After tragedy leaves its mark on Rebekah Hardin’s family, she plans to help her parents and six siblings honor her beloved brother’s memory and alleviate their poverty by working as a guide in the dangerous cave system. Kentucky’s renowned Mammoth Cave presents profitable opportunities for hardworking, capable men. But Rebekah is determined and if it means presenting herself as a himself, then she’s up to the job.
Under the wing of experienced guide Tolly Sanford, “Reb” begins to learn the complexities of the cave. The two are joined by an aspiring young cartographer, Devlin Bale. The university student has traveled to the hill country to map tunnels—not to fall for a girl in disguise.
Can the God who designed miles of underground astonishment shape Devlin’s ambitious plans and free Reb from the weight of her past?
About the Author
Kim Vogel Sawyer is the highly acclaimed, best-selling author of gentle stories of hope such as When Love Returns and Room for Hope. With more than one million books in print, Kim has garnered numerous awards including the ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) Carol Award, the Inspirational Readers Choice Award, and the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence. She lives in central Kansas with her retired military husband Don. She enjoys travel, quilting, and spending time with her daughters and their families.
Great book! This book is full of so many surprises and a great story of; love, a faith in God and a journey of self-realization. Their are many characters in this book, each with their own set of problems and their own stories. This became confusing at times because their were so many things going on at one time. BUT…. The author was able to bring it all together in a very amazing way at the end, which made it worth the confusion in the end. I am a big fan of this author and she definitely didn’t dissapoint with this novel.
Rebekah is trying so hard to get over the loss of her little brother and works so hard to make sure her family has everything they need. So even though there are no jobs available at the Mammoth Cave estate for women, she takes it upon herself to dress as a man and do a man’s job. It is no easy task and she definitely has her problems with it but she shows time and time again that she is worthy of being a cave guide assistant. She is amazing, she takes on a man’s job and never once complains and everything that she makes goes to her family to help buy a burial marker for her little brother. Her little brother Andy had gone into the cave and didn’t make it back out alive. It was a very sad story and her whole family had a hard time getting over the death of Andy.
Devlin, a college student from the University of Kentucky, came to Mammoth Cave to map the caves, he never planned on falling in love with a back country woman. He was a city man, at the cave for a purpose. He was a gentleman through and through and felt his heart being exposed little by little to love. He tried to fight it and so did Rebekah, they were from two different worlds.
Cissy, Rebekah’s sister was the worst character of the entire book. She was self centered and was just a horrible spoiled little brat. The entire book she was conniving, and trying to find a way to get away from her family and her horrible life. She felt like she was owed something more, that she deserved better clothing, a better house and so on. She moaned and groaned about everything. Honestly, it was so annoying and I dreaded the parts of the book that included her. Then she found a boy she liked and she did everything possible to be with him as much as possible, even if it meant denying her momma and daddy’s wishes. Overall an annoying character.
Tolly was by far my favorite, he was a loveable character that kept you laughing. He was an experienced tour guide that had history in the area surrounding the Mammoth Cave, including being a slave in the past. He was a knowledgeable man that helped keep Rebekah out of trouble and was a man revered by everyone he worked with.
Overall, this book was great! It had a bit of a slow opening, but after it finally gets the characters introduced it is a race to the finish. Not only is it a great love story between Rebekah and Devlin but it is also a story of family bonds and the strength of a brave woman. She is a force to be reckoned with, taking a man’s job just to help provide for her family. She has a faith in God that is unfailing even despite the tragedies that have befallen her. There are many stories being told and each one of them are important and tie in together at the end to make it come together so nicely. It is really such a great book and the family’s faith in God is so reassuring.
Great book! I will be recommending!! I recieved this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.