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A well-written, action-packed tale of faith, friendship, and good versus evil. My rating: ★★★★☆

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This is at least the third time I’ve read this book, which is the case with a lot of Davis Bunn’s books. (I’m so disappointed that he’s focusing on magical fantasy now.) The Sign Painter has all the dramatic description and great action sequences I love about Bunn’s writing, and it’s also full of strong characters who cling to their faith in the middle of pain and loss. The story handles homelessness with a gentle touch, focusing less on the problems and more on the hope offered by people helping others. At the same time, it does not shy away from the truth that some people don’t want help, and it takes wisdom to know the difference.


A thoughtful story that handles a difficult topic with a deft touch and enjoyable characters. My rating: ★★★★☆

Content warnings: romance (moderate), mentions of marital intimacy, violence (mild), death and grief, ethnic tension | Click here to read full post


This was a sweet story that dealt with hard things in a way that left me thinking but not depressed. Ethnic tension is a difficult subject for a number of reasons, but Clark simply showed individual people struggling with individual choices in their own circumstances. There was no “us versus them” mentality, which was refreshing. (I only regret the publishing house style guide that evidently enforced modern racial capitalization choices in the historical narrative, which jarred me every single time.) Although the jumping-around of the historical chronology was a bit hard for me to follow at times, I found myself equally invested in both timelines, eager to keep going in whichever era I was in at the time.


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A unique story that completes one woman’s escape from Mormonism and search for the life she left behind. My rating: ★★★★☆

Content warnings: frostbite trauma/surgery, polygamy, marital intimacy, divorce, LDS teaching (portrayed as false) | Click here to read full post


This is a great resolution of Camilla’s story, which begins in For Time and Eternity and stops with an abrupt cliffhanger at the end of that book. We see Camilla moving forward through going back, returning to the faith and family she left as a girl. As with the first book, this is a fascinating look at the early Mormon era, not only the Mormon faith itself but also life in general at that time. I would have liked to see more of the conflict between the US military and the Mormon settlements, but I understand why it wouldn’t have fit well into Camilla’s journey.


A gripping story that sheds biblical light on Mormon history. My rating: ★★★★☆

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I could hardly put this book down. I did not expect to be so engaged in the story, although I was excited to find an author willing to tackle the subject of Mormon history from a Christian perspective. I’ve seen too many cases lately where LDS doctrine is equated with true Christianity, especially by LDS authors who want to be (or already are) seen as Christian. (Note that the term Mormon is now considered pejorative by many LDS adherents, but it was the historically accurate term at the time of this book’s history, so I’m sticking with it in this review.)

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