Unearthed by Lara Stauffer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Review of Unearthed by Lara Stauffer
A truly intriguing and unusual novel, “Unearthed” presents the story of a young man, newly graduated from high school, and his ongoing crisis of faith and struggle to find identity within his family. Matt is a basketball star with an upcoming full ride to Duke for his abilities; yet he has struggled for years under the assumption that his dad doesn’t value nor respect him. His father Ben is a diligent archaeologist, with the respect of colleagues and students, but he and Matt just can’t connect; until Matt is bribed by a girl he mocks, Taryn, to just try out thirty days with his father at the new dig. Sounds unpromising on the surface, but the night before they are to fly to Mexico, an earthquake in Mexico City creates a new fissure in the dig, and opens up an entire new realm of possibililities.
Ms. Stauffer weaves in the history and the geography of the Latter Day Saints’ Book of Mormon in an amazing and exciting way. Her characters truly evolve throughout the story, and in a very realistic and vivid way, we as readers see history as it was, and as it is, and hope for the future. I very much enjoyed this story and would like to see its continuation as a series. I definitely plan to look for more novels from Lara Stauffer.
I received a review e-book copy from Great Minds Think Aloud in return for provision of my fair and impartial review.
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