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Historical Inspirational

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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I had a few moments to spare this past week to spend at the West Portal Public Library, choosing books I don’t have in my personal library.  I went straight for Annie Proulx because I enjoyed The Shipping News so much.

I wanted to read the short story, “Brokeback Mountain,” not because I had seen the film but because I admire Proulx’s writing style and wanted to learn more about Wyoming. After reading this heartbreaking story, I am glad I didn’t see the film. Knowing Hollywood, the characters of Ennis Del Mar and Jack Twist would probably never have touched my heart as Proulx’s characterizations did.

Here were two very young men – destitute, poorly educated, broken-down and bad teeth – thrown together for an isolated summer that forever changes their lives and brings them the closest they will ever come to true love.

Proulx’s artistry is boundless. She brings all her humanity and understanding of the human heart to the fore in this beautiful tragedy.


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