The Shipbuilder's Wife by Jennifer Moore and Breaking News by G.G. Vandagriff do not fit the usual mold for the genre's they represent. The Shipbuilder's Wife is set in the Regency period but in America, not England. Breaking News is labeled Romantic Suspense, but the romance is very low key and there's more mystery than suspense. Both books are the kind of books that are hard to put down and readers will want to keep reading "just one more page."
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Some of the greatest stories are found in the scriptures. Sometimes those stories are incomplete or simply hint at a larger story. There's a form of historical fiction that delves into these scriptural accounts then expands on them to create a story that draws readers to examine the basic story and imagine the events surrounding it in greater detail. Here are two wonderful examples of this kind of novel.
Jared W. Ludlow’s new book, 'Exploring the Apocrypha from a Latter-day Saint Perspective' is a valuable resource for Latter-day Saints seeking to better understand an important part of the sacred texts of Christianity and Judaism. According to a statement regarding the Apocrypha in Doctrine and Covenants 91, we are told that “There are many things contained therein that are true” and that “whoso is enlightened by the Spirit shall obtain benefit therefrom”.
Historical fiction gives us a chance to look back to a prior time and view events and people in closer detail than we find in other accounts. It gives the reader an opportunity to feel emotionally connected to the time, events, and people of that era. Oddly enough both novels I chose to review today begin with the same word--One Step Enough by Carla Kelly and One Candle by Gale Sears.
A type of novel often referred to as "slice of life" or "stream of consciousness" doesn't appear often and is frequently disliked by the average reader, but adored by many literature fans. Road to Covered Bridge by Marilyn Brown is that kind of book. It's a Utah State First Place Novel and based on incidents in the lives of real people.
The genre has been showing up in novels designed for teens for several years, but has more recently been creeping into those meant for adults. Kiss of the Spindle by Nancy Campbell Allen is a prime example of Steampunk written with adults as well as older teens in mind. This novel is loosely based on the children's fairytale Sleeping Beauty.