And in modern-day Nauvoo, Jeff and Abby Lewis are facing challenges of their own. Juggling family priorities, professional responsibilities, and Church callings becomes an almost impossible feat. It is clear that building Zion in the latter days will require sacrifices, just as it did in the time of Jeff's ancestors.
In this concluding volume of the Come to Zion trilogy, beloved novelist Dean Hughes provides a unique perspective on the struggles and sacrifices—and ultimate joy—of faithful Saints in any generation.
Unabridged audio book
|Published||Deseret Book Co. (May 12, 2014)|
|Audiobook Narrator||Kirby Heyborne|
|Runtime||Unabridged : 13 Hrs. 55 Min.|
Couldn't Put This Volume Down. Wonderful and Touching Stories!
Coming from pioneer stock myself, I wanted to know more regarding my ancestors. What else to do other than read Dean Hughes' latest novel, "Fresh Courage Take". Yes, it's true Dean has written more books than anyone I know, and yes, he probably makes a lot of money off of us, but man can this good brother write a story!
My favorite tale from this latest volume is when Esther brakes an ankle after stepping in a gopher hole just after starting the walk to Zion. Brother Styles (clearly derived from true story of early pioneer hero, Slim Whitman) carries her on his shoulders all the way from Fort Sumter to the Salt Lake Valley. My heart burst with tears as I read that Brother Styles passed away at the ripe young age of 22 from fatigue upon arriving at Brother Brigham's doorstep. Brother Brigham sobbed and could only mutter, "Why didn't this young cracker-a put the girl in the wagon? Can't anyone think around here but me?" More tears. More sobbing, from both Brother Brigham and myself. (By the way, Brother Whitman became famous in later years and known throughout the west as the yodeling cowboy. He didn't actually die. Dean just did a Paul Dunn on the story.)
The most motivating and thrilling tale from this volume regards Brother Sam (the saints called him Yosemite...and yes the park was named after him!) and his stubborn and unruly team of oxen. I laughed when he'd curse them and yell at them to get back in line as they'd attempt to wander off the path. Finally, they wandered away from the saints, as Brother Sam dozed at the wheel. My laughter was uncontrollable when I read that Brother Sam had ended up in Arizona among a colony of sun worshippers (you know what I mean!). And of course, Brother Sam was so thrilled that he kissed his oxen, joined the colony and was happy (and fully bronzed) the rest of his life. Absolutely hilarious (and I researched and found this tale to be true as well!).
This is such a wonderful book that you will surely anticipate every volume Dean publishes (and I can't wait for the next!).
Thank you so much for another great book and series. I always hate waiting for the next boo, but understand why it takes time to write.. You always bring whatever book you write to life. I had ancestors come across the plains also and I'm thankful tor their journals and the things I learned from them. Everybody should read this book and series. I can only imagine the time and effort that you must put into writing a book like this. Everybody should read it and find a way to relate to it. I hate seeing it end, but understand why you would decide to end it were you did.
One of the biggest challenges with writing historical fiction is including enough detail for the story to feel authentic without getting bogged down. In addition portraying real people in acceptable way can be challenging, especially well known individuals like Brigham Young. Dean Hughes has, in my experience, always done an excellent job with this. And that is no different here.
Fresh Courage Take portrays the struggles of two couples, Will and Liz, and their descendents, Jeff and Abby, who are each struggling with some big challenges as well as the routine ones. Will and Liz live in Nauvoo during the time just before the Saints were forced to leave. When Will joins the Mormon Battalion the chance that he and Liz may never see each other again is very real. For Jeff and Abby the challenges of job and home can be overwhelming.
I think one of the things I like best about this series is how real it all feels. Will and Liz as well as Jeff and Abby are characters that I found it very easy to care about and root for. I sincerely empathized with their struggles. To me that's the sign of a good writer, when the story becomes so real that the writing becomes secondary. A great series that I'm sorry to see end.
I LOVE THIS SERIES!
Trials, fears, and hardships are endured on both ends of the generational divide...
But each learns that family and dear friends is what it is all about.
A connection from the past into the future...
Serving one another...
Knowing that we only become stronger when we do what needs to be done...
But joyous blessings are promised to those that persevere.
You will read of how Will and Liz are forced to leave their beloved city of Nauvoo...
The struggle and decision for Will to join the Mormon Battalion...and how Liz goes on to the west with the help of her sisters.
"How many sacrifices will be required in order for the Saints to create Zion?"
Then you read the parallel story of Will and Liz's descendant, Jeff and his wife Abby, as they face the hardships of work and Church callings and lack of time as their lives become too busy.
"It is clear that building Zion in the latter days will require sacrifices, just as it did in the time of Jeff's ancestors."
SO AMAZINGLY GOOD!
A TRUE MUST-READ!