From whodunits to historical fiction and self-help to sci-fi, The Beehive will take you cover to cover through some of the best new releases by LDS and local authors. Look no further for your next page-turner!
TAKE ME TO THE WILLOW
Bigotry. Life-threatening illness. Love. Family secrets. It may be framed as the journal of an ordinary young sheep herder, but Gilbert resident and author Shelly Brimley’s debut novel Take Me to the Willow (Bales Cove Publishing, 2015) is anything but run-of-the-mill. The book follows Will Wright, a young man in small town Arkansas in the early 1900’s. Will decides to follow his mama’s example and begins writing in a journal, spilling out a wide range of emotions and experiences that cover the first five years of his adulthood. Through those journal entries, Take Me to the Willow emerges as a coming-of-age story, a tale of relationships both good and bad and how they define the people we become.
Seeing the events through the eyes of a young man gives Brimley’s book a delightfully fresh perspective. Will’s voice is authentic and genuine. While his family lives a simple life, he is educated, hard-working and well mannered. Brimley captures the personality of a tender and thoughtful young man in a moving story about a time that seems so distant. Still, Brimley’s writing bridges that distance and makes you feel as if you belong in the narrative.
The story was a little slow to get started, but once you get to know Will and his family, you will be pulled into his life and won’t want to leave. 5 stars!
SOME SECRETS HURT: A STORY OF HEALING
According to the National Center for Victims of Crime, one in five girls is a victim of child sexual abuse. Even more shocking is the fact that 75% of those victims know their abusers. In Linda Kay Garner’s book Some Secrets Hurt: A Story of Healing (Shadow Mountain, 2009), we meet young Maggie. She has a secret. Someone she knows well has been touching her inappropriately and she knows the only way to get it to stop is to tell her parents.
Garner takes a sensitive topic and treats it with compassion, sympathy and appropriateness for all ages. The book is informative but straightforward enough for a small child to understand, and Maggie’s story will help build confidence and courage in young readers. 5 stars!