People often read to imagine that they are in faraway places, but sometimes it is good to read about people and places that are nearby.
Local author Laura Valenti recently published her fourth novel, "Between the Star and the Cross: The Election." The book is the sequel to "Between the Star and the Cross: The Decision."
According to Valenti, the main title refers not only to the plot of the novel, but also to the nature of life. "'Between the Star and the Cross' refers, obviously, to the action between the lawman and the missionary. But it's also how I like to characterize all our lives, because we hear a lot about, you know, your life is a dash -- the two dates on the tombstone. But Jesus' life was between the star of his birth and the cross of his death," Valenti explained.
Specifically, in the life of Valenti's protagonist, Dale Harper, this means a budding relationship with Milagro Palacios, a missionary from El Salvador.
In regard to Harper's attraction to Palacios, Valenti stated, "My sheriff, whose name is Dale Harper, like a lot of people in the Ozarks -- like a great majority of people in the Ozarks
certainly when he was growing up -- was raised in a Christian home, but he can't figure out a way to make that work with the world he lives in today and the work that he does. When he meets Milagro, a young lady from El Salvador, he is fascinated by the fact that she talks about Jesus and Christianity in such a commonplace way."
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