A River Too Deep


“A River Too Deep” is not one of those books the reader will breeze through but is actually one to savor. The story has the feel of a journal or memoir with very little dialogue and even that is a recounting of conversations by the writer, Alcy Callen. Beginning with a trip to visit her long-lost uncle, Alcy recounts events in her life that lead to her life among the Indians.

The novel is liberally sprinkled with scripture with a verse at the end of each chapter. Alcy’s descriptions of her life in the Indian village and her interactions with them were vivid and realistic. The most striking element of the story to me was Alcy’s strong dependence on the Lord and her determination to follow His plan for her life regardless of the personal price. Her obedience produced abundant fruit that was gratifying to read about.

“A River Too Deep” is an engaging novel that might just leave the reader comparing her own faith to Alcy’s.

This book was provided for review by Celebrate Lit.


In the spring of 1817, Alcy Callen and her father visit a step-uncle they have long presumed dead; but instead of enjoying a loving reunion, they are plunged into treachery and deceit. Nothing is as they expected and little is what it seems. Even the man who helps her escape is not the reliable suitor he appears.

Alcy is caught between gratitude and fear, unable to avoid her rescuer’s attentions or understand the responses they stir. Neither can she tell what sort of man he is or what he intends to do with her in the strange place they are going. Will he keep her for himself or will he sell her to the highest

Of one person only is she certain, but will he come for her before it is too late?

A River Too Deep is a 274 page novel in the Christian historical fiction genre and was released on October 23, 2013. To purchase your copy, click here.


Sydney Tooman BettsSydney Tooman Betts and her protagonist-husband currently reside in the Shenandoah Valley near the extensive cavern system that inspired the setting for several early chapters of this book.

While single, Ms. Betts (B.S. Bible/Missiology, M.Ed) was involved in a variety of cross-cultural adventures in North and Central America. After marrying, she and her husband lived in Europe and the Middle East where he served in various mission-support capacities. Her teaching experiences span preschool to guest lecturing at the graduate level and serving as the Sunday School Superintendent, Children’s Church Director, or Women’s Ministries facilitator in several evangelical denominations.

Before penning her first novel, A River too Deep, she ghost-wrote several stories for an adult literacy program.

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