Rebecca Cornish Talley
Bonneville Books, 2009
reviewed by Tristi Pinkston for Goodreads.com
Altared Plans is the second book by LDS author Rebecca
Cornish Talley and is the story of Caitlyn Moore, a young woman
who is getting married in the temple. She's been in love with
Justin since high school and knows she'll be the happiest woman
alive, married to him. But when she gets to the temple and
realizes she forgot her veil, it seems like a bad omen of things
to come. Sure enough, Justin's parents arrive and break the
news -- he's not coming. He decided to return to the place where
he served his mission and seek out a girl he met while he was there.
Caitlyn is devastated and decides she'll never fall in love again.
It just hurts too much. But when she arrives back at BYU and is
asked to serve as the "mom" for her single young adult family home
evening group, it seems that fate has other ideas when she meets
Travis, the group's "dad." Before long, she finds herself softening
toward him ... and then he breaks her heart, too.
This book takes an interesting journey as we see Caitlyn at the
start, a little self-absorbed and naive, learn and grow as she
experiences trials and makes new friends. We see her learn to
expand her horizons and the way she views the world until at the
end, when we know she is ready to give her heart away. Talley's
magic is in her dialogue -- some of the narrative was a little
stiff, but the dialogue was clever and I enjoyed the banter between
the characters. This young adult novel will help strengthen your
testimony of the importance of waiting for the right guy, and then
making sure to marry him in the right place once you've found him.