Monday, April 14, 2008

Reasonable Doubt by Marcia Mickelson

By Rebecca Talley

I met Marcia online and immediately felt a kinship with her because we both live outside of Utah and are both raising kids while trying to write. I was excited to meet her in person at the LDStorymakers conference in March. I enjoyed our short conversations between classes and her infectious smile.

I bought her book, Reasonable Doubt, while at the conference and have since finished reading it. I love the relationship she skillfully built between Julia and Pablo. It's a gentle and loving relationship that evolves naturally and is so sweet. Pablo is the kind of guy I want my daughters to date.

Pablo and Julia solve a mystery that hits Julia too close to home. I'm not really a mystery reader, but I enjoyed this one as it realistically unfolded and was easy to follow. I was glad they solved it, but much more interested in their relationship. I'm a woman--sue me.

Reasonable Doubt is an easy read about a subject that is anything but easy. Marcia handles the subject matter well and I was able to get inside Julia's head and really feel for her as she struggled to heal. I felt like Julia and Pablo could be real people living in my town.

I enjoyed this book.


Tamster said...

I'm sure Marcia will be happy to know you liked it. I haven't been able to read it yet, but I want to. Thanks for the review for us! :-)

Marcia Mickelson said...

Thanks, Rebecca. Your words are so nice. I'm glad you enjoyed the book. And I was very happy to meet you as well. It was fun getting to know you and seeing your family.

Kammi Rencher said...

When I read Marcia's book, I couldn't put it down. I started reading it here at work mid-afternoon and had to take it home with me to finish. When I got to the part where Julia figures out...well, I guess I shouldn't say exactly what happened (no spoilers here!) but I'll just say that it gave me the chills. I think she did a great job of handling the subject matter, too.