The Journey Takers
Sometimes you have to risk everything to find what you're looking for. But sometimes, it's a lot closer than you think.
Leslie Albrecht Huber's ancestors were journey takers, joining the LDS Church in Germany, Sweden, and England and setting sail to start new lives in Zion. Huber sets out to trace these journeys and to understand her family — who they were and what mattered to them. But as she follows in their footsteps, walking the paths they walked and looking over the land they farmed, she finds herself on a journey she hadn't expected. Based on thousands of hours of research, Huber recreates the immigration experience in a way that captures both its sweeping historical breadth and its intimately personal consequences.
“Thousands of hours of research enable Huber to reconstruct a deeply personal, profoundly vivid picture of challenges these men and women faced. Extensive notes and a list of sources round out this captivating portrayal, solidly grounded in reference yet written as smoothly flowing as a novel. Highly recommended.” — Midwest Book Reviews
“Leslie Albrecht Huber has the ability to pull us back in history, allowing us to view it through her eyes. She is able to capture the essence of life as it may have been. The reader will find it impossible to lay the book aside as Huber shares her experience in a way that envelops, inspires, and motivates.” — Holly Hansen, Family History Expos President
“The Journey Takers shows an impressive level of research, polished writing, and engaging and frequently moving interpretations. The theme that emerges about the importance and lasting influence of choices is a powerful on.&rduqo; — Dr. Lavina Fielding Anderson, author of Lucy's Book: Critical Edition of Lucy Mack Smith's Family Memoir
By Robin, Submitted on 2015-02-25
What an inspiration Leslie Albrecht Huber's book has been to me. Through her painstaking research and illustrative imagination she painted a realistic picture of her ancestors' lives, making me want to reach out to my own fore bearers to discover the details of their pasts, not as names in black on white paper, but as real people who struggled with the circumstances of their times as much as we do ours. My research will never be the same again, as I begin to create my own picture of heretofore unknown loved ones, without whom I would not be, and with whom I can be more. Robin Pa'u Leota
By Lora Linn, Submitted on 2015-02-25
I enjoyed reading this book. The characters were brought to life as Leslie gave historical background information that brought me into the lives and times and places where the characters lived. I already enjoy family history; this book was a joy to read. In fact, we're giving some as gifts!
By Anita, Submitted on 2015-02-25
Leslie has created a masterpiece--a scrupulously researched and documented history of her paternal line which brings ancestors to life and weaves together her own quest in finding them with their ancestral quest for Zion. The honesty and diligence of her search, as well as the exciting discoveries she made along the way, are impressive and page-turning. Her own growth from college student to mother are chronicled and have echoes in the stories she tells. This is a treasure for her own family as well as an inspiration for others.
By Laura, Submitted on 2015-02-25
Leslie Albrecht Huber has the talent for making history come alive. Her non-fiction book The Journey Takers is definitely not a dry account of her ancestors but an appealing narrative that blends her own life with that of her past relatives, making this book feel like a novel. It was a real pleasure to read, the pages turning quickly as I was transported into the arduous, interesting, and exciting lives of common people who became immigrants and started a new life in a strange and hard land. It made me stop and think of my own ancestors and parents.
The book is fascinating because it is filled with facts about the time period and country of the people she wrote about. I learned many new things reading it, among them what tedious and hard work the study of genealogy is! Meticulously researched and well written, this book includes extensive notes, family sheets and a bibliography at the end of the book, which I consulted as I read. It aroused in me a healthy curiosity about researching my own ancestors. I understood the author’s ardent desire to know more about her ancestors because I feel the same way when I visit my aunts in Italy and ask them to tell me about my grandparents and great-grandparents.
But more than just details about her ancestors, Huber’s accounts touched me, especially that of Eliza Barret. I loved the author’s imagination as her mind could reel back in time and she could picture with her researcher’s eye scenes in the lives of her ancestors and what possible decisions their personal conditions led them to make. She traced her roots by travelling to the places where they were born, and walked the streets they once did. By the end of the book, I felt like I also knew these people personally.
No doubt about it, the author has created and left a beautiful legacy to her children: the story of their ancestors with the clear message that family and faith are the most important things in a person’s life.
By Cathy, Submitted on 2015-02-25
I have loved reading and absorbing the writings of Leslie Huber. I have been gathering photos and information to write a book on my Swedish ancestors for 20 years, but couldn't develop a clear format.
With the example of The Journey Takers, I now am ready to put into context the information which will preserve the lives of my Larson ancestors. Thank-you, Leslie, I look forward to meeting you when you speak in Utah in February/March.
Respectfully submitted, Cathy Knight
By Tyler, Submitted on 2015-02-25
I love family history and this a great book