Following a week that saw the awarding of Whitney Awards to LDS authors for their outstanding works from 2016, I chose to review two unique novels that are sure to receive nominations for the 2017 awards, Courting Carrie in Wonderland by Carla Kelly and The Dating Experiment by Eloida Kay Strain.
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Braden Bell has taken a step beyond fantasy to serious questions concerning human agency coached in the story of a young girl discovering who she is. He explores the concept of absolute power to control thoughts and actions from both the side of the controller and the ones being controlled. Does the ability to make choices matter?
February is the month linked to Romance by hearts, flowers, and rings. It's the season for valentines and thoughts of June weddings. It's also a time when an abundance of romantic novels can be found. Here's a sampling of Romances from different times and circumstances with one common thread, the discovery of true love.
The roles of strong women throughout various periods of history are highlighted in following three novels. Each features a young woman thrown into unusual circumstances and whose actions and responses have a lasting effect on not only her own life, but on the lives and freedom of others.
Liz Adair has produced another Spider Latham mystery just in time to begin the new year. Death on the Red Rocks takes place in Utah's red rocks country around Kane County and features a beautiful cover depicting the transmission towers atop one of the magnificent peaks found in Southern Utah.
The year is drawing to a close and there are only a few days left to relax by the fire with a good book before the new year begins with all its bustle and hurry. Two books to round out the year are The Governess by Kristen McKendry and The Woman With No Name by Kelly Nelson.
I promised more of my personal favorites before Christmas; here are three of them. This doesn't make the list of favorites complete, but are certainly worth considering for the bookworms on anyone's Christmas gift list.