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Borrowed Light by Carla Kelly

Cover Image Borrowed LightThis book was among seven nominated for the RWA’s Rita Award in 2012. I’m including Borrowed Light in my featured books because I so often recall characters and scenes from the book.  For instance, Paul Otto, the hero of the story, is the son of a settler’s orphaned daughter and a warrior of the tribe that rescues her. Julia Darling, the heroine, is a graduate of  Fannie Farmer’s Cooking School. Mr. Otto, as he is known throughout the book, is a Wyoming rancher in need of a good cook for his cowboys.

Another character in the book is inanimate and, though I am not a cook, fascinated me as much as the four ranch hands: the Queen Atlantic stove which attracts Julia to the isolated ranch in the first place. Drawing Mr. Otto and Julia together is their shared faith. Kelly does justice to her own faith, the Church of Latter Day Saints, with clarity and simplicity for non-LDS readers.

Borrowed Light is published by Bonneville Books (cedarfort.com).

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The Long Good-Bye – Raymond Chandler. This is my introduction to Chandler’s novels and I’m hooked. I love it that I knew who the killer was before Philip Marlowe revealed the truth and why Terry Lennox did the noble thing. I’ve never been a fan of crime fiction, not since I read a P D James novel that so thoroughly degraded women I felt sick but Chandler and Evanovich are rocking my boat.  

Visions of Sugar Plums – Janet Evanovich. I started reading Evanovich with Plum Spooky but wasn’t able to get into the story and characters – an acquired taste – but I enjoyed this book as an introduction. I’ve now got my hands on Plum Spooky again as well as One for the Dough. I know I read Visions out of season, but a good Christmas tale is right any time of year.

Rafe’s Redemption – Jennifer Jakes. I’ve been waiting for this book since I met Jennifer through an RWA chapter. This book is hotter than blazes! Rafe’s Redemption was a finalist in the RWA Golden Heart Contest in 2010 and acquired by The Wild Rose Press for their Wilder imprint later that year. I bought the ebook format and am getting along with that just fine. I still prefer a book to hold but may, eventually, invest in an e-reader of some sort.

The Scarlet Pimpernel – Baroness Orczy. The was one of the first historical romances I ever read and I found it – in ebook format on Girl Ebooks – along with the prequels and sequels of this delightful novel. I decided to look for it again when I came across a book club copy of The Spanish Pimpernel by C E Lucas Phillips – “a chronicle of the exploits of Captain E C Lance, DSO, during the Spanish Civil War of 1936-39”, printed in 1961. Hmmmm, I wonder if C E Lance and C E Lucas Phillips are one in the same…

And soon to be released: Yvette’s Haven – Tina Folsom. Hooray! The 4th book in the Scanguards Vampires series. I’ve read the first three: Samson and Delilah, Amaury’s Hellion and Gabriel’s Mate. All of which mean I’m looking forward to Yvette’s Haven. Now then, which of the other Scanguard hero-vampires are going to get a book of their own, Tina?

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