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This book was wacky, addictive, and over the top. I think this series would make a great daytime soap opera.
Book Two of the series drove the charming quirkiness of Book One to levels too dramatic and tedious to be believable and left me questioning the characters' mental health. How many times did I groan out loud, I wonder, at the quality of the writing and the plotline.
Whereas the first book was an insightful and humanizing introduction to those not familiar with Mormonism/LDS -- a learning experience I welcomed -- the second book seems to cater more to an inside population. Most disappointing, though, the characters were played out as pawns in some unfathomable divine scheme, their actions based on the absence or presence of an immediate physical or audible message from God.
I appreciate the author's commitment to bring awareness to difficult social issues faith traditions must wrestle with, and her attempt to raise a more progressive and inclusive voice to the conversation -- it's why I stuck with it to the end. But, in my estimation, the supernatural influence on top of the characters' shaky mental stability doesn't do much to shine a normalizing or healing light on already divisive issues.