Enduring Light

by Carla Kelly


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Julia Darling is finally able to marry her Paul for eternity. But it's a harsh world for a rancher in turn-of-the-century Wyoming, especially a Mormon rancher. When alienation and threats start coming, Julia must prove she's her husband's equal in strength and endurance as she learns to let go of scars on the outside and inside. Best-selling author Carla Kelly has woven a new story about the depths of love discovered by enduring to the end.

About the Author

Carla Kelly

A newcomer to Cedar Fort, Inc., Carla Kelly is a veteran of the New York and international publishing world. The author of more than thirty novels and novellas for Donald I. Fine Co., Signet, and Harlequin, Carla is the recipient of two rita Awards (think Oscars for romance writing) from romance Writers of America and two Spur Awards (think Oscars for western fiction) from Western Writers of America. Recently, she's been writing Regency romances (think Pride and Prejudice) set in the royal Navy's Channel Fleet during the Napoleonic Wars between England and France. She comes by her love of the ocean from her childhood as a Navy brat. Carla's history background makes her no stranger to footnote work, either. During her National Park Service days at the Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site, Carla edited Friedrich Kurz's fur trade journal. She recently completed a short history of Fort Buford, where Sitting Bull surrendered in 1881. Following the "dumb luck" principle that has guided their lives, the Kellys recently moved to Wellington, Utah, from North Dakota and couldn't be happier in their new location. In her spare time, Carla volunteers at the railroad and Mining Museum in Helper, Utah. She likes to visit her five children, who live here and there around the United States. Her favorite place in Utah is Manti, located after a drive on the scenic byway through Huntington Canyon. And why is she so happy these days? Carla looks forward to writing for an LDS audience now, where she feels most at home.

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(based upon 5 reviews)

Eh not the best
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

Sequels are never as good as the original right? Well that seems to be the case with this book. I LOVED Borrowed light but this one was a bit of a let down. A) it was predictable, which can be nice but really there was nothing unexpected to keep i interesting, B) It focused to much on the main characters intimate relations with her husband, it kind of made me uncomfortable. I mean I am not a prude but just not what I expected from an LDS book. Really there was just to much focus on the intimacy it felt like it was every chapter. That is the honest reason why I would not recommend this book. It could have had more character development and less "relations".

Good Sequel
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

I loved this continuation of Borrowed Light. It was a great story but the authors writing style can be a little confusing. While her writing is great the story was constantly flowing, and then would skip ahead immediately in the next sentence so that I kept telling myself, "oh wait what happened...oh ok this is a little later". It happens so often it became frustrating.

"Julia Darling is finally to marry Paul Otto for eternity."
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

Before I do the review I have to remind reader's that this is the sequel to "Borrowed Light". So make sure you read that first or you could be lost.
This book was a great sequel. I remember reading the first book and going on the internet to see if there was another written. There wasn't. Lucky for me I just needed to wait a couple months before I was handed the opportunity to review the second book.
Julia is a tough young woman who over comes quite a lot of adversity while starting a new life on the Double Tipi. Some think she is a fragile little thing, but they soon find out how wrong they are! When yet another obstacle comes into her and her now husband Paul's life, they have to turn to the Lord, even more then ever. Go ahead and pick up this book and transport yourself back to a time of hardship and trial, but also love and endurance.

Nice Read but Needs Context
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

Julia is finally recovering from a brutal fire that nearly took her life. One important step forward is getting to marry her love, the rancher Paul Otto. Life in Wyoming is very different from her life in Salt Lake City, but she takes it in stride. Julia must learn to deal with mistreatment and distrust from other ranchers. She and Paul also have to deal with another man threatening them and a young boy they have taken care of. As Julia learns to endure her trials, she will grow and learn to love the land and her husband even more than she thought possible.

This book was very sweet. Julia is a very determined woman who is willing to fight for what she wants, and that is always fun to read about. Paul is very kind and a great husband to her. One slightly negative thing was that I was unaware this was the second in a series, but it became very apparent rather quickly. The book was easy to get into, but it glosses over some things that you would know if you had read the first book. That made it a little harder to read at times. There was just a familiarity with the characters and their pasts that I was missing.

That being said, I still enjoyed the book. The plot of this book is fairly independent from the first book, so other than a distinct feeling you're missing some details, you can still enjoy this book. I was particularly fascinated by the reactions of other ranchers to Paul's becoming LDS. There was a lot of negative reactions and prejudice towards Paul and Julia because of their religion, and I thought this was a very interesting plot point. If you like romance and historical novels, this will certainly be a book you will enjoy (although it will definitely help if you read the first book before this one).

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Julia and Paul together at last!
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

This book was fabulous! It may be a sequel but the two books I loved for different reasons!

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