Sarah M. Eden’s “Longing for Home, Book 2: Hope Springs” received the 2014 Whitney Award for Best Novel of the Year during the gala May 16.
The historical love story set in the Wyoming Territory in the 1870s details a clash between Irish immigrants and the townspeople, is published under Deseret Book’s “A Proper Romance” label and was also named Best Romance Novel.
Forty books by 35 Mormon novelists were nominated as finalists across eight categories that recognize novels written by members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints during 2014.
The Best Youth Novel of the Year went to Julie Berry for “The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place.”
Jennifer L. Moore took home the award for Best Novel by a New Author for her romance novel “Becoming Lady Lockwood.”
In the youth categories, Marion Jensen received Best Middle Grade Reader for “Almost Super.” In the General Youth Fiction category, the award went to Chris Crowe for “Death Coming Up the Hill” and Kiersten White’s “Illusions of Fate” won in the Speculative Youth Fiction category.
Also honored were Andrew Hall with the Outstanding Achievement Award for his work in literary criticism and journalism, and Margaret Blair Young with the Lifetime Achievement Award for her service, mentorship and body of literary work.
Hall, who is an associate professor of Japanese history at Kyushu University in Fukuoka, Japan, and a BYU graduate, does regular updates and analysis of the Mormon publishing industry along with reviews.
Young, who taught at Brigham Young University, is a novelist and playwright and has won several awards. She co-authored the Standing on the Promises trilogy with Darius Gray about black pioneers.
Visit whitneyawards.com for more information.
The Whitney Awards were founded by author Robison Wells in 2007 and named after early LDS apostle Orson F. Whitney.
The deadline to nominate a novel by a Mormon author published in 2015 for a 2015 Whitney Award is Dec. 31. Nominations can be made online at whitneyawards.com.
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