Saturday, January 16, 2010


JOLYNN READS and SUZANNE PERRY are the winners of a CD copy of High Country or any book I reviewed on Meridian last year that hasn't already been claimed by a previous winner. Send a list of five options (books you would like) and your mailing address to bhansen22 at msn dot com.

For Christmas my son and his wife gave my husband and me a weekend at the Homestead in Midway and this is the weekend we were to go. We had a great time and it is beautiful up there. It is the reason I didn't announce winners yesterday. Last night as we slowly dined on prime rib before a beautiful fireplace, a number of thoughts flitted briefly through my mind.One of those thoughts involved the next contest on this blog. What if the prizes were limited to books that featured snow? When I got home I discovered there aren't many LDS novels set in a snowy backdrop other than Christmas books and the Willie and Martin Handcart tragedies. So here are the books I found that are set in snow.

A train to Potevka by Mike Ramsdell. This is the story of an American intelligence agent who becomes trapped in Eastern Russia and must make his own way out of the country sometime between 1988 and 2002.

Through Deepening Trials by Robert H. Moss, a man who served an LDS mission at Martin's Cove and became deeply entrenched in the story, the location, and the faith of the people who met tragedy there in the late fall of 1856.

Winter fire by Rachel Ann Nunes a touching love story linked to the social issue of foster care.

The Best of Times by Anita Stansfield the beginning of a new series that takes place at a Dickens style bed and breakfast.

There are others, I'm sure.

Though it was extremely cold, I enjoyed walking toward the main building for breakfast this morning and watching several small groups of deer who had wandered onto the resort property.

I'm not a person who ordinarily indulges in winter vacations or activities anymore, but I do enjoy watching wildlife summer or winter. Another writer, one of my favorites, who enjoys the outdoors a great deal is Clare Poulson. His adventure books nearly always include the outdoors and wildlife. So I'm adding all of his books except Relentless to this contest's possible prizes.
Winners will be chosen at the end of the month from those who make comments during the next two weeks on any of my blogs and those who sign up as followers.


Terresa said...

Mmmm, prime rib sounds divine.

Congrats to the winners! Enjoy the snow! (We have to drive quite awhile out of our desert to see any...)

Elizabeth Morgan said...

I really though that Midway was beautiful when I was up there last year. At night though it is way cold and the steam raising off of the water is really cool.

Kathi Oram Peterson said...

I've stayed at the Homestead in the winter. It's beautiful. Did you take a dip in the hot springs? Seems so odd to get in a swimming suit and walk outside in the snow, but worth the stroll (actually dash). :)

Lisa And Randy said...

Sounds like a wonderful get away. Wish I had known about it while Randy was still alive. We could have enjoyed going there. Some day.
I have read a couple of Clair Polsens books. He really knows how to keep you engaged with the story.

Rachel Ann Nunes said...

Your post made me think of hot chocolate and a warm fire. Glad you had the chance to stay at the Homestead. I've never stayed there, but it's beautiful.