In an explosive new political biography of Ezra Taft Benson, historian Matthew L. Harris, a professor at Colorado State University-Pueblo, has written an account of the former church president that may reinforce Benson critics and disturb faithful Latter-day Saints. Unfortunately, the book is far from objective.
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In honor of Veterans Day this week I chose to review Farewell, Fleeing Repatriation by Barbara Sorensen Fallick. This story is a brutally blunt look at the horrors faced by soldiers and civilians during World War II. It is told from the point of view of two young Russians who were drafted into serving the Allied Cause and later hid in America from their own government.
After a long, hot summer it was fun to turn to two stories set in small towns with definitely cool climates. Miracle Creek Christmas by Krista Jensen takes place in the Northwest between Halloween and Christmas while Summer of Sundaes occurs even farther north in Seward, Alaska.
It Started in Budapest by Julie Daines is a romantic novel featuring the Orient Express, a passenger train that ran between Paris and Istanbul between 1863 and 1977. Today's second book is Love, Life & Lucille by Judy Gaman, a memoir of a woman who lived to almost reach her 104th birthday.
It was my pleasure to read and review two outstanding books for this column. The first, The Paper Daughters of Chinatown by Heather B. Moore, is the story of a remarkable woman who took on a grotesque form of slavery a little over a century ago. The second, Forget Me Not by Sarah M. Eden, appears on the surface to be just another Regency Romance, but delves deeply into the hurt and pain suffered by those having PTSD.
Julie Coulter Bellon takes a problem, PTSD, which has received a lot of modern attention, back to a long ago war in The Viscount's Vow. Both this story and Clair M. Poulson's latest novel is Kingfisher are reminders that people of all ages face similar problems and achieve growth as they deal with them.