Here is the blurb from the back cover:
"On a trip to the Sun Tunnels in the Utah desert, Norma and her sisters find a body on the side of the road. But this awful discovery turns out to be the least of their problems. Norma's husband just passed on, and she learns he kept a secret from her for sixty years. LaRue is keeping a secret from Norma. The sisters' young friend Tony is keeping a secret about his famous father, and Tony's mother is keeping a secret of her own. Tony is secretly in love with his friend Kelli, who recently escaped from a polygamist cult. And who is the mysterious young car thief with whom Norma feels a special connection? Everything converges in Grouse Creek at the Fourth of July celebration. Will secrets prove everyone's undoing?
Sun Tunnels and Secrets is a story of relationship and trust, of romance and dreams."
I really enjoyed this book. The plot was interesting and even quite moving at times. But the thing I enjoyed most about the book were the characters. The three elderly sisters, Norma, Mabel, and LaRue, were incredibly real to me. Growing up in a small town in Utah, these women were my neighbors, my ward members, and even my relatives.
Warburton has a real gift for observing and recreating small-town Utah reality. Her dialogue with these characters was pitch perfect, and I was drawn into the story.
The story begins very much plot-driven, with unusual things happening to these characters. However, very quickly the book changes and becomes more subtle and character-driven. In my opinion, this is when Warburton's story is at it's best--and when Warburton is at her best. One thing I really loved was how flawed her characters all were--lovable, but flawed. This made them all the more real to me.
I enjoyed reading this book and highly recommend it. In addition to being enjoyable, there are some powerful lessons, although they are very subtle.
GIVEAWAY: In honor of the release of the book, the publisher is sponsoring a contest with two prizes. One prize is a copy of the book. The second prize is a lovely, handcrafted pot (see below) that was made by the author, Carole Thayne Warburton.
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Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book in return for posting a review. This did not effect my opinion or review.