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World War I is raging in Europe. As America is drawn into the bitter conflict, Nephi Erickson comes to believe enlisting with the Marines is not only his duty, but also his best chance at making some much-needed money. He feels he has failed in his promise to care for his wife, Alaina, and their small daughter, Katie. As he leaves their tranquil Salt Lake City hillside home for a barren battlefield where disease can be as deadly as the enemy, Nephi has no idea that Alaina is carrying their second child — a child he may never see.
With her husband half a world away, Alaina derives some solace from the fact that her younger sister, Eleanor, lives nearby. Nineteen-year-old Eleanor — the only woman studying medicine at the University of Utah — is soon immersed in researching treatments for the influenza pandemic ravaging the world, a scourge that will soon touch her life all too closely.
An unforgettable historical drama of innocence lost, of memorable characters struggling to hold on to truth and meaning in an age of turmoil, you'll be captivated by Gale Sears' poetic weaving of time, place, and powerful emotion.
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.
Top Historical novel
by Customer - reviewed on October 24, 2007
This book is one of the best historical novels to be published this year. It has well-developed characters, emotional crisis that touch the heart, good plot development, and a painfully honest depiction of the trauma faced at home and in the trenches of World War I.
A Wonderful, Soul-Stirring Saga!!!!
by Teri - reviewed on October 29, 2008
In this very stirring and magnificent climax to this vast series, I can confidently say this novel richly deserved its being a final in two categories in the first ever LDS Whitney Awards this year. From Beacon Street in San Francisco, where Ina Bell, Kerri McKee, Bid Randall, Elizabeth and Kathryn Lund live, to Sutter Creek, Ca, where The Robinson's, Daniel, The Rosamund's and Philomene Johnson all live, to Salt Lake City, where Alaina, Eleanor, Grandpa Erickson, Mother Erickson live. Eleanor takes on the life of a Med student, doing research on the 1918-19 Influenza Pandemic, where it comes a little too close to home. Across the ocean in Belguim and France, we learn of all the atrocities of The Great War through the eyes of Nephi, Daniel and James, who witness the horrors of war. What is so horrifying is that with both military and civilians, there was an estimate of 13 million casalties!!!! There were over 500,000 horses and mules lost during The Great War and the estimated deaths attributed world wide to the Influenza Pandemic were 26 million!!!! I put this book as one of my all-time favorites and highly recommend this book to everyone.