Monday, February 27, 2012
Secret Sisters by Tristi Pinkston
Title: Secret Sisters
Author: Tristi Pinkston
Genre: LDS Fiction/Mystery
Premise: "Ida Mae Babbitt, president of the Omni 2nd Ward Relief Society, didn't mean to become a spy. But when visiting teaching stats are low, and she learns that one family under her care is in financial trouble, she'll do whatever it takes to make sure they have what they need. If that includes planting surveillance cameras in their home and watching them from a parked car in the woods... well, isn't that what any caring Relief Society president would do? With the help of her counselors, Arlette and Tansy, Ida Mae soon learns that there's more to the situation than meets the eye. But it's all in a day's work for the Relief Society." (Book Cover)
Opinions: I had read another of Tristi's novels a while back, so when my family and I saw Tristi at Costco one day we went ahead and bought the book she was signing. The only problem is that it was book two of the Secret Sisters series and I hadn't read book one yet. So I promptly went to my local library and requested that they purchase book one. It came in last week!!!! I was so excited to get it and begin to read it. I have to say, it was a fabulously unique read. It is what I would call LDS Fiction (the majority of characters are "Mormon")with a twist of detective story and a lot of humor. I love these characters. They are all so human, and brilliant, and lovable - especially Ida Mae. On top of that, Tristi's turn of phrases are perfect (i.e. check out pg 72 first paragraph - I nearly dropped the book laughing), especially if you understand LDS culture. The plot originally seemed unusual but the more and more I thought about it, and the more I read, I realized that I could so see that happening to a group of well-meaning women. So overall opinion? If your library does not have this book, please request it. It will be worth it. As for me, I can't wait for a doctor's appointment tomorrow so that I can delve into book two, Dearly Departed. Keep your eyes posted for a forthcoming review.