I'm such a slacker. I read this book in September and, even though we discussed it in our Book Club, somehow I never got around to posting my review of it. Better late than never, right?
Daughter of Helaman - by Misty Moncur
Misty's debut novel is a fun, fast-paced step back into Book of Mormon times, though you don't have to be a member of the LDS church or even a believer in it's teachings to enjoy the story. Keturah is a young Lamanite girl who should be thinking about marriage and family chores but isn't really interested in those traditional activities. She, instead, see's herself as a warrior in Helaman's army.
What I loved most about this book:
There are more than a couple of things that endeared Daughter of Helaman to me. Foremost, I loved Keturah's character. She is smart and strong and sassy! She doesn't let anybody tell her what she can and can't do. When she sets her mind to something, she does everything she can to pursue it. I love strong women characters and I felt like in many ways I could relate to her. And what's not to like about a love triangle? With two boys fighting for her affection, which one will she choose? The dependable, loyal, committed one, or the new, exciting one that supports her in her desire to join the army?
Daughter of Helaman is a fast paced, fun, and danger filled book that will transport you back in time and bring the Book of Mormon to life. With just the right blend of love, adventure, and self-discovery wrapped up in a delightful main character, Daughter of Helaman is a great read for kids (aged 10 and up) as well as adults. I've added it to my daughter's book shelf.
From the back cover:
SHE SHOULD BE THINKING of housework and being a wife. Instead Keturah is thinking of swords and being a warrior. Ignoring the worries of her family and her nearly betrothed, Keturah begins secretly trainning with one of the new soldiers to prove herself worthy of Helaman's army. But when the two men meet up, sparks fly, and Keturah must figure out not only her place in society, but also her heart's desire.
About the author:
Between working and raising a family, Misty fits in writing like others fit in breathing. Misty loves to write. She writes in the Romance, Young Adult, and Religious genres.
Misty lives in Utah with her husband, her Wii-addicted son, and her curly-haired daughter. They spend a great deal of time laughing and the rest of it eating pizza.
Visit Misty's blog for more information on her writing and current projects, or click here to read the first chapter of Daughter of Helaman.