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Julia Darling never expected to cook for some cowboys in Wyoming, but when she breaks off her engagement in Salt Lake City, it s the perfect opportunity for her to escape. Determined to stick the job out, Julia faces her biggest challenge yet letting go of borrowed light to find her own testimony. Set in the early 1900's, this is one romantic adventure you'll never forget!

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Borrowed Light

by Carla Kelly

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Carla Kelly has written a very charming page turner that makes me want to cook from scratch and dress my husband in Wranglers. The narrator, who maybe unintentionally seems younger than her 28 years, is searching for her own testimony while inadvertently falling in love with her nonmember rancher-employer on the plains of Wyoming.  Although I would categorize Borrowed Light as an innocent LDS romance novel for its focus on the love story and secret pining (not for any sexual content), it contains a little bit of everything: suspense, drama, Western.  It’s uplifting, inspirational, and had me flying through the pages. It has great characterization of main characters and ranch hands alike. Although the pacing felt a little rushed in the latter half of the book, Carla Kelly is a great writer as well as a fantastic storyteller. Tally this one as another great LDS read!

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Borrowed Light has a religious overtone and is intended for an LDS audience; hence, this is a very clean read—squeaky clean even.


There are a few mentions of a character visiting a brothel, but there’s nothing said about the goings on there.


Also a character tells about a former spouse who is mentally ill and has to be tied down often times. Both occurrences are very mild and hardly worth mentioning since this book is so refreshingly clean. It’s not every day you find a great G-rated page turner.

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