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 just passed on, and she learns he kept a secret from her for sixty years. LaRue is keeping a secret from Norma. The sisters' 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 the 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?
Since 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 her current thought-provoking novel, Sun Tunnels and Secrets. Not that I've ever come across a supposedly dead body out in the desert, but the mind-set and the hilarity are the same.
Norma 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 journey into and through the many secrets that unravel in a small corner of a Western state and beyond.
Although 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 milieu.
Sun Tunnels and Secrets is available at Amazon.com
Don't forget the giveaway, which I posted about here.