Into the Valley

Written by Rosanne Bittner
Review by Eva Fox Mate

This second novel in Rosanne Bittner’s Westward America series (after Into the Wilderness) carries the reader back to the turbulent days of the American Revolution, an uncertain time when what was loyalty one day became treason the next.

Torn apart by her love for two very different brothers, Annie Barnes struggles to make the right choices without hurting the men she loves. There is loyal and steadfast Luke, a farmer whose love for Annie runs deep and true, and wild, wandering Jeremiah who also loves Annie but realizes that home and family are not for him. While both of these men struggle to make sense of a war that, at times, seems to run contrary to everything that was once held dear, Annie fights her own battles, which have little to do with patriots and redcoats. Life in the Ohio Valley frontier is difficult, and danger is a constant companion. Hardship coupled with the tortured longings of her own heart force Annie to find strength she never knew she possessed.

While Bittner’s novel is occasionally hampered by historical inaccuracies (such as referring to George Washington as the President of the United States in 1780, nine years before he actually took office), Bittner, for the most part, does an admirable job of portraying life in the early frontier. With intriguing characters and a fast-paced plot, Into the Valley is an enjoyable, captivating story that is sure to please any fan of early American historical fiction.