Valerie J. Steimle
Over the last month I had an unexpected surprise of downloading two wonderful books I had planned on reading eventually. I saw these two books were from LDS authors and thought it would be fun to read next on my long list of books to-be-read. I had just finished reading several regency romances and was not in a hurry to start. I’m not a big fan of silly romance novels of giggling girls and predictable story lines but I was amazed to find that both stories ended up being so very enjoyable to read.
The first one is called
Once in a Blue Moon by Diane Darcy
Here is the review:
From the start of this story—I was not expecting the main characters to be a family in the modern world. This very clever tale is an entertaining adventure story and NOT predictable. A modern family is sucked back into the western world of the 1880s. It seemed a bit corny to me at first but as I read along, this story became a beacon of strength in showing how a modern family can all grow apart and by the fate of the moon grow back together by living a simple life. I love that this story could have been anyone in the modern world who is a workaholic and thinks their job is more important than their family.
Diane Darcy creates realistic conversations and thoughts of two parents trying to raise a son and daughter which helps the reader learn how to be better parents.The story was humorous as well as heartwarming and clean. We were taken through twists and turns until a very satisfying end. A great read and a great moral!!
The next book:
The Ugly Step-Sister Strikes Back by Sariah Wilson is a wonderfully, delightful story of a teen girl who has to deal with her step-sister.
I didn’t know what to expect on this one as well because I knew the premise but once I started reading I was totally drawn in and I could not put it down. I laughed out loud in some of the most hilarious predicaments the main character, Maddie Lowe, finds herself and it was such a joy to read.
Great story for any girl who doesn’t think herself worthy of a happy ending. I love how Sariah Wilson slowly weaves a believable story of teens dealing with every day ups and downs of high school and develops the characters. I never read a book twice (other than scripture) but I want to read this one again. A master piece of YA fiction and clean to boot. Great story for curling up on a rainy day and just enjoying!!