The sequel to Dean Hughes' "Muddy: Where Faith and Polygamy Collide" keeps the reader turning pages and offers fascinating insights into the experience of the early Latter-day Saint settlements in the west.
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With its Proper Romance line of romantic novels Shadow Mountain is publishing higher quality Regency novels than many of those which have flooded the "clean romance" market over the past decade. "Promised" by Leah Garriott, a debut author, is one such novel which delves deeper into her main character's head and heart than is customary for this genre.
This column includes a couple of books that don't fit the mold of those I usually review. Both are billed as children's or general books, but carry messages for any age including adults. I thought it would be fun to start off the new year with books meant to strengthen families, build faith, and aid in establishing a life-long love of reading.
Christmas is often a jumble of reality and fantasy. Two very different novels that would make great Christmas gifts for the readers on your list present this same contrast between what is real, what is not, and the importance of hope.
Christmas is a time to remember the Christ Child and to read his sweet story in St. Luke. It's also a time for families to draw closer, to share moments of peace and love. One way to build the Christmas spirit and to strengthen family bonds is to read together. Each year I compile brief reviews of as many new books as possible. There's sure to be a new favorite somewhere in this year's collection.
Two excellent Historical novels take us across the pond to England and Wales. Award worthy "The Heart of the Rebellion" by Sian Ann Bessey takes us back in time to 1400. "An Oxford Murder" by G.G. Vandagriff revisits the so called "Golden Era" of almost a hundred years ago at the famous Oxford University in England.