When Brigham Young summons young Morgan Davis to his office and calls him to join other missionaries in settling the Muddy River Valley (what is now Nevada), Morgan can't imagine what lies in store. He has just two weeks to find a wife and gather enough belongings to help start a settlement.
As Morgan and his new bride, Angeline, travel the long trail south in a covered wagon, they fall in love and connect with the other Saints. But the desert location on the Muddy River soon becomes a physical and emotional test for all of them. Together they face difficult requests from Church leaders, multiple failed attempts to settle, deaths of loved ones, and then perhaps the ultimate challenge—polygamy.
What do stalwart members do when faced with conflicting feelings between what their hearts tell them and the hard instructions from Salt Lake City? Morgan and Angeline are about to find out.
|Audiobook Discs||10 discs|
|SIze||6 x 9|
|Published||Deseret Book 2019|
|Audiobook Runtime||approx. 12.3 hours|
|Audiobook Narrator||Kirby Heyborne|
My husband is not a big reader, but after enjoying the audio version of The Saints, I suggested he might like the historical fiction that Dean Hughes writes. ...and we certainly did! He would be the one to
suggest we turn on the audio to
“find out what Morgan and Angie (were) up to” !
I was immediately taken in by this book. It's my first book from this author and yes, I will be reading the sequel!
I totally enjoyed this historical novel of the experiences of faithful LDS as they followed the call that they were given by church leaders. It made me aware of the struggles, the faith and sometimes wavering faith as they gathered to go, to endure, to make changes and uproot themselves from their hard work.
This book was very enlightening and interesting with a very human touch as to the deep feelings and emotional and physical struggles that went on at this time. I highly recommend it!
Totally loved it. It is a page turner. I have been raised in this part of the west and wondered how it was settled. Very inciteful.
Interesting story! If you want to feel grateful for your life then read this. It is a bit doom and gloom but it highlights the challenges of the early pioneers. It helps us to realise that leaders are not perfect but they are still inspired. I’m eager for the next book!
I wanted to really love this book. I became quite involved with Morgan and Angeline's story. The author did a great job showing how hard this environment and these mission calls were. And it was great to learn about these colonies.
But despite the author specifically stating how important it was to understand the minds of people from a different period, I don't think he addressed his own concern.
From Angeline's thinly veiled feminism to the modern Church views of polygamy seeping throughout, presentism was in almost every chapter.
A decent story, but I don't think it accurately portrayed the mindset of members in this time.
This was a really thought-provoking book on a sensitive subject. I appreciated the careful hand in the face of trying to look at something so touchy honestly.
Well written historical novel, on a sensitive subject, keeps interest....A little question about the comment on Anson Call, since he is my ancestor. I would have liked to know more exactly about what his part was. He went on a number of 'colonizing' missions.
Enjoyable historical read and I did enjoy it. The description of the difficult travel, terrains and weather were great. It was easy to feel the ups and downs of those stalwart pioneers, especially when I have visited those areas in my air conditioned car! Honestly my only distraction was the conversations between Morgan, his wives, bishop and neighbors was very repetitive. However, I do recommend this book.
Always enjoy Dean Hughes books. Feels like you’re right there experiencing the challenges and faith building experiences. Couldn’t put it down. Looking forward to the sequel.
This book was captivating and so well written! I could hardly put the book down and could hardly wait to see what would happen next. The questions they asked and the self searching of their souls is really not so different than each of us ask every day. I liked the references of looking beyond our own understanding and learning to bow our will and learn to listen to his direction and his voice. Then as I have experienced many times myself,miracles can and really do happen. I can hardly wait to read his next book “River”!
I have to admit that this was a difficult book to read. The concept of polygamy brings up a great deal of emotion. I kept reading because of how likable Dean Hughes made the characters. I loved the strength he gave the main characters and the amazing faith they and the others called to settle the Muddy River had. This book certainly made me think about my faith and my acceptance of the counsel given by church leaders.
When I think of what the pioneers endured and how they responded to difficult situations, i can only think of their faith and accomplishments in the abstract. This book helped me to contemplate what it must have been like for some of these pioneers. Their struggles against a formidable environment and their struggles with faith are well told and at least with this reader, well received.
I have read many of Dean Hughes books and love how he tackles issues of the time period he is writing I This book, although as many have said was a tough read because of the topic, is well written. I found myself transported back in time and felling so many emotions as his characters faces trials and adversity. Thank you Dean Hughes for another great book! Excited for volume 2!
Brilliant story, full of sacrifice and hard trials. Definitely one that makes you feel like you're in their shoes and what you would do in a situation like that. Makes you feel grateful for those who have sacrificed their lives to build up Zion on the Muddy River.
This book was so well written! I think this is the first book I ever read by this author. I was especially impressed how was able to show the emotions,thoughts, feelings, etc of the female characters spot-on. Most male authors kind of get it, but not totally, but this guy did great! Now if only all men out there could understand how a woman's mind works! although the writing was great I thought the topic was hard to read. All the sacrifice and polygamy and what seemed to be errors that the leaders made. I'm glad that I did not live in that time and I dont know how they did it. I think it would be so hard not to lose your faith in everything. I am excited to read the next book, but it still is difficult to read. I would recommend this book to adults who are not faint in heart and do not have wavering testimonies because it honestly makes you question a lot of things.
Excellent book. Highly recommend. Can’t wait until the second book “River” comes out!!
Wow! I felt like a literal time traveler, personally transported in time to the early colonization period of our pioneer fore bearers. I have often contemplated the difficulty of being asked to practice polygamy. How would I respond and would my faith enable me to be obedient. "Muddy' captures the sentiments and hardships of this period in Church history. The whole narrative of 'Muddy' embraces the principle that "Obedience brings blessings, but perfect obedience brings miracles."
This could have been written about my great grandparents. I finished the audio book a week ago and it still lays heavy on my heart and mind. The early pioneers had to make such hard choices. They were strong, faithful and committed in following the leaders of the church. I will listen to this again when the new sequel is released. I can’t wait to learn more about the Davis family. Also Kirby Heyborne is such a wonderful narrator. Thank you to Dean Hughes and Kirby Heyborne.
I was whisked away with this book, I loved every moment and was terribly sad when it was over