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When the bishop calls Leah Sorensen to be Relief Society president, her first impulse is to assume he is joking. "They'd all vote against me if you put my name up," she tells him, "and I'd vote with them."
She's prickly and proud, a farm widow who doesn't get along with the town women at all. Why would the Lord want her?
Because it's 1932, the depth of the Great Depression, and, as the bishop tells her: "You lost your husband and you didn't give up. You know how to survive hard times, and some women in our ward don't. I'm not looking for a nice church lady right now. I'm looking for someone with some grit, and that's what you've got."
But will grit be enough when the opposition begins?
About the Author
Dean Hughes has published books for readers of all ages, including the bestselling historical fiction series Children of the Promise. Through Cloud and Sunshine is his one-hundredth published book. Dean holds a bachelor’s degree from Weber State University and master’s and PhD degrees from the University of Washington. He has taught English at Central Missouri State University and Brigham Young University. Dean and his wife, Kathleen Hurst Hughes, served a mission to Nauvoo, Illinois. The parents of three children and grandparents of nine, they live in Midway, Utah.
Reminds us of what Relief Society and Sisterhood can be
by Terry - reviewed on February 13, 2008
I loved this book. After reading a copy from my local library, I purchased one of my own so I could share it with my daughters and friends. It's a beautiful tribute to Relief Society and Sisterhood and an honest portrayal of how very 'human' and prideful all of us can be. It reminds us that by holding on to each other, we can survive and overcome our challenges. Thanks, Brother Hughes.
by Fred E - reviewed on September 05, 2007
Since purchasing this book I have not been able to put it down. It has been a wonderful read. I am not much of a reader but this book is outstanding.
by Melissa - reviewed on October 28, 2007
I loved Leah, she was so real. I think she is like most of us in one way or another. I loved her views of herself and how that view changed as she served. I could really relate to her and her struggles to come to grips with who she was and who she becomes as she serves. It was a good read.
by Sheila - reviewed on December 25, 2007
I loved this book! I learned a lot from it, and the story was great. I am recommending it to all of my friends.
The MUST-READ for every LDS book club!
by J L - reviewed on October 08, 2008
This book prompted both laughter and tears. It is a supposedly fictional account of an unlikely Relief Society President during the Great Depression. However, it is extremely relevant for our day and these turbulent economic times! I say 'supposedly fictional' because it's like Brother Hughes was there! His thorough research shines trough. However, what impressed me most was his character development. I promise that you will know and recognize the very human men and women on these pages in yourself and, in others. I should warn you that, like me, you may sometimes find that recognition a tad discomforting.:) We can all learn from these characters and from the spiritual promptings that will come as we ponder our place in the story. The author has done his job so well that, if we are open to it, ever greater insights and lessons may come to us from between the lines of print.