I'll be honest. I was not entirely sure what to expect when I was asked to read Bumpy Landings by Donald Carey and provide an endorsement. It is a romantic coming-of-age novel and I'm just not all that into romances. However, Don's a member of my critique group, and people were so helpful to me when I needed endorsements--so I decided to give it a shot. But I was a bit apprehensive. I say that to frame my glowing response. I loved this book! I truly did. It's actually less a romance than a coming-of-age story with some romantic elements.
I actually really don't care what genre a book is. I want to like the characters and be compelled by the plot. Bumpy Landings drew me in with both.
Don crafted a really good novel here! He has a deft hand and I particularly loved the way he elevated the ordinary ups and downs of life int a richly-textured, surprisingly suspenseful novel.
It's about a young returned missionary, struggling to reintegrate himself back into the real world. Trying to go to school as he deals with his dysfunctional family, long-suppressed dreams, and growing romantic attachments.
It's set in and around the campus of BYU-Hawaii, and the location informs and imbues the story. I found this mental trip to Hawaii a wonderful break from the cold weather we've been having.
The characters in this story happen to be Mormons, but there is nothing inherently (or oddly) Mormon about the book. I think this book could be enjoyed by anyone.
I recommend Don's book! I did receive an advance copy, but that didn't effect my review in any way. In fact, I warned Don that I'd only endorse it if I really liked it!
Bumpy Landings is available through Amazon--any bookstore ought to be able to order it, though. You might also stop by Don's website to see the really clever book trailers he did.
Great job, Don! Congrats on your debut novel and I look forward to reading more.
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