The characters all felt very real, their growth genuine and easy-paced. Because there were diverse characters, there were also diverse goals and subtle plots woven throughout the story, which I enjoyed.
I loved the setting too. I mean, poor communities and the Mammoth Cave... It felt very well represented.
Yes, there was romance in this book. It wasn't quite a, "girl loves lost guy, then guy gets saved so now she can marry him" story, but hinted at it. Also, Cissy's infatuation with flirting and making plans behind her parent's back made me cringe (it was resolved, yes). There were only two kisses that I remembered mentioned; it was more about the characters talking about the kisses in both situations.
There were some loose ends that I felt weren't tied. Who had taken their packs and why? Who had stolen the minerals? While a certain family was pointed out, I didn't feel satisfied that the questions were explicitly answered. And then Nick kind of just disappeared in the end. So for me personally, the story didn't quite feel complete, though I did enjoy it very much.
*I received this book in exchange of my honest review from Blogging for Books*
About the BookWorking in the massive cave might allow Rebekah the chance to bring joy back to her family. But will it claim more than it gives?
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 in 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 and 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 from the past?
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