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The year is 1914 and the world hovers on the edge of a great war. Life in America is far from peaceful for members of the Lund family. As Alaina deals with the painful loss of her home and her father, she makes a desperate choice and finds herself in a strange city among people of a strange faith. Her husband is a good man — but a man she has never loved. As she copes with the emptiness she feels, something in her heart begins to change . . .
Meanwhile her sister Eleanor finds the lifestyle in San Francisco suffocating and without purpose. As she defies high-society rules and secretly attempts to stop the unnecessary suffering of children, she comes to find a passion in medicine. But when her actions are discovered, what will happen? Join gifted author Gale Sears in an eloquent and moving story of love, family, and forgiveness.
About the Author
Gale Sears is an award-winning author, known for her historical accuracy and intensive research. Gale received a BA in playwriting from Brigham Young University and a master’s degree in theater arts from the University of Minnesota. She is the author of the bestselling The Silence of God, Letters in the Jade Dragon Box, and several other novels, including The Route, Christmas for a Dollar, Autumn Sky, Until the Dawn, and Upon the Mountains. She and her husband, George, are the parents of two children and reside in Salt Lake City, Utah.
A Sweeping Historical Saga!!!
by Teri - reviewed on October 23, 2008
Until The Dawn by Gale Sears This second in this series is more vast in scope than Gale's first vol, as it brings in some issues from the turn of the century. Alaina and Nephi move from the Sierras of California to the bustling noise of automobiles of Salt Lake City in 1914. After a marriage of convenience, Alaina finds she has actually fallen in love with Nephi. They move in with Nephi's mother Patience and Alaina finds solace with Nephi's paternal grandather and is able to find some peace in caring for his orchards. Eleanor, Alaina's younger sister, moves in with her mother and younger sister in their aunt's house on Beacon Street in San Francisco. Eleanor becomes friends with the servants and finds peace in helping young Chinese girls from being abused and finds she wants to be a nurse. James stays in Sutters Creek to work with horses on a ranch and keep an eye on the old family farm that has fallen in disrepair. Philomene, the schoolteacher in Sutters Creek, travels to Brussels, Belguim, to visit her Aunt Hannah and gets embroiled in the start of World War I. This is such a rich saga of the turning of the century, where things are more simple. I highly recommend this wonderful novel to everyone who wants to learn more about a bygone era.