that has the message of hope! Note: I received a free copy from Bethany House. The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Cindi

    I loved everything about this story. The characters were authentic with realistic flaws. Emma Grace was running from her past and spends years doing everything she can to keep from being tracked. It is her determination that made me like her so much. She never gave up and her sharp mind kept her safe. Having the setting at the Grand Canyon through most of the story was a real draw for me. It's been one of my dreams to see it myself some day. The time period was another plus as I could imagine the I loved everything about this story. The characters were authentic with realistic flaws. Emma Grace was running from her past and spends years doing everything she can to keep from being tracked. It is her determination that made me like her so much. She never gave up and her sharp mind kept her safe. Having the setting at the Grand Canyon through most of the story was a real draw for me. It's been one of my dreams to see it myself some day. The time period was another plus as I could imagine the hotel and its location as if I were there. The author does a great job in painting such clear pictures of it all. Emma Grace gets another job as a Harvey Girl and is immediately drawn to Ruth, her supervisor and head waitress. When Ray came into the story, Emma Grace was a bit leery of him and used caution when they interacted. Though she spent the last several years avoiding friendships and kept her distance from others, she longed to make friends and wanted so much to trust people. Could Ruth become a trusted friend? Or, perhaps, she might befriend some of the others she worked with, as Emma Grace wanted this area to become her permanent home. When Emma Grace's past catches up with her, she needs to trust someone, but who? What should she do? Can she allow fear to run the rest of her life? I love how this verse was worked into the story, "I sought the Lord, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears." This is a well written, character driven story that captured my attention from the start and held it throughout the novel. I enjoyed getting to know these characters and felt a connection to several of them. One of my favorite quotes was "You've been given a second chance. Don't waste it by complaining about what you wish you could do. Instead focus on what you can do." I received a copy of this novel from Bethany House Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Erica Nicole Pait

    When I started this book, I had no clue how pointed it would be. I mean, I should have, because I find Kim's books are often like that, but I wasn't prepared. Emma Grace, our lovely heroine, and might I add, bitter heiress, struggles with trusting others, especially men, because of past hurts in her life. She would rather build walls than friendships, and she finds that when she does let her guard down and accept friendship, it grows like wildfire without her consent. I found myself relating an When I started this book, I had no clue how pointed it would be. I mean, I should have, because I find Kim's books are often like that, but I wasn't prepared. Emma Grace, our lovely heroine, and might I add, bitter heiress, struggles with trusting others, especially men, because of past hurts in her life. She would rather build walls than friendships, and she finds that when she does let her guard down and accept friendship, it grows like wildfire without her consent. I found myself relating an uncomfy lot to her. What I thought was extra special was that recently I've been listening to this song every morning, and the verse that Emma Grace says to herself over and over throughout the book is from Psalm 34. I sought the LORD, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears. I love everything that Kim writes. She does such a good job with setting and picture painting. She makes memorable characters and scenarios. I get so invested. I caught myself making worried sounds out loud while reading it. I laughed a tad bit loudly. I fought back the tears. Once I really sat down, I didn't move until I finished it, which is saying something because I've been in a funk for a few weeks and not felt like reading anything at all. I highly recommend this new one, and I'm just a tiny bit impatient for book two next October. I hope that Ruth and Frank get a book, because they sure as all get out deserve one!!! While I did receive a gratis copy of this book, my opinions are, per usual, my own. This book releases October 5th! Be sure to snag your copy wherever books are sold!

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