A stay-at-home mom for many years, Mackley invaded her children's lives at school by becoming a K-12 substitute teacher for thirteen years. She found further fulfillment through creating music, sewing, and good home cooking, until rekindling her love of creative writing. After tasting two first place wins for the first chapter of Secrets of the King's Daughter, she hungered to keep writing. Sometimes it's hard to stop for dinner or bike rides with hubby.
Mackley graduated from Brigham Young University with a BS degree in Clothing and Textiles. She is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. You can visit her author Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/RenaeWMackley/
Back Liner Book Info for Secrets of the King's Daughter:
It was a relationship designed to unite not two young people in love but two powerful kingdoms. And for Princess Karlinah, eldest daughter of King Lamoni, her marriage to the haughty heir to the throne of Jerusalem has led to a life of fear and abuse. There seems to be no escape—until her husband is murdered and Karlinah is unexpectedly free to return to her father’s kingdom. She can begin again—but no one can ever know of the part she played in the prince’s demise . . .
Karlinah’s relief is short-lived, for upon her return to the land of Ishmael, she is once again swept into her father’s plans for a politically powerful marriage. Then the arrival of a young missionary in her father’s court changes everything: her family is converted to a new religion, and Karlinah is free to choose her path. Yet she is not so easily convinced by the words of Ammon—especially when repentance means confessing her crime. But as her faith grows and a young stone artisan captures her heart, Karlinah realizes she must face the consequences of her past in order to move forward with her future.
Having researched and written about the events in the Book of Mormon for many years, it was a pleasure to read Secrets of the King's Daughter by Renae Weight Mackley. Debut author Mackley deftly brings the Book of Mormon to life as heroine Princess Karlinah returns to her homeland and tries to start a new life, after her short but tumultuous marriage to a Lamanite prince. Secrets of the King's Daughter is an inspiring story filled with danger, intrigue, romance, forgiveness, and faith--a must read for lovers of historical fiction!
—H.B. Moore, Best of State and Whitney Award Winning author
This book captured my heart on the first page and held it captive long after I finished the last. It's definitely one I'll recommend to friends.
Author of Persuasion: A Latter-day Tale; Emma: A Latter-day Tale; and Sense and Sensibility: A Latter-day Tale
—Author/Illustrator Lori Nawyn