The Valley

  • by Helen Bryan
  • Narrated by Kate Reading
  • 21 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Left suddenly penniless, the Honorable Sophia Grafton, a viscount's orphaned daughter, sails to the New World to claim the only property left to her name: a tobacco plantation in the remote wilds of colonial Virginia. Enlisting the reluctant assistance of a handsome young French spy - at gunpoint - she gathers an unlikely group of escaped slaves and indentured servants, each seeking their own safe haven in the untamed New World.
What follows will test her courage and that of her companions as they struggle to survive a journey deep into a hostile wilderness and eventually forge a community of homesteads and deep bonds that will unite them for generations.
The first installment in an epic historical trilogy by Helen Bryan, the bestselling author of War Brides and The Sisterhood, The Valley is a sweeping, unforgettable tale of hardship, tenacity, love, and heartache.

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Helen Bryan did it again! I love her ability to tell a story with so much realism and clarity that I feel like I'm there with the settlers. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel as I have enjoyed her others. I love how she adds so much fine detail that I really get an understanding of how life was in that period. My only complaint was that I yearned for a more elaborate story between Henri and Sophia. What was their everyday relationship like? Were they always just cordial or did the passion grow? The story also really speeds up in the last 1/4 of the novel so that begin to feel a drastic disconnect between all of the book's characters. I know she's transitioning us to part 2 but I almost felt like I was reading a completely different novel in the end. Still, a very good story and told by an excellent narrator who for once didn't annoy me.
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- Holly Laddusaw

Well written but a sad tale.

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No, I feel this book is too much of a downer to recommend.


What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The era it's set is interesting, however, the storyline is pretty depressing from start to finish.


Which character – as performed by Kate Reading – was your favorite?

She did a good job on all the characters.


Do you think The Valley needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

I can't see it getting lighter but who am I to say that others wouldn't have enjoyed the book and will want to see a follow-up. However, I don't see myself looking for one.


Any additional comments?

The book is well written but it's just not my cup of tea.

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- Catherine

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-19-2016
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio