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Kirtland, 1838. Among the Saints who remain, Julia Johnson and her children endure the bitter winter in poverty, struggling amidst illness and persecution to prepare to join the leaders of the Church in Far West. Meanwhile, Almon rises as an influential leader among the Canadian Saints and seeks land for them to settle in Missouri. Spring marks the joyful reunion of Delcena and her husband, Lyman, who has been in hiding. But separation looms large as the couple departs for Far West and Ezekiel realizes with dread that most of his family will soon follow.
Indeed, as summer approaches and the Kirtland Poor Camp begins its historic exodus, Ezekiel is left behind with only Almera to comfort him - but she wants nothing more than to join her family in their journey out of Ohio, away from her harsh-tempered, controlling husband. Typhoid fever strikes the traveling camp, and those already gathered in Missouri are shaken as mobs become more aggressive and overzealous Danites step in to force order. By the time Almon's company of Canadian saints arrives in Far West, the city is nearly under siege, and the lives of many innocent Saints are threatened — including that of the Prophet himself.
About the Authors
Marcie Gallacher, a graduate of Brigham Young University, has written four previous novels: Amaryllis Lilies, Fixed Stars, Whispers of Hope, and Homeward. Her publication credits include an article in the Ensign and stories in the New Era and Friend. She resides in Wilton, California, with her husband, Gary. They have four children: teenagers Brett and Michelle, who live at home with them; Matt, who is living in Provo, Utah; and Jamie, who is married to Jordan Cline. Her greatest joy is the time spent with her family, including her parents, Tal and LaRae Huber. She is also passionate about her stubborn horse, Dobbin; her rambunctious golden retriever, Rusty; and her perfect cats, Lancelot and Midnight. Marcie hopes to be a grandma someday!
Kerri Robinson, also a graduate of Brigham Young University, is a licensed clinical social worker. She is currently working part-time as a psychotherapist. She has also published in this field of study, including and article in Helping and Healing Our Families: Principles and Practices inspired by “The Family: A Proclamation to the World.” Researching and writing, being a grandma, and attending BYU football games are her present passions. She and her husband, Brent, who live in Alpine, Utah, became empty nesters this year and treasure the time they spend with their blended family.