It is a great book. Delightful humor and a great example of faith in difficult circumstances. It helped me examine my priorities and appreciate the trials our forefathers overcame. Thanks
Loved it. Gained a new perspective on polygamy as well as doing hard things with little present reward. Looking forward to the next one in the series.
I really liked this book, it was grea treading, hard to put down. When does the next one come out???
I had a hard time putting it down, I loved it.
When there is anything that promotes patriarchal dominance and the removal of power of women that facilitates abuse of that power, and usually toward women. Be careful of a read that softens your heart against such a misogynistic practice.
I don't read many fiction books, however the title of this book intrigued me, so I listened to it. The book caused a change in my thoughts regarding polygamy. I could actually feel the possibility of the practice being withing the realm of pure love. Personally life within a one Dad and one Mom family is incredibly challenging. Traditional families seem to be nearly a thing of the past. There are many circumstances that are beyond my understanding, however I look forward to a time where the truths of eternity will be know and practiced by all. This book gave me a seemingly clearer vision of the past or at least a measure of tolerance to something I had a hard time understanding prior to listening to it. I could feel the stretch.
This book was very thought provoking. Seeing the inner workings of a polygamist family first hand, the emotions and actions played out in this book are quite accurate. I appreciated the realness of the main character as well. His struggles would have definitely been my struggles
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!