It is the eve of the Civil War, and the delicate fabric of a young nation threatens to tear apart as volatile issues divide its people. James and Jeffrey Birmingham, brothers, now find themselves and their families on opposing sides of a great and terrible conflict.
James is a wealthy Bostonian with a son who is a passionate and outspoken abolitionist, and a daughter who must hide her identity as the writer of controversial newspaper articles.
Jeffrey, who lives on a South Carolina plantation, has a son who joins the Mormon Church, then leaves home after a failed attempt to free his family's slaves. Jeffrey's cowardly younger son ruthlessly preys on the weak; and his young daughter despises her family's beliefs — finding more kinship with the slaves than with her own flesh and blood.
Caught in the middle are the slaves, who, along with immigrant families, are desperate to find their place in a country that is rapidly drawing its battle lines. From the bustling streets of Boston to the lush plantation fields of the South, from the drudgery of camp life to the terrors of the battlefield, millions of lives are about to be irrevocably changed. . .
A House Divided, volume one of the epic series Faith of Our Fathers, is one of the most ambitious novels in LDS publishing history. Chronicled in this remarkable book are the lives of compelling characters in the midst of astounding events — set forth and guided by the merciful hand of our Heavenly Father.
A year or so ago, I listened to Nancy’s first two books on CD, but never got around to enjoying the final two volumes until recently. A visit to my public library found me signing out volumes two, three and four – I thought I’d better re-listen to Volume two.
Over the past three weeks, I devoured the remaining bulk of the saga, enjoying each and every minute of it. I thought I knew about the American Civil War. In my Canadian schooling, I studied it in depth—or so I thought. By the time Nancy Allen’s powerful tale was told, however, I realized that my knowledge was painfully superficial. Nancy took me where my studies had never ventured—into the hearts and minds of individuals on both sides of the conflict. In listening to the narration, I saw and I heard, but most of all, I felt. Nancy’s unforgettable characters let me experience the fear of furious and oft-times senseless battles, to weep with the oppressed, to rejoice at the uncountable acts of valour, and to celebrate the ultimate triumph of the noble cause of freedom—a cause that cost so very much more than I had ever realized!
Thank you Nancy for your amazing contribution to the literary world! Thank you for your contribution to my own understanding!
This is a must read for anyone interested in Civil War era. I love historical fiction and this author is my new favorite! All books in this series are a must read. You won't be able to put them down!
I thoroughly enjoyed N.C. Allen's book on the Civil War. I am from the South and it's good to learn some history mixed in with a story of the people then. It's great how she adds in about the Saints going out West. It makes one aware that the two events were going on at the same time. I am dying to read her other volumes!!
I was very excited to find an LDS author who has written about the Civil War, but my excitement didn't last beyond the second chapter. I found the characters were very boring and one-dimensional. The issues of the Civil War were over simplified and I don't think that she brought a new perspective to the time period. With a little more research and maybe some more character development I think I would have enjoyed it much more. I'll try again with the second book because the author might have gotten better.
This story is truly and incredible work of ar. As a studen and reenactor of the civil war for the last 5 years I can honestly say that this is on of the best stories about the bloodiest war in American History that I have ever read.
It is filled with love, hatred, fear, excitement, sadness, joy and mystery. It leaves you begging for more and I can't wait for the next volume!
Amazing! I've seen people give this book one star, which is pitifully low on all accounts. If you love history, especially the Civil War, this is the book for you. Yes, it is a little confusing at first. But, it's like "Work and the Glory" there are a bunch of characters and you learn to get used to them.
It gives you a point of view on both sides, having characters go on adventurous events, including romance here and there. Character of Gray and Blue guide you along the way of the war dn really help you understand what people went through.
I'm just a teen, and this captured my attention. Why shouldn't it capture yours?
Like other reviewers, I was excited to see a Civil War novel with an LDS slant. I really enjoyed Nancy Campbell Allen's 'Love Beyond Time,' also set in the 1800s. But this series was a huge disappointment. Too many characters, too little character development. The LDS angle was weak and the overall story too far-fetched. And the author treats interracial marriages as though attitudes of the 1860s were as accepting as those of today. She didn't even mention the repercussions a mixed race couple would have suffered back then. That would have made a much more interesting story, in addition to raising readers' awareness of past injustices. If you want to tell history, you have to tell it like it really was. I kept reading, hoping the story would get better. But all 4 volumes are boring. Don't waste your time.
I was looking forward to reading this book and boy, was I disappointed. For a more detailed review, read what I wrote about volume 2, which is better. This opening book to a series is WAY too shallow, introducing a new character at every turn. I remember thinking, 'Okay, no new characters! I want to learn more about the ones I've already read about!' , The Church- connection aspect was just plain weak in volume one, and a TAD better in volume 2. But, remember when you thought, 'I didn't read my scriptures today, but I read 2 chapters in the WORK AND THE GLORY, I felt so uplifted and inspired!' Don't put your scriptures away for this one. There is no boost of spirituality here. The emotional parts have nothing to do with religion, but rather 'romance' or 'human trials'. I wouldn't even call this series 'LDS fiction', at least not in the first 2 books. , Why do I keep reading? Simply, because I love Civil War fiction, even examples that are contrived, sappy and overly-dramatic.