The best kind of book surprises are the ones that take you on an adventure you didn’t expect. When it’s a Victorian era novel and the Holy lands, well that fits the bill!
Bianca Marshal is looking for a man who can quote both Jesus and Shakespeare. Not surprisingly, that man is hard to find in the small Appalachian town where she lives. Her mother insists that Bianca lower her standards. One the eve of her twenty-fifth birthday, even Bianca wonders if her mother is right.
Still set on experiencing love, or at least a little adventure, Bianca wins an essay contest that propels her into a whirlwind search for the perfect hero. Via the opulence of London and the mysteries of Palestine, Bianca’s true love will be revealed—but not without a price that might be too heavy to pay.
This book was fabulous in that it took you on an exotic adventure through the Holy Lands and I could picture the sights and almost smell the spices and dusty adventures they explored.
Our heroine fell fast and hard for her love interest, which at first I thought was going to be a bit much, but thinking of Bianca’s personality and experiences (or rather lack thereof) in relationships it made sense and worked well in the story line. Plus, some of her inner hopeless romantic monologue had me chuckling.
As much of variety in scenery, so was our cast of characters. There’s scheming, there’s overcoming, there’s faith and love. Things I’m a fan of in books. Overall, I enjoyed the novel, the destinations and now I want to go on an exotic adventure. Any one with me?
What’s a recent book surprise you’ve read?