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Kit and Elizabeth by Karen Tuft

Elizabeth has been groomed her entire life to marry the Duke of Ashford. When he dies she’s expected to marry his younger brother. When they mutually agree to refuse the betrothal Elizabeth’s family falls apart. Kit (Lord Cantwell) and Lady Walmsley come to Elizabeth’s rescue at exactly the right moment. With time and their companionship Elizabeth comes to know her worth and decides what she wants for her future.  For the most part, this novel was a really sweet romance about Elizabeth discovering her personal worth. Lady Walmsley is an especially amusing and likable character. I really adored how the …

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The Infinite Future by Tim Wirkus

The crux of this book is that a Brazilian librarian recruits a team to find the unpublished works of his favorite science fiction writer, Eduard Salgado-Mackenzie. The other two people on this team are Mormons, one a professional historian excommunicated for her academic work and the other a scammed aspiring novelist. The utter absurdity of their quest and their dedication to it worked for me because I could totally see my fellow Mormons doing something like this. That classic Mormon optimism, the desire to help others on their quests, the value we place on personal and historical records gives literary …

Awards Essays

Whitney Award Winners represented graphically

One of my biggest worries about the Whitney awards is that the same people are nominated and win over and over again. Despite efforts to recognize debut authors and adding categories to recognize more authors there does seem to be a diversity problem. I wanted to wrap my head around how bad this problem actually is in a statistical manner. The most egregious offender is the Mystery/Suspense category where two writers hold 66% of the Mystery/Suspense awards. If you add Kilpack, three writers hold 83% of the Mystery Suspense awards. I assumed the problem would be with the Speculative Fiction …

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Maggie’s Place by Annette Haws

There is a lot to enjoy in this contemporary novel set in urban Salt Lake City: the quirky elderly main character with a secret past, a teenage homeless girl looking for a way out, a little bit of romance tangled up in choosing to do the right thing, and a gaggle of seniors outwitting the bad guys and saving the day.   The author Annette Haws is also the writer of Waiting for the Light to Change, the 2008 Whitney Award Winner in General Fiction. Maggie’s Place will please the same audience, pulling from many story types to create a tale …


Lavender Doodle

I had a good couple weeks on the anxiety front. The anxiety didn’t go away but I managed it tons better. The first thing I did was deal with everything that was stressing me out. So, I ended up switching our medications back to our old pharmacy. I ordered a new nebulizer machine since ours was only working half as well as it should. We got flu shots. We ordered a new thermometer for our betta fish since the old one didn’t automatically regulate the tank temperature. The new one does, so I don’t have to go in there and …

Monthly Summary

September Summary

So, this summary is out later than I originally planned but that’s real life, I guess. In September, I reviewed 4 books and posted 1 interview on this blog. I also wrote a guest post for the Association of Mormon letters blog. Easy links below if you want to catch up on something. Books: Love, Sidelined by Tiffany Odekirk Deborah Prophetess of God by Heather B. Moore All Hearts Come one for Christmas Lady In the Coppergate Tower by Nancy Campbell Allen Interview: “People…read because they want to understand the world in which they live.” Interview with Tiffany Odekirk. Guest …

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Secrets and Suitors by Joanna Barker

Secrets and Suitors by Joanna Barker Nora has been in love with her childhood friend and neighbor for years. Unfortunately, he does not return her feelings. Since it is her third season, her father takes matters into his own hands. He arranges a marriage to a man that Nora finds uninspiring. Unless she can persuade her father to accept a better match by the end of the season she’ll have a bleak future indeed.  After reading several regencies that focused on heavy social issues it was a delight to read this compelling relationship drama. Barker makes this regency feel fresh …


Sunshine Doodle

So, I struggle with anxiety a lot. I’m a mom of a kid with Cystic Fibrosis. There’s a lot of meds to manage and keep track of and some days are harder than others. There are weeks I can carry out everything with ease and doing this CF thing doesn’t feel hard at all. Then sometimes I read something or life just really grinds me down and I feel the weight of this illness. I realize that our entire life is structured around keeping my kid healthy. I realize how much of my time is spent trying to make his …

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“People…read because they want to understand the world in which they live.” Interview with Tiffany Odekirk

This interview is part of the Love, Sidelined Blog Tour. Read here to check out my thoughts on the book and enter the giveaway hosted by the publisher. What compelled you to write a novel with Mormon Characters in it? It’s not the “in” thing to do in any market right now. Were you ever discouraged by the fact that there are so few opportunities to publish Mormon-themed fiction?  You are definitely correct about LDS-themed contemporary romance being a “niche” market. To my knowledge, there are only three publishing houses that will even look at LDS-specific fiction, and of those …