"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.
(This book was published in 2009 by Bonneville Books.)