The Mima Journals, Vol. 1: The Water is Wide

by Marianne Monson

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“Fourteen-year-old Mima's story is so engaging! I couldn't put the book down! Marianne Monson's lyrical writing is a joy to read — she is to be congratulated on such a beautifully written first novel!” — Kay Lynn Mangum, author of The Secret Journal of Brett Colton

The Water Is Wide begins the beautifully written story of fourteen-year-old Jemima “Mima” Hough.

After her mother meets a pair of Latter-day Saint missionaries in the small English town of Wooden Box in 1845, Mima hopes that her life won't change that much. Then her mother decides to emigrate to America.

Mima faces some tough decisions. Should she stay in Liverpool with her brother, or face the journey with her mother?

Mima's story is one of courage and self-discovery, of heartache and love.

Book 1 of a three-book series, The Water Is Wide begins the epic adventure of a girl who experiences the life of a pioneer as an outsider.

About the Author

Marianne Monson

Marianne Monson holds a BA in English Literature, and MA in English Pedagogy, and an MFA in Creative Writing. The author of two historical novels, she has a strong interest in the relationship between literature and history. Marianne has taught English and Creative Writing at Portland Community College and BYU-Hawaii, and regularly speaks at writing conferences. She is the author of eight books for children and adults.

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Very enjoyable!
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

The Water is Wide presents an interesting and enjoyable insight into the early Saints and their sacrifices. It is a quick read with likeable characters.

Personally, it is hard to imagine making the sacrifices Mima makes to emmigrate to America to join the Saints with her mother when Mima was not a member of the Church but it definitely attest to the importance of family and the strong ties that bind us together. In the end, it provided some personal introspection into my own testimony and my gratitude for it.

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