"SECRETS OF THE KING'S DAUGHTER," by Renae Weight Mackley, Covenant Communications, $16.99, 272 pages (f)
"Secrets of the King's Daughter" opens with a less-than-heartbroken Princess Karlinah. Her Lamanite husband has been murdered, but Prince Masoni's penchant for heavy drinking and domestic violence made their marriage a nightmare. The horror is over, though, and she returns home to the court of her father, King Lamoni, with a guilty secret she is determined to conceal.
When a Nephite missionary arrives, Karlinah sees miracles she cannot deny, and her heart longs for peace. Revealing her secret could put her life in danger, but concealing her misdeed may keep her from her happiness.
Author Renae Weight Mackley takes the story of King Lamoni and Ammon in the Book of Mormon and shares a fictionalized account of the daughter who was offered as a bride to Ammon.
Mackley brings the Lamanite people to life and turns King Lamoni, his queen, Ammon and Abish into living, breathing human beings. Ammon is the stalwart missionary and defender of the king's sheep many members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints love, but he is also one of the once-prodigal sons of King Mosiah. King Lamoni is a husband, father and son as well as a repentant king.
There are a few literary flaws in "Secrets of the King's Daughter." It has a predictable storyline with no real plot twists. Karlinah's secret is obvious before the end of the third page. The book contains a few distracting typos and metaphors that fall flat.
The author stays true to what is important, though: the power of Jesus Christ's Atonement to heal hearts and change lives. Overall, this book won't disappoint readers who want to feel as though they are standing before King Lamoni with Ammon.
"Secrets of the King's Daughter" includes murder, a kidnapping, a handful of sword fights and dismemberment. Characters also allude to rape and sexual activity between husband and wife. The romance does not progress past kissing, however, and the book contains no profanity.
Rachel Chipman has a bachelor's degree in family life and human development. Her current goals are to read more, write more and learn to type while holding her infant daughter. Her email address is [email protected].