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All That Was Promised 
In 1847 Wales Methodist Minister Richard Kenyon converts to Mormonism. Richard’s newfound faith is put to the test when he faces the anger of his former congregation, his wife’s indecisiveness, his brother’s betrayal, and the murderous intentions of misinformed villagers.   

My Review 
Richard Kenyon is a Methodist minister in Wales. He's happy with his life, though it's not perfect. He and his wife Leah have been unable to have children. They are also looked down upon by his brother and wife, and they also see their beloved niece, Amelia, not being treated very well by her parents. These things cause their hearts to ache for change, but they know there's really no way for them to change things themselves. One day Richard comes across a mob, beating a man. Richard knows this is not right and acts to protect the man. He brings him home for Leah to tend to and also because he wants to listen to what the man has to see. Ben Lachlan is a Mormon missionary sent to teach the Gospel to the people of Wales. Richard listens to his message and knows for sure that what Ben is teaching is true. He's certain that Leah also knows it to be the truth, but Leah doesn't have her own testimony just yet. So Richard is baptized without her, he knows that his life will never be the same, but he hasn't counted on his Methodist congregation completely renouncing him or his brother disowning him. Richard must learn that sometimes when you are trying to do what's right is when persecution is the hardest. 

I enjoyed reading this book. I liked the characters, they were well written. I liked the feeling of the book, at times I felt as though I was in Wales during a crazy rainstorm. I liked the historical aspect of this book, I always like to learn more about things that happen and why they happen the way that they do. I also liked how the author was able to show the people of Wales and their superstitions. I thought that this was a well written book, and I was way excited to read the sequel.

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Journey of Promise 
When converts Richard and Leah Kenyon leave Wales and heed the call to Zion, they are unprepared for the toll exacted by the journey. To face the incredible odds mounted against them they call upon the Lord's tender mercies to see them through and strengthen their love for one another. Their story will remind you where to turn during your trials.

Excerpt from Journey of Promise

Leah peered inside the box of supplies and saw a chunk of beef infested with maggots. “Who would do this? And why?”

            “We need that ham,” Claire said. “We have mouths to feed. What are we goin’ to do?”
            Leah reached inside the box and snagged the meat in her bare hand. “I’m getting’ our ham back.”
            “What are you—” Claire watched as her sister turned and stormed up the companionway.
            Leah fumed all the way to the forecastle, to the captain’s quarters. She wasn’t about to let this assault on her family go without a fight. She raised her hand to knock on the captain’s door but was stopped by Franklin. “You can’t go in there,” he barked, barring the way.
            “Mr. Franklin,” she said, her voice tinged with anger, “I need to see the captain.”
            Franklin glowered as Leah. “The captain’s a busy man. What do you want?”
            Leah shoved the spoiled maggot-filled meat toward his face. “Someone aboard ship stole our ham and left thisin its place! I want the captain to do somethin’ about it!”
            Franklin lowered her arm with his hand, repulsed by the rancid beef. “The captain can do nothin’ about it,” he said. His eyes narrowed. “And for all I know, you might be lookin’ to trade this spoiled meat for someone’s ham you’d claim as your own.”
            “How dare you accuse me of such a thing,” she said, stamping her foot. “I’ve come to have things made right and you treat me as if I’m the thief!”
            Franklin smirked and clasped his hands behind his back. “See it however you want,” he said. “The captain won’t be disturbed over it. Maybe you should be thankful for what you have and eat it.”
            This matter was beyond that of just stealing. It was a threat to her family’s condition—a deprivation of the food that cost them so dearly, the very nourishment they needed to survive the coming weeks. Leah’s anger exploded as she pushed the rotted meat into Franklin’s smug face. “You eat it!” She spun and charged off.

My Review
Richard and Leah know that the time is fast approaching to leave their beloved Wales. They know that the journey to the land of Zion in America will not be without hardships and without the loss of family. They are willing to deal with all the hardships, loss of family and whatever they must face in order to live and worship how they please in the land of Zion. They don't count on all the persecution they must face before they will be ready to leave or the hardheartedness of the captain of their sailing ship and crew. They must learn to trust in the Lord and have faith that all will work out as He would have it work out and not necessarily as they would have it work out.

I was really excited to read more of Richard and Leah's adventures. I loved reading about their lives in Wales and their journey to America. I really felt for Richard, Leah and the group that traveled with them as they delt with their trials on the way to Zion. I know that many of the things that happened to them really did happen to people who were on their way to Zion, it makes me wonder if my faith is as strong as those people, or if I am somehow lacking. This is a well-written, exciting book!

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Author Vickie Hall Vickie is a native of Utah, but growing up, lived in the states of Colorado, Idaho, Montana, and Nebraska. When she's not writing, she's composing music, or shopping with her sister. She loves animals of all kinds and camping with her family. Her favorite pastime is watching old movies on TCM, and unashamedly has a crush on Cary Grant.

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