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Sun Tunnels and Secrets

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Mall town adventure with twists and mysteries galoreCarole Thayne Warburton drew from personal experience of #The Region As She Wrote #region as she wrote charmer Two diverse cultures clash near remote religious Grouse Creek Utah when this innocent world with a pocketful of well kept secrets is upended by the arrival of hippies and tree huggers who c My favorite yet of all Carole Warburton s books and I ve loved them all Well since I wrote this book I m going to have to give it 5 stars I know it probably doesn t deserve 5 stars but what can I say I hope you ll all read it to see what you think It probably isn t as fast paced as my first two but it has some tenderness some romance some mystery and some suspense and definitely some humor The characters are so real I feel like they are my friends I participated in a blog tour for Sun Tunnels and Secrets by Carole Thayne Warburton which is a delightfully piuant novelCarole used to write under the name Carole Thayne as there is another author using the name Carol Warburton Carole gleaned ample experiences and met many intriguing people when she and her husband Mick were teachers in the two room school in Grouse Creek Utah In addition to being an author she is a talented pottery artist and teaches that craft as wellSince I ve been living in a small town atmosphere for the last five years I related very strongly to the characters and situations Carole wrote about in this thought provoking novel Not that I ve ever come across a supposedly dead body out in the desert but the mind set and the hilarity are the sameNorma and her elderly sisters Mabel and LaRue are sometimes wacky sometimes serious and always capable of tugging on my heart strings The multitude of other characters reflect their heritages and the "secrets they bear The novel is an interesting ourney into and through the "they bear The novel is an interesting ourney into and through the secrets that unravel in a small corner of a Western state and beyondAlthough the cover indicates this is an LDS novel there is nothing restricting it from being read and enjoyed by a general audience since little mention is made of Mormonism other than in setting up the milieuSun Tunnels and Secrets is available at comFor the FTC record the publisher provided both a hard copy and a pdf to me Thanks Walnut Springs Press Also for the record whether I buy a book or have one mailed to me I value my reading time and my reviews are my own opinions not purchased 35 stars As the title suggests secrets and what happens when they come to lightNorma Mabel and LaRue are 3 elderly sisters who live in rural Northern Utah They ve had their share of ups and downs over the years and most recently Norma s husband Wes passed away They take a trip out to the Sun Tunnels together and come upon a man s body After covering him up a little they decide to call the police station on their way back After all they don t have cell phone coverage and there s not much they can do for him at this point anyway The only problem is when they drive back the body is missing Along with their umbrella the half embroidered pillowcase used as a coverup and baseball cap It turns out Mabel s car has been stolen as well The dead man a young shifty character named Kevin keeps turning up in their lives He tries for sympathy claiming he s trying to find his wife a girl named Cadence who is due to have a baby in the next month The sisters will have to decide how much to help him or believe him Meanwhile Norma discovers some old photos that throw her whole marriage into uestion Despite the pain she s determined to get to the bottom of it all This held my interest It s not a mystery but of a small town community life novel There are many characters with secrets and By The End Most Of the end most of secrets have come to light mostly for the betterCouple of side notes I m not sure what the deal is with the cover The shadowy man standing in the Sun Tunnel looks cool but has no relation to the story At all Also in. ARue is keeping a secret from Norma The sister's 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 th. Case you were wondering the Sun Tunnels are real They re art created by Nancy Holt in 1976 They are large concrete tubes that line up with the rising and setting sun on the summer and winter solstices You have to drive 45 miles out into the middle of nowhere to see them but it might be worth a road trip sometimeFor reviews plus gardening tips and talk visit my blog wwwofbooksandbloomscom Sun Tunnels and Secrets is described on the cover as an LDS novel but the religious elements are not central to the plot In other words readers of all faiths will enjoy this bookThink small town Really small town in northwest Utah So small there wouldn t be any spectators for the annual Fourth of July parade unless relatives and friends come to see it as all the residents of Grouse Creek are in the paradeThe book begins as the three sisters visit a remarkable piece of outdoor art erected in the seventies in the middle of the Utah desert now largely forgotten Note the Sun Tunnels are real The stunning photograph on the book s cover was taken by the author Meet LaRue Mabel and Norma the Hansey sisters strong capable women considerably over a certain age who have made many a potato salad and weathered many a storm and have also kept than coveted recipes from each other They re like most sisters In a pinch they re at each others doorsteps to help out they ust know when they re needed even when the phones aren t working Mabel sums it up I ust had one of my feelings When a devastating family secret is revealed the lives of the three sisters are changed forever Will the sisters be able to regroup What will happen now that they know the truth Norma s uest to uncover a secret her late husband kept from her all through their marriage confused me at times but in the end her search leads her to surprising results Perhaps we re meant to be as puzzled as Norma as she pursues all possible leads The Hansey sisters aren t the only residents of Grouse Creek who are keeping secrets Many truths are revealed to others throughout the book Some of these characters include Tony a handsome lovesick singing cowboy who performs his original songs for an audience of attentive cows Add a few other staples to the mix Kelli the confused young woman he loves an assortment of neighbors and friends an LDS bishop police a good looking undertaker There s even a car chase With Norma s entertaining weekly columns from the Tremonton Leader and Kelli s letters to her friends we also learn about life in Grouse Creek In the telling of this story are lines Mrs Malaprop or Yogi Berra would be proud to utter such as that s ust water over the bridge Filled with small town flavor and likeable uirky characters Sun Tunnels and Secrets is a page turner Find out what happened to LaRue s unfinished embroidered pillowcase and why she will never set foot in Tremonton Utah #In a hundred years you would never guess and I won t divulge the answers To #a hundred years you would never guess and I won t divulge the answers To LaRue who is very uotable it would be unseemly "Seriously you KNOW these people One of them may be standing on your porch as we speak bearing a batch " you KNOW these people One of them may be standing on your porch as we speak bearing a batch cookies a prized The Lives of Stay-at-Home Fathers: Masculinity, Carework and Fatherhood in the United States jar of chokecherryam or a lemon meringue pie You never know Note Carole Thayne Warburton s first two novels False Pretenses and A uestion of Trust originally published under her maiden name have been re issued with new covers and can be found at Love this book I was wrapped up in it from the beginning The characters are so endearing and I really felt like I was in grouse creek living the small town life This is listed as LDS fiction but it really ust touches a small part of the book and a good read for anyone Keep up the good work Carole I hope to read of your books in the future This is a uick and fun read that grabs your attention from the first sentenece The characters in the book are all so realistic and likable I was often thinking of my own Grandma and how she would be reacting in similar situations The. E 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 relationships and trust of romance and dreams. All the word tis strange except for #Me And Thee And Sometimes I Wonder #and thee and sometimes I wonder thee Sun Tunnels and Secrets had a great hook Three uirky elderly sisters traveling across the desert come across a naked body in the desert Rather than take time to deal with the situation they head on out to a landmark called the Sun Tunnels vowing to take care of the situation on their return trip However the body is gone when the come to the spot they left him The plot weaves in and around several characters whose relationships are muddied and muddled at times Warburton creates characters who are rich and well developed I loved the elderly sisters their relationship their idiosyncrasies and their secrets kept me turning pages Her plot twists in unexpected ways with unexpected characters One of the sisters has secrets that might be better left hidden The young car thief has a warped moral compass and a weird sense of propriety We get to know Kelli through her letters to the brother she looks up to and she wonders if anyone will ever match up to him Perhaps the handsome wrangler Toni will but she feels about him the same way she feels about her brother You ll enjoy this aunt across the Utah desert and through uaint home town of Grouse Creek Warburton writes in a homey style which matches the setting One of my favorite lines from the book is when Ruth one of the sisters prays over their meal Dearest Lord let this stifling July heat give us strength to endure the freezing cold ahead And today let us be truly grateful for good friends frozen food and a working microwave Before anyone can dish a spoonful of the lasagna Ruth plops a huge helping into her dog s dish Who couldn t love a dear sweet soul like that Take a moment and read this mysteryromance You ll be glad you did Really liked this book It was gripping even from the start wanting to know what would happen next Secrets can sometimes be good or bad depending on when you discover them this story holds many secrets that affect lots of people and cause some people to doubt what they originally believe but in the end original characters held true Three old women LaRue Mabel and Normawho are also sister went on a short trip to see the sun tunnels in Utah What they didn t expect was to come across a naked man that appeared dead on the side of the road They thought he was dead and determined to finish their trip and then alert the authorities about the body but when they returned they found the body gone along with Mabel s car Kevin the assumed dead man turns out to be looking for his girlfriend Cadence or Katie who also happens to be Norma s recently deceased husband s granddaughter Norma learns that her husband was once engaged to her older sister LaRue and then had a child out of wedlockthus Cadence and then that Wes had had contact with Katie AND ASKED FOR TO COME LIVE asked for to come live them after he told his sweetheart Norma about his past Before he could confess his #mistake to norma he died leaving her wondering #to Norma he died leaving her wondering she was a substitute for her sister in the eyes of Wes and if he didn t love or trust her enough with the truth of his past wrongsTony and Kelli are some young adults who happen to meet these sisters when Kevin steals Tony s truck and ties him up after the sister think he s dead They all help in the search for the truth along with the Gone: The Disappearance of Claudia Lawrence and Her Father's Desperate Search for the Truth journey for Kelli to believe in herself after a traumatic meeting and escape from a cult and her relationship with Tony Tony wants to be a horsemen but also is a talented guitarist and singer with an unknown parentage and a strained relationship with his mother who is never understoodThrough the story the plot thickens as all the relationships develop and find truth and acceptance They say you can tudge a book by its cover and in some cases I d have to agree but you can bank on the award winning and mysterious cover of Sun Tunnels and Secrets to intrigue you from first glance and lead you into a 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 ust passed on and she learns he kept a secret from her for sixty years .