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.
My take on this book:
I was drawn to this book for two reasons, first this historical aspects really intrigued me, the book takes place while Virginia was still part of the colonies, and the storyline around the tobacco plantation. I grew up on a working tobacco farm so this was an interesting connection for me. With that said I was a bit intimidated by the size of this book, one that I would call a chunkster at over 600 pages, and as I started reading the story I really just couldn't get drawn in immediately, I felt like there was a lot of information that was just filler, and didn't enhance the story. The story did start picking up after many chapters when the descriptions of the journey to the plantation started to pull me in. Overall there were things that I enjoyed about the book, the author did a good job of allowing me to visualize the wilds of Virginia, and the difficulties that settlers faced trying to carve out a home and life in a New Country. Once I was drawn in then I was anxious to find out what would happen. For me it just took too long to be drawn into the story, and to be perfectly honest I probably wouldn't have finished it had I not been given a copy for review. . Overall a middle of the road for me basically because the first half of the book really drug for me. Fans of historical fiction that takes place during the late 1700's just might enjoy this story.
A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review.
Helen Bryan is a Virginia native who grew up in Tennessee. After graduating from Barnard College, she moved to England, where she studied law and was a barrister for ten years before devoting herself to writing full-time.
A member of the Inner Temple, Bryan is the author of four previous books: the World War II novel War Brides; the historical novel The Sisterhood; the biography Martha Washington: First Lady of Liberty, which won an Award of Merit from the Colonial Dames of America; and the legal handbook Planning Applications and Appeals. The Valley is the first in a planned trilogy based on her childhood stories of ancestors who settled in Virginia and Maryland before Tennessee became a state.
Bryan resides in London with her family.
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Tuesday, July 19th: West Metro Mommy Reads
Wednesday, July 20th: A Book Geek
Thursday, July 21st: Kritter’s Ramblings
Friday, July 22nd: View from the Birdhouse
Friday, July 22nd: Reading is My Superpower
Monday, July 25th: WV Stitcher
Monday, July 25th: FictionZeal
Tuesday, July 26th: Black ‘n Gold Girl’s Book Spot
Friday, July 29th: From the TBR Pile
Monday, August 1st: A Bookish Affair
Tuesday, August 2nd: Broken Teepee
Wednesday, August 3rd: Lavish Bookshelf
Thursday, August 4th: Just One More Chapter
Monday, August 8th: A. Holland Reads
Tuesday, August 9th: Laura’s Reviews
Wednesday, August 10th: Sharon’s Garden of Book Reviews
Monday, August 15th: BookNAround
Wednesday, August 17th: The Maiden’s Court