Description of the book
The only life Lydia has ever known is the one her mother created for the two of them within a small mountain valley in the Sierra Nevada Foothills. Mama manages to keep the outside world, which she claims is not a part of God’s plan for their lives, a secret for nearly seventeen years, until Lydia happens upon a young man in the forest. This man tells her his family owns a vineyard on the other side of the mountain, and he promises to find out the truth behind her isolated life. While Lydia begins to find herself torn between loyalties to a mother she loves dearly and a God she no longer understands, a tragedy thrusts her into a world full of people, places, and passions she never dreamed possible. She ultimately believes truth will give her the freedom to move on, but will Lydia learn to love God and accept His calling on her life before the world captivates her heart and soul?
My Review of No Eye Has Seen Beyond the Valley
Roanne is a writer friend I have never met. She lives in California and I live in Texas. We both belong to a wonderful writing group, 10 Minute Novelists. We would chat in google hangouts while she was writing this book. I eagerly awaited it’s release and was so excited when it arrived on my doorstep. I read half of it while on a trip to Houston to visit my son and his family. I had to put it aside once I got home as I had two other books waiting for me. These I had agreed to read and get reviews posted by a certain date, so they had to come first. Yesterday I finished Beyond the Valley. I loved this book!
The premise of this book is unique. A seventeen year old girl who lives in a valley in the foothills of Sierra Nevada, with her mother. She has never seen another person. She only knows what she has seen with her own eyes and what her mother has told her. Lydia’s world is radically about to change. While sitting beside a pond one day, Lydia sees a young man ride up on a horse. He tells her that his family has a vineyard just on the other side of the mountain. He tells her there is a town full of people not far from his home. He promises to see what he can find out about her family and why her mother would want to keep them isolated all this time.
Of course Lydia has many questions for her mother, but agrees to not confront her mother until she gets some answers from Dylan. Disaster strikes before Dylan can gather much information.
The rest of the story is about Lydia’s faith on her journey of discovery. Can she learn to not lean on her own understandings or on other people, but on God?
This book is beautifully written. It has a plot that keeps pulling you along. You have to find out what happen next. You will not want to put it down.
I classified it as Christian fiction, but because it is set just after the gold rush in California, it could be considered Historical fiction also. Either way it is a wonderful story I’m sure you will enjoy.
About the author:
Roanne King writes women’s fiction that contains threads from her own life experiences. She began writing her first novel at the age of eleven and has since used life’s challenges and triumphs to bring encouragement to her readers.
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